We talked a little about maintenance tips during the summertime in our last post. Check it out here if you didn’t already read that post. Here are 3 more summertime maintenance tips that you should take into consideration, especially if you are planning on traveling for vacation.
You may associate summertime with heat and dry weather, but depending on what part of the country you are in, the weather can take drastic turns for the worse. How many Georgians have gotten caught in big thunderstorms during their trips to and from Florida? It has happened to us all too many times. This is why it is important to check that your wipers work well. This is especially true for nighttime travel. Rain during the night can decrease your visibility to only 20 feet in front of your car. Inspect and replace your wiper blades with quality ones if necessary. If you visit any local auto parts store then they will be able to easily assist you with choosing the right blades for your vehicle.
Brakes are arguably the most important safety feature on your car. Driving long distances will put even more stress on your car’s brakes than normal. Driving on worn or faulty brakes is dangerous. You will want to have your brake’s linings inspected in order to see if you need them replaced. This can be done at any service shop in your area. There are some signs that indicate that you may need to replace your brakes:
If you notice that the brake pedal becomes softer over time.
On the other hand, if the brake pedal becomes too difficult to push down
Check out warning lights or any indicators on the dash. If this happens, then you will need to go to a service shop or auto parts store to have them examine the status of the lights to see what may be causing the issue.
Scraping or grinding sounds when you step on the brakes.
If you do notice squeaking brakes, then this may not necessarily mean that you need to replace your brakes. Have a service shop check the problem as it could be a number of issues. However, do start getting concerned if the noise starts to sound like grinding. Have your brakes inspected as soon as possible if you notice any abnormalities. Leaving this problem alone can lead to even greater damages that are much more costly than a simple brake replacement. The last thing you want is for these problems to surface during your trip across state.
Radiator & Coolant
Engines have a much more likely chance of overheating during the summertime the longer you drive them. Low coolant levels or damaged hoses can quickly lead to overheating. Similarly, problems with the radiator will also result in overheating. These parts will wear down over time. It is important that you have these parts of your car inspected per your owners manual. If you have not gotten an inspection and are planning a road trip, then it may be time to get it over with. Bring your car in for inspection and make sure that your car runs at peak performance. One of the quickest signs you will see if there are any problems with this area of the vehicle is small puddles of coolant underneath your car if you leave it parked overnight. Don’t ignore these leaks.
There sure are a lot of areas of the car to check to ensure it runs well during the summertime. These are all services that you should have done regularly. If you do, then you should be good during your travels.