Summer Maintenance Tips
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McGee Toyota of Dudley


The service center at  Mcgee Toyota of Dudley, MA says, bring on the heat! Our Western Mass dealership wants to best prepare you for your summer road trip, no matter the temperature! Continue reading below to learn 5 of our best summer vehicle maintenance tips for your Toyota vehicle! 





1. Park in the Shade

Just like humans, cars don't like being left out in the burning sun. If possible, try to park your vehicle in a shaded area as frequently you can. This will provide protection for your car  when exposed to high temperatures. 



If there is no shaded option when parking your vehicle, dashboard sunshades are a great option! These shades protect your dashboard against the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and keeps it nice and cool.

2. Wash And Wax Your Vehicle

Did you know when the weather is just above 33 degrees, salt residue can rust on your vehicle? In the winter, the slick Massachusetts roads are filled with salt, water, sand, and dirt. That debris can get stuck in crevices such as your engine and brake lines. Properly washing your car in preparation for the summer months, will boost the longevity of your vehicle.



In addition, waxing your vehicle will add an extra layer of protection to the exterior. This protects your car’s paint job from sun damage and scratches, as well as pollen, bird droppings, bug splatter, and dust. 

3. Properly Check Coolant Levels

In the hot months of summer it is important to check your vehicle’s coolant levels . To do so, open the hood of your car and check for the coolant reservoir. The coolant level is shown by the indicator lines within the reservoir. If low, add 50% Coolant and 50% water in the coolant cap.


Never apply coolant to a hot engine! Always wait for the engine to cool, before applying. If you aren't comfortable doing this, one of our technicians here at McGee Toyota of Dudley will be happy to assist you!

4. Flush Your Radiator

It is also known as a “coolant flush”!  It is important to do this periodically to make sure that it’s properly recycled and as such keeps your system in the best possible condition.  As mentioned before, checking coolant levels is important. However, even if coolant levels are correct, your Toyota can still benefit from a full radiator flush. Our Toyota certified technicians can help you with this if you’re not certain about how to do it yourself!

5. Frequently Check Your Car’s Temperature Gauge

The temperature gauge is located on the dashboard of your Toyota vehicle. When correctly displayed, the gauge will have a needle pointing toward the center. If your car is overheating, the needle will point toward “Hot”. If this happens, pull your vehicle over and allow the car to cool down.


Schedule Service in Dudley, MA!

One of the most important procedures you can do while you’re working to keep your vehicle summer ready, is to make sure every aspect is working in the best possible condition! Our priority vehicle maintenance will ensure that you and your family have a safe and stress-free summer while driving in the New England sun.


The Mcgee Toyota family in MA, suggest a proactive approach to maintenance this season, to prevent possible breakdowns due to heat. A vehicle that reaches extreme hot temperatures can not only lead to pricey repairs, but can even threaten the driver, and passenger’s safety. We can help you learn of your vehicle’s possible safety recalls and service campaigns. 



Schedule your service at McGee Toyota of Dudley, MA today! We service the Dudley, Webster, Boston, and surrounding western Massachusetts areas!

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McGee Toyota of Dudley

191 W. Main Street
Dudley, MA 01571