Keeping Your Car Running In The Summer

Summertime is supposed to be all about fun in the sun, but if you're not properly prepared you can go from zero to nowhere pretty quickly. Most drivers don't pay a lot of attention to the upkeep required to make sure their cars can keep going when the going gets tough, and that's why we have put together a list of slam dunk summer prep tips to keep you moving through the hottest months of the year.

  • Check Your Hoses: For most drivers, hoses are an important, all too often overlooked part of what keeps your car moving. You should check these regularly, but in the event that you don't; you should absolutely check them before setting off on any kind of long distance drive. Check your hoses while your car is warm (but not hot), the hose should feel firm, but not as hard as stone. If your hose feels overly soft, then you know that it's time to go ahead and replace it before it fails you.

  • Check Your Battery: Always check your battery before going on a big trip, you don't want the power going out when you're trying to power through the last leg of a long journey. If you're unsure of how to check your battery, take it to a local service center and have someone check it for you. If the power drains when you're using the AC, the car cranks slowly when you start it, or the lights dim when you start it; it's time to replace your battery. These are just a couple of the obvious signs that it needs to be replaced.

  • Check Your Radiator: The health of your radiator is paramount to the success of any kind of summertime driving, whether it's a quick trip to the store, or a long drive across the state. You need to check this regularly! The radiator should usually be filled with a 50/50 water to antifreeze ratio, but make sure to check your owner's manual to be sure. If you haven't had your radiator serviced in a while, we highly recommend that you do so.

  • Check Your Oil: With temperatures on the rise, it's incredibly important to make sure that your car has enough oil to get the job done. Oil is what helps stop your car from overheating by lubricating moving parts. Over time, oil breaks down and stops doing its job. We recommend that you change your oil every 2-3,000 miles during the summer to ensure that nothing goes wrong in this department.

  • Keep An Emergency Kit In Your Car At All Times: We feel like this one should be a given, but too many motorists take to the streets every year without having even the most basic kit in their car in case of emergencies. We recommend having the following items on hand to deal with emergency situations:

    • Jumper cables

    • Flashlight

    • First aid kit

    • Water for the car and for yourself 

    • Extra coolant

    • An external battery charger in the event that you lose power and can't charge your phone

We hope that this list has given you a real idea about how to get ready for summertime travel. If you can take care of all of the items mentioned above, that's great! If not, stop by Matt Bowers Ford Metairie and let one of our qualified service experts take care of all your auto needs!



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