Rising temperatures cause your tire air pressure to increase 1-2 PSI (pounds per square inch) for every 10 degrees. Proper tire inflation is essential for safe driving and increased tire wear. Also, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, properly inflated tires can improve your gas mileage by 3.3%. This translates to nearly 8 additional miles per tank for the average SUV or 10 miles per tank for the average passenger car. Underinflated tires run the risk of blowouts, and overinflated ones risk hydroplaning on wet roads. It is best to test the tire pressure when the tires are cold and have not been recently used.
While you are down there with your tire gauge it is a good idea to test the tread wear. Stick a penny in the tread gaps with Lincoln's head facing down - if the head is fully visible, you need new tires. We will gladly check this for you on your next service visit and carry a full line of tire for your vehicle should you need them.
With warmer weather come air contaminants such as pollen, dust and mold spores. Now is a good time to check that air filter and replace it if it is clogged with these contaminants. A dirty air filter can reduce your gas mileage by as much as 10%.
If you haven't had the cooling system of your car flushed recently, do it now. At the least, check the coolant level to insure that is at or near the "full cool" indicator line.
This will prevent overheating, the leading cause of mechanical breakdown according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Air Conditioning System
Nothing is worse that sitting in traffic with no A/C and the temperature is in the 90's. Now is the time to have your vehicle's A/C system checked.
Don't let an old battery leave you stranded in the summer heat. Have your battery's voltage checked. Also, make sure the battery terminals are clean and in good condition, and that cables are securely attached.
With so many people saving money by driving to their summer vacation destination it is essential the family vehicle be properly maintained - have it checked by our service department. We offer a complimentary multi-point inspection on all service visits. Ask your advisor for details.
To ensure that you're prepared for any unforeseen "bumps in the road", we suggest you keep these essentials in your vehicle at all times:
Enjoy your summer!