Hose connections should be checked
for leaks, damage or looseness and need to be replaced as necessary. Have
your cooling system flushed to help prevent your car from overheating. Watch for cold vapors from air conditioning
outlets that may indicate low refrigerant levels. Check for good airflow at air conditioning
Check the Essentials
Oil and filter should be changed
regularly and especially before a long trip.
Your brakes, automatic transmission and power steering fluids also
should be checked. Have your technician
inspect your brakes pads and linings.
Inspect Your Windshield Wipers
Thunderstorms often crop up
without warning in the summer, and the previous winter's weather may have taken
a toll on your windshield wiper blades.
Replace worn wiper blades and keep plenty of windshield washer fluid on
hand to clear dust and insects.
Inspect Your Tires
Have your tires rotated if they
haven't been within the last 7,500 miles.
Replace any unevenly worn or damaged tires. Check and adjust tire pressure according to
the owner's manual. Summer heat
increases the pressure in tires, so test the pressure before driving far. Don't forget to check your spare tire. Not only will this help keep you safer, but
properly inflated tires increase your car's fuel efficiency by up to 3%.
Make a Visit to Your Service
tune-up before a long trip is a good idea.
It's better to catch a problem now than late at night in the middle of
After you have had a technician go
over your car and you have inspected everything you can think of pack a few
emergency items -- just in case.
One gallon of 50% coolant to 50% water
2 spare quarts of oil
One gallon of windshield washer fluid
A good flashlight with spare batteries
Sunblock and insect repellant
A piece of carpet or door mat, in case you have to kneel down on the ground in bad weather
Remember to take a break every couple of hours when driving long distances and enjoy your summer!