With its changing weather, rise in temperature, and increase in drivers on the road, summertime in Texas can be especially brutal on your vehicle. This makes performing a little summer car maintenance essential. From checking tires to topping off fluids, here are a few tips to help you get your vehicle ready for summer.
Once the temperatures
start to rise, check the tires. Air pressure increases 1 psi for every
10-degree rise in exterior temperature, which means your tires probably won’t
be properly inflated if you haven’t checked them in a while. Proper inflation
extends the life of the tires by helping you to avoid excess wear and tear, and
it can even improve fuel economy.
Check the oil, hoses,
and belts. Oil keeps the engine lubricated and running smoothly, so make sure
it’s full. Also watch hoses for any leaking or loose connections, and make sure
that the belts are all at a proper tension. You can also visually inspect belts
and hoses for cracking and wear. Coolant is especially important in the summer,
so if you notice the reservoir is low, see a professional as soon as possible.
You should also have a
professional at our service center do an air-conditioning pressure check. If
you haven’t had the system recharged in a while, doing so before it gets too
hot would be a wise choice. It’s never fun being stuck on a Texas highway without
air conditioning, especially in the peak of summer.
Like in all aspects of life, bad habits can be easy to fall into. When it comes to car care, though, bad habits could be doing some serious harm to your car and putting you at risk on the road. Are you guilty of any of these bad car maintenance habits? Check out this list to find out if your car could be in better shape.
Neglecting fluid checks
Most drivers know they are supposed to regularly change their car’s motor oil, but many drivers neglect to monitor and change other important fluids. You should regularly keep an eye on coolant, brake and transmission fluids, as these are all crucial to your vehicle’s overall performance. The good news is, checking up on and replenishing these fluids is easy and inexpensive.
Ignoring failing brakes
If you’ve noticed your car making a grinding or squeaking sound when you apply the brakes, don’t ignore this. This probably means your car’s brakes or brake pads need to be replaced. When dealt with early, this is a quick and easy fix, but putting it off can quickly result in the need for expensive repairs.
Driving with old air filters
Relatively few drivers remember — or even know — to routinely replace their car’s cabin and engine air filters. Since they’re inexpensive, it’s a good idea to change out your car’s air filters a couple times a year or every time you change your car’s oil. Doing so will help keep your engine running smoothly and the interior of your car comfortable.
Lots of people keep jumper cable in their car, but you shouldn’t count on someone else to have them when your battery dies. They’re an inexpensive necessity, and may allow you to help someone less prepared in the future.
Bottled Water and Snacks
If you end up being stranded with a broken down car for a while, you’ll be grateful to have something to fuel your body. Dried fruit, energy bars, and trail mix make for a quick, healthy snack. Bottled water can also be good in other situations, like for cleaning off cuts.
Seat Belt-Cutter/Window Smasher Tool
This tool will be by your side in the worst case scenario, and if that day ever comes you’ll be happy to have it.
Not only should you have an ice scraper handy if you’re driving in a snowy climate, but you should also pack your car with a couple of sweaters and blankets in case you ever end up stranded on a not-so-sunny day.
If you find yourself stuck in snow, ice, or mud, this unexpected tool might be a lifesaver. Sprinkle some around your tire for enhanced traction.
There’s nothing quite like a good road trip. Without proper preparation, though, the road trip you’ve been looking forward to all year can quickly run into trouble. This summer, follow these simple road trip tips and enjoy a drive you’ll never forget.
Get your car in shape
Whether you’ll be gone for a couple days or a few weeks, a road trip can be extra taxing on your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to perform some maintenance on your car before you depart. In particular, be sure to check your tire pressure, alignment and tread, oil and fluid levels, and your battery. Additionally, make sure your air-conditioning system is working properly and pack some emergency items such as bottled water and nonperishable food.
Plan for the unexpected
As any seasoned road-tripper will affirm, it’s virtually inevitable that something unexpected will pop up while you’re on the road. Whether it’s an unanticipated road closure, a flat tire, or pop-up thunderstorm, it’s a great idea to have a plan B. As you plan your trip, keep in mind alternative routes and backup activities in case something falls through.
Get off the beaten path
The highway might be the quickest route, but it’s not always the most exciting. At some point, consider hopping off the highway to explore the more scenic backroads. Chances are you’ll find the most memorable driving when you get off the beaten path.
Making a New Year resolution isn’t easy, and keeping it isn’t any easier. Fortunately, achieving your 2018 goal is possible if you take the right steps. Here are a few ways to keep your 2018 New Year Resolutions from your friends at Tipton Hyundai.
Launching a full scale assault on your resolution, whether you want to stop smoking or become more social, increases the odds of failure. Instead, create a concrete plan to achieve your New Year resolution. After all, you have all year. Start small and take each step slowly to push yourself across the finish line.
Talk to others
Whether your goal is to lose weight or kick a bad habit, one of the best ways to achieve your goal is to talk to others about it. Talk to family and friends about your resolution or join a support group, like a workout class. Doing so will encourage you to fully commit yourself to achieving your 2018 New Year resolution.
Ask for help
One thing many people don’t like to do is ask for help with their New Year resolution. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help now and then, and a major life change will likely require support from others. Feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by your 2018 New Year resolution will only increase the odds of failure. If you need help, ask a close friend or family member.
From all of us at Tipton Hyundai, we hope you have a productive and healthy start to the new year.
At Tipton Hyundai, we love to show our appreciation to our customers. That is why every Tuesday is Ladies Day at Tipton Hyundai.
For just $29.95, our Hyundai Service Lane will give your car an oil and filter change, a multi-point inspection, a fluid top-off, and a thorough exterior wash. You can pick up your car knowing it’s been well-cared for, and you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a newer vehicle.
By getting regular oil changes, you can help prolong the life of your car. Your car’s oil helps keep everything cool and lubricated in the engine. It also helps clean out sludge and other particles from your engine. Clean oil can also maintain your car’s excellent fuel efficiency.
Your vehicle’s oil change needs depends on the model, so consult your owner’s manual for a more specific maintenance schedule. The industry standard for oil changes has long been every three months or 3,000 miles. However, your Hyundai may not need an oil change that often.
If your car is having problems, or if you’re just ready for your regular maintenance visit, schedule a Tuesday appointment at Tipton Hyundai to take advantage of our Ladies Day special.