Follow ACDelco’s Summer Car Maintenance Tips Before You Hit the Road
For release: May 23, 2018
GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Road trip season kicks into high gear over the Memorial Day weekend, and ACDelco, the true General Motors original equipment replacement parts brand, has compiled a S-U-M-M-E-R list of six preventative maintenance tips to reduce road trip stress.
“A few simple inspections and some light maintenance can help you enjoy your road trip with added peace of mind,” said John Latner, manager, ACDelco Technical Training. “You’ll spend far less money replacing a hose or a belt than you will on a tow and a hotel room if your vehicle breaks down far from home.”
ACDelco’s SUMMER Car Maintenance Tips
Set aside time before your trip to check your vehicle’s belts, hoses, brakes, lights, engine oil, cabin air filter and wiper blades. Your vehicle’s Owner Manual has a schedule for suggested maintenance timing.
Unchecked liquid levels may lead to an unexpected breakdown. Check the vehicle’s transmission fluid, power steering fluid and coolant fluid.
Make sure you have a working flashlight with extra batteries, emergency reflectors and a first-aid kit in your vehicle.
Maintain appropriate pressure in all tires, including the spare. Both underinflated and overinflated tires may lead to poor handling, unusual wear and reduced fuel economy.
Extreme summer temperatures may require you to change the grade of your engine oil. Warmer temperatures can thin oil, so your Owner’s Manual might recommend to using a thicker grade of engine oil during hot weather. Regular oil changes may help keep your vehicle running smoothly and help maintain fuel efficiency — crucial for any long road trips.
Roll down the windows, drive around the block a few times and listen to your vehicle. Do this at least a few days before you plan to leave on your trip because an unusual sound can be a sign of potential brake, suspension or chassis problems.
To locate your nearest ACDelco Professional Service Center, visit ACDelco.com.
ACDelco is the exclusive Original Equipment parts brand for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac, as well as provider of premium aftermarket parts for most other makes and models. Other available applications include off-road, marine and industrial. With a century of history behind it and nearly 90,000 parts across 37 product lines, ACDelco is the preferred choice of professional technicians and do-it-yourselfers around the world. To find ACDelco products, visit acdelco.com or call 1-800-ACDELCO. Find ACDelco on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.
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