Three Essential Summer Services
Summer is in full swing, and with temperatures rising to their highest of the year, taking care of your vehicle has never been more important. Everything from the glaring rays of the sun to the soaring temperatures can make things more difficult than ever for your vehicle. If you are not proactive to get ahead of potential issues, you could find yourself stuck on the side of the road with smoke pouring out of your engine. Luckily, you don’t have to go driving all over town looking for specialist shops to help you deal with each individual service for your vehicle. Come into one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers to get all of your services taken care of in one quick visit. Here are three essential summer services that will help your car thrive through even the hottest peaks of summer.
Check Your Oil
Engine oil is extremely important for any vehicle. If left for too long or you do not change your engine oil frequently enough, your engine oil can thicken into a sludge and actively hinder your engine from functioning properly. This will cause you to get worse gas mileage and can even lead to massive engine failure. Most vehicle manufacturers recommend having your oil changed every 3-5,000 miles, though depending on how often you drive your vehicle, your average driving conditions, and even your tendencies as a driver can affect how long your engine oil will last. We will always check your oil level any time you come into one of our shops to ensure that your vehicle is going to be running smoothly for months to come.
Change Your Tires
Your tires are your main point of contact with the road, and old tires are one of the leading causes of unprovoked accidents. Tires with worn-down treads can become immensely dangerous, especially as temperatures rise and the rubber on your tires actively begins melting. Most summer tires are made from rubber strong enough to deal with the heat, but snow tires and even all-weather tires can break down in extremely high heats. This will cause your tires to break down much faster than they should, costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars over the course of your vehicle’s lifespan.
Replace Your Brake Pads
As temperatures climb, your brake calipers and brake pads will take a beating. High temperatures cause the metal of your brake calipers to heat up, and when they rub against the abrasive material of your brake pads, the friction will cause them to heat up even more. The material of your brake pads will begin to break down much faster in the heat of summer, and it is extremely important to replace them before they begin to break down too much, as bald brake pads can cause irreversible damage to your brake calipers. Replacing your calipers is much more expensive, so make sure that you have your pads checked regularly. If you hear any screeching or piercing noises when you apply your brakes that is a surefire sign that you need to replace your brake pads as soon as possible. If you are looking for the perfect place to get these automotive services or any other taken care of in one quick trip, come into one of your local Dobbs Tire & Auto Centers today.