Summer is finally here! This means families across the country are ready to hit the road for vacation and relax. However, it is important to make sure your car is ready to for the journey as well. Asher Automotive has put together a checklist of things that should be done for your vehicle before hitting the road this season.
Asher Automotive Can Inspect Your Car’s Fluids to Ensure You Have a Safe and Smooth Summer Road Trip
Brake fluid, transmission fluid, antifreeze and power steering all contribute to your car maintaining its locomotion. Make sure to have the levels checked, replaced or topped off before hitting the road, and have a technician at Asher Automotive check hose connections. If you are taking a long road trip, Asher Automotive recommends a higher-grade oil since it is better for fuel economy. Additionally, we carry a full line of fluids and flush chemicals from BG Products to keep your vehicle road-ready. If it has been a while since you’ve checked or replaced your car’s fluids, stop in for service before your next road trip.
Asher Automotive Can Inspect Your Tires to Prevent a Possible Accident During Your Summer Road Trip
Your treads should be deep enough for proper traction. The State of Texas requires tire treads to be at least 2/32″ deep to pass your annual vehicle inspection. If you don’t have a tire tread gauge, inserting a quarter between the treads upside down can determine the wear of your tires. If the top of George Washington’s head is hidden on tires, then you have proper wear. In addition, tire pressure should be maintained as well. The tire pressure listed on the side of your tire is the maximum that it can withstand and not the suggested pressure. Most vehicles will have the recommended tire pressure on a label inside the driver’s door, usually on the door frame. Lastly, make sure to check your spare tire for leaks, and keep it inflated. Ensuring that your tires are properly maintained, as well as your spare, will save you and your family from an uncomfortable wait for roadside assistance. Excessive tire wear can be caused by improper tire pressure or the wheels being out of alignment. If you aren’t sure whether your tires are ready for your road trip, or it has been more than a year since your vehicle’s last wheel alignment, stop by our shop. Our technicians here at Asher Automotive can inspect your tires and alignment to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly.
Asher Automotive Can Repair Air Conditioning Systems in Your Car
For a good summer road trip, especially in Texas, air conditioning is essential. With temperatures often exceeding 100°F, a functioning air conditioner in your car can do a lot toward keeping the inside comfortable. However, just like any other system in your car, your A/C must be routinely checked. This can be done by checking for a worn or damaged belt. If the belt breaks, your compressor will not work, which will cause your air conditioner to fail. Our mechanics here at Asher Automotive can check the coolant levels at the start of the summer and, if needed, we can inject additional Freon into the system. Your vehicle’s air conditioner refrigerant is toxic, so it is important that it’s handled by a professional and knowledgeable person.
Asher Automotive Recommends Making Your Vehicle Pet-Friendly If Traveling with Pets
If you plan on having a furry passenger, make sure his or her carrying crate is secured in place and won’t slide or rattle in the event of a quick stop or accident. Many auto parts stores carry a variety of tire-downs, straps and bungee cords to help secure the crate. It’s ideal to have bottled water on hand for your animals, as unfamiliar, municipal water sources from other areas can cause an upset stomach.
For more information on preparing your car for a summer road trip, or if you need a professional to ensure your vehicle is ready for your summer vacation, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Asher Automotive with the link below!