Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Of all the seasons, summer is by far one of the harshest, especially when it comes to cars. Hot, humid weather can do a serious number on vehicles, even if they’re parked in a garage. That can end up costing drivers quite a pretty penny in repairs if the car isn’t properly maintained. We here at Babylon Honda have a few summer car maintenance tips to share so you can enjoy your summer days cruising down the highway, not waiting on the side of it.

A problem with your serpentine belt will leave your car disabled on the side of the road. Waiting for roadside assistance isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. That’s why it pays to have your car professionally inspected prior to a long road trip. Peak under the hood yourself. If the belt looks worn, shows signs of damage, or is loose, then it’s time for a replacement.

Windshield Wipers
Your windshield wipers are a year-round safety mechanism that are both cheap to maintain and replace. Without them, you could find yourself driving blind through a summer thunderstorm. Don’t take the risk! Spend a few dollars and minutes to keep yourself safe on the road.

Tires that lack a good amount of tread could cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Bad road conditions call for more traction. Take the time to properly inflate your tires for maximum surface-to-surface contact. Examine the sides and tread for any signs of cuts or bulges. Replace or repair the tire if necessary.

Don’t want to worry about it? Then schedule service at Babylon Honda for a complete inspection and we’ll leave the summer planning up to you!

Why It Is Important to Take Care of Your Tires

take care of your tires
The four pieces of rubber that keep your car in contact with the road are of vital importance to your safety. Yet, often, people overlook their tires when doing routine maintenance or checks. Here are three steps to make it easy to take care of your tires.

1. Maintain Tire Pressure. To maximize the performance of your tires, they need to be at the proper air pressure. This number is listed in the door jamb of your driver’s side door. Maintaining proper tire pressure prolongs the life of your tires, makes sure your car performs the way it should, and helps you achieve optimal fuel efficiency. You should check your tire pressure once a month
2. Inspect Your Tires. Every time you check your tire pressure, you should also do a good tire inspection. Look for signs of bulging, cracks, or any foreign object embedded in your tires. If you see any of these problems, you should have them checked by a professional.
3. Check Your Tire Tread. Another sign of a healthy tire tread is adequate tread. Use the penny test to see if your tires meet the minimum needed. Check in multiple spots and if there is any place where you can see his whole head, you need new tires.

If you need help inspecting your tires, schedule a service appointment at Babylon Honda today.