The summer can take a mean toll on everyone and everything. Before heading to your car dealer’s repair shop, be sure you’re taking care of your own car too. The last thing you need is a hefty tow and repair bill.
Check Your Battery
- Clean any corrosive buildup
- Check the charge
- Change the battery if older than three years old
- Ensure that the clamps are tight
Cool The Engine
Cooling systems protect engines from overheating and should be flushed periodically, as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Between flushes, make sure the coolant is filled to the proper level by checking the overflow reservoir. If necessary, top off the reservoir with a 50/50 mix of water and the coolant type specified by the vehicle manufacturer. CAUTION! – Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot – boiling coolant under pressure could cause serious burns. Rubber cooling system components are susceptible to heat-related deterioration, so periodically inspect hoses and drive belts for cracking, soft spots or other signs of poor condition.
Check Your Fluid Levels
Periodically check all vehicle fluids, including
- motor oil
- transmission fluid
- power steering fluid
- brake fluid
Ensure they are at appropriate levels. If any fluids need to be topped off, be sure to use the type of fluid specified in the owner’s manual.