Stephen's Auto & Truck Repair - 781-270-6545 - Car Maintenance Tips from Stephen's Auto Repair

Car Maintenance Tips from Stephen's Auto Repair:

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for the Summer

Maintenance is very important because hot weather will take its toll on our vehicle. A weak air conditioning system will fail in hot weather and that will take a toll on you. Have your scheduled maintenance performed today, including A/C inspection, oil change and cooling system fluid change.

Replace worn tires, they will be little use in wet weather.

Check your tire pressure once a month. Heat will change tire pressures, let the tires "Cool down" before checking the pressure. Don't forget the spare.

Winter is not the only time that batteries fail. The hot weather puts a lot of strain on the battery and electrical systems, especially with the A/C on and all the fans running. Look for signs of trouble such as slow cranking when starting and have the system checked. The accurate way to test your battery is with professional equiptment.

Corrosion should be removed and connection should be tight.

Reduce eye fatigue by replacing worn wipers and inspect all lights. Repair bad bulbs for safe driving. Periodically clean the road grime from the lenses using a damp cloth.

Carry Emergency Gear, flashlights, batteries, Have a good working battery powered cell phone ready at all times. If the vehicle stalls you may not have any power supply to plug into.

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for the Winter

Maintenance is very important because cold weather makes most existing problems worse. Moisture in the oil and fuel filter can turn to ice, have your scheduled maintenance performed today.

Replace old worn wiper blades and keep the windshield washer solvent filled with approved fluid. In a harsh climate like ours, use rubber-clad (winter) wipers. Clear snow and Ice before turning on the wipers. *Tip* Gently lift the wiper blades up away from the windshield by hand one at a time to confirm they are not frozen to the glass. Frozen blades can cause expensive wiper motor damage.

Replace worn tires, they will be little use in winter weather. In a harsh climate like ours, four snow tires may be required.You can purchase winter tires & wheels for easy changeovers. Check your tire pressure once a month. Let the tires "Cool down" before checking the pressure. Don't forget the spare.

The accurate way to test your battery is with professional equiptment. Corrosion should be removed and connection should be tight.

Inspect all lights and repair bad bulbs for safe driving. Periodically clean the road grime from the lenses using a damp cloth. *Tip* In a harsh climate like ours, salt build-up will change our vehicle's color to white. Be sure to have the vehicle washed periodically to prevent serious body rot in the future.

Carry Emergency Gear, clean out the closet of old un-used items; gloves, boots, blankets, flashlights, batteries, sand or kitty litter and a small shovel should be in the trunk. *Tip* Have a good working battery powered cell phone ready at all times. If the vehicle stalls you may not have any power supply to plug into. Put some "high-energy" snacks in the glovebox.

Mechanical failure, an inconvenience any time it occurs, can be deadly in the winter.

The previous tips are only suggestions, See the Owner's Manual for Details.

Call us at 781-270-6545 for further information.

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