Summer road trips are a lot of fun with friends and family. Making sure your vehicle is in good enough condition for a summer road trip is an important step in planning a road trip. We here at Executive Auto Salon, the top body shop in Philadelphia, suggest that anyone planning a road trip should bring their car, truck or SUV to us for an inspection. Aside from taking your vehicle to a mechanic, here are four easy tips to keep your car running smoothly all summer long.
Keep It Clean – The wet winter can cause many problems on your car. Check inside and out for potential rust spots on the body of your car and undercarriage. Rust in those locations can be a big indicator that your brake lines or fender wells may have a problem. Even taking care of the little things like wiper blades and the floor mats inside are very important. Road salt that is not cleaned out of the floor mats can cause the floorboards to corrode.
Check The Tires – With the increase in heat, the inside of tires expand easier compared to during the winter. The increased expansion makes tires more likely to be blown out. Over or under inflating tires can make the chance of a blowout even higher. Avoid over and under inflating tires on your vehicle. Car owners can do this by making sure to check the tire pressure regularly. Newer model cars even show the tire pressure in their on-screen HUDs.
Go Under The Hood – Spending just a few minutes every few weeks under the hood of your vehicle can help prevent most car problems. Inspect hoses for cracks and belts for signs of fraying. Higher temperatures can put more pressure on the battery of a car. Checking the strength of a battery is key during the summer months. Monitoring the vehicle’s fluid levels is just as important. Low fluid levels can indicate a leak in a hose or an even larger problem.
Stay Cool – Although it may seem like the only idea for relief from the heat, getting into your car and blasting the AC the whole time can ruin your air conditioning unit. Mechanics suggest keeping your air conditioning at a low and steady level instead of blasting it on high for short increments and then turning it off. Having the air conditioning break during summer can make driving feel like a chore instead of a luxury.
Following these tips is not going to make your car invincible and problems may still come along with your vehicle. When problems do occur, just making sure to bring your ride to Executive Auto Salon.
At Executive Auto Salon, we take great pride in being a leader in Philadelphia auto repair. For more information on the services we provide or to schedule a service appointment, head over to our website at www.executiveautosalon.com or give us a call at (215)-289-1500.