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7 Tips to Make Sure Your Car is Ready for Your Summer Vacation

7 Tips to Help You Make Sure Your Car is Ready for Your Summer VacationSummer is here and it is time for families and friends to hit the road for summer vacation. However, before setting out on a road trip, it is important to protect yourself, and also your passengers, by making sure that your vehicle is in good condition.

Here are 7 tips for making sure your vehicle is ready for summer vacation:

  1. Check your tires. A flat tire or blowout can be really dangerous on a road trip. Make sure before you head out on vacation that your tires are in good shape. Check the tread by inserting a penny into your tire tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to get new tires.

  1. Make sure that your engine has the proper amount of coolant. You also want to be certain that your radiator hoses are in good shape. The last thing you want to deal with is being stranded on your summer vacation because your car overheated.

  1. Change your battery. Batteries tend to start being less effective after two or three years and are more prone to failure. If your battery is over three years old, it is probably wise to go ahead and replace it.

  1. Check your oil. Your engine depends on oil to function and to keep its moving parts lubricated. Therefore, if you are running your car with little to no oil or old oil that has turned to sludge, you can risk doing serious damage to your engine.

  1. Change your wiper blades. Ultraviolet radiation degrades rubber quickly, so experts recommend that drivers change their wiper blades at least once per year, if not every six months. Fill up your windshield wiper fluid reservoir. For safety’s sake you want to be able to clean your windshield to improve visibility, particularly if you are doing a lot of driving in a dusty area.

  1. Have your air conditioner checked out. You definitely want to make sure it is in good working order before you take off on your vacation. Being trapped in a car without air conditioning in the summer heat can be dangerous, as well as uncomfortable.

  1. Take it to a professional. Have your vehicle serviced by a qualified mechanic who can check your brakes, as well as your engine’s hoses and belts, and top off any necessary fluids.

Keep in mind that proper vehicle maintenance depends in large part upon the manufacturer’s recommendations. Therefore it is important to have your car serviced by professionals who are knowledgeable about your particular brand. Owners of German automobiles in the Tucson area know that they can trust European Auto Tech to provide the highest levels of service for their BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, MINI Cooper, or Volkswagen.

If you live in the Tucson area and you are planning to hit the road this summer, contact the team at European Auto Tech today to make sure that your BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, or VW is in top condition. European Auto Tech is proud to be part of the Nationwide Bosch Car Service Network, offering limited Nationwide Warranty on Bosch installed parts.



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  1. Tyler Meredith
    Posted January 30, 2016 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    I like what this article recommends about taking the car to a professional. I think that with my lack of experience and the age of the car, taking it to a BMW repair shop would be very beneficial to the lifespan. Thanks for sharing, these are some great tips that I will definitely have to have done this spring, as I want my car to be nice to drive.

  2. Kairi Gainsborough
    Posted February 23, 2016 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the advice about getting my car ready for a long drive. I would have never thought to check the coolant and radiator hoses. Basically the only thing I know how to change on my car is the wipers and the oil. Maybe it would be best to take it in to be serviced, rather than trying to check it out on my own. I would feel better about driving a long distance if a proffesional checked out these things for me.

  3. Wade Joel
    Posted June 7, 2016 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    We use our cars every day and we need to take care of them. I could not imagine how heartbreaking it would be to plan a summer vacation to have my car break-down half-way through the trip. I think that checking your oil is a good idea because you need oil for the car to work properly.

  4. April Cook
    Posted August 25, 2016 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I really like your tip to get the air conditioner checked. There is nothing worse than sitting in traffic on a hot day and having the AC stop working. I\’ll have to add this to my spring maintenance checklist. I\’ll also add checking the heater to the fall list. Thanks for these great tips!

  5. Posted September 30, 2016 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to have your battery changed if it’s over three years old. My husband and I are going to be going on a really long road trip, and we want to make sure our car can handle it. The battery is probably five years old now, and we don’t want it to die on us while we’re out, so we’ll definitely look into having that replaced. Thanks for the great post!

  6. Posted October 11, 2016 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing some tips to ensure that your car is ready to take on a road trip. I really like that you mention taking it to a professional. You make a good point about how it is important for a qualified mechanic to check your brakes, engine, and top off any fluids. It has been a while since my car has been looked at, so I think I am going to find a reputable mechanic to help me.

  7. Rockford Johnson
    Posted October 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    This article has helped me to understand how to get my car ready to go on vacation. It was interesting to learn that having your AC unit checked out will ensure that you and your family are comfortable while traveling. I hope this article can help us to have a fun/comfortable road trip the next time we decide to take one.

  8. Posted November 28, 2016 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I want to make sure that my car is working properly. Thanks for the advice about how you should check your oil and make sure that it hasn’t turned to sludge. Something else to consider is to get your car serviced once a year.

  9. Posted December 20, 2016 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I want to make sure that my car is ready for the big road trip coming up. It makes sense that I would want to check my tires, battery, and oil! I wouldn’t want to end up breaking down in the middle of nowhere because of them.

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