Summer is right around the corner, and I'm sure we all can't wait to get out and enjoy that sunshine. Before you head out on that summer road trip, you should get your car a once-over to ensure everything is running smoothly. No one wants their journey to be cut short due to a breakdown. The service team at Apple Valley Hyundai put together this list of items you should check.
Should I have my oil changed before or after a road trip?
Your Hyundai’s engine relies on clean oil to function correctly. When your engine oil is oil, it becomes thick and sludgy, not allowing it to do its job. Engine oil's main job is to lubricate the components of your engine, so the metal does not heat up and seize together. Get your oil changed before a long trip! While you’re at it, check your air filter.
Why should I have my car's air filter changed?
Air filters are probably the most overlooked maintenance item on your car. A dirty air filter can rob your Hyundai of performance and lower your gas mileage. As well as make your AC work too hard. The service team here at Apple Valley Hyundai can take care of a new filter for you!
Is there a test to check my car's AC system?
Your Hyundai’s air conditioning system may not be vital to your car's running capabilities, but it is essential to your summer survival. There is nothing worse than a long and sweaty trip. A service technician at Hyundai can test your AC system to see if it is running at optimal efficiency.
Do a car's belts ever need to be replaced?
The fluctuating temperature can be rough on your vehicle's belts, battery, and hoses. The high temps can cause the rubber of your car's belts and hose to warp or crack, leading to your engine overheating. The summer heat can also be brutal on your battery. They can increase corrosion, shortening the battery's life.
How can I check my coolant level?
While you are inspecting your hoses, check your coolant level. You can do this by looking at the plastic coolant reservoir. NEVER open your radiator cap when your car is hot!