Summer Vehicle Maintenance – What you need to know

Your vehicle will be taking on a lot of extra mileage during these hot summer months. Inspecting your vehicle before that big summer trip is crucial to your family’s safety. Before you drive off for your next big adventure, Workman’s Friend has compiled a list of checkpoints for your vehicle. You want your summer trip to be filled with happy memories. You do not want your memories to included a stalled car out in the middle of nowhere!


You should have your oil changed every 2,000 – 3,000 miles. Do this regularly and do not fall behind. Before a long trip, check your oil level. Calculated the mileage for your trip and if you will be needing an oil change during the trip, take the time before you leave to get the oil changed.


Inspect your tires closely. How does the tread look on your tires?  Can you place a penny into the grooves? Insert the penny so that the top of Lincoln’s head is touching the tire. If Lincoln’s head disappears into the groove, your tread is good. If you see any of Lincoln’s head, your tire’s tread is wearing down. If wearing is visible, you should have your tires replaced before taking that long, summer drive. You should also inspect tires for abnormal or uneven wear, cuts, and any sidewall bulges you can see. If any abnormalities are seen, please replace your tires.


Your tire pressure needs to be checked monthly. You should also check your tire pressure before leaving for any long trips.  Use the inflation pressure recommended by your vehicle’s warranty. Keeping a pressure gauge in your glove box is highly recommended.


Your brakes should be checked at least twice per year. If you do not know how to inspect your brakes, you should have them looked at periodically at a shop. If you handle your own brake work, remove all wheels and examine the brake system. Replace excessively worn pads or linings, and have badly scored rotors or drums machined or replaced.


You need to check all fluids on a frequent basis. On many newer cars, the automatic transmission is sealed. On cars where it is not sealed, check the transmission dipstick with the engine warmed up and running. Also check the power-steering-pump dipstick. This is usually attached to the reservoir cap. Also check the level in the brake fluid reservoir. If the brake fluid level is low, top it up and have the system checked for leaks.


Inspect the battery’s terminals and cables to make sure they are securely attached, with no corrosion. If the battery has removable caps, check its fluid level every few months—especially in warmer climates.

If you do not feel comfortable performing all of these checkpoints, just pop over to your local mechanic. Most Oil-Change Shops can check everything on this list for you. Get the most out of your vehicle and your next long trip. If you do pop your hood, be sure and prep your hands with Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream before tackling that dirty task. Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream will act like glove, shielding dirt and grease from your skin for up the 4 hours.  Hands will clean up quickly!




As you struggle to fight off the pandemic with constant hand washings, you face another dilemma, dry and cracked skin. Soaps, especially alcohol-based hand cleaners, dry out your skin, leaving them craving moisture. What if there was a way to protect your skin and keep it moisturized even during frequent hand washings? Well, you can! Coat your hands with Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream to form a protective layer around your skin and re-apply every four hours. The barrier protection will moisturize your hands from beneath the protective layer. The barrier protection will shield you hand from harmful chemicals, dirt and grime. The barrier protection binds to your live skins cells and will only be removed when your skin cells die and shed every four hours. In the meantime, your skin is moisturizing from the inside and healing your dry and cracked skin. Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream is the perfect combatant for over-washed hands. PURCHASE HERE.

Another option for over washed hands is Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream. Add this hand cream to your daily regimen for healthy, stored hands. An application in the morning and again before bedtime will help your skin survive those frequent hand washings unscathed. Workman’s Friend Healing Hand Cream will moisturize and heal your dry, cracked, and damaged skin. When used over time, your skin will return to its once healthy appearance. PURCHASE HERE.

Sometimes you just need a hand cleaner that revitalizes your skin. Try Workman’s Friend Hand Cleaner with Activated Charcoal to get a deep clean and feel fresh afterwards. The activated charcoal cleans deep into your skin, detoxing away the bad elements that hard-working hands pick up on an active day. Unlike other hand cleaners, Workman’s Friend Hand Cleaner with Activated Charcoal hydrates your skin as it cleans, leaving them feeling alive and fresh while other hand cleaners leave your hands feeling dry. PURCHASE HERE.

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