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Preparing Your Car for Summer Driving

May 16, 2008
We all know that we need to make sure our vehicle is ready for driving in the winter, don't we?

But what about during the summer? Believe it or not, the heat takes its toll on your car, too, so it's important to keep your car serviced.

Periodic maintenance on your car will save you tremendous hassle in the long run. Your vehicle should last longer and command a higher resale price, too! I made it a point to get my car serviced according to the dealer's schedule, and when I traded it in, I got far more than I expected due to the stellar condition of the engine.

Reading your owners manual is also very important as it gives your vital information on the maintenance of your car, like fluid change intervals for instance.

Your vehicle should be serviced at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer to avoid any major problems while out on the road.

Have the air conditioning system looked over by a qualified technician. A check up here can save you a huge bill later.

The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. Prevent this problem by making sure the cooling system is flushed and refilled as recommended.

Have your mechanic check all of the belts and hoses for wear and tear. This task can be quickly done and repairs or replacements should not cost very much.

Change your oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles or four times a year.

Make sure that air and fuel filter are replaced as per manufacturers recommendations.

Make sure your windscreen washer fluid is replaced as you may have used most of it during the winter.

Tires should be rotated every 5000 miles or so.

Your spare tire must by checked. Ensure it is inflated properly and is in good condition. Also check that you have sufficient tools to change it!

If you get a broken transmission, it can translate into a very large hole in your pocket. Repairs are expensive but can be avoided with regular servicing.

If you notice that your brakes are less efficient, get them checked out right away.

Have your battery checked periodically to see how much life it has left!

Periodically inspect all the vehicle's lights to ensure that they are functioning properly.

Your vehcicle tool kit should include, jumper cables, a torch, and a first aid kit. You should also have a cell phone handy when travelling in your car.

There you go - a simple list to keep your car in great running shape. Remember, your car needs to be maintained and checked over even in the summer.

Periodic checks take minutes, but can be a very important in prolonging the life of your car.
About the Author
This author is the writer of more articles about looking after your car. He has also gathered together 100's more motoring articles on subjects like making your car more fuel efficient at his website Roberto-Beiro.com.
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