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How to Summer-ize Your Car
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’s 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! I made it a point to get my car serviced according to the dealer’s schedule, and when I traded it in, I got far more than I expected due to the stellar condition of the engine.
Now I know this isn’t bedtime reading, but the owner’s manual can be your best friend – assuming you read it! At least take a look-through periodically. How about while you’re waiting to get your oil changed?
Follow the manufacturer's 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’re working.
Carry a first aid kit, flares, jumper cables, a flashlight, and a cell phone.
There you go – a simple list to keep your car in great running shape. Remember, your car needs to be maintained and checked over even in the summer.
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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