It’s no secret that cars are put under more stress during extreme seasonal changes, and the heat is no exception. Heat plays a big role in the deterioration of parts, and this is especially true for the European model of cars that we specialize in. So before you pack up for vacation, there are a few very simple precautions you can take in order to ensure that you don’t have any problems getting to and from your vacation spot.
Very few people check their tire pressures consistently and correctly. Under-inflated tires are bad, but so are over-inflated ones. During the hot weather that comes with summer time, tire pressures will change. Check to make sure that you tire pressure is at a reasonable PSI according to your owner’s manual. You can check the pressure with a simple hang pressure gauge that you can pick up for cheap at the local auto parts shop. One of the worst-case scenarios that we see here at Malone’s Service and Performance are tires that blow out altogether. A combination of heat and an under-inflated tire can cause such an accident.
You will also want to pay attention to your tire’s tread. If you stick a penny in between the treads and the head does not disappear, then it is time to start thinking about a replacement.
Oil and Oil Filters
Oil is what keeps your engine parts running smoothly and most importantly, cool. You should change your oil at least every 7,500 miles, but you can consult with your manual again to see what the recommended amount is. Your car’s engine is a lot more likely to overheat during the summer time, especially if you are taking a long drive across the state. You can easily check the oil of your car with a few easy steps.
First, let the car run for a few moments while you have it parked.
Locate the dipstick for the oil under the hood. When you check the oil, make sure that it looks brownish-yellow and both clean and smooth while on the stick. If there is a lot of grime, then it is time for an oil change and a replacement for the filter.
And finally, make sure to check that the levels are correct. If there is not enough oil, then you can simply top it off. Consult again with your owner’s manual in order to see what type of oil the car uses. If you are unsure, then you can always bring it in to a shop and ask an expert.
If you are changing the oil yourself, please make sure to recycle it instead of throwing it away.
Hoses & Belts
There are hoses connected to the car’s radiator to help pump coolant to and from the engine block. The belt will run the fan that cools the entire system of the car. You will want to examine and check each for cracks. If you hear that your belt is squeaking, then it is probably time for a change. A quick fix would be simply to lubricate with something like WD-40. If you don’t trust your eyes, then bringing in the car for an examination is a quick way to find out if there is any damage to these parts and any others around the car.
These are three of the most common areas of headache we see during the summertime. If you are planning on doing some vacation traveling, or just being stuck in that terrible Atlanta traffic for long hours each day, then make sure that your car is running at its best or you will have to pay the price eventually. If you experience any breakdowns during the summer, you can trust Malone’s Service to do the job right. We are a car repair shop located in Marietta, GA. Our mechanics have been proudly serving our metro-Atlanta neighbors for over a decade.