Summer time is the busiest time of the year as people take to the roadways for vacation and enjoyment. Summer heat and unexpected breakdowns are hard on seniors and those with disabilities.
High summer temperatures also take their toll on the engine. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual and speak with your auto service professional about maintaining your vehicle during the summer months.
Here’s a quick list of service items:
- Have your air conditioning tested and inspected, along with belts and hoses.
- Make sure your radiator and cooling system is thoroughly inspected.
- Have your battery tested. It’s a lot easier to replace a battery before a trip than replace a dead one on the side of the road.
- Have a professional inspect your brake pads and linings for wear.
- Change the engine oil and filter according to the service schedule and check all fluid levels.
- Replace wiper blades once a year.
- Have your tires inspected and tire pressure checked, including the spare.
- Check all exterior lights
- Change the air filter. A dirty filter lowers gas mileage and reduces engine performance.
Buckle up and don’t leave home without your cell phone and your disabled parking permit.