Summer is already winding to a close. It won’t be long before kids return to school and life settles into the normal, crazy routine. How about one last summer road trip with the family before that happens? Before you start loading up the car, check the items on this list to make sure you don’t run into any unexpected problems.
Your car’s most important safety feature is the braking system. If you’ve noticed your car taking longer to stop or squeaking and squealing whenever you slow down, get your brakes professionally checked before your trip.
Balancing your tires is essential not only to prevent them from wearing out faster but also to improve your car’s fuel efficiency. As you check the air pressure, also check each tire’s tread depth. If your tread is wearing thin, get those tires replaced before taking any long trips.
As batteries grow old, they begin to lose their ability to keep a charge. Have your battery checked to be sure your family doesn’t wind up stranded along the road and unable to start the car. If you bring your vehicle for a professional battery inspection, we will also ensure that all connections are clean and secure.
Belts & Hoses
Take a look under the hood to check out your belts and hoses. If you notice any fraying, cracking, or leaking, be sure to get those issues fixed before hitting the road.
Fluids & Filters
Check your car’s six fluids: oil, transmission, coolant, power steering, brake, and windshield washer. Also, check each of your car’s four filters: oil, fuel, air, and cabin. Each filter serves its own purpose to keep impurities out of your car’s engine and out of the car’s cabin, keeping things running smoothly and also keeping your passengers safe and healthy.
While keeping your car well maintained is always important, it’s especially crucial before taking your family on the road. Make an appointment with Auto Repair Technology if you need any help preparing your vehicle for a safe, memorable family trip.