With the onset of warmer weather and the passing of Memorial Day it is that time of year again to make sure your vehicle is up to the task of going and doing whatever you have planned this summer season. Even if there are not any long trips planned it is important to have your vehicle performing its best.
– Eliminate the Salt
What makes for easier driving conditions in the winter can really take its toll on your vehicle the rest of the year. It is crucial that you remove all the salt, sand, and other build up that may have collected on your vehicle over the long winter that we just endured. Not only spraying off the body, but also clearing the undercarriage is very important in your vehicle’s protection and sustainablility.
– Take a Peek Under the Hood
Pop the hood and re-familiarize yourself with the different belts and hoses making sure everything is tight, fluid levels are where they should be, there are no leaks under the hood, and the air filter is clean. Finally make sure there are no loose nuts or bolts as the jarring from potholes and ice can take its toll. If anything looks out of the ordinary or you are unsure about something make sure you have it inspected by a mechanic that you trust.
– Air Levels
The temperature can play games with your tire pressure. While your Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) will alert you of low tire pressure it is important to manually check your pressure to make sure the TPMS system is performing correctly, and the tires are not over inflated. Over inflated tires pose several different risks from uneven tread wear to minimal contact with the pavement increasing the chance of hydroplaning. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE SPARE
– Taking the Boat or Camper?
After sitting all winter it is important to do a complete walk around of the vehicle and trailer to ensure the connection, trailer lights, and tires are in proper working order. Along with checking for safety, it is important to check on state laws so you are in compliance with the states that you will be in to prevent starting a trip with an unwanted ticket.
– The Unexpected
It is important to carry some basic tools in case you need to perform some roadside maintenance. If you are unsure what tools would be best for your vehicle ask a technician for some suggestions. Other important items to keep in the vehicle are a first aid kit, roadside flares, a flashlight, jumper cables, and bottled water.
The little time and effort that it takes to get your vehicle ready for the summer season is important to make sure simple problems are avoided when you are hundreds of miles from home.
Court Street Ford, located at 558 William Latham Drive, is a multi-year president’s award winning dealership. We have been serving the Kankakee, Bradley, Bourbonnais area for 30 years and counting! We are committed to exceptional customer service. Stop by or give us a call at (815) 939-9600, our knowledgeable sales team and service department will be happy to help and are dedicated to providing the best experience for every customer.
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