Six Simple Checks to Avert Disaster before Summer Driving

Here are Six Simple checks you can perform to avert a possible disaster. Summer driving can be very demanding on you and your vehicle. With a few quick checks you can keep your vehicle running well even in hot summer weather like today. They don’t take long and can save you hours of trouble and headaches later. Read On

1. Cooling System
Check Radiator fluids before leaving home. Just open the hood and check that the fluid is up to the line specified on the coolant reservoir.

Keep an eye on the temperature gauge while driving if it has one. If it starts overheating, before you get into the temperature red zone, turn off the AC and turn on your heater. This will make the car extremely uncomfortable but will reduce engine heat by acting as an extra path for heat to leave the engine.

If your car does get into the temperature red zone make sure to pull over as soon as you find a safe place to do so. Don’t try to open the radiator cap until the engine cools. It will burn you with steam and probably boiling liquid. A shirt will not help you because the steam will instantly cut through it. Just wait for it to cool.

2. Engine Fluids
Whenever you drive your car you should check your oil, transmission fluid, and brake levels. Checking these will help prevent problems all the time but in a very hot weather situation it is essential from the extra strain the temperature can put on the engine.

3. Tires
Check the tires air pressure before you leave to make sure they are where they need to be. The heat from the ground can make a tire that is a little overinflated become very overinflated and possibly fail while going down the road.

4. Air Conditioning
While not completely essential to get you there having your AC work can make the difference from being miserable to feeling great by the time you get there. If your AC doesn’t work the most common reason is that it simply needs to be recharged. If your AC isn’t working up to par bring it in and we can test the system for you and get it working great. We currently have a great special on getting your AC a checkup.

5. Battery
Among all of the other things that can fail from heat your battery can cause some problems. Most people think of the battery going out from cold but heat can be just as bad. Check the fluid levels in your battery if you still have one of the older types. Otherwise just make sure the terminals are free of corrosion and are tight.

6. Fuel
This last one might seem obvious but some people aren’t going to read this and have their car overheat. On hot days there are generally more traffic delays from cars breaking down in the road. Make sure you have plenty of gas so you don’t run out waiting for traffic to clear.

If you find problems with any of these items you should bring your vehicle into our service department. We will quickly get you back on the road and you won’t have to worry. Just give us a call at (605) 593-4098 or visit our Service Site