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The Ultimate Road Trip Car Maintenance Checklist

road trip auto maintenance checklist

Everyone enjoys a great road trip, however, if you fail in preparing your automobile for a road trip it could lead to catastrophe. Don’t be misled into believing that your brand-new vehicle doesn’t require an examination, a fast check can mean the difference in a care free drive or a roadside failure. We’ve put together a short list of important car maintenance examinations you ought to do before your next trip.

Is My Automobile Ready For A Journey?

Even if your automobile is new that does not indicate it’s ready for a long journey. If your car is overdue for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burned-out taillight then you definitely must get those things fixed prior to dreaming of the open road. In addition, if you do not currently have an emergency kit in your automobile, you ought to create one prior to your next journey. Even with all the road trip preparation possible, things can break. A bit of prevention can help exceptionally with unanticipated automobile troubles.

Road Trip Safety Checklist

Okay, you’re ready to check your vehicle with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you start? Your road trip checklist should concentrate on 3 primary sections: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an exhaustive listing, if you extensively inspect these locations your possibility of a nonstop journey increases.

Get Your Fluids Checked

  • Engine Oil – As we stated above, you’ll want to see to it that the engine oil has been changed recently.
  • Transmission Fluid – Make sure to consult your owner’s manual to see the intervals at which to have it changed. If it’s past due, you’ll need to change it.
  • Radiator fluid – Ensure that your antifreeze is full for maximum performance and inspect your owner’s manual to see if it ought to be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Being able to brake properly can mean the difference between an accident or not. If you are not sure, have it examined
  • Wiper Fluid – If you’re going to be putting in some seat time you’re going to strike some insects or other road debris. See to if your windshield wiper fluid container is full to get the gunk off. Wiper fluid is worthless without excellent wipers, so replace your wipers while you’re there.

Check Your Tires

  • Tire Tread – Ensure there are no bald spots and that you have a lot of tread left. Double-check for any type of punctures that require attention. If they can not be fixed, change them.
  • Air Pressure – See to it that your tires are aired up to the proper pressure and that they all have equal pressure in each tire.
  • Rotation – Make certain that your tires don’t need to be rotated. Tires that aren’t balanced/rotated correctly can wear unevenly and have an irritating vibration.
  • Spare Tire – Whatever you look at on your main tires, do it for your extra tire as well.

General Service Items

  • Light Bulbs – Burned out headlamps and taillights can be a safety hazard, so ensure they work correctly. While you are at it, examine your turn indicator lights and parking lights. You might even want to upgrade to LED light bulbs for brighter light and reduced power usage
  • Air Filter – If you resemble the majority of us, your air filter needed changing years ago. It’s easy to do, isn’t really costly, and can aid with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t a mechanic, this could be a little daunting but it can, in fact, be quite basic. First thing is to look for cracks in the hoses, after that squeeze the hoses to see if they seem fragile. Hoses ought to feel rubbery, if they feel really fragile or have splits you should replace them. Try to find leaks on your hoses, specifically where they attach to various other parts. Lastly, check the belts to see to it they aren’t loosely connected or have missing notches. A broken belt and/or hose can promptly spoil your trip and your engine.
  • Battery – See to it that the battery terminals are not corroded and that the positive and negative terminals are tight. If your vehicle starts slowly you might need to replace your battery.
  • Brakes – Having the ability to brake your car competently is key in staying clear of crashes. Changing your brake fluid, changing the brake pads, and even getting brand-new brake rotors could be necessary to have a secure automobile for your road trip.

Test Drive Your Car Before the Road Trip

You understand your vehicle much better than anybody. Take it out for a fast spin to see if something feels off. This isn’t a pleasure cruise so switch off the radio and concentrate. Does your automobile draw to one side under heavy braking? Does your Air Conditioner blow cold? If something feels off, you should have a specialist take a look at it.

Schedule Your Auto Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car road trip maintenance service at MINI of El Paso. We are your trusted source for all of your vehicle maintenance needs in the El Paso, TX area. Book an appointment online, in-person, or by phone today. Our factory-trained specialists are on hand to serve you and your vehicle!

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