Angelo’s has always stressed the importance of taking care of your car before something can go wrong. We’ll check under the hood to make sure that the cooling system in your car is ready to stand the heat. If there’s a problem, we’ll find it and fix it. Once you’re good to go, we’ll give you the green light to start your summer. You’ll be able to keep your mind at ease as the temperature rises, and not worry about your Mercedes or BMW overheating and breaking down on the side of the road.
Angelo’s Cooling System Performance Analysis includes the following:
- Perform a pressure test of your car’s cooling system and examine it for leaks.
- Confirm that your auxiliary cooling fan is in good working order
- Pressure test the radiator cap
- Test the value and performance of your vehicle’s coolant
We’re happy to add this analysis to any service for a discounted price of $80. Call us or use our site’s contact form to make an appointment, so you can get on with enjoying your summer.
For those who want a few more tips for summer, read on…
We do our best to take care of our customers here at Angelo’s. We’re all looking forward to summer here in the shop, but summertime isn’t all fun and games. It’s a rough time of year for premium vehicles, such as the Mercedes, BMWs, and Minis that we service. So while things are just starting to warm up, we want to take a moment to share a few tips for keeping your car in prime condition during the sunny months ahead.
Run your A/C before you have to
A lot of people are conscientious about their gas mileage, and so they will only run their A/C once it gets intolerably hot outside. However, if you wait until July to run it, you might find out in July that your air conditioning didn’t survive its winter hibernation. Mercedes and BMW coolant loses effectiveness over time, and has to be replaced periodically. Start running it occasionally throughout the spring, to make sure that it’s working efficiently. If it can’t keep your car cool on a warm day, then you know that summer will definitely be too much for it. By checking ahead of time, you’ll have plenty of time to get your car into the shop before summer really gets going.
Listen to your car
Summer puts a lot of strain on cars, and that’s when you’ll often notice the first signs of an issue that needs attention. In order to know what your car sounds like when something isn’t right, you have to know what it sounds like when it’s running well. Turn the radio off once in a while and listen to the sounds your car makes as you accelerate and turn, or when you’re running the air conditioning. If you know your car well, when a new knock or rattle or buzz joins the normal chorus of noises under your hood, then you’ll know ASAP that it’s time to talk to your repair center, before things go really wrong.
Don’t ignore your nose
A car whose cooling system and air filters are in good shape shouldn’t produce strange odors in the passenger cabin area. If you start smelling anything that is oily, “chemical-y,” or otherwise unpleasant, then it’s time to come see your service technician. Either a filter is past due for replacement, or there’s something else amiss.
Check your tire tread
Tires get warm even on cool days, so when the summer days hit, they’re really put to the test. Make sure that your tire tread is at least a couple millimeters deep, and that there are no cracks or bulges starting to appear. Your tires are one of the most important parts of your car, so don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle in if it’s time for some new tires.
Watch out for changes in how your brakes operate
Just like tires, your brakes run warm even on cold winter days. When the ambient air temperature starts rising, then your brakes can get flat out hot. If you run low on brake fluid, or there are any other minor issues with your brake system, your brakes or the brake fluid may end up overheating. If either situation arises, your brakes won’t work very well, or perhaps even not at all. If you start noticing that you’re having to press the brake pedal a little harder, or that your stopping distances seem to be lengthening, then have someone take a look at your brakes.
Make sure that your car looks as good as it runs.
Hot days are hard on car interiors. Dashboards can fade or start to come loose, seats and steering wheel covers crack, and interior accents begin to fade. Even an inexpensive windshield shade can drop the interior temperature of your car by tens of degrees while it’s waiting for you in a parking lot or in the driveway. Get one of the many protective sprays that are available for restoring and protecting dashboards and other interiors, and go over those vulnerable surfaces every few weeks. Lastly, if you have leather seats, purchase a good leather conditioner and take the time to thoroughly treat your seats and any other leather surfaces in your car. A little bit of work will go a long way towards keeping the interior of your beloved car as beautiful and mint as the outside of it.