The summer of 2020 will be unforgettable for various reasons. We already know the Fourth of July celebrations were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. However, we also know that there are serious plans to reactivate certain sectors of North Carolina. We also know that many drivers will start getting back on the road for work, business, or summer leisure purposes; for this reason, this is a good time to think about summer auto repair services.
When temperatures start rising in Raleigh and all across North Carolina, people start taking longer road trips. According to a report published by the American Automobile Association. Asheville and the Outer Banks will be two of the favorite spots for summer driving in 2020. A combination of low gas prices and an eagerness to enjoy the nice weather will likely result in significant road traffic. How to ensure a cool and smooth ride this summer? You should strongly consider getting an inspection done. Also, get any summer auto repair services out of the way before your trip. With this in mind, here are a few things for you to consider:
Oil Change and Other Basics
You really want to get on the road with a fresh change of oil and filter. The main function of motor oil is to reduce heat inside the crankcase. By means of reducing friction between metal parts. Since external temperatures are higher in the summer, you will want to make sure that the engine oil has the right viscosity and efficiency to keep things cool. When you bring your car for an oil change service, our technicians will check the maintenance schedule in case you need a new filter; moreover, they will evaluate the coolant, brake, power steering, and transmission fluids. Other basics that will be checked at this time include the windshield wiper blades.
As previously mentioned, internal combustion engines will run hotter in the summer. Also, the last thing you want to face is an overheating situation on a long trip. The most common summer auto repair service related to the cooling system is a coolant flush. This should be done at least every 30,000 if the car is relatively new. When performing this service, our technicians will also check other components such as the coolant hoses and lines, the condition of the radiator, thermostat, temperature gauge, and cooling fans.
Battery Charging System
Even though the need for an emergency jumpstart is substantially reduced in the summer, the hotter temperatures can also create a problem. During the warmest days, car batteries can absorb excess heat, which leads to a speedier chemical reaction; when this happens, an overcharging situation may occur, which in turn will reduce the lifespan of the battery. Has your battery has already gone through a couple of North Carolina summers? Then it is better to have it checked now. If the battery is normally holding up a charge, our technicians will check that the terminals and cables are clean and in good condition.
Although they are not really considered as being part of summer auto repair services, tires are the only elements that come in contact with the road surface. The higher summer temperatures translate into increased tire pressure. So, it is a good idea to check for proper inflation before a long trip. Should you need to replace your tires, consider getting the all-season kind, which should be adequate for the range of temperatures in North Carolina.
Drivers are subconsciously conditioned to go faster during the summer, and this means that the brakes will work harder to bring the vehicle to a stop. Brake pads should be evaluated after 15,000 miles; under normal driving conditions, they should be replaced at least every 20,000 miles. The rotors will last longer, so there is no need to check them before 60,000 miles unless you are planning to drive long distances. One thing to remember about brakes is that higher temperatures will make them work harder, thus wearing out faster.
Last but not least, you will also want to keep yourself and your passengers cool, and this means checking the air conditioning system. A/C repairs are not as expensive as some drivers believe; modern systems tend to be very reliable, and having to change a line or fix a leak before recharging is not so complicated.