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Summer Driving Tips

As the summer months bring sweltering temperatures and extended road trips, it is crucial to prioritize car maintenance. At Catlin's Car Clinic, we know that neglecting routine maintenance during this time can lead to costly repairs, breakdowns, and potential safety hazards. It's very important that car owners monitor these important areas to ensure proper maintenance of their vehicles during the summer season.

  1. Engine Cooling System
    One of the primary concerns during hot summer months is the engine's cooling system. Regularly inspecting and maintaining coolant levels is essential to prevent overheating. Coolant flushes and radiator inspections should be performed as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer to ensure optimum performance. Additionally, check for any leaks or damaged hoses that could cause coolant loss. Neglecting these maintenance tasks may result in engine overheating, which can lead to engine failure, expensive repairs, or even being stranded on a scorching summer day.

  2. Tire Maintenance
    The scorching heat can significantly affect your vehicle's tires. Proper tire maintenance is crucial for safe and efficient summer driving. Check tire pressure regularly, as hot weather can cause tires to expand, potentially leading to blowouts. Additionally, ensure tires are properly aligned and balanced to enhance handling and prolong tire life. Inspect the tread depth and look for signs of wear or damage that could compromise safety. Properly inflated and maintained tires not only improve fuel efficiency but also provide better traction, reducing the risk of accidents on hot and dry road surfaces.

  3. Air Conditioning System
    The summer heat can be unbearable without a functioning air conditioning (AC) system. Regular maintenance of the AC system is vital to keep it running smoothly during scorching days. Have the system inspected for leaks, and ensure that the refrigerant levels are adequate. Clean or replace air filters to maximize cooling efficiency and prevent unpleasant odors. By taking care of your AC system, you can enjoy a comfortable and cool driving experience even during the hottest summer days.

  4. Battery Health
    Extreme temperatures can put additional strain on your vehicle's battery. The heat of summer can accelerate battery fluid evaporation and cause corrosion. To prevent unexpected battery failure, have your battery inspected regularly and clean any corrosion buildup. Ensure the battery terminals are secure and tight. If your battery is more than three years old, consider having it tested to assess its health and potential for failure. By proactively maintaining your battery, you can avoid the frustration and inconvenience of a dead battery during a summer outing.

During the summer months, proper car maintenance is of utmost importance to ensure safe, reliable, and enjoyable travel experiences. At Catlin's Car Clinic, we can help make sure your auto is ready to go when you need it to even in South Dakota's hot summers.