Archive for April, 2017

While the Arizona desert can be beautiful, especially this time of year when the spring flora is in full bloom, summer temperatures can make it a particularly harsh environment. The folks at Chapman Arizona encourage you to follow these five tips when trekking out across the desert highways in triple digit heat.

Bring Plenty of Water

If you’re heading out of town across the desert, make sure you bring plenty of water for you, your occupants, and your vehicle. A safe bet is a gallon of water for each occupant of your car, and a couple of extra gallons in case your cooling system should spring a leak. Water’s cheap and dehydration is no fun.

Get Your Car Checked Out

Before you leave, bring your car into any Chapman Arizona dealership for a complete check-up. If your cooling system has never been flushed, now is a good time to start. The pros at Chapman can identify any trouble spots such as cracked hoses or belts. A few dollars spent now can save you a ton of torture in the hot desert sun.

Stick to Popular Roads

While the Arizona back roads can lead to some wonderful scenery, the summer is no time to go out exploring. Stick to roads where other cars pass by frequently and where there are gas stations and other places that can lend help in an emergency.

Let Someone Know Where You Are

Before you tackle traveling across desert, let someone know your travel plans. Tell them you will check in with them when you arrive. If they don’t get a phone call in an appropriate amount of time, they can call for help and perhaps save you from spending a night in your car on a lonesome road.

Learn How to Do Simple Maintenance

A roll of duct tape, some water, a pair of pliers and a screwdriver can mean the difference between you staying mobile and being stranded in the desert. Learn how to do simple maintenance on your vehicle such as patching a hose or changing a tire. Use the shiny side of a CD to signal for help when all seems lost. These are simple things that can help you survive those horrible summer temps. Remember to swing by any Chapman Arizona dealership before you head out and have your fluids checked, oil changed and tires rotated. A little preventive maintenance can give you peace of mind and be the difference between a fun trip and a nightmare.

Hey, we get it. When it comes to your to-do list, a coolant flush is right up there with watching grass grow or paint dry. Unfortunately for you, flushing your coolant once a year is an important maintenance requirement to keep your cooling system fresh and working properly. It’s even more important when you live in the desert, where triple-digit temperatures six months out of the year put a lot of strain on the systems keeping your engine within optimal operating temperatures. Make an appointment today with any Chapman Arizona dealership for a painless coolant flush to prepare yourself for the coming summer heat.

Flushing Different Than Draining

It seems simple enough to loosen the ball-cock on the bottom of your radiator and drain out all the old coolant, then refill it with fresh anti-freeze. A coolant flush does much more than that. Using proper equipment, a Chapman Arizona service technician will use pressure to push all the anti-freeze, rust, scale deposit and contaminants out of your cooling system. At best, draining the radiator only removes about 50 percent of those harmful deposits.

Includes Total System Check Up

Getting a coolant flush also means your entire cooling system will be tested under pressure for possible leaks. That’s also the time for a look at all the belts and hoses, which are put under tremendous strain in the Arizona heat. A few dollars spent now on new hoses and belts can mean avoiding a dangerous situation stuck alongside the road this summer.

New Coolant Has Many Benefits

Loading up your vehicle with new coolant not only gets rid of all the gunk in your radiator system, but also has additional benefits such as lubricating your water pump and preventing rust build-up and foaming within the system. Your old anti-freeze has lost many of these protective powers, making now the time to schedule an appointment at any Chapman Arizona service center for a coolant flush to get ready for the summer months.

Chapman Techs Highly Trained

Whether you have a Ford, Chevy, Dodge or Import, the Chapman Arizona dealerships offer ASE-certified technicians who know the ins and outs of today’s complicated vehicles. While a coolant flush is a relatively minor but important procedure, the Chapman techs are trained to spot more serious problems that may be looming. By developing a relationship with a service advisor, you’ll be the first to know when your vehicle needs maintenance and if any recall notices require attention.