The sweltering Texas heat can be unbearable during the summer months. When you are in your car headed to work, school or somewhere for pleasure, the last thing you want is for your vehicle to break down or your A/C to stop working. Preparing your car for summer is crucial to ensure an enjoyable ride during the warm months. Our team here at Autoworks has compiled a list of important items to check before heading out on the road this summer.
Check the Coolant Levels
Engine coolant is the single most important fluid to keep an eye on in your car during the summer months. The levels of coolant can be checked easily by looking at the minimum and maximum fill marks on the side of your coolant reservoir. If you see coolant levels falling, you may have a leak in your radiator or radiator hoses. Never open your radiator cap or reservoir cap while the engine is hot, as this can result in hot coolant spraying out of the cooling system. This can potentially cause serious bodily harm. If you are still having trouble or are unsure on how to do this, Autoworks technicians can check your coolant levels and fix any possible leaks.
Keep Tires Inflated
Blowouts typically occur during the summer months due to the added strain put on the tire components by hot asphalt. Ideally, drivers can avoid blowouts by keeping their tires properly inflated to the manufacturer recommended pressure. This information can usually be found on the inside of the front driver’s side doorjamb or the inside of the gas door. If you are having any tire troubles, contact Autoworks to have one of our technicians inspect your tires.
Have A/C System Checked
Your vehicle’s air conditioning should be serviced at the beginning of every summer, particularly if you live in an extremely hot climate like Texas. This typically entails a refrigerant recharge, but it may also alert you to other problems with your air conditioning. Driving with windows up and air conditioning on is the most fuel-efficient way to travel at highway speeds in hot weather, so this is an important step to take before you set out on your summer vacation. Autoworks team of technicians can service your vehicle’s air conditioning to ensure it is working properly and efficiently for those warm summer months.
Protect Your Paint
Lastly, the summer heat does not just tax your car’s engine; it can also take a toll on the exterior. Whenever possible, park in the shade and apply a protective wax to your car each month during the summer.
You can rest easy knowing that our skilled technicians here at Autoworks can fix any or all of the problems mentioned above to ensure you have a safe and smooth ride this summer. Don’t hesitate to contact us with the link below for more information or to schedule your service today!