Nine Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Summer Part 1

Sunday, 21 May 2017 09:02


Upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina are beautiful places to live, work, and visit during the spring and summer. However, as the weather heats up, it is important to make sure your vehicle is ready to take you where you need to go.

Whether you are a daily commuter, navigating I-26 traffic in the heat and humidity, or traveling to the beach for vacation, if you take care of your vehicle, it will take care of you.

From extreme heat, to heavy rain and hail, summer weather in Asheville and the Carolinas will challenge your car. In this article, and the next, we will discuss nine important spring and summer vehicle maintenance tips, and how they will help improve the longevity of your car.


1) Regularly Change Your Car’s Oil

Your car may have an excellent, meticulously maintained exterior paint scheme, but if its running on old engine oil, you and your family may be left stranded. Engine oil keep the components in your motor running smoothly, but when it’s not regularly replaced, your engine could seize up or blow.

Make sure you replace your oil every 3,000 miles, or as often as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. Few vehicle maintenance steps are as important to keeping your car moving.

2) Repair Dents and Dings as Soon as they Occur

With the increase of heat and humidity in Asheville and Greenville, car owners can anticipate more heavy spring and summer storms. It is not at all uncommon for thunderstorms to be accompanies by high winds and large hail, both of which can cause significant damage to your vehicle. Other means by which dents and dings can occur include:

  • Minor fender benders and parking lot accidents
  • Stray shopping carts
  • Open doors in parking lots
  • Gravel roads
  • Lawnmower debris

Vehicle dents and dings are a naturally occurring part of car ownership; however, if they are not addressed immediately, rust will develop and further damage your car’s paint. This will inevitably lower your vehicle’s resale value.

They key to keeping your vehicle’s paint fresh, and quickly and efficiently repairing dents and dings is to have someone repair them immediately. In Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC, The DentFX will come to you, perform a free estimate, and repair vehicle dents and dings wherever you are. Contact us for paintless dent removal in the Upstate or the mountains.

hail damage

3) Check and Repair Fluid Leaks

Whether its transmission fluid, engine oil, or brake fluid, if your vehicle is leaking, it is important to have it addressed and repaired as soon as possible. Usually, evidence of a leak will be present in your driveway or your garage floor. You may also identify a leak by unusual odors or the presence of engine or exhaust smoke.

4) Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Are your windshield wipers leaving streaks, or making loud noises? It is time to replace them. Besides the annoying sound old windshield wipers make, they will make it difficult to see if you are caught in the rain. The process is relatively easy to DIY for most makes and models.

In our next article, we will discuss six more summer vehicle maintenance tips. If you have dents or dings you need replaced, contact us.