Summer time can be quite challenging on your vehicle; hot pavement, torrential rains, longer road trips. This can lead to inconveniences and repairs that no one wants to deal with. Not only do these untimely repairs take money out of your pocket. While there are some risks that just come along with being a car owner, there are many others that could easily be avoided with regular maintenance and care. Here’s a checklist to help you keep these things in order. All the timeframes listed are general estimates. It’s very important to check your car’s owner manual for specific suggestions for your car type. I’ve partnered with Kayser of Watertown to help put together a few things that you should get done or do yourself to avoid bigger repairs.
Get Your Air Conditioner Checked Each Year
If your summers are anything near as hot as they are here… this is something you don’t want to slack on. Having your air conditioner go out in the dead heat is the worst. Be sure to get your air conditioner checked each year, and fluids topped off if need be.
Rotate Your Tires
Tires should be rotated roughly every 5,000 miles. This is important to ensure they wear evenly.
Regular Oil Changes
Most cars require oil changes every 2,000-3,000 miles. Staying regular with these is vital, as failure to do so directly affects your engine!
Check Tire Pressure Regularly
Your tire pressure is very important. If too high, or too low, it could easily lead to a flat, or even a blown tire. Check your tires weekly, so that you can quickly identify any changes such as a slow leak. If you notice changes, do not hesitate to get them checked out.
Check Fluids properly…regularly
Notice the word regularly? Don’t skip that part. You should check your fluids every few weeks, but please be sure you read your owners manual first so that you know what you are doing. Failure to do so could result in a dangerous situation where fluids explode onto your skin causing serious harm. Checking them incorrectly could also result in incorrect readings.
Don’t Ignore The Lights
If any of your warning lights on your dashboard appear, don’t hesitate to get them checked. You can usually have this done at your local auto parts store. If the reading brings back news of an issue, getting it looked at by your trusted mechanic immediately.
Doing these few simple tips well help to ensure your car is performing at its peak, for as long as possible. As noted, resort to your car’s manual for additional tips and suggestions!