Car Care Tips To Prepare For Summer

By: Phoenix Delray

We go to great lengths to make sure our vehicles are ready for winter. Who wants to get stuck in sub zero degree weather with a stalled car?

But what about during the summer? Believe it or not, the heat takes its toll on your car, too, so it is important to keep your car serviced.
Periodic maintenance on your car will save you tremendous hassle in the long run. Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too. Smart drivers make it a point to have their cars serviced according to the schedule of the dealer. This way, when it comes time to trade the car in, the value for their trade in is increased and they are able to move one step closer to purchasing the car of their dreams. It may not exactly be bedtime reading, but the fact is, the owners manual for your car, if used correctly, can be your best friend. Assuming, of course, that you actually read it. Here are some other tips to keep in mind

Follow the manufacturers recommended service schedules. This could save you a major breakdown.

Have the air conditioning system looked over by a qualified technician. A check up here can save you a huge bill later.

The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. Prevent this problem by making sure the cooling system is flushed and refilled as recommended.

Have your car s belts, clamps, and hoses checked by a technician. This only takes a few minutes and is usually inexpensive.

Change your oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or four times a year.

Replace air and fuel filters as recommended.

Get plenty of windshield washer solvent, we have a tendency to use a lot of this in the winter, so your fluids may be low.

Tires should be rotated every 5000 miles or so.

Check the spare tire to make sure it s inflated properly. Also, make sure you have a jack along with it!

Transmission troubles equal money troubles equal emotional troubles! Have your transmission serviced periodically, and prevent big time repair bills.

If you notice that your brakes are less efficient, get them checked out right away.

Have your battery checked periodically to see how much life it has left

Inspect all lights and bulbs to make sure they are working.

Carry a first aid kit, flares, jumper cables, a flashlight, and a cell phone.

Taking care of your car takes only a few minutes each month, and pays you big dividends for the life of your vehicle

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