Your car has worked hard this summer. The abnormally hot and dry weather we’ve experienced may leave your car toasted as we meet the end of the season. Now is the time to ensure your car has recovered from the hot summer weather and ready for the fall and winter seasons.
Before the crisp, cool fall breezes come rolling in, be sure to have these common summer car issues checked out using professional auto repair services in Lansing, MI:
- Tire pressure/wear: You may notice that tire scraps and folks changing flat tires on the side of the road are more common in the summer. This is because tires are more susceptible to damage and blowout in hot weather. In addition, summer road trips take a toll on tire tread. Be sure to have yours checked, especially if you have a long trip coming up.
- Heating/cooling system: You may be asking, “Why do I need to get my AC checked at the end of the summer?” It won’t be long before you turn that temperature dial from red to blue, right? No doubt, you’ve been making your air conditioner work extra hard all summer. Your car’s heater and air conditioner are part of the same system, so if there are any problems with your AC, they will likely crop up in your heater as well. The last thing you want is to start your car on the morning of the first frost only to find out your heater is dead.
- Coolant: Along with your AC, the coolant in your car has worked hard all summer to keep not only you but also your engine cool. However, coolant doesn’t just work hard in the summer, it also works in cold weather to gather heat and transfer it to your heating system. Ask your auto maintenance professional to check the level, condition and concentration of the coolant. Finally, remember to check your service records—you should be having your coolant flushed every 24 months.
- Battery: We often associate dead batteries with winter. However, summer heat actually weakens your battery’s starting power the most. In fact, if you find yourself with a dead battery this winter, it could be because of damage that was caused by the summer heat. Your weakened battery has to overcome winter’s cold temperatures and an engine with thickened oil, leaving you reaching for your jumper cables. One more thing: heat can cause the fluid in your battery to evaporate and corrode metal and cables around it. An auto repair professional can clean and scrape any affected surfaces.
- Engine: Any issues you may have been suspicious of this summer will only get worse once the temperature drops. If you have been ignoring that rattle or rough idling, now is the time to get it checked out.
- Oil change: This is probably the most important post-summer maintenance you will need. Heat, increased traffic and the quality of summer gas all take a toll on oil quality, making it decrease faster. Professional auto repair services in Lansing, MI can not only perform your post-summer oil change, but can also look for signs of engine trouble by observing the quality of the oil before changing it.
To check on all of these auto maintenance issues and more, be sure to visit or call PFS Auto Repair in Lansing, MI!