It’s no secret that the summer months are a popular time for road trips. With the warmer temperatures, motorists don’t have to worry as much about conditions such as snow and ice, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t factors to consider before hitting the road this summer for an exciting adventure.
Check the tire pressure and the overall condition of your tires. The first step in completing this task is to find the recommended pressure for your tires, which can be found in the owner’s manual. You should also make sure that your tires don’t have any small stones or nails in the tread. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to make sure that the tires have worn evenly. Motor Trend suggests rotating your tires every 6,000 miles to help ensure this occurs.
Another important summer maintenance tip is to look over all of the fluid levels in your car. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence reported the top reason for summer breakdowns is due to overheating, so it’s imperative to check the amount of coolant fluid in your vehicle. On top of that, it’s also important to check the power steering fluid, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid, oil, and the oil filter.
One area of car maintenance that’s often overlooked is the condition of your windshield wipers. If your car’s wipers are worn too much, they could leave messy streaks on your window, which obviously affects how well the driver can see the road. Windshield wiper blades should be changed every six months to a year, according to Rain-X.
If you would like to have your car inspected before taking a trip this summer, then call or visit our service department here at Don Wessel Honda to schedule an appointment. Our friendly and knowledgeable technicians would be glad to help you.