Whether you drive one of our pre-owned Lexus vehicles or a new 2017 Lexus ES 350, now is the time to get your automobile ready for summer. As the temperature rises, it’s important for you to pay extra attention to your vehicle so it can survive in the heat.

The first thing you should do to get your automobile ready for summer is catch up with its routine maintenance. When you bring your car into our Lexus service center near Fruit Cove, FL, we’ll perform the services your car needs to continue to run properly. Fluid levels are extremely important so we’ll make sure your oil, coolant, power steering, and brake fluid levels are where they should be. We’ll also check your hoses for leaks and your belts for excessive wear and tear.

While we’ll take care of your routine maintenance, you can do a few things to help your car out during the summer. The air pressure in your tires can change by one pound per square inch with only a 10-degree change in the temperature. This means that if the temperature increases 30 degrees during the day, your tire pressure can increase by as much as three psi.

To avoid blowouts and to preserve the life of your tires, it’s critical that you make sure they’re properly inflated. Under-inflated tires generate more heat, which means they’ll wear out faster than tires that have the right amount of air pressure. Be sure you check your air pressure often during the summer. You should check your air pressure in the morning after your vehicle has been sitting for at least three hours.

Being exposed to the sun can cause your upholstery to fade or crack and change the appearance of your car’s trim for the worse. To prevent these things from happening, you should park your car in a garage or under a car port or shade tree whenever possible.

With summer having already arrived, there’s no reason to wait to get your vehicle ready for the new season. Contact Lexus of Orange Park to make a service appointment now.