Summer is definitely in full swing and with it comes the need for special auto care. Here is a list of some useful deeds to care for your auto when the temps are soaring, traffic may be heavier, and your car use is up:
- Engine coolant (antifreeze) is the #1 thing motorists should stay on top of in the summer months
- Check all your fluids often and perform regular maintenance like oil/filter changes and inspection or replacement of the air cleaner and fuel filters
- Avoid tire blowout and improve fuel economy by keeping proper pressure in tires
- Replace old, worn out tires that may leave you stranded in the heat
- Have your a/c system inspected by an ASE certified mechanic to identify any hazards to your system along with needs for regular maintenance
- Park in the shade and keep yourself cool with a/c
- Keep the windows up and the a/c on improves aerodynamics and is ideal for highway travel
- Protect your paint and interior by parking in a garage, in the shade of a building, or under an awning, when possible
- Regularly waxing your vehicle to reduce sun damage and paint fading by using a polish with UV protection
- Keep your interior in tiptop condition by purchasing a sunshade that keeps sunlight from coming in the windshield. This will reduce fading, drying and cracking inside your vehicle, and keep you cooler when you sit down behind the wheel
Don’t get stranded in the heat. Proper preparation and maintenance of your vehicle during the scorching summer months is your insurance for smoother vehicle performance.
If you are at or near the Lake of the Ozarks, stop by Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service for expert service. In business for over 30 years, you will be sure to get the right advice and care for your car needs.
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You can avoid many dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead. For optimal maintenance, have regular service on your vehicle as often as the manufacturer recommends.
In addition, every fall:
Either have the radiator system serviced, or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester. Add any antifreeze, as needed.
It’s also a good idea to replace any worn tires, and check the air pressure in the tires. In addition, replace windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
During winter, keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank
and fuel lines.
If you are at or near the Lake of the Ozarks region – stop by and talk to
Steve about what your car might need for the winter. 573-302-4555
With all the rainy weather we’ve been having this spring (and more on the way) it’s good safety sense to have your windshield wipers in tiptop shape. It’s a fact that 90% of driving decisions are based on vision. When the rain is pelting the windshield and visability is impaired, you are at an increased risk for an accident. Don’t risk your safety or that of others, check your windshield wipers before setting out or have an expert mechanic assess them. If at or near the Lake of the Ozarks, Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service will happily help. Call or stop by (573) 302-4555.
Windshield wiper facts:
It’s recommended that wiper blades are changed once every year
One in five vehicles have deficient wiper blades
Drivers will often wait years to replace wiper blades that wore out after 6 – 12 months of use
If you use your washer solvent and the blades streak or chatter, it may be time for new blades
It may not be a problem with the blades, but could be the wiper arms with a problem
What will we do to help?
After assessing the exact problem, we will know if the solution lies in simply replacing the blades. Or, the correct thing to do may be to fix the arm…it could be as simple as straightening it. It is best to get expert advice and (most important) to not neglect your wipers.
Happy and Safe Driving!
Gerbig’s Osage Auto Service