Summer is coming. Chances are you will want to hit the highway for that next big road trip. However, you need to make sure that your vehicle is "road ready." The last thing you want to do is spend hours on the side of the road and then deal with your vehicle in the shop. Take the time now to have your vehicle checked out in the Valdosta area. A little prevention now can save you a major headache in the future.

How To Get Your Vehicle Ready For The Summer

In order to get your vehicle ready, you will want to look at the systems of your vehicle that are most vulnerable to road wear and excessive heat. Here are the top routine maintenance services that should be performed.

Air Conditioning Inspection and Filter Replacement

You really don't want your vehicle's climate control system to fail during a summer heatwave. When the temperature goes up in the Tifton area, chances are you will have your climate control system working overtime. That can stress the system and cause it to fail if the system has not been properly maintained. Have your climate control system checked and be sure to change the cabin air filters. This will allow better airflow into the system.

Flushing the Cooling System

You really don't want your vehicle to overheat when the temperature goes up. It is recommended that you have your cooling system flushed every 24 months. If you can't remember the last time you had your cooling system flushed, then you will want to have that service done as soon as possible. When you have your cooling system flushed, our service technicians will also check to make sure that your drive belts, clamps, and hoses are in good condition for the roads around Waycross.

Check Brake Pads

Since you will be doing more driving during the summer, you will want to make sure that your brake pads are in top condition. If you notice any strange noises coming from your brakes such as grinding or squealing, then you need to have your brakes inspected and serviced. Also, if you are experiencing a longer stopping distance, then you should immediately have your brake pads serviced.

Oil Change

You should check your owner's manual to see how often your oil needs to be changed. Typically, automakers recommend an oil change every 3,000 to 7,500 miles. To be on the safe side, you should have your oil changed before you go on any long road trip. This will protect your engine's components and ensure you a worry-free ride from Blackshear to Fitzgerald.

Filter Replacement

Your vehicle has a number of filters that need to be replaced on a regular basis. That includes the cabin filter, oil filter, air filter, and the fuel filter. During your maintenance check, the vehicle specialist will inspect each filter and see if they need to be replaced.

Windshield Wiper Replacement

Whether it be lovebugs or summer storms, you want to make sure that your wiper blades are in top condition. While you can replace the windshield wipers yourself, it may be a good idea to have your wipers professional installed during your next vehicle service. This will ensure that your wipers have the perfect fit and will perform well when needed.

Battery Check

Check to see if your battery and the vehicle's terminals are all in working order. You don't want to have to deal with calling roadside assistant to get a jump start. A technician can ensure that your battery is ready to handle the summer road trips.

Tire Check

Nothing wears on your vehicle like its tires. It's important to have a vehicle tech see if the tires have enough tread to handle long highway drives. You should have your tires rotated and your wheels aligned. This will ensure a smoother ride on the road.

Schedule Your Service in Douglas

At Woody Folsom Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, you can have your vehicle serviced by a professional team at affordable prices. Contact our service department today to schedule an appointment at a time that works for you.

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