Carlsbad Auto Service helps get your vehicle ready for Summer!
Summertime calls most of us out on the roads, and with summer’s heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, it will take their toll on your vehicle.
Before you find yourself traveling and vacationing out and about and enjoying the season, think about your vehicle and some seasonal maintenance. There are a number of things you can do to prepare your car for a safe and steadfast summer of driving.
Beat the Heat
Your car’s cooling system is critical to your summer driving, with the primary job of keeping your engine cool. Your cooling system strives for a constant 200 degrees Fahrenheit to protect your engine against corrosion, provide more efficient fuel combustion, and maintain proper oil viscosity.
However, in hot weather, your coolant could reach as high as 250 degrees, and your car could overheat. At Carlsbad Auto Service we know your cooling system needs extra attention in the summer. To prepare your cooling system for summer, we will check your radiator and hoses for leaks or cracks, your engine thermostat and radiator cooling fans. We will make sure all your connections are snug and your coolant reservoir levels are at the proper operating level.
Before your air conditioning quits cooling, Carlsbad Auto Service can inspect your system for worn or damaged belts. The belt on your air conditioner drives the compressor; without that, you won’t get any air conditioning inside your car.
The air conditioner has a condenser that looks similar to a radiator. We can inspect the fins to be sure they are clear of debris. When air moves freely around the condenser, the refrigerant can do its cooling job to maximum efficiency.
You will get longer tread wear, better handling, and better fuel efficiency if you have Carlsbad Auto Service check the air pressures and the overall condition of your tires and alignment.
If your summer plans include stop and go traffic, or drives through dry desert, you will want Carlsbad Auto Service to inspect your brakes because worn and used brakes can be less responsive. What you see when you look behind the tire and wheel depends on whether your car has disc or drum brakes. Carlsbad Auto Service can provide you with a complete brake inspection and service. Excellent brake maintenance resources can be found on our website and blog.
Also ask us about the various brands and quality of your brake pads. Hot weather can increase the temperature of your brake system, causing your pads to wear more quickly. You’ll want to keep tabs on how worn yours are.
Towing a boat, camper, or trailer is common in the summertime. Before you hook on and drive off for a vacation destination, though, make sure you have Carlsbad Auto Service inspect your car and trailer.
Whenever you are towing, it is a good idea to develop a pre-trip inspection habit. Have us look over the brakes on your car and trailer. Are all the lights working properly? Our technicians will carefully go over your hitch to be sure it is secure.
Summer is a fun and liberating season. By having Carlsbad Auto Service inspect your vehicle’s cooling system, tires, brakes, and air conditioning, you can expect a more pleasant, safe, and reliable warm weather driving experience.
Change Your Windshield Wipers
Like most rubber products, wiper blades are usually designed to work best in a specific temperature range. Blades formulated for warm weather are different — more flexible and efficient but often less durable than those designed for winter. Carlsbad Auto Service will install your wipers. Most wiper blades also take a beating in the summer due to non-use. They sit dormant on your hot windshield all summer long and dry rot. This will cause them to streak in the rain or snow causing poor visibility when you need it the most. Greater visibility equals greater safety and less stress, and wiper blades are cheap insurance.
Fix The Little Things
While you’re giving your car a check-up, it’s worth your time to bite the bullet and have Carlsbad Auto Service fix any small issues you may be having. A complete and fully functional car is a lot more satisfying to drive than a rattily, clunky one with a hundred quirks.
- Oil: We will change your oil and oil filter, which is a necessity if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.
- Lights: We inspect all lights and bulbs, replace burned out bulbs, clean dirt and insects from all lenses.
- Battery: Batteries can fail any time of year. The extreme heat or cold will cause a weak battery to fail. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine Care: We clean corrosion from your battery posts and cable connections, clean all surfaces, and re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, we can check your fluid level monthly.
- Wiper fluid: Carlsbad Auto Service will inspect your wiper fluid reservoir and top it off if necessary. We suggest opting for a solution that helps clear the glass of bugs.
- Emergencies: Carlsbad Auto Service always suggests carrying some basic tools — ask our technicians for suggestions. We also suggest including a first aid kit, flares, and a flashlight.