Yep, summers finally coming back. Hopefully you’ve made it through the winter unscathed and are now yearning for the smell of a good Barbecue and a nice cold beverage on a hot summer day. But don’t let the clear blue skies distract you from some important preventative auto maintenance.
Just as cold and rainy weather can take a toll on your family car, the heat of summer can quickly put your vehicle out of commission if you aren’t careful and forget to keep your car properly maintained.
As you can see in the pictures on this page, even we aren’t immune to the wear and tear that comes from using the daily driver and have to keep a pretty strict maintenance schedule. If we don’t, just like you, our trusty steed won’t be ready and able when the call comes in.
Some key things to keep in mind:
- Properly inflated tires- If your tires are too low, you risk a blowout due to extra wear and tear on the sidewalls. Get them checked and add or release air as needed.
- Air filters- With all the grime of winter being sucked up into your car, and now the dust of summer on the way, make sure your air filters are clean and able to do their job. It’ll help keep the air in your vehicles cabin clean and help eliminate strain caused by clogged filters.
- Check and change fluids- The fluids in your car help keep things lubricated and pliable. Ensure these are all properly filled and change them as necessary. Doing so can help prevent cracked hoses and deteriorating engine parts. It’s much cheaper to change these before trouble hits than it is to replace parts and fluids both.
- Check your battery- Cold weather makes it harder for your battery to start your car, but hot weather can help cause your battery to overheat or leak, so check the connections and make sure they are not covered in corrosion. A bit of baking soda and water can help remove that if you are careful. Do you notice any bulging in the battery? Cracks? What about the smell of rotten eggs? If so, it’s better not to attempt starting your car. Batteries in this condition can explode, and that’s certainly no way to start the summer.
If you notice any of the above problems and are not sure what to do, just give Leslie a call in our auto repair shop and he’ll get you taken care of.
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Bob’s Auto & Towing
785 Northwest Cornell Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
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