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!