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Summer time Vehicle Maintance Check List

 

B&W Service Center "CARING CAR CARE" Check List
 
What you do to maintain your car throughout the year in large part determines what that same car will cost you in repairs and extra maintenance down the road.  The idea is to keep the costs down and the absolute best way to accomplish this is to do all maintenance items when they are called for.  Not a DIY car repair person?  That’s ok, if you follow the checklist below, you will be well on your way to making sure that your car is ready and able for the Summer!
 
Before hitting the road this summer, you can take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump.
 
Tires
 
Tire pressure changes with the rising temperatures. Check all tires pressure and tread and don’t forget about your spare!
 
Oil
 
Oil  is the lifeblood of your car. Check your oil before you head out on that road trip with the family. 
 
De-winterize Your Car
 
Get rid of those snow tires. You need to check all of the fluid levels to make sure there weren’t any leaks. Also, clean the undercarriage of the car.
 
Check Hoses and Belts
 
Check hoses for cracks, leaks and loose connections. Belts can also be visually checked for cracks and damage.
 
Change the Air Filter
 
A clogged air filter can really lower your fuel efficiency.
 
Replace Your Wiper Blades
 
Ice, snow, salt and extreme temperatures make cracks and tears in the rubber that lower the effectiveness of the wipers.
 
Check Your Brakes
 
Your brakes are the single most important safety feature on your car. Check for worn down or faulty brakes and brake pads.
 
Check the Coolant and Radiator
 
Sitting in traffic on a hot day is one of the quickest ways to overheat your car.
 
Clean Your Battery
 
Regularly detach the battery cables and wipe off the terminals. Make sure the battery is strapped down tightly and that all connections are secure.
 
Maintain Your Air Conditioning
 
The best way to tell if your air conditioner has a problem is if it can’t generate or maintain air temperatures that are 50 degrees F below the ambient outside air temperature.