|JCC Business Spotlight: Chad Miller Auto Care|
|Published Sunday, April 1, 2018|
South Texas summers can be hard on a vehicle. Heat expands the air in the tires and makes your cooling system work harder. Harsh sun can accelerate wear on hoses and drive belts. With the right precautions, though, you can minimize the toll that heat and sun take on your car. Follow the tips below to ensure your car breezes through the brutal summer months:
- Check air pressure: It is important to check the air pressure in your tires. Proper inflation assures the best possible contact between the tires and the road, improve gas mileage, and extend tire life. An improperly inflated tire can overheat, potentially leading to a blowout on the highway. Check your owner’s manual or the driver side door jamb to find the correct tire pressures. You’ll want to check the pressure when the tires are cold, so the morning is usually the best time.
- Check the A/C system: Run the A/C for a bit to see if it still blows cold. Pay attention to any strange noises or odors. The system may need cleaning, have a leak or need to be recharged.
- Inspect the wiper fluid and wiper blades: Visibility is always important. Check the wiper fluid reservoir and top it off if necessary. Some folks also may opt for a solution that helps clear the glass of bugs. Take a look at the wiper blades, too. Heat can dry out the rubber, so you should consider replacing them now. Run the wipers with the fresh washer fluid and see whether or not they streak the windshield.
- Have Chad Miller Auto Care perform an under-the-hood inspection: Bring your car into our location at 6011 De Zavala Road (78249) and have us take a look at some of the critical systems. For $39.95 (and a half hour of your time), we will inspect the following systems to ensure your vehicle is in top form:
- Battery: Check for corrosion on the battery terminals. Just be sure to check the battery again a few weeks later, to see if the corrosion has come back. This could be a sign of a more serious issue.
- Oil: Modern cars have very specific oil needs, and the engines are designed to withstand a wide range of temperatures with the factory oil. If your maintenance light is on and you’ve been putting off the oil change due to the cold weather, now’s the time. We will also check the oil level.
- Coolant: We’ll take a look at the coolant in the reservoir, checking both the level and its condition.
- Brake fluid: In many cases, the brake fluid will drop to match the wear on the pads. A low level could also be a sign of a leak in the brake system, in which case topping it off is only delaying the inevitable repair. If we find reason for concern, we will ask if you’d like us to a closer look at the brake system.
- Wash and wax the car: The summer is the best time to give your vehicle a detailing.
If you are traveling this summer, call 210-558-6661 and schedule your vehicle's evaluation today. Let our Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Certified technicians put your mind at ease.
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