With summer in full swing, car maintenance might be the last thing on your mind. However, proper vehicle maintenance can mean the difference between a relaxing road trip and a stressful roadside breakdown. To keep the summer fun rolling, consider these essential maintenance tips.
Fill up on fluids
To keep your car running at peak performance, make sure it has plenty of fluids. Check the engine oil, coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and brake fluid to make sure they’re at healthy levels. Before checking your coolant, make sure the engine isn’t hot — if it is, you could be scalded by boiling-hot antifreeze.
Extreme temperatures can take a toll on your vehicle’s battery. To keep your car running strong, protect it from high temperatures by parking inside a garage or shaded space, whenever possible. You can also boost the battery’s longevity by making sure it’s properly secured and by cleaning away any corrosion. And if you’ve been driving on the same battery for more than three years, have it checked by our expert technicians. If the battery is on its last leg, it’s better to buy a replacement now before you end up stranded in a hot parking lot.
Improperly inflated tires could lead to a surprise blowout when you’re cruising down the highway. To prevent your weekend getaway from being derailed, check the tire pressure when the tires are cold and adjust the pressure to match the recommended amount listed in your vehicle owner’s manual or the driver-side doorjamb.
Is your car blowing lukewarm or stale-smelling air? If it is, our expert technicians are here to help. We can recharge refrigerants, repair leaks, and unclog hoses in your vehicle’s AC system.
Need help maintaining your vehicle? Our factory-trained expert technicians will be glad to help. Just schedule a visit at the Mountaineer Mitsubishi service center in Beckley, WV.