5 Must Do Warm Weather Car Checks

Safety, Trending Automotive News on April 16, 2016

It’s starting to feel like a ‘top down, windows open’ kind of life with warmer temperatures upon us.    But, before the temperature prompts us to raise the windows and turn down the a/c there are 5 car maintenance tips you don’t want to ignore to keep your car cruising straight through the summer – problem free.

Before you think you don’t have time, it should only take 10 minutes to check the basics.  But, there always a GarageFly conveniently located near you to help do the work for you, too! Click here to find a shop near you.

  • Check all fluids.There are several fluids that require attention, including engine oil, power steering, brake, and transmission fluids, windshield washer solvent, and antifreeze/coolant.
    {TIP} Look for appropriate levels or any leaks under your car.
  • Check hoses and belts.A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, and power steering, as well as the cooling system.
    {TIP} Look for cracks in the belts or hoses.
  • Check the tires.Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, indicating the need for wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots,
    {TIP} Tire pressure changes 1 psi for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit change in temperature.
  • Check Radiator and Gas Caps –Tight fitting caps on the radiator and gas caps are important. Radiator caps can corrode and deteriorate, so it is a good idea to replace yours as often as you flush the cooling system.
    {TIP} Look for a tight seal and no visible signs of wear.
  • Flush and Fill Cooling System –Consider flushing every 2 years on most vehicles for added insurance against engine failure. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in poor condition might need to be replaced. Give them a good squeeze.
    {TIP} If you hear or feel them crack, or see bulges, they need might replacing.
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