Tips for Summer Car Maintenance

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.

Be sure to visit us at Tipton Hyundai for essential summer maintenance on your vehicle!

Bad Car Maintenance Habits Every Driver Should Avoid

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.

For all your car maintenance needs, visit Tipton Hyundai.