Summer Car Maintenance Tips

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but car care doesn’t take a vacation between Memorial Day and Labor Day. These hot summer months present some challenges to personal transportation and maintenance, but we have some tips to help us all have a summer we can enjoy.

While car inspections are not mandatory in the state of South Carolina, they are at the top of our priority list. Investing in a more intense inspection can find hidden problems like body damage and sealer in A/C units which can be major expenses down the road. We highly recommend them so you can ensure there aren’t any internal issues and keep your car well maintained not just now, but for years to come too. Keep your car, and its passengers in good shape!

Second to inspecting your car, is getting regular oil changes. Regular oil changes are essential to getting the most life out of your vehicle. Here at C&G, our inspections and oil changes go hand-in-hand. Our oil changes are conducted by a qualified Myrtle Beach service technician and come with a free inspection that will reveal any basic problems, current and emerging.

Another summer essential is air conditioning. If the system isn’t working properly or if it’s an older system, then leaking Freon into the atmosphere isn’t good. If there’s not enough refrigerant in the system, you have a leak and will want to get that fixed first before paying to have the A/C system recharged. Our experts here at C&G are trained to spot these issues and act on them in logical order to save you and your money from mistakes like this.

Our coastal summers down here in the south bring with them an abundance of thunderstorms! That being said, you can count on rain at some point and will want your windshield wipers to be in prime condition. Worn wipers create nasty streaks across the windshield and can affect their effectiveness and your visibility while driving. Replacing them is a minor cost, but often an overlooked task!

The last major tip is to remember is to regularly check your tires, which applies all year round. The pressure level in all four tires should meet the standard requirements of your specific car. The tire treads should be free of stones, stray nails and other harmful debri. Making sure your tires are in “good condition” implies that there is plenty of tread depth and there aren’t any cracks or uneven wear.

Since summer is a time for road trips, it’s smart to check all of these factors beforehitting the road. Being proactive and prepared will help ease your mind and allow you to have a more enjoyable time. Whether you’re a local, a tourist or just passing through, if you have an issue while you’re passing through the Myrtle Beach area, C&G Service Center, has been providing professional, quality automotive services for 30 years and can help get you back on the road.

Have a great summer, enjoy the roads and don’t forget to take care of yourself AND your car!