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Benicia, CA 94510
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Martinez, CA 94553
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San Pablo, CA 94806
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Brentwood, CA 94513
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San Leandro, CA 94579
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Martinez, CA 94553
Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Summer
Summer's heat, dust, and stop-and-go traffic, will take their toll on your vehicle. Add the effects
of last winter, and you could be poised for a breakdown. You can lessen the odds of mechanical
failure through periodic maintenance.
Some of the following tips are easy to do; others require a skilled auto technician.
A marginally operating system will fail in hot weather. Have the system examined by a qualified
technician. Newer models have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air
conditioning system. Check your owner's manual for location and replacement interval.
The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. The cooling system should be
completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration
of the coolant should be checked periodically. (A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is usually
recommended.) DIYers, never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled!
The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a pro.
Summer’s extreme temperatures can destroy a vehicle’s battery. Heat causes battery fluid to
evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning
component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate,
which will eventually destroy a battery.
Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as
quickly as undercharging.
If your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly, especially in hot
weather. Add distilled water when necessary.
Always replace a battery with one that is rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power.
Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals it becomes an insulator, inhibiting
Come visit your local S P Automotive store to get your car ready for summer!