During the summer months, drivers often place extra demands on their cars. Between road trips and frequently driving in hot temperatures, car owners need their vehicles to remain up and running in tip-top condition. These three summer maintenance tips are at the top of the list when it comes to ensuring your car will be ready for the road as the weather heats up.
Maintenance Tip #1 – Get an Oil Change
Oil changes are especially important during the summer months because engines require more lubrication when they are run at higher temperatures. Most cars require an oil change every 5,000 miles. Certain vehicle owners, such as those who have a high-performance vehicle, a luxury vehicle or a vehicle that is prone to the engine clogging with sludge may prefer a synthetic oil over traditional engine oil. In between oil changes, it is also important to regularly check for oil leaks in the area on which the vehicle is parked. If the oil light illuminates on the dashboard, the driver should add more oil as needed and have the car checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.
If you see an oil leak before your next oil change, products like No Leak® work for most leaks and can keep going for months, or years, contingent upon the age of the vehicle and the level of typical wear. It might be a temporary result until you fix the leak, or you can keep using No Leak® again if you see another leak.
Maintenance Tip #2 – Cooling System
A car’s cooling system is responsible for preventing an overheated engine. Overheating can cause permanent engine failure. Therefore, it is important to ensure there are no leaks or malfunctions in the cooling system. The system’s radiator should be inspected for signs of deterioration. All belts and hoses should be checked and replaced if they are frayed or are showing signs of wear. The radiator should be filled with coolant and maintained at the recommended level. Similar to checking for oil, the area in which the vehicle is parked should be inspected for coolant leaks.
One of the best products to cure any leak related problems in your cooling system is ALUMASEAL® from Gold Eagle. It helps stop those annoying leaks and is compatible with all antifreeze and coolants.
Maintenance Tip #3 – Check the Pressure on Your Tires
Proper tire tread and pressure are essential to safety. Tires that are even a little low on air cause a vehicle to consume more gasoline. More importantly, a blowout may occur and cause the driver to potentially lose control of the vehicle. Drivers should learn their vehicle’s manufacturer recommended tire pressure level and check their tires weekly to ensure the proper level is maintained. Tire pressure increases in higher temperatures. Therefore, pressure should only be checked when tires are cool prior to driving. Tire tread should be no less than 3/32 inch deep.
These tips cover a few of the parts of a vehicle on which the greatest demand is placed during the summer months. Drivers should have their vehicle checked by a trustworthy mechanic at the start of the summer season to increase the likelihood that their car will remain trouble-free all summer.
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