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Seasonal Tip Sheet
United Auto Sales’ Warm Weather Car Care Tips!
Warm weather is around the corner and we know you’re ready for it, but is your vehicle? Check out our tips to get your car ready for those summer road trips. As always, give us a call to schedule a Service appointment, or with any questions you may have, (315) 736-3361.
1. Remove Winter Tires: Snow tires are a must for Upstate New York winters, but they're no help in the summer months since you'll wear them out by using them on warm, dry pavement. Remove the winter tires and use summer or all-season tires instead.
2. Air Conditioning: This is one thing you won’t want to break in the dog days of summer! You probably didn't use it much in the winter, so run the AC for a bit to see if it works correctly. If you notice strange odors or noises, it may need cleaning or have a leak. Stop in and we’ll check it out.
3. Wiper Fluid & Blades: A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard, and since you probably used the wiper fluid often to de-ice the windshield, this should be checked. Check the wiper fluid reservoir and top it off if necessary. Take a look at the wiper blades, too. We recommend changing your wiper blades every 6-12 months. If they leave streaks when used, it’s time for new ones!
4. Check Under The Hood:
Coolant System: The greatest cause of summer breakdowns is overheating. Take a look at the coolant in the reservoir and make sure it’s clear, not cloudy. The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months.
Brakes & Brake fluid:​  Most of the time, brake fluid will drop to match wear on the pads. A low level could also be a sign of a leak in the brake system. If you're running low on brake fluid, bring your car in so we can get a closer look at it. If you notice pulsations, grabbing, noises, or longer stopping distance, bring it in ASAP.
5. Wash and Wax: All that salt and slush from melted snow take a toll on a vehicle's clear coat, paint and undercarriage. And you’ve probably tracked a lot of grit inside as well. Warm weather is the best time to give your vehicle a good cleaning, so take us up on our Interior Reconditioning Special on our Service Specials Page!
6. Emergencies: As always, we recommend carrying an Emergency Kit in your car at all times. Carry basic tools for changing a tire. Also include a first aid kit, flares, and a flashlight. Check out our Pinterest page for more Emergency Kit suggestions on our Car Care Tips board!

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