Another season change and climate change is upon us.Each individual has to adjust to the temperature and time changes.But, just like humans, our vehicles also need some adjusting, maintenance, and preparation for these changes as well.
The best time to prepare your vehicle for the Hot Summer Months is in the Spring.
You can do it yourself or take it to your Automotive Expert to be done.The best deal and service should be offered.
It seems as though many women do not know where to go or who to turn to for their automotive needs. This is true for those women who do not have a man around to help and advice them of their vehicle necessities. Most women do not catch a problem with their vehicle until it is too late. This is why XpectMore AutoMotive is geared towards helping women. We understand their automotive needs even if they do not. We are here to help. We know how to help because we listen and are learning the needs and automotive problems that women experience. So, it is our mission to educate women about their vehicles and lead them in the right direction. We do this with trust building and by being reliable in our service and advice. The sooner that the vehicle problem is found the more economical it will be to repair the problem. More problems will arise if you wait to long to get the problem taken care of. The first advice that we give is to: Always keep up to date with Maintenance and Inspection. Your Personal Mechanic should be able to perform an inspection on your vehicle at little to no cost at all, depending on the mechanic. Service may be required after inspection and that is where the charges will start.
This is the Maintenance and Inspection that is needed in Spring for the Hot Summer Months:
Check your antifreeze and coolant level
A common cause for automobile breakdowns is due to a Coolant System Failure. If you plan on servicing your coolant yourself there are some things that you need to check first.
Check the label on the coolant bottle.It has to be the correct type of coolant for your type of vehicle.
Use 50/50 percent of antifreeze and water.
If you have to add coolant there may be a leak. Have your vehicle inspected for coolant leaks. An over heated engine is the one of the Worst Problems for your vehicle. It would save you more money to have it inspected rather then risk it over heating.Your Personal Mechanic should be able to check this out for you at little to no cost. Service may be required after inspection.
Your AC System needs to be inspected
It is important to get your air conditioner checked for leaks and recharged to ensure optimal performance during the Hot Summer Months. Your Personal Mechanic should be able to check this out for you at little to no cost. Service may be required after inspection.
Check your Battery functions
If your battery is more then 3 years old it should be inspected. Your personal mechanic should test its capacity and the output of your alternator.
It is also very important to make sure that the battery terminal ends are free of corrosion. You can clean the terminal ends yourself by simply cleaning with baking soda and water.
Check your Tire Pressure and tread depth
It is important to make sure that the tires are inflated to the correct pressure. You can find the pressure amounted listed on the sidewall of your tire.
The tread depths of your tires need to be checked with every season change. You can check the tread by: Inserting a penny between the treads. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s hair then, you need to change the tire. The tread is not in good condition.
If you live in an area where there is a lot of rain then you check the tread a little different. You use the same “hair rule” but, you use a nickel instead of a penny.
It is very important to check All Rubber Hoses and Belts
It is so important to make sure that your hoses and belts are not damaged. Inspect for heavy cracks and missing chunks within the hoses.
Your coolant hoses needs to be inspected because; it wears from the inside out.
If you are not aware of all the hoses and belts to check then, take it to your personal mechanic for inspection. Inspection should cost you little to nothing depending on the mechanic. Service may be required after inspection.
Brake Systems will need to be checked
Have your car’s brake system checked if you haven’t had it inspected in the previous 6 months. Brakes wear down quickly.It is so important to keep your brakes maintained and serviced before any problem arises. The sooner you find a brake problem the cheaper the problem can be fixed. Brake Inspection should cost you little to nothing depending on the mechanic. Service may be required after inspection.
Pay attention to the warning signs of brake problems. The biggest warning sign will be a warning light.
Make sure that your vehicles Engine Oil and Filter is changed and up to date.
Engine Oil should be changed every 3,000 miles to keep the engine healthy and to prolong its life. Automotive Technicians also check for oil leaks.
Many people are not aware of the importance of following the manufacturer’s recommendation for the weight, grade, and type of oil to use. These are oil weights:0/30W, 5/30W, 20/50W. Using an incorrect type or weight may invalidate your manufacturer’s warranty and be harmful to your vehicle.
It is important to use High Quality Engine Oil and a High Quality Oil Filter. This will extend the life of your engine and properly keep contaminants out of the engine.
It is a good idea to always replace the drain plug gasket along with the oil and oil filter.
Preparing your Vehicle for the Winter Months
This needs to be done in the fall. There will be a blog on this as well.Stay tuned.
There is a way for you to Do-it-Yourself. You can repair or at least maintain your vehicle yourself and save yourself a lot of money. You can find the right Do-it-Yourself Repair and Maintenance Manual for your particular vehicle by clicking the link below.
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