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The heat of summer has arrived in most parts of the country. If you are still planning that summer road trip, make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey. For peace of mind, schedule an automotive service to inspect all the systems of your vehicle so that your car will be as safe as possible to drive. A pre-trip service provides the opportunity to have any necessary automotive repair made at home by your own trusted mechanic who knows your vehicle.

Check out these summer automotive service tips:

  • Tires -- Driving on under-inflated tires can cause them to overheat and increase the likelihood of a blowout, especially when road temperatures are extremely high. Also, make sure the tread is adequate and that your wheels are in the proper alignment. You may need to rotate your tires, or possibly purchase new tires.
  • Brakes -- it is critical your braking system is functioning properly to meet the challenges of all road conditions;
  • Battery -- Clean any corrosive build up from battery terminals and cable clamps, and ensure the clamps are tight enough that they will not move. Another potential problem is evaporation of battery fluid, which leads to corrosion on terminals and connections. If a battery is more than three years old, have it tested to determine how much longer it will last.
  • Keep your engine cool -- Cooling systems protect engines from overheating and should be flushed periodically. Between flushes, make sure the coolant is filled to the proper level.
  • Hoses and belts -- periodically inspect hoses and drive belts for cracking, soft spots or other signs of poor condition.
  • Air filters -- fresh air filters will keep the motor running smoothly.
  • Oil change -- follow your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended interval schedule. Invest in a high-quality filter;
  • Fluid levels -- Engine fluids lubricate and serve as coolants by helping carry heat away from critical components. Periodically check all vehicle fluids. If fluid levels are low, the cooling effect is reduced, increasing the possibility of overheating.
  • Maintain a comfortable driving environment -- During the extreme summer heat, an air-conditioning system is more than just a pleasant convenience. It can reduce fatigue, maintaining driver alertness. If a car’s A/C is not maintaining the interior temperature, it may mean the refrigerant level is low or there is another problem.
  • Be prepared for an emergency -- It is important to have a well-stocked emergency kit in your car, which should include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, first aid kit, and cell phone and charger.

Follow these summer automotive service tips for a safe trip.  Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Heights Car Care today for more information about our automotive repair services and to schedule an appointment.  Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Heights, Billings, MT, and the surrounding area.

Before your summer road trip, schedule an automotive service to check the various systems of your vehicle. schedule an appointment today!
21
Jul
2018

The heat of summer has arrived in most parts of the country. If you are still planning that summer road trip, make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey. For peace of mind, schedule an automotive service to inspect all the systems of your vehicle so that your car will be as safe as possible to drive. A pre-trip service provides the opportunity to have any necessary automotive repair made at home by your own trusted mechanic who knows your vehicle.

Check out these summer automotive service tips:

  • Tires -- Driving on under-inflated tires can cause them to overheat and increase the likelihood of a blowout, especially when road temperatures are extremely high. Also, make sure the tread is adequate and that your wheels are in the proper alignment. You may need to rotate your tires, or possibly purchase new tires.
  • Brakes -- it is critical your braking system is functioning properly to meet the challenges of all road conditions;
  • Battery -- Clean any corrosive build up from battery terminals and cable clamps, and ensure the clamps are tight enough that they will not move. Another potential problem is evaporation of battery fluid, which leads to corrosion on terminals and connections. If a battery is more than three years old, have it tested to determine how much longer it will last.
  • Keep your engine cool -- Cooling systems protect engines from overheating and should be flushed periodically. Between flushes, make sure the coolant is filled to the proper level.
  • Hoses and belts -- periodically inspect hoses and drive belts for cracking, soft spots or other signs of poor condition.
  • Air filters -- fresh air filters will keep the motor running smoothly.
  • Oil change -- follow your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended interval schedule. Invest in a high-quality filter;
  • Fluid levels -- Engine fluids lubricate and serve as coolants by helping carry heat away from critical components. Periodically check all vehicle fluids. If fluid levels are low, the cooling effect is reduced, increasing the possibility of overheating.
  • Maintain a comfortable driving environment -- During the extreme summer heat, an air-conditioning system is more than just a pleasant convenience. It can reduce fatigue, maintaining driver alertness. If a car’s A/C is not maintaining the interior temperature, it may mean the refrigerant level is low or there is another problem.
  • Be prepared for an emergency -- It is important to have a well-stocked emergency kit in your car, which should include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, first aid kit, and cell phone and charger.

Follow these summer automotive service tips for a safe trip.  Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Heights Car Care today for more information about our automotive repair services and to schedule an appointment.  Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Heights, Billings, MT, and the surrounding area.

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