Summer Maintenance Tips  
 

Our Summer Maintenance Tips for Driving Safely

For most drivers, once summer arrives, they begin to plan an extended road trip. Perhaps you're one of them. So, before you head out on your journey, you want to ensure that your vehicle is ready. While the conditions are favorable for enjoying yourself more outdoors, the same conditions could impact many of the vehicle's components in less than ideal ways. The good news is that our dealership in Delray Beach has the most advanced equipment and technology and a state-of-the-art facility to accommodate all the services you need. We can help to ensure that your vehicle is in top quality condition!

Oil and Oil Filter Change

Maintaining consistent oil change intervals is not only the recommended way to have engine longevity, but when you're traveling long distances, it's also imperative. With an engine temperature that can reach over 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the extreme heat during the summer can wreak havoc on the viscosity of your engine oil. Over time, it can break down, and the oil loses its natural nutrients needed to protect core internal engine parts. That can impact fuel economy, and eventually, engine damage.

Fluid Levels

Due to the change in seasons and temperatures, fluid levels often are affected. Whether it's windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, or transmission fluid, you want to ensure that the maximum level of all your fluids is maintained. A vital fluid to keep a watchful eye on during the summer months is the coolant. A common reason for a breakdown during summer is a low coolant level, and it's essential to keep the engine from overheating.

Tire Pressure and Quality Condition

Tire rotations are helpful to ensure the tires wear evenly, and it extends the life of the tires. Before hitting the road, it's a good idea to have your tires rotated and have the air pressure checked for accuracy. A visual inspection should also occur by a trained technician to ensure they are in good quality condition before traveling. If any of your tires are at or below 2/32 in inches, replacing them is an absolute must for safety.

Car Battery

Your car battery can withstand the winter months because of the cold-cranking amps it's built to uphold. However, the summer heat will impact it in negative ways. The combination of the outside temperatures and engine heat may cause the car battery to become too hot. If that occurs, the battery could lose its capacity to hold a charge. Therefore, having the battery tested is a proactive way to ensure that it's strong enough to endure the summer months.

If you need any of the above services completed, contact our service center. Or make an appointment using our convenient online service scheduler.