Get Your Vehicle Ready for Summer Driving
Summer weather is almost here and that means it is time for road trips, Sunday drives, and fun weekend getaways. If your vehicle isn’t ready for the heat of summer, you could be stuck feeling sticky and uncomfortable for the next few months. You can get all of your routine maintenances done in one stop by coming into your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers. Let our expert team of ASE-certified automotive service and tire technicians get your car, light truck, SUV or CUV ready for the summer heat in one quick and easy trip.
Your vehicle’s air conditioner essentially serves as a heat pump, taking the warm air in your car and dumping it outside. Your air conditioner does not actively cool the air; instead, it works to filter out any debris or soot in the air and remove water from the air to keep your windows clear of fog. Our expertly trained automotive service technicians can quickly identify any issue that your vehicle’s air conditioner may have and repair it the same day!
Your vehicle’s cooling system pushes the air from your air conditioning system through a system of pipes supercooled by refrigerant. In order to keep your system running smoothly, you need to have your refrigerant flushed regularly. If you notice that your car isn’t cooling as quickly as it should, you need to get your refrigerant flushed and your cooling system checked.
Your engine has dozens of moving parts that have the potential to heat up and crash into each other. Engine oil keeps these parts from rubbing together and creating friction, keeping your engine running smoothly and efficiently. You need to have your engine oil changed every 5,000 miles, or every 6-12 months depending on how old your car is and how much wear and tear you put your car through. If you ride your vehicle hard, make sure that you check your engine oil more often.
Springtime is one of the best time of the year to get your wiper blades changed. By changing your wiper blades in the spring, you can ensure that you will be able to see clearly through summer and into winter. You should change your wiper blades every six months or anytime you notice streaking on your windshield.
Your vehicle’s headlights are immensely important to your safety as a driver. From inclement weather to night driving, a great set of headlights can get you out of some seriously sticky situations. If you are noticing a lack of light coming from your headlights, or have a headlight go out on you, it is time to replace both of your headlights.
Tire Rotation & Alignment
Your tires should be rotated every 6-8,000 miles or every six months, to ensure that your tires wear down evenly. Having your tires rotated and aligned at the same time will keep your car driving straight and will extend their lifespan.
Brake pads can wear down differently, depending on the type of brakes you have, how hard you ride your brakes, and what kind of vehicle you drive. Brake pads can last anywhere from 25,000 miles to 75,000 miles, and should be changed alongside your brake fluid to keep your brakes stopping smoothly.
Your vehicle’s battery is the heart of your electrical system. If your vehicle is taking longer than usual to start up, or your headlights seem substantially dimmer than usual, it might be time to replace your battery. If you aren’t sure how well your battery is holding up over time, we are happy to run a quick charge test to see if you need a new battery.
Just because the weather is getting better doesn’t mean that you should drive unprepared. If you are going to be taking any road trips or plan to be in your vehicle for any length of time this spring or summer, make sure that you are prepared for unexpected breakdowns. Stock your vehicle with water bottles, road flares, flashlight, and any other supplies you may need for an overnight stay.
Take care of all of your spring and summer car care needs — in one stop — at your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers.