Summer is coming to an end, which means it's time to start thinking about the school year. Do you have a son/daughter heading off to college? A high school senior driving to and from school or work? They will be relying on their vehicle every day and, as parents, we want to make sure that they will be as safe as possible. Here are a few points that should be checked:
1. Lube, Oil and Filter Change. The number 1 way to help keep an engine healthy and running smooth is with regular oil changes.
2. Check all other fluids. The heat of summer can take a lot out of a vehicle and it is pretty common for it to deplete fluids. Check and fill or exchange coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid and washer fluid.
3. Tire Condition. Inspect the tires for cracks and tread depth. Take a penning with Lincoln's head facing down and towards you. If you can see his head, it is time for new tires. If the tires are in good shape and haven't been rotated in the past 6 months, we advise this be done to ensure the longevity of the tires.
4. Get a Tune-Up. Have the spark plugs and wires changed once a year is a sure way to help with keeping the engine running at peak performance.
5. Check the battery life. Inspect and clean the battery cables if needed. Check the water level (if applicable) and fill in needed.
6. Brake inspection. High on the list of safety is having the best stopping capabilities.
Our technicians are here to help! We can perform a 55-pt inspection and advise on the best steps to keeping your child's vehicle running it's best during the school year.