With rising temperatures during the summer months, it’s important to have your vehicle serviced to make sure it continues to run smoothly. Here are our Top 5 Summer Car Care Tips to follow:
Oil Change & Oil Filter Check
Oil is the lifeblood of your car and one easy way to keep your car running is to change your oil and oil filter every 3,000 – 7,500 miles depending on manufacturer specifications and oil type. Also, a lot of us do additional driving during the summer months when an engine is more likely to overheat. Always check your oil and vital fluids before going on that road trip with the family. Not sure how to do this? Stop by Prestige Auto for a quick courtesy check. Open 7 days a week!
Most engine fluids lubricate and serve as coolants by helping carry heat away from critical components. Coolant is essential in the summer to prevent overheating, but don’t forget the other fluids as well. Periodically check all vehicle fluids, including motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and even washer fluids, to ensure they are at appropriate levels. If any fluids need to be topped off, be sure to use the type of fluid specified in the owner’s manual. Not sure how to do this? Stop by Prestige Auto for a quick courtesy check. Open 7 days a week!
Tire pressure changes with rising temperatures. Driving on under-inflated tires can increase the likelihood of a blowout, especially if the temperatures are high. Check your owner’s manual or the sidewall of your tire to see what your tire pressure should be and check it with a pressure gauge or bring your vehicle by Prestige Auto and we’ll take care of it for you. We’ll make sure that you not only go home with the right amount of air in your tires.
Summer heat can speed up the chemical reaction inside a battery, causing the battery to be overcharged. This can dramatically shorten the lifespan of your battery. Heat can also damage the battery by evaporating internal battery fluid. The best way to keep your battery running smoothly is to keep it clean. Make sure the battery is secured down tightly and that all connections are tight. If you suspect that your battery is being overcharged or isn’t holding a charge well, come and see us at Prestige Auto and we can run a quick battery and charging system inspection.
Your brakes are the single most important safety feature on your car. Don’t put yourself or your family at risk this summer by riding around on worn down or faulty brakes. Brakes need to be replaced when the lining on your brake pad or brake shoe is worn down past the minimum thickness. Come see us at Prestige and we can check your brakes and make sure you are as safe as can be. Our brake services are backed by a 24 month / 24,000 mile nationwide warranty (whichever comes first).
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Prestige Autowash & Automotive
7860 Othello Ave
San Diego, CA 92111