Although Spring just started, Summer will be here before we know it! Is your vehicle prepared for the Texas heat?

Here at Auto Center of Texas, we want to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape! Taking a few moments each week to perform checks can save you from costly vehicle repairs; it may also save a life. These simple tasks can provide you with safer ride and may extend the life of your vehicle!

Keep Your Vehicle Hydrated
Fluid levels are key! Check and top off all fluid levels, including engine oil, transmission, cooling system, power steering, brake fluid and washer fluid.  These are what keep your car running, they are are the lifeblood of it! Purchasing high-quality fluids and regularly changing old fluids will improve your car’s performance and reliability.

If your vehicle leaves stains on the driveway or street where you park- you may have an issue! Book an appointment at our service center ASAP so we can fix any issues.

Keep Your Cool
Overheating, especially in hot Texas weather, is the leading cause of preventable breakdowns and one of the main areas where prevention is much cheaper than the cure.

Trust us, your wallet does not want to replace a fried engine.  If your antifreeze is more than a couple of years old, play it safe and replace it.  Adding a coolant to your radiator also may reduce engine temperature by as much as 30 degrees and help condition seals to prevent leaks.

Upgrade Your Oil 
Another way to reduce engine heat is to upgrade to high-performance, synthetic motor oil.  Synthetic motor oils reduce engine heat by dispersing the heat faster and having a lower coefficient of friction than mineral-based motor oils.

Keep an Eye On Your Belts and Hoses
A worn or loose belt can cause the engine to overheat.  A cracked belt or a hose that is unusually soft or hard needs replacement.  Make sure hose clamps are tight and check the ends for cracks or corrosion.  Extreme heat can often cause leaks and other damage, so keep an eye out for hard, blistered or spongy hoses.  If any of these warning signs are present, replace the hoses immediately.  It is also a good idea to keep spare belts in your trunk.

Inspect Your Tires
All tires should be properly inflated, including the spare tire.  The sidewall of your tire will list its proper pressure level.  Correctly inflated tires increase gas mileage, lengthen tire life and are much less susceptible to blow-outs.

These spring cleaning tips will not only get your ready for the Texas summer, but they will also increase the life of your vehicle! If you’re tired of the car you do have, come trade it in at one of our three Auto Center of Texas locations! We have an awesome inventory full of great quality used cars! For more information, visit our website or call 469-804-2354 today!