Proper maintenance is key to keeping your truck in prime working condition, and it can also help to preserve the resale value. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of summer truck maintenance tips. You’ll need to adapt your pickup for warmer weather and different driving conditions, including everything from tire care to the electrical system.
One of the most important things to check in the summer is tire pressure. Air pressure tends to increase in warmer weather; however, tires can also lose pressure over time. Checking your tire pressure in the summer will ensure tires are not overinflated or underinflated. Plus, while you’re at it, you can also check the tire tread.
While we usually associate winter with dead batteries, the hot weather is actually harder on the battery than cool weather. That’s why you should maintain your battery. You can check for loose connections, eliminate any rust or buildup, and take it into a dealership to check the charge.
Next, check your air conditioner. No one likes sweating in the summer heat in their truck, so be sure to check for leaking hoses. If your air conditioner isn’t as cold as it used to be, it may be time to recharge the system.
Replacing engine belts is also important in the summer. You can check belts by feeling the tension to make sure they’re not loose. If you notice they’re cracking or worn, it’s a good time to get new ones. If your belts squeak, you might also consider greasing belts.
Finally, check the electrical system. New trucks are more complex than ever before, so be sure to watch for loose connections, frayed wires, and more. Check the headlights, taillights, and blinkers.
Schedule a summer service appointment for your vehicle when you contact us at Rentschler Chevrolet.