Temperatures are rising, and it won’t be long before they regularly exceed 100 degrees. Arizona summers can be particularly harsh on your car, and without preventative maintenance you could end up stranded. Stay cool this summer and save money on car maintenance with these tips:
If you’ve every stepped outside while barefoot, then you’re already well aware how hot the roadways can get in summer. These high temperatures can damage your tires quickly without proper maintenance. Keep your tires aligned to reduce wear and check the pressure during the coolest part of the day (early mornings or late evenings).
Fortunately, any signs of potential A/C trouble are fairly apparent. If your vents give off a musty odor every time you turn them on, consider having your ducts vacuumed. If your system isn’t blowing enough cool air, it may need a recharge. And if it isn’t blowing any air at all or is making strange noises, the blower or compressor may be damaged.
Fluids prevent your car from overheating and provide moving parts with lubrication. The oil, coolant, brake, and windshield wiper fluids can all be checked from under the hood, as can the transmission fluid in some models. Learn how to check fluid levels and fluid quality so that you can bring your vehicle in for early service.
Even if all of the mechanical parts are running fine, a blown fuse or shorted wire can still cause sudden failure in the headlights, taillights, air conditioner, radio, or other major component. Invest in an inexpensive box of spare fuses for the road.
These are only a few of the most common maintenance items to keep your car safe and cool on the road. For professional AAA-approved auto repairs in Arizona, visit Greulich’s Automotive. With 11 locations throughout the Valley and Tucson, we’re always nearby to lend a helping hand. Call (480) 389-2358 or visit us online for details about our latest auto maintenance specials.