Summer is here, so it’s a good idea to give your vehicle a warm-weather check-up. Here are some tips on what you can do to be sure your car is ready for the heat.

Clean the inside and outside

The first thing to do before setting out on vacation is to clean the car. You feel more confident when your vehicle looks good, so it’s best to start fresh. Some common cleaning tips are to wash and wax the car, vacuum the inside, and wash the windows — inside and out.

Check the tire pressure

Be sure to check the pressure of all vehicle tires before any long drive to make sure you will get the best gas mileage and help avoid issues. Look for worn or weak spots, bulges, or cracks and get the tires replaced if necessary.

Inspect the wiper blades

Make sure the windshield wipers are in good working order for those summer rainstorms. If the blades don’t clear the water properly, they should be replaced. This can be done as part of a standard summer inspection.

Check the fluids

Check that all of the fluids in your vehicle are at the proper level before leaving. The radiator and brake fluid, as well as engine oil, are easy to check, but transmission and power steering fluids are a bit more complicated. A technician can do this during a service visit.

Check the alignment and suspension

You really can’t check the alignment and suspension yourself because it takes special equipment. This should be part of a pre-vacation checkup by a service technician.

These are just some of the tips to consider to keep your vehicle in top shape this summer. Feel free to stop by Pegues Hurst Ford in Longview, Texas, if you need to schedule maintenance.

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