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8 Car Maintenance Tips for Summer

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Car maintenance is just as essential in the summer as it is in the winter. The heat, as well as the cold, has adverse effects on the engine. Car maintenance such as cooling system services, fluid services, an oil change, tire services, and car battery checks are all equally as important during the summer months.

Mac’s Complete Auto Repair in Chandler AZ provides preventative maintenance to keep your vehicle running smoothly during the summer months. Call the shop at (480) 709-6259 for an appointment for car maintenance. We are conveniently located at 6948 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler AZ, 85226.

1. Check the Belts and Hoses

The belts and hoses are paramount to keeping your vehicle cool during the hot Arizona summers. Hoses carry coolant to and from the engine and radiator. The belts turn the water pump, air conditioning, and other accessories. Without the water pump belt and good hoses, your vehicle will overheat.

2. Check and Maintain the Air Conditioning System

Make sure the air conditioning system has the appropriate refrigerant pressure and is working properly. While many people drive without air conditioning, if you are used to it, you won’t want to be without it. Some people could suffer adverse effects if they get too hot in the car – even with the windows open. Additionally, if you have an electric vehicle, the air conditioning helps keep the batteries cool.

3. Change the Oil

Oil changes are part of your normal preventative maintenance – just don’t forget to do them at the manufacturer’s recommended mileage. Most vehicles that use synthetic oil need an oil and filter change at 5,000 to 7,500 miles.

4. Change the Air Filters

Your vehicle has an engine air filter. Most vehicles have a cabin air filter. You need to change both of them as recommended by the manufacturer. If you don’t have an owner’s manual or are not sure, call Mac’s Complete Auto Repair in Chandler AZ, and we can look up the year, make, and model of your vehicle to check the time intervals for changing the air filters.

5. Replace the Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers are rubber, which reacts poorly in cold and high heat. The last thing you want is to get caught in a rainstorm and have the wipers not clean the windshield. Changing the wipers in the spring and fall ensures that you have good wipers on the vehicle when you need them. Also, be sure to check the windshield wiper fluid – it is necessary to maintain visibility, especially if you drive on dusty roads.

6. Check the Brakes

Ensuring the brakes are in good condition is a must, especially if you are planning on a road trip in the next few weeks. When we check the brakes at Mac’s Complete Auto Repair, we can also rotate and balance the tires. When we check the brakes, we’ll look at the brake pads, rotors, brake lines, and brake hoses, and check for brake fluid leaks. If you haven’t had your brake fluid flushed and replaced in five years, now is the time to flush and replace it.

7. Flush the Coolant

Antifreeze is only effective for a specific time. Most vehicles use long-lasting antifreeze, which can last up to five years. However, if you do not use long-lasting antifreeze or are not sure, contact Mac’s Complete Auto Repair in Chandler AZ, for an appointment to flush the coolant. Antifreeze not only keeps the engine from freezing in the winter, but it also keeps the coolant from boiling during the hot Arizona summers. Finally, the coolant protects the engine and any metal coolant lines from rusting.

8. Clean the Battery

Make sure the battery terminals are free from corrosion. The corrosion eats away at the terminals and cables. Even before it starts eating at the metal, it can cause a bad connection, which means you’ll have trouble starting your vehicle. Corroded battery terminals could also affect the electronics in your vehicle, including the stereo, lights, and the vehicle’s computer systems.

Contact Mac’s Complete Auto Repair

At Mac’s Complete Auto Repair, we are your go-to specialists for a wide array of vehicle brands. Whether you’re looking for Acura repair, Lexus maintenance, or anything in between, we’ve got you covered. Our expert technicians are trained in handling GMC, Nissan, Audi, Honda, Subaru, BMW, Jeep, Toyota, Chrysler, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Kia, Dodge Ram, GM, Mitsubishi, and Hyundai vehicles. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for your automotive needs; your car is in the best hands with Mac’s Complete Auto Repair.

When it’s time for vehicle maintenance, contact Mac’s Complete Auto Repair at (480) 709-6259 for an appointment. We are conveniently located at 6948 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ. 85226.

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