Here at Parker Towing, our experts wanted to pass along a few quick tips to avoid a car break down this summer. Nobody wants to get stuck on the side of the road due to car troubles, especially if you’re on a fun summer outing or road trip. Just keeping in mind and inspecting a few simple things can help you to avoid the most common car issues and keep your car engine running smoothly.
Just as with the human body, a car engine needs a good level of all its fluids to function properly. They should also be fresh and clean. Be sure to check the fluids regularly including engine oil, transmission, power steering, brake, cooling system and washer fluids. If they are slightly low, top them off and if they look dirty, or the recommended time has passed, change them out for fresh fluid.
Don’t Let It Overheat
Particularly in hot areas, overheating is one of the leading causes of preventable breakdowns. An overheated engine is also extremely expensive, and preventative maintenance beforehand is much cheaper. Once your antifreeze gets to be a couple of years old, replace it. You can also add a coolant to your radiator that can lower the engine’s temperature by 30 degrees. Always keep a close eye on the temperature gauge, especially when it’s scorching out, and immediately stop if you see it climbing an unusual amount.
High-performance synthetic oils are better at dispersing heat than mineral-based motor oils and thus are another way to help keep your engine cooler. The few extra dollars that you have to spend on high-quality oil are really worth it in comparison to an engine blowing up and needing to call for a tow.
Check Belts and Hoses
Get in the habit of inspecting your belts and hoses every time you check the fluid levels. Any belts or hoses that are loose, or harder or softer than normal, or have visible signs of wear should be replaced immediately. Also, don’t forget to check the hose clamps to make sure they are tight and not cracking or showing signs of corrosion.
Inflate your Tires Properly
You can check on the side of your tire for the proper pressure level that your particular tires should have. Then check all your tires, including the spare, to ensure that they are at the right air pressure levels. A properly inflated tire not only helps with getting good gas mileage but is less likely to blow out, and will generally live longer – saving you money in the process.
If you follow all these tips to avoid a car break down this summer, it’s much less likely that you’ll get stuck on the side of the road with car trouble. Of course, it’s sometimes unavoidable. And if you ever find yourself stuck, just give us a call. Our professionals here at Parker Towing are friendly and will do their best to make your day a little better by taking care of both you and your vehicle.