Automotive service technician Wayne Watson says a visual inspection of your car is a good place to start and one common trouble spot is the surface of your radiator.
“Kind of the same principle as your air conditioner at home,” Watson says. “You know how the unit that sits outside can get a blanket of cottonwood and dust and debris on it? Kind of the same sort of thing can happen to your vehicle.”
Watson says that debris can hurt engine performance.
He also suggests keeping a close eye on potential cracking and weathering on your tires as the weather heats up.
After the prolonged winter, Nebraskans have already seen some days in the 80s this spring, with more heat to come, so another priority for drivers is to have an air conditioner that blows icy air.
Watson says do-it-yourself mechanics may think they can service their AC.
“If you’re confident you know what you’re doing and you know what you’re looking at, that usually ends up being a good scenario,” Watson says, “but if you don’t know what you’re doing and you don’t know what you’re looking at you’re better off letting a professional handle it because it’s going to end up costing you more money in the long run.”
AAA-Nebraska says the top three reasons for service calls during Memorial Day weekend are: dead batteries, flat tires and lost keys.