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Summer Car Care Tips

Summer is one of the best times for a road trip. However, the heat, dust and stop-and-go traffic of the season can take a toll on your vehicle. Extreme temperatures can leave you and your car stranded on the side of the road. By maintaining your vehicle, you can avoid this situation. Here are some tips to keep your wheels in motion.

1. Keep Engine Cool

The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. It is important to check out the level, condition and concentration your cooling system periodically, as this is what protects your engine from overheating. About every 24 months, the cooling system should be completely flushed.

2. Monitor Tire Pressure

Tire pressure needs to be checked all year round. Driving on under-inflated tires can cause them to overheat, increasing the chance of a blowout. Check the pressure of your tires at least once a month, while they are cold, before driving. Be sure to follow your driver’s manual for inflation pressure recommendations.

3. Maintain Windshield Wipers

While summer is usually a dryer time of the year, your windshield wipers cannot be forgotten about. Worn out wipers create streaks across your windshield and can affect your vision while driving – especially if the sun hits in the right spot. Replace worn out blades and always have plenty of windshield washer solvent.

4. Check Fluid Levels

Most engine fluids lubricate and carry heat away from critical components. By doing so, these fluids serve as coolants. Low fluid levels will reduce cooling, therefore, increase the possibility of overheating. Occasionally, take the time to check all vehicle fluid levels, including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. All fluids should be at the appropriate level.

You are now ready to hop in your vehicle for a summer road trip! If you have any issues performing these tips, contact a trained automotive technician. If you have any questions, feel free to give Salem Auto Body & Paintworks a call at 503.378.7595 or reach out to us on our website. Stay hydrated out there!