Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer
Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer
Recommended Summer Maintenance Tips

Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical failure through periodic maintenance...Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too!

 

Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician like the ones found at Greenville Chrysler in Greenville, TX.

Cabin Air Filter
Cabin Air Filter

When looking at a vehicles engine, an air filter is a very important component. Without the air filter harmful debris, dirt, and other contaminants would be able to enter your engine or vehicle’s cabin. Many do not realize it, but having an old or dirty engine air filter can be just as bad as not even having one. All vehicles have different recommendations for the amount of time you wait to get your air filter changed, but these are common rules for when it's time to change that work across all vehicle types - if it's been more than three year. It's been over 30,000 miles. Or black areas on the section of the filter where outside air enter have appeared.

Oil & Engine Performance
Oil & Engine Performance

Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage, or tow a trailer.

 

Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended more often in dusty conditions. Get engine driveability problems (hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at a good shop.

Cooling System
Cooling System

The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled! The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.

Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning

A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner's manual for location and replacement interval.

Tires & Brakes
Tires & Brakes

Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; check them while they're cold before driving for any distance. Don't forget to check your spare as well and be sure the jack is in good condition. Examine tires for tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. An alignment is warranted if there's uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side.

 

Brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance. Minor brake problems should be corrected promptly.

Battery
Battery

Batteries can fail any time of year. The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment. Routine care: Scrape away corrosion from posts and cable connections; clean all surfaces; re-tighten all connections. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly.Avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid. Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.

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Dealer Information


Greenville Chrysler

Phone: 903-454-0283

5401 Interstate Highway 30

Greenville, TX 75402

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