The end of summer is the perfect time for outdoor adventures such as hiking and tailgating, but a wide range of environmental and social factors affect the way you drive. That’s why it’s important to do end-of-summer car care. From engine performance to preparing for emergencies, there are a range of things you can do to keep your vehicle in prime condition.
According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, one of the most important things to do is to change your oil and oil filter. Be sure to top off fluids, particularly the coolant, and consider putting a bottle of fuel treatment in the tank to keep your engine working properly and to remove buildup.
Given that the end of summer often leads to cooler temperatures, it’s a smart idea to check your battery and your tires. The only accurate way to check a weak battery is by using professional equipment, which is one reason you should bring your car to Dewey Barber Chevrolet for service. Tire pressure can be measured at most gas stations; just be sure to check your manual for proper pressure levels. Air pressure dips with the temperature, so it’s likely your tires will need air as the year progresses.
Be sure to prepare your emergency kit at the end of the summer, too. You should always have work gloves, flares, blankets, basic tools (screwdrivers, duct tape and so forth), a flashlight and some high-energy snacks in case you get stranded. A first-aid kit is always a good idea, too.
Schedule a maintenance check at Dewey Barber Chevrolet to make sure your car is ready for fall.