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Summer is officially here, and with such heat waves and high humidity factors, we must prepare for our seasonal car care the way we do in the winter months. With summer car care, the main thing we all remember is to check our coolant, but there are a few more things you need to keep in mind for the blisteringly incendiary days ahead.

Checking your car at this time of year is not just about the seasonal change issue. Going out of town this summer for vacation? If so, you’ll want to make sure your car is road-worthy – especially if you have a family and little tots to tote around!

Keep these TOP 5 SUMMER CAR CARE TIPS from owner Ted Bishop, on your radar:

1 – Check your car’s COOLING SYSTEM. Adding new coolant is a must this time of year, or you may need to get the cooling system flushed.

2 – Checking the AC SERVICE is important to many folks if your car has air conditioning. Check on the freeon to make sure there are no leaks, or have some freeon added if need-be.


4 – Do a TIRE INSPECTION, which includes tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. You may need to get new tires, or just put some new air in them. Remember how the hot pavement of summer roads will EXPAND your tires (the opposite of what happens in the winter as the road at that time of year can deflate them a bit).

A good tire inspection ensures you have no holes, no leaks and that your tire tread is good. Also, you may want to see if you need to get your tires rotated. In the last few months before summer, you have been straddling and driving around all the pot-holes that the winter snow and salt trucks caused, so you may have a tiny leak in one of your tires from hitting a past pot-hole. Having your tires checked before a summer road trip is ideal then!

5 – A BREAK INSPECTION is also a good thing to have on your list for summer care. If you are driving a long distance for your spring break and/or summer vacation, you need to ensure your breaks are operating at peak level performance.


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