Your Summer Maintenance Checklist
According to AAA roadside data, "vehicles 10 years and older are twice as likely to be stranded at the roadside, and four times more likely to require a tow." The findings also show that the top reasons for requiring a tow are battery and electrical systems issues (23 percent), engine cooling system failures (11 percent) and tire damage that cannot be repaired or replaced at the roadside (10 percent).
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With the average vehicle age exceeding 11.5 years, a summer inspection is especially important to avoid a roadside breakdown.
Here are the top items to check on your vehicle:
Check the battery and replace if necessary. Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging. Excessive heat and overcharging shortens the life of a battery.
Check the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system as proper cooling performance is critical for interior comfort.
Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
If you have questions about your vehicle's maintenance, please give us a call at (786) 382-0838. To schedule an online service appointment, please click here.