Keep Summer Fun on Track with 6 Automotive Service Tips!
Summer has arrived and with it the long-awaited-for road trips, so don't get off track with an inconvenient automotive repair. If you have not already done so, now is the time to take care of a "pre-trip" automotive service to ensure you will arrive safely at your summer destination.
Before heading out the door, check out these six automotive service tips:
- Tire tread and air pressure – A sticker usually located on the driver's door will indicate the correct tire pressure. Check that all tires are inflated properly. If tires are worn to a point where less than 2/32-inch of the tread remains, or if the cord or fabric is showing, it's time to replace the tires. Don't forget to check the spare!
- Exterior and interior lights -- Inspect all exterior lights, such as headlights, brake lights, blinkers, etc., as well as interior lights. Be sure to replace burned out bulbs.
- Windshield Wipers and Horn – Make sure the wiper blades are in good condition (no streaking or squeaking) so you have clear visibility in the event of a summer rain storm. Make sure the horn is working too.
- Parking Brake -- Test the parking brake. If it isn't working properly, call your preferred automotive repair shop for a repair job.
- Vehicle Load Capacity -- The same sticker on the door also lists the maximum vehicle capacity, which means the weight of the vehicle together with the combined weight of passengers and cargo. Don't exceed the recommended load capacity if you want to save on fuel consumption and tire wear.
- Car Jack & Tools -- Make sure you have the appropriate tools and car jack in the trunk (make sure they are in good working order) for changing flats, etc.
Need quality automotive service? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at an Excel Auto & Tire Service center. We will be happy to help you with any automotive repair issues. Check our website at www.excelautoandtire.com for the location closest to you. Our 3 auto shops in the Twin Cities area are conveniently located in Eagan, MN, Spring Lake Park, MN, and Rochester, MN.