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Summer DIY Car Maintenance Tips Salmon Arm BC

Summer is the prime time for road trips. It’s also a time when extreme heat can have an impact on your car’s performance. Before you head out on your next road trip — and before it gets too hot out there — make sure you follow these summer DIY car maintenance tips to keep your car in tip-top shape.

Check Your Tires

As temperatures rise, so will the pressure in your tires. If your car’s tires are under- or over-inflated, then you increase your risk of experiencing accidents, blowouts, and flat tires. Frequently look over your tires for any bulges or cracks, and make sure you regularly check your tire pressure. The manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure range can be found either in your owner’s manual or on the door jamb of the driver’s door.

Change Your Oil

Part of car ownership is keeping up with routine maintenance. The biggest part of this maintenance is getting your oil changed. Because cars are more likely to overheat in summer, it’s important that you have fresh oil to help reduce the likelihood of this happening. Check your owner’s manual for the type of oil you need to use in your vehicle.

Inspect Fluid Levels

Throughout your vehicle, various fluids work hard to keep your car running smoothly. Check these fluid levels as the temperatures warm up. Fill your coolant, transmission, differential, power steering, and braking fluids to the levels suggested in your car’s owner’s manual. If it seems like your car has been leaking fluids, then bring it in for a check-up to ensure it’s not a major issue.

Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Your windshield wipers have likely gotten a lot of use over the winter and spring. Make sure you check them over for any cracks, tears, and look to see if they leave behind streaks while in use. If you notice these issues, then change your wipers out for new ones. You should also keep in mind that you should change your wipers out every six months, so if it’s been that long since you last changed them, replace your old ones with new wipers.

Make car care a bit easier and less time-consuming when you bring your vehicle in for service here at Hilltop Toyota. Call us or fill out this online form to schedule an appointment.


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