The South Carolina summer heat has arrived and is not letting up anytime soon. With the heat comes an abundance of new things to pay attention to on your vehicle. Here are a few items that we recommend staying on top of, particularly if you plan to hop on the interstate and take a vacation.
- COOLANT: Coolant (or antifreeze) affects multiple systems in a vehicle. From keeping your engine “cool” to ensuring that your vehicle has proper heat during the winter months, coolant is a vital part of your vehicle. Ensuring that your vehicle has the proper coolant is also important. Volkswagen & Audi cars and SUVs are currently using G13 antifreeze, which is retroactive to previous production years. G13 is lilac/violet in color and does NOT mix well with green coolant. If your vehicle has a coolant leak, adding water to the coolant jug may be okay for the very short term but is not meant to be all that runs through your vehicle. Water has no “slickness” or lubricity and will rust your engine block over the course of time. * see above picture to visualize what water will do to an engine
- AIR CONDITIONING: No one wants to go on vacation and sweat all the way to your destination. If your vehicle’s A/C is cooling intermittently but not blowing cold air, it may be time to have your HVAC system thoroughly inspected. If your A/C system is low on Freon, you most likely have a leak. The heat puts extra stress on cooling components so better to tend to before getting on the road.
- ENGINE: Check your oil to ensure that you have oil on the dipstick. It is always a good idea to have your vehicle serviced (oil, oil filter, engine and cabin filters) and inspected before vacation. Raising a vehicle on a lift will alert us to any oil leaks or other systems that may be failing.
- TIRES: Taking to the interstate with under or over-inflated tires will help you end up on the side of the road, and slick tires don’t grip the road. Ensure that your tire pressure is proper….and don’t forget the spare !
Paying attention to your vehicle BEFORE hitting the roadways will help you stay ahead of any problems that may occur…..call us at 520-8523 to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle inspected.