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Summer

Summer. A time for road trips and also some of the most extreme driving conditions of the year. The high temperatures, stop-and-go traffic and continued use of your air conditioner remind us of the need to perform not only scheduled maintenance, but seasonal maintenance as well.
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Here are our recommendations for services that will help keep your vehicle on the road this Summer.
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1502 Palm Harbor Blvd. (Alt. 19)
Palm Harbor, Florida 34683
Have the air conditioning serviced.
Over time, the air conditioning can slowly leak refrigerant, causing the compressor to operate for longer periods than usual and put added strain on your engine. If your air conditioning doesn't feel as cool as it once did,  we can pressure test the system and properly diagnose any issues.

Replace coolant
Keeping fresh antifreeze in the coolant system is very important. Old coolant  can cause premature corrosion inside your engine and radiator. If left unchecked, that can lead to overheating and leaks.

Check the battery
On average, a battery may last from two to three years. If the battery in your car is older than that, it's only a matter of time before it leaves you stranded. As a battery ages, it keeps less and less of a charge, causing the alternator to work harder. Changing your car battery every three years will save you a lot of trouble.

Check your tires
As road temperatures increase, so will the pressure in your tires. Dry rot, large bumps in the sidewalls or uneven wear - these indicate a serious problem. Once things get warm, any small problem can develop into a flat in a hurry. That can put you, your passengers and those on the road around you in a dangerous situation. Getting new tires, sooner rather than later can prevent save you money in the long run.

Replace windshield wipers
Summer brings heavy rain and thunderstorms. New wiper blades will keep your driving visibility at its' best.

Examine all hoses
 As the weather warms up, severe heat means the coolant system will be under increased pressure to keep everything the right temperature. We will check your hoses to ensure there are no cracks, cuts or  bulges, and save you from frustration of a broken hose leaving you on the side of the road.

Check all belts
Higher temperatures can wreak havoc on old or worn belts. Your air conditioning, power steering or charging system won't be operating as efficiently as they should be.

Replace all fluids
Oil, transmission, power-steering and brake fluids should be at the proper levels and the appropriate color. If anything looks dark or burnt, we can flush and replace it.
  •     Alignments
  •     A/C & Heating System Repairs
  •     Belts & Hoses
  •     Brakes & ABS
  •     Charging Systems
  •     Chassis & Steering
  •     Clutches
  •     Computer Repair
  •     CV Joints & Axels
  •     Diagnostics
  •     Electrical Repairs
  •     Engine Repairs
  •     Exhaust Systems
  •     Fuel Injection
  •     Glass Replacement
  •     Ignition Systems 
  •     Oil Changes
  •     Performance Upgrades
  •     Scheduled Maintenance
  •     Seasonal Maintenance
  •     Starting Systems
  •     Tires & Wheels
  •     Transmission
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Seasonal Driving Checklist
Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall

A new season is the perfect time to review critical car safety functions. We can help you keep your automotive vehicle in safe driving condition all year long by scheduling an appointment with Import Automotive (contact us) and having us perform service maintenance for each season of the year.

FALL:
If you're anything like us at Import Automotive, you absolutely love fall! While this season may be a couple of months away, you can start preparing yourself by getting your fall vehicle maintenance done!
 
Performing routine vehicle service before the harsher months arrive will save you a lot of headaches down the road. We typically don't see a harsh winter, but there are seasonal changes that are apparent. You should take precautionary steps to keep your vehicle safe from these changes and to help keep your vehicle running efficiently during the season.

Change your oil:
Think of your vehicle
's engine as the heart of your vehicle and the oil as the blood. If there isn't sufficient lubrication, the engine can stall or even die and you can run into big trouble!
 
Make sure your heater/defroster works: We may not often get frigid temperatures here, but there are evenings in which it does get chilly! The heater and defroster should be in good working condition because they help with driver visibility.
 
Get your battery inspected: The beginning of fall is a good time to check your vehicle's battery. No one wants to get stranded on the side of the road, especially when the days are shorter.
 
Replace faulty wiper blades: You might not think about this car maintenance as important. We do not think about replacing the wiper blades, until it is raining outside. Windshield wipers are significant when it comes to improving visibility on the road.
Additional seasonal auto services:

OIL CHANGE, LUBE AND FILTER - Every 3,000 - 4,000 miles
Always refer to the manufacturer's specifications in your vehicle owner's manual, but a good rule of thumb is to have the oil and filter changed regularly, every 3,000 to 4,000 miles when using conventional engine oil and every 5,000 to 6,000 miles when using synthetic engine oil.
HAVE ALL FLUID LEVELS CHECKED - Each Oil Change
Have all fluids inspected, including brake, power steering, transmission/transaxle, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. These fluids play a vital role in the safety and performance of the vehicle.
CHECK YOUR SPARK PLUGS
- Keep your engine tuned. A fouled spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent.
HAVE THE CHASSIS LUBRICATED
- Have the chassis lubricated frequently. This step extends the life of the moving components of the vehicle's suspension system.
INSPECT LIGHTING SYSTEM
- Have the lighting system inspected frequently, including headlights, turn signals, brake lights and tail lights.
INSPECT ENGINE BELTS AND HOSES
- Look for wear, cracks and missing sections or segments. Worn belts and hoses can affect the safe operation of your vehicle.
INSPECT AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM
- Have the air filtration system inspected frequently. The air filter should be inspected approximately every other oil change for clogging or damage.
INSPECT AND REPLACE CABIN AIR FILTER
- The cabin air filter cleans the air to the heater and A/C system and affects the air you breathe while driving your vehicle..

  •     Alignments
  •     A/C & Heating System Repairs
  •     Belts & Hoses
  •     Brakes & ABS
  •     Charging Systems
  •     Chassis & Steering
  •     Clutches
  •     Computer Repair
  •     CV Joints & Axels
  •     Diagnostics
  •     Electrical Repairs
  •     Engine Repairs
  •     Exhaust Systems
  •     Fuel Injection
  •     Glass Replacement
  •     Ignition Systems 
  •     Oil Changes
  •     Performance Upgrades
  •     Scheduled Maintenance
  •     Seasonal Maintenance
  •     Starting Systems
  •     Tires & Wheels
  •     Transmission
Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall - All you have to do is call!