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Useful Tips For Your Car This Summer

No one likes the idea of being stranded on the shoulder of a hot California freeway. In fact, that is the worst nightmare for some of you. While we would love to say you could altogether avoid breakdowns by getting your smog check completed at Green Star, this is not an accurate statement.

We can promise that when you go to Green Star Smog Check, you can be assured that you will receive a fast and cheap smog check. In fact, we are one of the best smog check facilities in San Jose. As far as the routine maintenance goes . . . that’s up to you. And you might want to take this job seriously, especially during the heat of the summer.

Here are some tips for things you can do to decrease the likelihood of having problems while on the road.

Check your car battery.

While many car batteries go kaput during the winter, the summer’s heat can also put a strain on your battery. One of the most important things you can do to maintain your battery is to pay attention to its age. If your battery is three years old, have it checked at a parts store.

You may also want to give special attention to your battery if you do a lot of nature driving or on rough roads. Your car’s vibrations can cause your battery’s mounting system to loosen, and this may lead to your battery not functioning correctly.

Also, check your battery terminals to make sure they are free of corrosion. While you are doing this, make sure the clamps are tight.

Check your fluid levels.

Consult your driver’s manual or manufacturer’s online source to see how often your cooling system should be flushed. At each oil change, make sure your technician fills the coolant to the proper level. Do-it-your-selfers can easily perform this bit of routine maintenance on their own, but remember to take caution. If you remove the radiator cap when the engine is too hot, you could receive severe burns.

Hopefully, you are already checking your car’s oil level, but there are other checks to be performed. Also, check the levels of your brake fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid.

While you are under the hood, also inspect your car’s hoses and belts. Look for rough edges and cracks.

Make sure you can legally drive your vehicle.

No driver likes to spend time on the side of the road, whether from a breakdown or from being pulled over for driving with expired tags. Remember, to drive legally in the State of California, you may need to have a smog check completed on your vehicle.

That’s how Green Star Smog Check can assists you this summer. They can make sure that your car meets all the exhaust requirements set by the State of California. Once you receive your notice from the state, stop in at our San Jose location. There’s no need for an appointment.

Safe travels this summer!