Prep your car for the summer

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Prep your car for the summer

Posted By MyGuy || 2-May-2013

Most people have to prepare their automobiles for the long, cold winter months. Here in the beautiful Southwest, Phoenix area has the opposite issues. We have our automobiles prepped for the Arizona hot summer days. Now may be the perfect time, and more importantly, do it before you go on any summer travels. Viewing Arizona from the side of the road waiting for a tow truck is not the way to truly enjoy our great state. Learn more tips, from the ToFixIt car repair expert's regarding your tires, belts, hoses, fluid levels, oil changes, and even your passenger's safety prior to the start of our hot summer season.

  • Did you know your vehicles belts and hoses are worn out after 3 to 4 years of working hard for you in extreme conditions? Knowing the age of your cars coolant hoses and belts is important. Even if they look good, it does not mean they are.
  • Your cars cooling system should be tested and flushed each year before the start of summer because your automotives coolant gets old and is picking up many contaminants that will damage your system.
  • Don’t forget those windshield wipers that are now cooked onto your windshield, it’s time to replace them; the monsoons are coming to Arizona soon.

The Phoenix, ToFixIt car repair experts are always harping about checking your vehicles tires and air pressure, the cars fluid levels and changing the oil, but they are so important we just feel we have to mention it one more time. These warm Phoenix, days beckon us to outdoor excursions and road trips, but anyone who has been broken down on a hot desert highway knows that taking a few precautions and being prepared is never something that you will regret.

And don’t forget about you and your passengers.

  1. Carry extra water for yourself, passengers and your vehicle.
  2. Take along some snacks, non melting types.
  3. Know your road service coverage and how to use it. If you are not familiar with the program call your location you frequent before you hit the road.
  4. If you have a cell phone, keep it charged, ready, and with you while driving in case of an emergency.
  5. Keep something reflective, like a windshield screen (for example) in your vehicle. If your car breaks down or get lost in the desert, it can be used to flag down other motorists. If large enough, it will also help to keep the sun off you.
  6. Keep an umbrella in your vehicle. You may not ever need it for rain, but it is a great source of shade in the desert.
  7. Purchase an emergency roadside kit and first aid kit. They are usually inexpensive, but can be very valuable if needed.
  8. Carry a set of auto jumper cables with you.
  9. Most importantly, let someone know where you are going and approximately what time you should arrive. If you are traveling in a remote area, also let someone know the route you plan to take.

Find an honest, reliable and reasonable automotive shop near your home today. Or call ToFixIt (602) 863-4948.

Categories: Car Maintenance

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