Summer is in full swing and families are about to start on their summer road trips. If your family was anything like mine, you may make the mistake of not checking your vehicle’s status before you leave. This could result in your family being stranded in the middle of nowhere in 100 degree heat, getting towed to the nearest town and forced to buy a whole new vehicle. Prevent that happening by following the tips below! If anything needs to be replaced or repaired, schedule a service appointment by clicking here. Our automotive technicians will have you squared away in no time.
- Check your fluids before you depart
Oil, radiator fluid, brake fluid, power steering, transmission, it’s all vital for the well-being of your vehicle. Each have different mileage thresholds for when they need to be checked and replaced. Better be safe than sorry! Check to make sure levels are right and don’t need to be replaced before leaving.
- Tire Checks
Ensure that the air pressure in each of your tires is at ideal levels before you leave. Not only will it improve fuel efficiency, but it will also help avoid a flat. Something else to consider is a tire rotation every 5,000-8,000 miles. Your tires wear down in different areas depending on where they’re located. Rotating the tires around ensures even wear and prolongs their life. Additionally, you can always do the Penny Test to make sure your tires are fit to drive in the first place.
- General Maintenance
Does your vehicle have a screeching noise as you break? Your brake pads provide the friction used to bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Depending on the make, expect to replace them between 25,000 to 70,000 miles. Air filters need to be replaced more frequently, but they’re fairly inexpensive and help the quality of life of your engine and people in it. Lastly, check to make sure all your lights are in working order. Headlights, turn signals, and brake lights all need to be functioning for everyone’s safety and to avoid being pulled over.
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