Wednesday is the first day of summer! And with it comes hot days and warm nights. Just like the very cold temperatures of winter, the warmer summer temperatures can take a toll on any vehicle. The heat expands the air in the tires and makes the cooling system work harder. Such high temperatures can accelerate wear on belts and hoses. With the right precautions and preventative steps, you can minimize the toll that the summer heat has on your vehicle.
Check the tire pressure: There will be a recommended psi either on the inside of the drivers door or in the owners manual. With the heat expanding the air pressure in your tires, there is the potential for your tires to be over-inflated leading to excess wear or a blow out.
Check the A/C system: If it's been a while since you have ran the air conditioning, it's a good time to do so before the temps get close to 100! Run the a/c for a few minutes, paying close attention to the temperature and if there are any strange noises or odors.
Underhood inspection: Pop the hood and take a look (with a cold engine). Start by checking your battery's condition. Making sure the terminals are free of corrosion. Next take a look at the condition of the hoses and belts. You want to make sure they are free of cracks and that the belts are not too loose or tight. While you're there, check the fluid levels and condition (oil, coolant, transmission, brake).
Windshield Wipers: Although we do not expect rain over summertime here in San Diego, visibility is still very important. With the summer temps come summer bugs...all over your windshield. Having a full washer fluid reservoir and wiper blades in good condition is a must!
We are more than happy to take care of this checklist for you and much more! Give us a call today to schedule your appointment 619-562-3933. Thank you!