Summer Car Care: Maintaining Your Vehicle
With the blazing hot summer and even hotter pavement, it is very important to make sure there is the proper amount of air in our tires. On average tires lose 1-2 pounds of air each month. A tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not appear flat. Under inflated tires are one of the causes of blow outs. Failure to maintain the correct air pressure can also result in poor gas mileage, reduce tire life, affect vehicle handling, and cause vehicle overloading. With the right amount of air pressure, your tires wear longer, save fuel, enhance handling, and prevent accidents. It is recommended to check the air pressure in your tires once a month. Discount Tire offers free air pressure checks and it only takes a few minutes, even if you did not purchase your tires from them.
It is also important to check the production date on the tire, if it is 5 years or older it should be replaced, regardless of the ware on the tread. The tread can sometimes outlast the bonding materials on the tire causing separation.
In the summer time it is also important to keep the gas tank half full because the fuel helps to cool the fuel pump. When the gas tank is less than half full, the fuel pump is no longer covered by fuel resulting in overheating therefore the vehicle shutting down. This is most prevalent but not limited to Chrysler products.
Be proactive and make sure you keep up on your vehicles’ maintenance, especially before a road trip. When traveling long distances in warm weather keep a gallon of water or coolant in your vehicle in case temperatures exceed what your car can handle. Its also a good idea to have jumper cables, a flashlight, and first aid kit in your vehicle at all times.
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