Top Summer Car Maintenance Tips (Part Three)

Summer is a tough time of the year for cars. It’s just plain hot outside and it’s also the time of the year when most people go on long road trips. If you’re not careful, you could easily find yourself on the side of the road with an overheated engine! So that’s why we wanted to do this three part series on summer car maintenance. If you missed the first couple, no problem – you can read them by scrolling down through our blog.

But now, without further ado, we’d like to share with you our last three tips to keep your car at the top of its game during the hot summer months.

  • Obviously your brakes are the most important safety feature on any car, so, the first tip is to simply check your brakes. Brakes need to be replaced when the pad has been worn down to the minimum thickness as specified by the car manufacture or state law. According to howstuffworks.com, there are several indicators that you need new brakes:
    • Your brake pedal becomes very soft and mushy
    • Your brake pedal is very hard and resistant
    • Your brake pedal rests too low or too high
    • Indication or warning lights on the dashboard
    • Loud and constant scraping and grinding sounds coming from the brakes
  • Next, check the coolant and radiator. Cars are designed to be able to stand quite a bit of heat, however, there is a limit to how hot a car should get. To ensure your car does not exceed that limit, your coolant should be topped off. During the summer, coolant should be a 50/50 mixture of water and antifreeze.
  • And lastly, clean your battery. Believe it or not, the best way to keep your battery running strong is to keep it clean. Every once in a while detach the battery cables and wipe off the terminals. Also, make sure the battery is securely strapped down and all connections are solid.

There ya have it! And always remember, if you are having any trouble whatsoever keeping your car in peak condition, we’d love to help you out here at DeVoe Automotive. Set up your service appointment, or stop by today!

Top Summer Car Maintenance Tips (Part Two)

A couple weeks ago we did a blog post that gave a few tips on how you can best care for your car during the hot summer months. Those tips included checking your tires, changing your oil and oil filter, and changing the air filter in your car (For a more in-depth explanation of these tips, read the post for yourself).

Well today we’d like to add onto that list of summer car maintenance tips! So without further ado, here is part two of “Top Summer Car Maintenance Tips”:

  • De-winterize your car. For starters, take the snow tires off your car once winter is over. I know, I know – not many people use snow tires these days. Most people just stick to the all-season tires. But if you’ve still got snow tires on your car when you don’t need them, you’re lowering you MPG for no good reason. Other things you can do to de-winterize include changing the oil and topping off all fluids.
  • Get under the hood and check all the hoses and belts. Belts and hoses are vital to your cars health. If a hose has a leak and cannot get coolant to your car’s engine, your car might overheat and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Be sure to check for cracks in any hose, and weak spot in the belts.
  • Replace your windshield wipers. Violent thunderstorms can pop up very suddenly during the summertime, so make sure you’re ready. They’re not too expensive, they’re available at most stores with an auto care department, and they’re easy to install. Just do it!

So there you have it – part two of three of the summer car care blogs. Check our blog later this month for part three, and always remember that DeVoe Automotive is always there for all your car care needs!

Top Summer Car Maintenance Tips (Part One)

Despite rising gas prices, Americans can never seem to resist their desire to get out on the open road in the summer. I know I personally have always loved going on summer road trips. However, as fun as summer road trips may be, long trips on hot summer days can be extremely hard on your car. But wait! Don’t cancel your road trip yet! There are a few simple precautions you can take to make sure your car is ready for a summer trip.

  • Make sure your tires are up to snuff. This doesn’t only mean you should make sure there is enough air in your tires; it also means you should check your tires tread to make sure there’s not too much wear and tear. Tires without enough tread can cause you to hydroplane, which is never a good thing.
  • Change the oil and oil filter. Oil keeps the many moving parts of your car working the way they should, so make sure you check your owner’s manual and get your oil changed after the recommended amount of miles.
  • Change your air filter. Your cars air filter will get clogged with various things over the winter months, so make sure everything is clear. This will allow your engine to breathe better, and thus get better gas mileage.

We hope these few tips help! Keep an eye out for the second and third installments of “Summer Car Maintenance Tips”. And always remember, you can count on the DeVoe Automotive service center for any of you car maintenance needs.