Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Honda in Sherwood, AR
The temperature is rising in Sherwood, Arkansas, which means it’s time to get your car ready for the summer. To prepare your Honda for warmer weather, there are a few maintenance items you can take care of now. Follow these simple service tips for your vehicle to help it last through the summer and beyond.
Keep your car cool
When the thermometer begins to hit 90 degrees, you likely won’t want to drive around town in a sweltering hot car. If your car is struggling to keep you cool during the summer, bring your vehicle to the Russell Honda service center to have our expert technicians check out your HVAC system. Our technicians will inspect the entire system and look for leaks and cracks that might prevent it from staying in tiptop shape.
Now is also the time to make sure that your vehicle’s coolant levels are at the right spot. Your vehicle’s coolant is what keeps your engine from overheating – something that you definitely don’t want to happen when you’re out on the road. Check the coolant level as well as inspect the hoses for leaks and firmness. Make sure, if you plan to add more coolant yourself, that you let your vehicle cool off for few hours before removing the radiator cap in order to prevent injuries.
Protect your interior
Ultraviolet rays from the sun can really do a number to your interior. Protect your Honda vehicle’s interior with a dashboard sunshade. Not only will this sunshade prevent your vehicle’s upholstery from fading colors, but it will also keep your cabin temperature cooler, making it more comfortable to get into your car when the sun’s been beating down on it. Another way to keep your car cool is to consider parking in the shade or in a garage when you can.
Check your cabin air filter
The summer is probably the time when your car’s cabin air filter is likely the dirtiest, especially since it has recently captured pollen and bugs in the spring. Consider buying a new one or giving your current one a good clean to ensure you continue breathing clean air into the future.
Keep an eye on your engine belts
Inside many vehicles, you will likely find a serpentine belt that runs between the fan, alternator, and other important vehicle components. This belt can become loose, make squealing noises, and deteriorate over time. If you suspect that your belt has had too much wear and tear, make sure to have it looked over at Russell Honda. Our technicians will make sure that there are no cracks or missing pieces. If there are any issues, we’ll replace your Honda vehicle’s belt for you – and will use original equipment manufacturer parts to do so.
Don’t forget about routine maintenance
Owning a car means keeping up with routine car maintenance – and that doesn’t change when summer arrives. As the temperature rises, it’s especially important that you keep up with getting your oil changed, checking your tire pressure and tread, and changing your windshield wipers.
If you want to check your tires’ pressure, make sure you first look at the recommended pressure in your owner’s manual. You can also use the penny test to easily check your tires’ tread. Simply stick a penny with Lincoln’s head facing down into the tread of your tire. If you can see the top of his head, you need to bring your vehicle into our dealership to get your tires replaced.
During this summer or any season, don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment at Russell Honda in Sherwood, Arkansas, if your vehicle is due for maintenance.