Welcome to Foothill Auto Service's July Summer Blog! Today, we're taking a break from the regular grind and tuning into the melody of the season – summer. Cars aren't only methods of transport; they're your trusted companions on sunny road trips, beach getaways, and scenic routes, echoing the joyful chorus of summer. They're the machines that carry you through blazing hot days, help make memorable family vacations, and symbolize the spirit of freedom that summer creates. Above all, they're the reliable ally that keeps you cool and comfortable on the road, and that's why we believe in treating them with the TLC they warrant. So, whether you have a sporty convertible that loves to feel the summer breeze, a family minivan that's all set for the summer camp rush, or a hard-working sedan that's gearing up for the hot season - we've got you covered. We understand that every car owner has unique needs, especially in summer, so we're here to help you cruise through the season, keeping your car happy and healthy.
Keep your engine cool:
The summer's high temperatures can create more stress on your engine, which increases the risk of overheating. Your vehicle's coolant system is essential in regulating engine heat. Regular checks ensure it is filled to the appropriate level and operates appropriately. Coolant flushes are recommended to remove debris and rust particles that can accumulate over time, restricting efficient cooling. Routine maintenance on your vehicle engine reduces the risk of heat-related engine issues, securing optimal performance even in the summer heat.
Check your air conditioning:
Air conditioning is crucial for comfort during summer drives. You could face a hot, unpleasant journey if it's not performing at its best. The issue could lie in low refrigerant levels, a clogged condenser, or a worn-out compressor. Regular maintenance checks ensure these components function correctly. Additionally, the cabin air filters, responsible for clean air inside your vehicle, should be replaced as needed. They tend to collect dust and dirt, reducing airflow and system efficiency. Regular upkeep ensures a cool, comfortable drive even in scorching temperatures.
Summer heat directly affects tire pressure, causing the air inside to expand, leading to overinflation. Overinflated tires can become problematic, resulting in uneven tire wear due to less tire surface in contact with the road, reducing grip and handling. This can sometimes lead to dangerous blowouts due to the increased internal pressure straining the tire structure. Regular tire pressure checks, especially before long trips, can help maintain optimal tire pressure levels. Proper tire maintenance is a critical factor in ensuring the safety and longevity of your tires and, overall, a smoother and safer drive in hot conditions.
Protect your car's exterior and interior:
Extreme summer sun can damage your car's paint and interior. Regularly wash and wax your vehicle to protect its paint. Use sunshades inside the car to protect your dashboard and seats from damaging UV rays and to keep the inside temperature down.
Contrary to popular belief, the summer heat can be just as tough on your car's battery as the winter cold. Heat can speed up the chemical reaction inside a battery, causing the battery to be overcharged. This can significantly shorten the lifespan of your battery. Ensure your battery is in good shape and have it tested if it's been a few years since you replaced it.
Keeping your car "hydrated" refers to maintaining optimal fluid levels, which is crucial for your car's performance and longevity. The engine oil lubricates moving parts to reduce friction and wear. Brake fluid transfers force into pressure for safe stops, while power-steering fluid helps in the easy turning of the steering wheel. Windshield washer fluid aids in visibility. These fluids can degrade or deplete over time and under extreme heat, impacting vehicle performance. Regular checks and refills, especially during summer, ensure your car runs smoothly, stays cool, and provides optimal safety and performance on the road.
At Foothill Auto Service, we believe that the key to a safer and more enjoyable summer drive is a well-maintained car. When your vehicle is in optimal condition, you can trust it to perform at its best, even in the most powerful heat. This allows you to focus on the joy of the journey, whether you're heading out on a summer road trip or running errands around town. Our team is dedicated to keeping your car operational and in peak performance and comfort. So, gear up for a summer of seamless rides, and let us take care of your vehicle's needs. With Foothill Auto Service by your side, you're ready to embrace the open road and enjoy the cruising season.
Our ASE-Certified auto mechanics have the technology and experience to provide the best diagnostics in the industry today. Our family of auto repair technicians, Scott, Tim, Bill, and Hector, have extensive experience and training in preventative maintenance and auto repair services for all car makes and models of vehicles. Having a team of quality auto repair mechanics on your side provides peace of mind. Our knowledgeable and trustworthy team is everything you have ever wanted in a repair shop and more. Schedule a service today to ensure your vehicle warning lights aren't a reason for concern. Contact us today or schedule an appointment online so we can take great care of you and your vehicle with our expert ASE Certified auto mechanics. We welcome you to join the Foothill Auto Service family and experience the difference, and we look forward to hearing from you! Our auto repair shop is at 26911 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA, 92630.