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The summer heat can become exhaustive and has a tendency to wear people down fast. This is also true for your vehicle and its electrical system, since it has to work more to keep the car or truck cool. One part that is critical to this system is the vehicle battery, and summer temperatures actually affect the battery more than cooler temperatures. All batteries wear down and eventually have to be replaced. This can happen between 1 and 5 years depending on use, care, and climates. Many batteries require maintenance and need to be refilled with fluid, since it evaporates over time. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, hence breaking down the battery and its life span. To prevent this make sure you have distilled water on hand or battery fluid to refill a battery low on fluid. During the summer months inspect the battery at least twice and perform any required maintenance. This week’s tips from the Team at DitY Auto Repair have a summer and welcome back to the start of school.

Today’s highways are filled with vehicles that run on both fossil fuels and electricity. Cars and trucks that run on fossil fuels continue to use electricity as part of there system unlike electric vehicles that only use battery power. This means vehicle owner’s should have their charging systems inspected as recommended by the manufacturer to avoid a breakdown. A common failure of the charging system is the alternator, which is the component responsible for recharging the battery. After about 5-7 years this part wears out and tends to lose its charging ability. This in turns puts a strain on the vehicle battery and causes premature battery failure. If the vehicle is run with a weak alternator for a long period of time the battery will fail and cause the entire system to shut down. Drivers who need assistance with diagnosing or testing their vehicle charging system can do so at the local auto parts store or here at DitY Auto Repair. Our staff has the equipment and training to assist you in vehicle repairs, which saves you money. For additional information you can do an Internet Search on alternator maintenance. This week’s tips from your Team at DitY Auto Repair have a safe and fun summer.

Automobiles require coolant-antifreeze combined with water to keep the engine running cool. As a driver you should know the correct way to mix these liquids to avoid damaging the cooling system of your car or truck. Always try to use distilled water, since it has all impurities removed. Tap water contains many elements that corrode vehicle cooling components prematurely. Coolant should be diluted with water at a 50-50 ratio or as instructed by the manufacturer. Water is used to ensure good heat transfer for the coolant as it runs through the radiator and the antifreeze keeps the mixture from freezing during extreme cold. You should check coolant levels as recommended by your vehicle owner’s manual. Upon inspection if you find that it is low fill the reservoir with the premixed solution until at max level. Here at DitY Auto Repair we check all fluids during vehicle oil changes and can assist DIY customers on how to check fluids. For additional information do an online Google Search using the keyword “coolant”. This week’s tips from the Team at DitY Auto Repair have a safe and fun summer.

The control arms of a vehicle suspension should be inspected at least once a year for wear and tear. These components are part of the suspension and assist the vehicle with steering, traction, alignment, and ride comfort. Having worn or loose control arm bushings will cause unwanted suspension play, noise, and uneven tire wear. If the part fails it can cause a vehicle accident. Most mechanics can visually inspect these components and give you a quote on the repairs while you wait for an oil change. The bushings are relatively inexpensive and most can be replaced within two hours. Every vehicle is different so make sure to ask your mechanic if the control arms have separate bushings or bushings built into the control arms. This can be a do it your self repair, but sometimes a press may be required. If you have any questions stop by DitY Auto Repair where our friendly staff can guide you on the procedures and assist you with the parts needed. This week’s tips from the Team at DitY Auto Repair have a great and safe summer.

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