July 2010
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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.

To find an automotive shop or to see more information please visit Garage Fly. Garage Fly has real reviews by real people for all automotive shops, to help you find a shop you can trust.

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3:15 pm - Posted by Stephanie

3 Responses to “Summer Car Care: Maintaining Your Vehicle”

  1. Brenda says:

    I never thought of Discount tire before when I needed to check my tire pressure and I do buy my tires there. Thanks, I will remember from now on.

  2. Thanks so much for the mention of GarageFly in your blog! We’re so pleased that you like our website and have recommended it as a place where Arizonans can find reputable and reliable auto body shops and auto repair shops. We wish you well!

  3. Toni says:

    A friend told me about not letting my gas tank go below a half a tank. I asked her how she new that, she said she read it on your website. I had to check it out, great advise I just want to add keeping a gallon of water with you on any road trips during these summer months.

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