Like getting a house, buying a car is one of the most valuable investments you can put your hard-earned money into. That’s why it’s so important that you keep your vehicle in top condition — not only so you can optimize its use but also to cut down on repair costs. Now that summer has arrived, here are 5 maintenance tips to keep in mind.
1. Check Tire Pressure
The higher temperatures of the summer season can heat up the air inside your tires and increase pressure and this is even more evident when you are on the road. Make sure that the pressure in your tires comply with the manufacturer’s recommendation and consider the increase in ambient temperatures as well. Both under-inflating and over-inflating can have serious consequences to your safety and the car’s fuel consumption.
2. Change Your Car’s Engine Oil and Oil Filter
Before a long drive under the summer sun, have your engine oil checked if it needs changing and while you’re at it, change the oil filter, too. A fresh batch of oil in your engine ensures that parts run smoothly, are clean, and most importantly, are cool. Heavy driving combined with the summer heat can overheat the engine and this is even more so when you’re using dirty and old oil.
3. Check the Belts and Hoses
The cold temperatures of winter can cause rubber and plastic to harden and crack, resulting to leaks. The main purpose of belts and hoses is to keep your engine running cool. Check them for cracks and leaks and replace them if necessary or you may find yourself stranded on the road and under the hot sun.
4. Have Your Car Serviced
Have your car checked thoroughly by a certified service center mechanic. A quick check and tune-up can save you a lot of trouble and gas. Car service prices are also affordable considering the many benefits.
For your auto parts needs, you can always count on Meyers Auto Parts. We have a wide selection of OEM and aftermarket parts for your beloved vehicle. Their friendly staff and sales personnel will be more than happy to assist you.
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