Utah summer’s are packed with outdoor fun and lots of heat. The extreme temperatures and extra road trips can be hard on your car. Here are a few simple tips to help you have a safe summer and avoid breakdowns.
▪ Cooling System
A major contributor to summer breakdowns is overheating. Every two years, the cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled. Even when flushing the system regularly, the concentration, condition and level of the coolant should be checked periodically. A mix consisting of half coolant and half water is recommended. If you prefer doing things yourself, wait to remove the radiator cap until the engine has completely cooled. Removing the cap when the engine is hot is very dangerous!
Change your oil and oil filter as recommended in your manual. If you make frequent weekend getaways or longer road trips, you should change your oil more often.
Eye fatigue can be the result of a dirty windshield. This is a safety hazard even when you’re not driving moderate to long distances. Maintain high levels of windshield washer solvent and replace worn blades.
Take you care in to have rotate its tires every 5,000 miles. Once a month, check tire pressures when the tires are cold, before you’ve driven anywhere. Make sure you have a spare and a jack in good condition in your trunk. Examine tires for uneven tread.
Inspect brakes regularly as instructed in your manual. If you notice any abnormalities such as strange noises, pulsating or longer stopping distance, make an appointment at a good shop to get your brakes checked. Don’t delay. Even minor brake problems should be fixed right away.