June 22nd, 2018 by

So, we’ve made it through the winter, into spring, and now summer is here, but is your vehicle ready for the weather? It’s not uncommon to push needed automotive services off during the winter and early spring months to avoid getting caught in poor weather conditions, but with summer coming quickly there’s no more time to waste! Here at Bob Bell Chevrolet of Baltimore, our team of certified service technicians can have your vehicle in perfect shape for the months to come.

Whether you’re in need of a regular oil change or you’re having issues with engine performance, we’ll help you get on the road quickly. To help make sure your vehicle performs at its best reference our five quick tips for summer auto maintenance below. After reviewing these tips, you can schedule a service appointment at our Baltimore, MD service department online and save time when you come to the dealership.

Air Conditioning
During the summer months, you’re at a higher risk of your marginally operating system failing. To avoid the pain of hot summer days without A/C, visit our certified service center to have your system checked by our technicians. We can also replace air filters to ensure that your cabin receives clean air.

Cooling System
As a rule of thumb, your cooling system needed to be flushed completely and refilled about every 24 months. During the summer months the greatest cause of breakdowns is overheating, so make sure that the level, condition, and concentration of coolant is all correct is important. To ensure your cooling system is in good condition bring your vehicle into our certified service center.

Engine Performance
During the colder months of winter and into spring, you might be more inclined to ignore engine performance issues. With the warmer months coming, it’s a good time to get air, fuel, PCV, and other filters replaced due to dustier summer conditions. You’ll also want to address any drivability issues like hard starts, rough idling, stalling, and diminished power.

Having tires with enough tread is necessary year-round. You should have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles to ensure even wear. Make sure your tires have enough tread by using the penny test or bringing your vehicle into our certified service center. You should also check your spare tire to ensure it is in proper working condition if you need it.

Brakes need inspection as recommended by your owner’s manual or if you feel noticeable grabbing, pulsing, noises, or longer stopping distances. Even if you notice a minor brake problem, you should have it corrected quickly to ensure your safety.

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