It’s hot! 10 Perfection Honda Tips To Keep Your Vehicle Up & Running This Summer

June 26th, 2012 by

New Mexico is already off to a hot start this summer with average temperatures in the 90’s the past few weeks. The last thing you need is to find yourself stranded roadside trying to troubleshoot. We are going to list 5 helpful tips to keep your vehicle up to speed when both the dry desert heat and wet monsoon season take over.

  1. Check your tire pressure– The hot summer temps can cause uneven tire pressure leading to possible blowouts and lower fuel economy.
  2. Check your fluids- Make sure your coolant levels are ok .(DO NOT DO THIS YOURSELF! See your service department.) Your car depends on air flow, oil and coolant to keep it from overheating. Also make sure your windshield wiper fluid levels are acceptable.
  3. Oil & air filter check- Summers usually mean long family vacations and car rides. Make sure your oil and air filter are clean. This will insure you get the best fuel economy. This will also ensure engine durability.
  4. Keep your car cool when you are not driving- The heat of the summer can cause cosmetic damage to your vehicle and also make it harder to cool down the inside when it’s time to drive. Protect the paint by making sure the car is waxed and polished with UV protection and also park under shade whenever possible. Don’t forget to protect your interior as well. Sunshades are a great start to beating the heat and reducing fading, drying and cracking inside your vehicle. A vinyl protectant will also help to prevent fading.
  5. Check your windshield wipers- New Mexico is notorious for not only hot summers, but dry winters as well. If you have not changed your wipers since early winter and have noticed streaking, it’s time to change them. The average life of wiper blades are decreased due to our climate. Don’t get caught trying to see through the streaks during monsoon season.
  6. Make sure your air conditioning works- Call us captain obvious, but this is a very important tip because if your system cannot produce air that is about 50 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature, then you need to have it checked. If you have a refrigerant leak, it needs to be repaired as soon as possible. Repairing a small leak is less costly than replacing a compressor due to low refrigerant levels.
  7. Tire check- When the monsoon season arrives, it is important to have good tread on your tires.  Here’s a video demonstrating an easy way to check and make sure your tread depth is acceptable.  Also be sure to rotate your tires as recommended.
  8. Check you car battery- The winter months can cause buildup and possible corrosion of the lead terminals. Make sure they are cleaned and making proper contact and that any corroded contacts are replaced.
  9. Keep an emergency kit- Every vehicle should be ready for any roadside emergency. Here is a list of tools and items your kit should include:
  • Flashlights and flares
  • Multipurpose tools including pliers, screwdriver, wire cutters, an awl, a knife, file, a saw, and a bottle opener
  • A First Aid kit
  • Water
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire inflator
  • A jack (ensure that the vehicle jack is operational and all the tools are present)
  • Gloves
  • Rags/paper towels
  • Blanket
     10. Follow the highway speed limits- We realize you want to get to your destination as quickly as possible. Not only are the speed limits set for your safety, but you will save some extra fuel as well! You can also save extra dollars by not paying a speeding fine

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