Looking for ways to prepare your car for summer with maintenance? RPM Automotive Services is here to help. The maintenance necessary for summer all depends on your specific vehicle, as well as how often you bring your vehicle to a repair shop for its scheduled services, such as oil changes. Prior to summer, some important components to have inspected are your belts and hoses, and cooling system. Worn belts and hoses are even more likely to crack during the heat. The hotter it gets outdoors the more likely a belt failure is to occur. Another factor to consider, is the mileage of your vehicle. 80% of belt failures occur at 85,000+ miles. Nearly 15% if vehicles on the road today have a hose that needs replacement as well.
Other important parts prone to failing in the summer heat are the radiator, radiator cap, and water pump. A water pump typically lasts between 60,000-90,000 miles. If you are in need of a timing belt, it’s often recommended to replace the water pump at the same time as a precaution as you’ll save a lot on labor doing it at the same time.
Coolant needs to be changed regularly to ensure your engine will not overheat. This may seem like a lot of things to inspect; however, they are all critical components to keeping your engine happy and healthy. That is why our expert technicians know just what to inspect and look out for when you schedule an appointment to complete your summer maintenance. Consider bringing your vehicle in for summer maintenance at the same time as your oil change service. The oil change inspection will cover most of the above inspection recommendations, saving you time and money.
How is your A/C running? Not as cold as you would like? Hear funny noises coming from the dash? No air coming through the vents at all. We highly recommend getting this inspected as soon as possible, especially before a road trip.
Whether you’re looking for summer maintenance for your daily driver, off road vehicle, camping van, or anything in between, we can help!