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Summer is heralded by sunshine, warmer weather and for many of us, the lure of the open road. Before your summer ends, consider having your vehicle inspected for the months to come.

1. Air Condiitoning.

Not that AC issues become prevalent in the Fall, or even something to worry about, it’s likely taking care of this before the months cool down will save you a trip for the next summer to come. Nothing makes driving long distances excessively unpleasant than a lack of air conditioning. If it is not as cool as it used to be, it probably needs a charge or has a leak. That is something we can easily sort out for you.

2. Power Steering.

If you notice that turning your steering wheel is rough, you might have a power steering problem. Power steering problems can be serious and have detrimental effect on your ability to drive. Bring it into Integrity Automotive if you hear squealing, see puddles on the driveway, or have trouble turning the wheel.

3. Spark Plugs.

Check your spark plugs. Spark plug functionality is important to ensure other parts of the car work properly. Your user’s manual can give you accurate recommendations on when to replace worn spark plugs. Our service writer will refer to any manufacturer recommendations for preventive maintenance needs any time you bring your car in for a service.

4. Your Battery.

Extreme cold or extreme heat affect the health of the battery. Heat can accelerate any potential battery damage that may already be in affect. Extreme cold makes batteries sluggish and reduces the ability to provide sufficient power. Check the terminals for corrosion and have your mechanic check the battery life at your next service.

5. Leaks.

One of the easiest inspections you can do is to examine the area beneath where your vehicle is parked to see if there are puddles. Drips or puddle stains of a variety of colors could be a sign of a multitude of fluid leaks from your vehicle. If this is the case, get your fluid levels checked immediately.

6. Brake Problems.

One of the easiest inspections you can do is to examine the area beneath where your vehicle is parked to see if there are puddles. Drips or puddle stains of a variety of colors could be a sign of a multitude of fluid leaks from your vehicle. If this is the case, get your fluid levels checked immediately.

7. Tire Trouble.

Tires do react to rising temperatures, especially heat coming from asphalt and tar on the roads. Always be sure that your tires are properly inflated. If you stop by in between oil changes, we will check/fill your air pressure as well as examine your tire tread free of charge to you.

8. Windshield Cracks.

If you drive frequently on asphalt or gravel roads you may have a cracked or chipped windshield. These minor defects can result in a larger problem should your summer trip take you down more gravel country roads. A good knock on a damaged windshield can result in an accident or injury.

9. Shocks.

Those gravel roads or potholes spell trouble for your shocks, and subsequently your braking system. If you feel your car is uneven, feels sluggish in the turns, or bounces excessively, get them checked.

10. Don’t Run Out of Gas.

It sounds like a no brainer, but you would be surprised how easy it is to forget to fill up your fuel tank. Be sure to keep a wary eye on the gas gauge so you’re never left stuck on the side of the road