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Summer is synonymous with long road trips and warm weather adventures, but that weekend drive could get cut short if you've been neglecting your car for the last few months. Just like how an annual physical keeps your health on track for the year, your car needs a check-up to ensure everything's working smoothly and efficiently. Making a small investment in your car's maintenance today could save you from a huge expense tomorrow - not to mention the hassle. This is what we'd recommend you take a look at this summer:
Check Your Fluids
The phrase "a well-oiled machine" doesn't come from nowhere. Remember that your car is a very complex machine and requires the proper fluids in order to prevent it from coming to a screeching halt. You should typically change your engine's oil every 5,000 miles and your transmission fluid should be flushed every 30,000 miles. While you're at it, brake fluid, power steering, and differential lubricants should all be changed every two years at the minimum.
Lay Off the Pedal
Driving smoothly and maintaining consistent speed will reduce the strain on your vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, aggressive and inconsistent driving can lower your gas mileage by about 1/3 while travelling on the highway. Travelling at speeds over 50 mph drastically reduces your fuel efficiency the faster you go, so observing the speed limit and even travelling below it can save you at the pump and in upkeep costs.
Change Your Air Filter
A visual inspection of your air filter is a pretty good metric by which you should replace it. If it continues to be dirty after a quick rinse or wipe down, it's time to get a new one. Either that or you should replace your air filter every 15,000-30,000 miles depending on how much you drive and how dirty the outside air in your area is. Desert areas or particularly dusty regions will need an air filter change more frequently than mountainous or lush parts of the world.
Test the Air Conditioner
A no-brainer for summer driving, you'll want to check up on your air conditioner before taking off on a long drive. A simple drive around the block should confirm your A/C's functionality, but just to be safe, it might be smart to have a mechanic take a look at it.
Keep It Cool
Your engine's coolant performs three essential tasks. First and foremost, it prevents your engine from overheating, but it also protects the softer metals in your engine from melting and safeguards against your engine freezing up. You can check your coolant with a test strip to check the acidity, so if it's particularly high, that's a sure sign your coolant is deteriorating. If your engine overheats due to lost coolant, you can always add water to your engine to cool it down before you take it to the shop.
Don't wait until you're stuck on the side of the road to get your car checked out. Call Scott Sherman Auto Care today to schedule a summer car maintenance appointment before you hit the open road with friends and family.
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