Make Sure Your Automobile is Ready to Hit the Road this Summer

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What Maintenance Does a Car Need in Summer?

The end of May or the beginning of June traditionally starts the summer adventure season. If you plan on hitting the road to explore, you will need to make sure that your car, truck, van, or SUV is ready to hit the open road. If you’re wondering, ‘What maintenance does a car need in the summer,’ you’re in luck. We took a few minutes to ask the expert technicians in the Downtown Tyee Chevrolet Buick GMC Service Department for their best tips. Let’s see what they have to offer.

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Check on Your Tires

If you haven’t already swapped out your winter tires for summer tires, that is the first thing that needs to happen before a road trip this time of year. Additionally, make sure that your summer tires are properly inflated and that the tread depth is still sufficient for safe driving. 

Battery Health

An automobile’s battery is one of its most critical components. Without a healthy battery, your summer adventure is over before it starts. A quick test can tell you if your battery is ok or if it needs to be replaced. Some signs that a battery is struggling are:

  • Dimmer than normal interior lights
  • Engine struggles to start
  • Check Engine light activates
  • Noticeable corrosion on the terminals 

Change Your Windshield Wipers

On a long enough trip, you will run into inclement weather. It’s crucially important that the driver can see the road during a downpour. Summer-appropriate windshield wipers use a different rubber formulation that is more suited to the conditions of the season. This means that your windshield will be clear.

Don’t Skip Regular Maintenance

Taken individually, this checklist looks like a lot. However, if you keep up with your vehicle’s factory maintenance plan with the Downtown Tyee Service Department, our team will take care of these things as a matter of course. Regular oil changes and other required services will keep your vehicle in peak condition for a lot of years and many kilometres. 

If you have questions about how to best take care of your vehicle, make an appointment with the Downtown Tyee Chevrolet Buick GMC Service Department today.