Summertime’s Calling | Tires and Battery

With the hot times of summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of car care for your battery, tires and cooling system.

Memorial Day weekend is here. Some see it as a time for road trips. Others as a chance to chomp and drink their way through Brat Fest. Still others think of it as the weekend of the Madison half marathon and Twilight 10K run. It’s all those things, but it’s also a good reminder that the official beginning to summer is only a month away. And that’s a cue for drivers to think about summer car care.

As the nonprofit Car Care Council notes in Car and Driver magazine: “Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns and car problems.”

Why is that?

“Excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of a battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. … The cooling system also works harder during hot temperatures to prevent overheating of the engine. … Tires also need special care in warmer weather as high temperatures put added stress on them,” the article explains.

It’s wise to start now to make sure your battery, cooling system (radiator, etc.) and tires are in good shape for the summertime. It’s easy to do – just drop by Terry’s Car Care to let the Madison auto repair experts have a look. Terry’s has been the trusted auto repair and tire service shop in Madison for almost 50 years. If you need new tires, we have all makes, models and styles to fit your vehicle and your driving needs. We also stock the Kelly Edge and the Dunlop Signature HP. They’re the most technologically advanced tires on the market.

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