When you get ready for your summer vacation, don’t forget about your vehicle. Your vehicle is important because you will have to rely on it to get you to and from your destination safely. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.
Here are some tips to get your vehicle ready for summer:
1) The brake system should be inspected. Stopping is important.
2) Check all the fluid levels and inspect them for leaks.
3) The oil is the life blood of your vehicle. Have us change it according to the recommended schedule.
4) The belts and hoses need to be inspected for cracks, wear, and lose connections.
5) Check the tires. Under inflated and worn tires will need immediate attention.
6) Don’t forget to change the engine’s air filter. Over time it will plug up with dirt and grime that impacts your mileage.
7) Inspect the wipers and check your cabin air filter.
8) Have us test your radiator, coolant, and thermostat. This will help prevent the vehicle from overheating.
9) Remember to check the battery cable connections and test the battery. More batteries fail from the heat of summer than the cold of winter.
10) The air conditioner belts, hoses, and temperature output should be tested so you can stay cool all summer long.
Part of the basic safety inspection for your vehicle should be inspecting the vehicle’s belts and hoses. They should be inspected for damages, cracks, or leaks that may have occurred over time. Hoses that are exposed to heat and fumes from the engine can cause them to harden. This can have the possibility to lead to leaks or cracks with the hoses. It is also important to check the belts for any tension or damage from normal wear and tear.
As you drive, be aware of any issues with the belts. When a belt is loose, you will hear a squeaking or squealing noise, especially when you accelerate rapidly. Sometimes the belts can make these noises if water, coolant, or oil has contaminated them. If this occurs, you will also need to see where the leak is coming from. This is important because if they are ignored the pulleys may be out of alignment.
Neglecting the hoses of your vehicle can lead to damage and overheating of the engine. You can inspect the hoses over for any holes or cracks. During this, you can also see if any of the hoses are leaking. This can occur with the hose, or at the ends where they connect. It is also important to look for any bulges or blisters. By feeling the hoses you will also be able to tell if they are too soft or hard. If the hoses are weakening, they will need to be replaced soon. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.