With Memorial Day now behind us, we are moving into the sweet spot of summer where trips and vacations become a part of most people’s calendar. Before you head out this summer, though, make sure your car is ready for the trip. Summer is notoriously hard on cars with the high heat, blowing dirt and dust, not to mention stop-and-go traffic, which means that this time of year can really take a toll on your engine. Get ready for the road ahead with these tips from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
No one wants to be stuck on a 90-degree day in a hot car without air conditioning. Turn on your AC before you plan to hit the road to make sure that it’s still cooling down the car – and that you’re not getting any funny odors that might be a sign of another issue.
While you are cool on the inside, your engine must be cool as well. Check the coolant levels yourself and top off if needed –a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is generally recommended. Make sure to also check drive belts, clamps and hoses or make an appointment to get them checked by a pro.
It should go without saying, but make sure you’ve had a recent oil change before going on any long trips, especially where there will be lots of driving. Trips with lots of starts and stops or long hauls with extra luggage or a trailer hitched up can stress the engine more, so it’s important to make sure your oil is clean and topped off.
Summer storms can be strong, and the last thing you want is to drive into a downpour with poor-quality wipers. Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly and making contact with the windshield well enough to keep your vision clear. Don’t forget to also refill your wiper fluid so you can rinse off the dust and grime that can build up after hours on the road.
… camera, action! Oh, wait – that’s wrong. We mean your car’s lights, like headlights, taillights and blinkers. Check over all of your signal and indicator lights and replace any that have burned out. You should also wipe away any dirt or dust from the lenses to make sure you’re visible. Pro tip: Use a damp rag to prevent scratching.
There is only one part of your car in contact with the road – well, four – so it’s important to make sure they’re in good condition. Tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles to ensure even wear, and you also want to make sure the tire pressure is at the recommended level before leaving – especially since underinflated tires can reduce your overall gas mileage.
If you discover you need replacement parts while prepping for your summer road trip, call the pros at All American Auto Salvage. Our auto salvage yard likely has the part you’re looking for in superb condition and without the high prices of auto shops. To see if we have the parts you need, search our online inventory now, stop in and see us in Rahway, New Jersey today or call us at 732-574-1945.