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How to Prep Your Car for Summer

When is the last time you took your car in for a check-up? With the extreme and humid temperatures that Minnesota has, it’s a good idea to have your car looked over.  At TGK Automotive in Maplewood and Hugo, we offer a check-up/tune-up service to make sure your vehicle is ready for the season.  Here is what you should be getting looked over on your vehicle before it heats up.

Cooling System – There are six components to your cooling system: the radiator, belts/hoses, coolant, water pump, fans, and the heater core. All of these parts work together to prevent overheating which is necessary in the hot summer months.

Tires – After the harsh winter roads have finally cleared, there can be damage done to your tires. Be sure that your tires are properly inflated and have enough tread to make it through the season.

Oil – Hot weather = higher oil temperatures. This means that your engine needs lots of lubrication to keep it working properly, and this leads to extreme use of oil. Be sure to take your vehicle in for a routine oil change and top off that fluid in your car.

Air Conditioning – Aside from cooling you down after a long, hot day, your air conditioner has other functions as well. The AC system in your car works to cool the water pump, which then cools down your engine. It is very important that as temperatures rise, the temperatures inside your car don’t. Keep your car in good condition by having an air conditioner that works correctly.

Transmission – Getting your transmission flushed before the hot weather comes is also a good idea. Instead of just draining and refilling the fluid, a flush will get all of the grime and dirty chemicals out of the transmission. This is important because clean fluids mean a safer, better running vehicle.

After a long winter, we are all ready for sunshine and warm weather! Even though driving is easier for us during the summer season, it is still important to take your car in for a tune-up before you take a drive to the beach.

Call TGK Automotive today to schedule your appointment or click here to see what other services we offer!

Maplewood – (651) 489-9455
1728 Rice St.
Maplewood, MN 55113

Hugo – (651) 407-3611
5241 130th St. N.
Hugo, MN 55038