- Get a full cooling system checkup. The radiator, coolant, belts, hoses, water pump and cooling fans all play major roles in keeping your engine’s temperature under control. A bad radiator core or worn hoses and belts can lead to overheating and major engine damage. Don’t risk being stranded on the side of the road because of missed preventative maintenance.
- Check your tire pressure. Increased heat and road friction during the summer can lead to increase in tire pressure and over inflation. Help your tires last longer by keeping the air pressure at the recommended levels. And have your tires rotated every 7,500 miles.
- Change the oil. This is a basic tip, but one that is often neglected. Stick to your vehicle’s manufacturer recommended fluid change recommendations.
- Have your air conditioner checked. If your refrigerant levels are low or if you have a leak in the system, that family road trip in July will be tough.
- Check your serpentine belt and other belts and hoses. Extra heat in the summer can cause extra wear. Replace worn belts and hoses before they break and leave you stranded.
- With more driving comes more risk of a suspension issue. Check your suspension system for wear. Is your steering not as sharp? Or do you hear a grinding or knocking sound at the wheels? Ball joints, CV joints and other suspension parts need to be inspected for safety.