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Car Maintenance Basics for Summer Road Trips

Summer is the season of road trips. Whether you’re traveling across the country to visit friends or family or you’re taking your friends or family with you to a thrilling destination, half the fun of a road trip is the ride there. Before you head out on a summer road trip this year, be sure to maintain your vehicle. Here are some car maintenance basics for summer road trips:

Summer Road Trip Before you leave on your road trip you should make sure your vehicle has fresh fluids, including oil, fuel, and windshield wiper fluid. Don’t forget to clean out or replace your filters as well. You also need to check your tire pressure before hitting the road. A tire pressure monitor can tell you if your tires are at the correct PSI. To know your vehicle’s tire’s proper PSI, check the sidewall of your tires or your owner’s manual.

Summer heat can take a toll on your vehicle. Your battery may fail in the heat if not properly maintained. Before your next road trip, look for signs of oxidation on your battery. White, crusty buildup on the terminals means your battery may be in need of replacement. Have a professional inspect your battery if you find signs of oxidation.

Overheating happens, especially in the summer. Know the signs of engine overheating before your next road trip to be as safe as possible when you’re traveling. Some signs of overheating include steam billowing from the hood, the smell of burning oil or rubber, coolant leaks, audible ticking under the hood, thumping noises, an excessively hot hood, and the temperature gauge on your dashboard maxing out. If any of these signs occur, pull to the side of the road to prevent further damage and to stay as safe as possible.

Now that you know how to care for your car, you’re ready to shop for your next road trip vehicle. Shop with Greatneck Motorsports to discover top-quality used cars that are road-trip ready. Find us at 300 Great Neck Road in Great Neck.

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