Nothing beats hitting the road with family or friends in the summertime. However, an untimely breakdown can put a damper on your next adventure before it even gets started, leaving you sweating by the roadside. If you address crucial summer maintenance tasks before you set out, you’ll be able to enjoy your next great American road trip with confidence.
In the summer, increased temperatures can cause your tires to overinflate, which increases your risk of a blowout. While it may not be as easy to spot with the naked eye as underinflated tires, it’s every bit as hazardous if left unchecked.
The best remedy is to periodically check the air in your tires with a pressure gauge. Make sure that they have the optimal psi as outlined in your owner’s manual.
If your tires are overinflated, remove the valve cap and carefully press a screwdriver to the metal pin in the center of the air valve. This will let the air out if you’re applying pressure. Continue to do this until you reach the optimal psi, then replace the valve cap.
High temperatures cause your battery to work even harder. It may come as a surprise, but extreme heat can be worse for batteries than extreme cold due to the evaporation of battery fluid.
Rough starts and idling are surefire ways to tell that your battery may need to be serviced or replaced. You’ll also definitely want to have your battery inspected if it’s been between three and five years since your last replacement.
The best way to ensure that your battery is up for the task before your summer road trip is to have it inspected. Technicians at your Valvoline Instant Oil Change will perform a complimentary battery test as part of your next full-service oil change.
Another common cause of summer breakdown is an overheated engine. Overheating can be a major issue not just for your plans, but also for the health of your vehicle. Driving too long on an engine that’s overheating can cause catastrophic — and costly — damage.
You can help avoid overheating by checking your coolant levels at the start of summer. Go to your local Valvoline Instant Oil Change and they’ll be happy to check your levels and top them off.
One of your best guarantees for well-regulated engine temperature is a radiator and cooling system flush at your local Valvoline Instant Oil Change. This ensures that you have an adequate amount of clean, fresh coolant and that your radiator is in healthy shape for the road ahead.
Bring your vehicle into a Valvoline Instant Oil Change and keep your vehicle ready for all four seasons of the year. Most services can be done quickly without you needing to leave your vehicle, and jobs like a radiator flush could cost you between 20-50 percent less than what you’d pay at a dealership.*
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