Summer Car Maintenance: Is Your Shop Ready?

Summer Car Maintenance: Is Your Shop Ready?

Prepare your customers' vehicles for summer by advising them on oil changes, tire pressure, fluids and battery maintenance.

Summer temperatures and driving conditions can take a toll on any vehicle. So, how should you advise your customers to get their car ready for the summer months, especially concerning their tires? Let’s find out in this Tire Review Continental Tire Garage Studio video.

Depending on where you live, you’ll feel the heat of summer at different points…and your customers’ vehicles will, too. So, it’s important that before that heat wave comes, you’re advising your customers on what they need to do to keep their vehicle safe in the heat, especially if they’re planning a summer road trip.

Tip No. 1: Make sure your customers are up to date on their oil changes. In the summer, the heat generated by the engine can be exacerbated by the high outdoor temperatures. With this, you risk overheating the engine. Clean oil and clean filters are important to maintaining engine operation and keeping the car cool during the summer months.

Tip No. 2: Make sure you check your customers’ tire pressure when they come in the shop and remind them to do so regularly. The summer heat can be tough on tires. In fact, if customers are running their tires below the manufacturer-recommended PSI, they risk their tires overheating, which could lead to a blowout. Advise your customers to check their tire pressure every month and especially before road trips. Tires should be checked when they are cool for a more effective pressure reading.

Tip No. 3: Check the fluids. Many vehicles use fluids to cool various systems and keep them from overheating. As part of your customer’s regular car maintenance, it’s important to check the fluid levels like coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid. Always refill them with fluid types recommended by the manufacturer.

Last tip – Check the battery. Many drivers aren’t aware that the summer heat can be harder on their car’s battery than winter cold. Evaporation and oxidation can have a big impact on the vehicle’s battery. As part of the vehicle’s inspection, take a look at your customer’s battery and make sure you don’t see any corrosion on or around it. Testing it will also give them peace of mind and avoid surprising issues down the road.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more tire, service and shop operations videos.

You May Also Like

Faith, Community Drive Success for Beroth Tire

TJ Beroth continues his family’s business legacy thanks to valuable insights and experiences.

Johnnyg Featured beroth

TJ Beroth comes from a long line of proud independent tire dealers that have demonstrated passion for serving their community. And TJ is no exception. TJ’s grandfather, Tom, started Mock-Beroth Tire & Automotive in 1966 with the Mock brothers in the greater Winston-Salem area. It started as a recapping business and has evolved to 11 retail locations today. TJ’s dad, T, took over for Tom in the late 70s and developed the motto of “do more, give more” within the communities the business serves. After T passed away from ALS last year, TJ took over the helm as president, overseeing the operations of seven stores under Beroth Tire & Automotive, as he continues his family’s legacy.  

The Three Roles Successful Tire Shop Owners Play

Your leadership style and qualities have a profound impact on your employees.

Having Trouble Calibrating ADAS?

We discuss how to diagnose issues early to avoid faulty or incomplete ADAS calibrations.

Why You Should Update TPMS Tools Regularly

In today’s fast-paced auto industry, it’s important for tire service experts to keep up with the latest updates to TPMS.

How Long Does a Tire Last?

When customers ask, explain how their habits and driving conditions play the biggest role in tire life.


Other Posts

Step by Step: How to Properly Change an EV Tire

Tire changing is a straightforward procedure for most technicians, but the transition from ICE vehicles to EVs will introduce some changes.

EV on Lift
Continental Unveils Concept CityPlus Tire

Results from the concept tire are lower CO2 emissions from passenger cars with ICEs and longer driving ranges for EVs.

Retread Tires: What Helps Business Helps People

Retreads lead to a triple bottom line of benefits, including economics, environment and safety.

Continental Tire Plant in Portugal Receives ISCC PLUS Certification

The UltraContact NXT tire incorporates up to 28% ISCC PLUS-certified materials.