As I was day dreaming of something to write about, I realized I was sweating profusely and happened to check the temperature which was steady at 105 degrees. I realized all too quickly what that means for not only my vehicle but yours as well.
Summer in the Phoenix Valley is fast approaching with these 90+ degree days and we all know that the added heat can cause many more problems for the vehicles we drive on a daily basis. It can be even worse if your car over heats or breaks down on the highway in 110 degrees. If you know of a minor problem that you haven’t wanted to get fixed lately, now is a GREAT time to get your vehicle to Mile Auto Repair. Maybe you don’t know of any problems but we will definitely do a thorough inspection for you. Sometimes we put those things off because it’s not a safety issue, we don’t feel like paying the money (especially with tax season) or that “noise” just hasn’t been annoying enough to warrant a stop but the costs can grow pretty quickly.
*I would like to include a small checklist for you to be aware of while going into the summer*
Coolant Flush: The coolant should be flushed once a year to prevent any build up and to prevent corrosion on the inside of your radiator and cooling system. If this is done once a year, you will keep a lot more money in your pocket and keep your system blowing cool for miles to come. (IF your car overheats – pull over IMMEDIATELY!)
Brakes/Pads: You might not be aware of how much you have left on your brake pads but simply getting those inspected will save you from having to get all new brakes. If you hear your brakes squeaking, it might be too late unfortunately but you should still get in and get those replaced. It’s a major safety issue as well and if you’re traveling with others or kids, you may want to pay extra attention. (We don’t turn rotors at Mile Auto Repair just because it’s “cheaper” – it’s NOT as safe especially with this heat and it can cause them to warp much easier.)
Tires: The summer heat is just as bad on the tires as it is on the brakes and has potential to cause a lot of damage if blown out at higher speeds. Make sure you check your tire pressure and keep that regulated. Check the depth of your tread to make sure there is ample wear left with no balding spots.
Battery: Last but not least is your battery. Make sure your terminals are tightened and free from corrosion. Get your battery replaced if you haven’t done so in a long time. Most people don’t realize they’re in need of a battery until their car won’t start on their way to an important meeting. Be Proactive!