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Summer Car Care Tips from Key Hyundai

March 31, 2009

The weather was finally terrific today and it made me think of summer.  Many of our customers at Key Hyundai of Manchester, CT’s Hyundai dealer, ask if there’s anything special they should do to prepare their Hyundai for the summer.  I came across the tips listed below on the internet from the National Association for Service Excellence.  They are the governing body that certifies technicians for independent repair shop.  At Key Hyundai of Manchester, all of our technicians are Hyundai certified.   We are happy to service your Hyundai whether you bought it from us at Key Hyundai of Manchester, or from Lia Hyundai in Hartford or Lia Hyundai in Enfield, or any other Hyundai dealer.  Here are the tips:

·        Read the owner’s manual and follow the recommended service schedules. The manual contains a complete checklist of services and schedules and other important information about your vehicle.

·        To prevent engine overheating, summer’s number-one vehicle problem, make sure your engine’s cooling system is in top shape. Flush and refill the radiator according to the service manual’s instructions. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. If you are doing your own work, make sure the engine has cooled down before removing the radiator cap.

·        A qualified auto technician should check the tightness and condition of belts, clamps, and hoses. Most do-it-yourselfers do not have the proper equipment. But you can look for signs of wear, cracking, or frayed belts. Have belts and hoses replaced according to the service manual’s intervals or sooner if you notice wear and tear so as to prevent sudden breakdowns.

·        Have engine performance problems like hard starts, rough idling, and stalling corrected. You’ll get better gasoline mileage and you can catch minor problems before they grow into more expensive repairs later on.

·        If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, look for repair facilities with vehicles in the parking lot equal in value to your own, modern equipment in the service bays, and signs of qualified automotive technicians as evidenced by trade school diplomas, certificates of advanced course work and training classes.

·        Have a marginally operating air conditioner system serviced by a qualified technician. The air conditioners on older vehicles often contain ozone-depleting chemicals that could be released into the air through improper or incompetent service.

·        Change the oil and oil filter as specified in owner’s manual. (Properly dispose of used oil.) Surveys of technicians indicate that this is the most neglected service, and one that can greatly reduce the life of your vehicle. Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended in the service manual.

·        Check the condition of tires, including the spare. Let the tires “cool down” before checking their pressure. Uneven wear, ‘cupping,’ vibrations, or ‘pulling’ to one side indicates problems with your tires or suspension system.

·        Routine brake inspection and service is important for safety and can save you money in the long wrong. Failure to replace worn brake pads, for example, can result in more expensive damage to rotors and wheels.

·        Don’t neglect your transmission. Costly repairs can be prevented by routine service of this often-neglected system.

·        For safety and convenience, inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs. Replace worn wiper blades and keep plenty of washer solvent on hand to fight summer’s dust and insects.

If you follow these tips, your Hyundai is sure to be in good working order for the summer driving season.  As always, for more information you can visit us on the web at www.driveworryfree.com  We are CT’s Hyundai dealer, serving Hartford Hyundai customers, Enfield Hyundai customers, Willimantic Hyundai customers, Meriden Hyundai customers and everyone in between.  We will service your Hyundai whether you bought your Hyundai in Hartford, your Hyundai in Enfield, or anywhere else.

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  1. Hi i have hyundai car its perform really unbeliable. for example i can find technician servis everywhere in my country. like Hyundai teknik servis. i suppose i need to read your blog everyday. Thanks

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