This is the season of summer vacation, rising temperatures and lots of fun places to go! Insure that your summer vacation plans stay happy memories by pulling out of your driveway with a well prepared car and avoid unpleasant surprises along the road. Well…we can’t do anything about that unpleasant road kill, but those are not the surprises we mean. Most of your car issues can be prevented or minimized with some “get ready for summer” prep.
Before you head out of town on your summer adventures, note that Scott Sherman is re-locating from Magnolia/Interbay to the Greenwood neighborhood at 9234 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle WA 98103.
1. Tires: Inspect tire pressure and tread on all 5 tires. Front and rear tire pressure recommendations may differ. Make sure your spare is also inflated to the proper tire pressure and ready to go when you need it. Also, carrying an emergency sealant and inflator kit can really come in handy if you do get a flat and need to drive safely to a better location to change the tire. Over and under-inflated tires can cause the tires to overheat and perhaps even blowout.
2. Keep cool: Check over your air conditioning system. If it is not cooling as needed, adding refrigerant will help. Check for leaks or a clogged condenser. Driving long distances for summer vacations is exhausting; keeping comfortable while driving keeps both drivers and passengers happy and vacations on a positive note! When checking your system, don’t forget your cabin filter. Keeping that clean keeps outside debris from entering your vehicle.
3. Wiper blades and fluids: Dried out blades that don’t make full contact with the windshield make driving in summer thunderstorms dangerous. Proper wiper fluid levels will keep you a happy and safe driver.
4. Oil Change: If it has been over 6 months or the recommended mileage since your last oil change, and if you plan to tow a trailer or boat over the summer, you may need either an oil change or a heavier oil to handle the extra demands put on the engine.
5. Battery: Summer heat can lead to internal battery breakdown or failure. Make sure any corrosive buildup on the terminals, clamps, and cables is cleaned off and the clamps are tight to prevent movement. A battery test will let you know if it is time to replace your battery. Scott Sherman is here to help with that.
6. Inspect all belts and hoses: The high temperatures of summer driving can be just enough to rupture a hose that is a bit on the old side. Have extra hoses and belts on hand for added insurance and know how to change them. If you are not sure how to do this, bring your vehicle into Scott Sherman and we will take care of you.
7. Be Prepared: Have on board a well-stocked emergency kit that includes water, non-perishable foods, jumper cables, a working flashlight, basic hand tools and of course a first aid kit. The one time you need to access one of the items in your emergency kit is the time you will be most thankful you did.