Whether you live in a warm or seasonably warm climate, heat, dust, and wear and tear on your vehicle all take their toll. Then consider the effects of last winter and you could be poised for a breakdown if proper maintenance is not taken to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure by taking steps to keep up periodic maintenance…your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too!
Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.
Be sure your air conditioning system is kept in good operating condition or it is likely to fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. The filters may need to be replaced, be sure to check your owner’s manual for location and the replacement interval.
The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
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