Getting the Cars Ready for Back-to-School

Do you have a student that will be driving to school this year? If so, make sure his/her car is ready and safe. Here are a few tips:

Inspect the following:

  • Fluid levels of engine oil, coolant and transmission, brake and power steering fluid-your owner’s manual will show you where everything is located and the proper levels to maintain.
  • If the car is leaking fluid, its color may help you determine what it is and locate the source.
  • Battery – You will need a special tester to check the battery. Keep this in mind though: If the battery is over 38 months old, it has probably given you all that it can, and will possibly leave you stranded

Inspect the Tires

Check the tires for uneven tread wear, nails or other potential hazards. The old method for testing says one easy way to check tread depth is inserting a penny into a groove-if any part of Abe Lincoln’s head is obscured, you have enough tread. Check the pressure on each tire with a gauge when they’re cold (not driven). Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s suggested pressure, which is located on most vehicles on a sticker inside the driver’s door. Also, make sure the spare tire is inflated and a jack, lug wrench and jumper cables are in the trunk.

Inspect the Lights

This is a good time to get your teen involved in the preventive maintenance checklist review. Have him or her get in the car and turn on the headlights, turn signals and emergency flashing lights as you walk around the vehicle to make sure they are working. Check the brake lights by having him or her press the brake pedal, too. Vehicles can have many different types of bulbs and they have varying lifespans, so inspect your vehicle regularly to ensure your lights are working properly.

Issues still can occur despite your preventive maintenance efforts, so it’s wise to find a trusted repair shop or local dealership that services your type of vehicle before you need them. S&S has several networking relationships with shops across the country, Get with us before the car heads back to school and we’ll see if we can find someone that is competent and trustworthy.

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you’ll just give us a call and make an appointment for us to really look it over well. We’ll be happy to handle it for you. Just ask for a Back-to-School Inspection.”