Oh my—spring just sprang and the temperatures should be climbing soon. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA, this week we are blogging about five rather simple suggestions about how to keep your vehicle in optimum condition during these hot and humid days and nights ahead. Stay on top of these five things and you will avoid serious engine and transmission problems down the road.
1.) Check all of your fluids more during the summer. There are several important fluids that require attention, including your engine oil, power steering fluids, and transmission fluids, as well as your windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant, which is believe it or not very important when the weather gets hot. Look for accurate levels or any leaks under your vehicle.
2.) Check your hoses and belts: A belt that fails can impact your electrical system, air conditioning system, and your power steering, as well as the cooling system. Inspect hoses and belts for cracks, especially before you go on a long trip.
3.) Check your tires: Check tire inflation and examine the tread for uneven wear, which is an indication that you may need a wheel alignment. Also, look for bulges and bald spots on your tires and if they look serious, get them fixed or completely changed as fast as you possibly can. Tire pressure changes 1 psi for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit change in temperature.
4.) Check your car's radiator and gas caps: Tight-fitting caps on the radiator and gas caps are very important. Radiator caps can corrode and deteriorate faster than you'd imagine, so it is always a good idea to replace them as often as you flush your cooling system. Always make certain that you have a tight seal and that there are no visible signs of wear.
5.) Flush and fill your car's cooling system: Consider flushing every 2 years on most vehicles for added insurance against engine failure. Your cooling system's hoses could be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps in poor condition might need to be changed altogether. To find out, just give them a good squeeze. If you hear or feel them crack, or see any bulges, they need might replacement.
About Anderson Behel
With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop is certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop a Porsche Collision Center, and most recently a Volvo certified shop. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment, and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche, Acura, Volvo, Nissan, and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced, and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on some of the world's finest vehicles.
Sources: Driving, AAA and MSN