Hudiburg Auto Group offers tips for Oklahomans to keep their cars in top shape this summer
Overexposure to summer heat and sunlight can wear on a car and cause interior and exterior damage. Hudiburg Auto Group is offering advice to drivers on how to properly maintain their vehicles during Oklahoma’s hot summer months.
“The dry heat that typically comes with summer in Oklahoma can do a lot of damage to cars if they are not maintained properly, especially after a cold winter,” said Mike Myers, general manager of Hudiburg Chevrolet. “Cleaning a car’s battery, checking tires and replacing clogged filters will help Oklahomans prepare for and manage the summer heat.”
Hudiburg Auto Group offers the following tips to help your car survive the summer heat:
- Check tire pressure. High temperatures can impact tire pressure in different ways. Tires may overinflate or warp in shape, both of which are dangerous to drivers. Proper tire pressure can be found in the vehicle’s owner’s manual or the driver side door. Use a tire pressure gauge to check it every so often, and inflate as needed.
- Inspect breaks and replace as needed. Brakes are the single most important safety feature on your car, so their maintenance should be a top priority. Brakes need to be replaced when the lining on your brake pad or shoe is worn past the minimum thickness. Be aware of unusual sounds when using the breaks. While squealing brakes are not necessarily a sign that it’s time to change, a grinding sound indicates a need for immediate maintenance.
- Park in the shade. Sunlight and heat can have a severe impact on the interior of your vehicle. Not only can overexposure cause interior components to fade in color, the interior temperature of your vehicle can increase to a dangerous level. Protect against some of these effects by parking in the shade or using a windshield sunshade when shaded parking is unavailable.
- Check and clean your battery. Summer heat can speed up the chemical reactions inside your battery and cause it to become overcharged. This can decrease the lifespan of your battery. Use baking soda and water to keep your battery terminal ends free of corrosion, and have your dealership or mechanic inspect and clean your battery as needed to keep it running smoothly.
- Replace clogged air filters. Air filters are relatively easy and inexpensive to have checked and replaced, but a clogged filter can have negative effects on your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Replacing a dirty or clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. An easy way to ensure you have clean filters is to have them checked every time you go in for an oil change.
About Hudiburg Auto Group
Hudiburg Auto Group, comprised of Chevrolet, Toyota, Buick/GMC, Nissan and Subaru stores, serves the greater Oklahoma City area and offers a wide variety of high-quality, reasonably priced new and used cars. Hudiburg has one of the most honest and oldest Oklahoma dealerships with qualified team members that take the time to listen to the wants and needs of each client to provide absolute satisfaction. For more information, visit www.hudiburg.com.