Car Care Tips | Getting Your Car Ready For Summer Travel

28 March 2017
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28 March 2017, Comments: 9

Summer will be here before we know it! Sunnier, longer days, more hours spent outdoors and with the ones you love; such a great time of the year to look forward to! Before you hit the road on your summer road trips, we want to make sure we have you covered with a brief checklist of must do car care tips!

Brake System

First things, first. Brakes are that mechanical element to your car that you may neglect without even knowing it! We use them every time we drive our car, and it is an aspect of car maintenance that you definitely want to check before going on any long trip.

Check your brake reservoir for the color of the fluid, and make sure that it is topped up to the full mark. As the brake fluid ages, it turns the color of maple syrup and begins rusting your brake components. This is definitely not good and you will need to consider flushing out your brake fluid. If you haven’t had a brake fluid flush in two or three years, it is a very smart idea to go ahead and get this taken care of.

Engine Oil

A rule of thumb is to check and refill your engine oil every 3,000 – 5,000 miles but to be sure you can also consult your owner’s manual to what your manufacturer recommended oil change interval is. Not having sufficient oil levels in your car is one of the last issues you want to worry about when traveling. If you’ll be going long distances consider purchasing synthetic motor oil. Synthetic motor oil helps give your car the protection against thermal breakdowns if you will be traveling in hot weather, engine friction losses are lessened and your fuel economy increases, which creates a cost benefit that you’ll see when you’re on a long drive.

Emergency Kit

This is not strictly speaking “maintenance,” but you should always check to make sure you have an emergency kit stored in your trunk or back seat for when something goes wrong. You can buy pre-made emergency kits from many retailers or build your own with a spare backpack or duffel bag lying around the house. Some of the most important items to have in your kit include first aid supplies, jumper cables, tow rope, a pocket knife, and a flashlight. An air compressor and fire extinguisher are also great additions to the kit and will help keep you prepared and safe for when mishaps occur on the road.

Tire Pressure & Tread

This one is very important as well to make sure you are squared away and ready for your summer road trip! There’s nothing scarier than driving on tires that are without tread while trudging through new terrain. Be sure to check all of the tires. Be sure the tread is not too worn or unevenly worn at that. To accurately measure your tire treads, you can buy a tire tread-depth gauge for a couple bucks from a local parts store. Most new tires come with 10/32″ of tread depth; if your tires are 2/32″ or lower, it’s time to invest in new tires!

For an accurate tire pressure level, take a look on your driver’s side door, in the glove compartment, or on the fuel filler door for the recommended tire pressure for your wheels. Be sure to check the pressure right before you leave with a reliable gauge; this can be picked up at an auto parts store and an air hose can be used  at a corner gas station as well. Having the appropriate tire pressure levels is important as having too much can lead to blowing out a tire, and having too low or tire pressure can waste fuel and cause the tire to run hotter from the extra friction.

These are just some quick tips to get your car road trip ready, visiting your local automobile mechanic for a once over may also be a good idea. Let us know how your trip goes!

9 responses on “Car Care Tips | Getting Your Car Ready For Summer Travel

  1. I really like that you mentioned the important things to have in a car emergency kit, like jumper cables, tow rope, and a flashlight. My husband and I recently got stuck on a patch of ice and ended up having a tow rope in the kit which helped us get unstuck. I know that if I was to be in an emergency situation, I’d want to always be over prepared for the worst.

  2. Kraig says:

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  4. Bradly jackson says:

    It is an informative post and contains very useful maintenance tips during summer season. Cars are nothing but machines and like other machines they need maintenance in a regular interval in order to perform efficiently. There is also maintenance varies accordingly with the change in seasons. Tire pressure fluctuates with the change in surrounding temperature. So we have to constantly maintain our tire pressure at optimum level. And another important thing is that the servicing should be done near an ASE certified servicing center. As they are technically best in there job and has huge experience in such field. Servicing is needed at regular interval so that your car could run for a long time smoothly. Thank you again for sharing those important tips with us.

  5. Mason Lee says:

    The article above is very informative one and all the car owners should take care of these maintenance tips to keep their cars ready for a summer ride.Also check the brake oil quality as burnt oil may corrode the whole braking system.

  6. Tarah brown says:

    Extreme temperatures affect the car in diverse ways, it also affects the brakes. Brakes should be checked at a regular interval as it is directly associated with our safety. My husband recently faced an accident due to the brake failure. So, if you are finding any types of clue or any types of unnatural behavior of your brake then the car should be immediately get inspected by a trusted mechanics as it is very dangerous to drive with damaged brake. Another thing we should taking care off is the tread depth of the tire. It looks like a minor issue to be considered but we should check the tread depth of tire at a regular interval and if necessary should be replaced by new winter tire one as these tires can produce more traction on the snowy surfaces than that of ordinary tire.

  7. Charles says:

    Great article. One of the things people forget to check is the tire pressure on the SPARE tire and if they are carrying all the tools required to change it.
    It’s also prudent to get battery chargers, emergency lights, air compressors if you are going out to the boonies.

  8. Kyle Wayne says:

    I like that you mentioned keeping an emergency kit in your car. My brother is looking to get some car service done by a professional but is looking for more tips. I’ll be sure to talk to him about keeping an emergency in his car.

  9. Cotar Olson says:

    Cars face a real hard time in the heat with episodes of radiator leakages, cracks in hose pipes, clogged up filters and poor air conditioning. Owners can themselves check if their air conditioning is working fine by testing the cool air inside or should be checked by a professional to detect problem. As battery helps to supplies power to the starter motor, the lights and the ignition system of the vehicle’s engine so it must be kept clean to get better performance. As a precautionary measure, clean the battery’s top to prevent accumulation of dirt that can reduce power of a battery. Maintaining tire pressure and the brake system at their right position may assist you at the time of your drive also provide safety to the riders. For enhance the performance of your car it should be maintained only by a car professional.

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