Is your car ready for the summer? Your car undergoes added stress during operation under hot and humid weather. This is why summer car care matters to responsible vehicle owners across Tacoma.
Inspect Your Tires
According to the Rubber Manufacturer Association, only one in 10 car owners routinely check the tire pressure. You absolutely cannot disregard tire pressure checks in the summer. Factors like under-inflation, misalignment, and worn treads all elevate the risk of a blowout. For every 10-degree increase in temperature, tire pressure rises by about 2 psi. This increases over-inflation, which can cause the rubber to rupture.
Replace the Air Filter
The air filter collected a lot of debris and contaminants over the winter and spring. A dirty air filter reduces fuel efficiency by as much as 10%. Unless the vehicle manual specifies otherwise, we suggest an air filter change every 12,000-miles.
Monitor the Coolant and Radiator
Automakers design engines to operate under extreme temperatures. Nevertheless, even the most advanced and modern engines have a limit. Excessive heat causes the moving metal parts to melt and fuse together. This is why the car needs coolant. An auto service can completely flush your radiator and refill the coolant.
Check the Battery
People assume batteries only die in the winter. Heat is actually just as taxing on a car battery. Heat changes the chemical composition inside the cell, causing it to overcharge. High temperature also causes the internal fluids to evaporate; a battery drained of its fluid is a dead one. Be sure to regularly detach the cables and wipe corrosion off the terminals.
We Perform Summer Car Care
Be sure to address any necessary auto repairs before embarking on a road trip. Bring your car to Jones Automotive Clinic for a pre-trip inspection. If you own a Toyota or Subaru model, then we’re the go-to team. We cannot overemphasize the importance of summer car care.
Summer Car Maintenance for all Vehicle Models
Serving Customers in Tacoma, Sumner, Lake Tapps, Auburn, Federal Way, Des Moines, Gig Harbor, University Place, Fircrest and Ruston