- Business Advocacy
Well folks, summer is almost behind us, at least on the calendar. I hear many of us are getting back to a more common work schedule and will be driving more regularly. Some of us will be seeing our graduates off on to their next chapter in life and will not be nearby enough to lend a hand if there are vehicle problems. What can we do to prepare?
For both the vehicle that has been subjected to regular use and the one that has been collecting dust in the driveway a thorough preventative maintenance inspection is recommended. I would suggest that you also get the vehicle that has not been used regularly on some good weekend drives to help reveal any issues that may have developed due to lack of use; it happens!
For the vehicle that will be going off to a different climate, be sure to consider the difference in temperature and road conditions that the vehicle will now be used in. You will want to make sure that batteries, cooling systems, and tires are in adequate condition for the change. If the vehicle will be used in a climate where snow is common, consider the type of tire best suited and maybe even a set of chains or cables. You will want to read up on best practices for those conditions as well. I recall a story of someone that was late for work once because they locked their doors the night before not knowing that locks would freeze overnight. These days we just push a button to get in to our vehicles, but have the door seals been treated with a lubricant to prevent them from freezing shut?
Battery failure is a common issue with extreme climates. There are many factors that will impact a batteries lifespan, which averages from three to five years. Local use and short trips may not give the charging system a change to properly recharge the battery. Rough roads and missing or loose hold downs contribute to vibration that will impact a battery. Hot climates are known to shorten a battery’s lifespan. If the vehicle will be used in a hot climate, a fresh battery may be a good idea. Extreme cold weather will impact a weak battery’s ability to provide the necessary cranking amperage necessary to get things going. If the vehicle will be moving to a cold climate, be sure to replace a weak battery with the best recommended unit for that climate.
As always, check with your trusted automotive service provider to make sure you are making the right choices to make the most of your maintenance dollars.