A Little Care Will Get You Through the Summer | Battery, Auto Air Conditioning

Regular car maintenance is important all year long, but the hot days of summer require special attention to your battery and auto air conditioning.

If you like animals, ice cream or cheese, this is your weekend. Cows on the Concourse is kicking off Dairy Month. Of course, if you’re more into metal and engines, there’s the Cars on State classic car show and the Hot Rod Power Tour.

While cows and cars may seem unrelated, they aren’t. There’s something all three events have in common – at least from the perspective of the cow and car owners. That is special care. Farmers have to take special care of their critters to keep their cows healthy to produce the milk that becomes ice cream and cheese. And car owners have to take special care of their engines so they last and become classics or win hot rod races.

Madison drivers can take their cue from that and put their cars on a routine maintenance schedule to make sure they’re cared for all year round. But they should also take special care as the summertime temperatures go up and up and up.

“High temperatures can take their toll on people, animals, and even cars,” AAA says. “Extreme heat can push a vehicle past its limits and once again, this year some drivers will find themselves stranded at the roadside as a result.”

AAA offers five summer car care tips:

1. Test your battery to make sure it’s fully functioning (especially if it’s more than three years old).

“Heat can zap the life from batteries,” AAA says. “Most drivers think battery problems occur primarily in winter, but summer heat can negatively impact a car’s battery even more than the bitter cold of winter. Heat and vibration are a battery’s two worst enemies leading to internal breakdown and eventual failure.”

2. Make sure you maintain your engine’s cooling system.

3. Keep your tires properly inflated.

4. Check all vehicle fluids including oil, transmission, power steering and brake to make sure they’re at the right level.

5, Have your auto air conditioning checked. This includes the filter. If you find a problem, be sure to get your auto air repaired. It’s a matter of comfort and safety.

“Maintaining a comfortable driving environment reduces fatigue, which can play an important part in driver alertness and vehicle safety,” AAA says. “During extreme summer heat, a properly operating air conditioning system can be more than just a pleasant convenience.”

The easiest way to check all these systems is to have one of the expert auto mechanics at Terry’s Car Care do the job. Terry’s has been the trusted shop in Madison for batteries, auto air repair, tire service and maintenance, and all other engine repair and maintenance work for about 50 years now. If you need new tires, we can help there, too. We carry all brands, sizes and styles. When you’re here, ask about our money-saving discounts.

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