What kinds of maintenance should be done before a road trip?

What kinds of maintenance should be done before a road trip?

As the country fully reopens beneath a shining summer sun, American are hitting the open road en masse. Before you throw your bags in the trunk and merge onto the interstate, you'll want to make sure that your car is ready to handle long drives in intense heat. At Chuck's Auto Care, our local mechanics can expertly address any of your auto maintenance needs before you set out on your journey.

Important Road Trip Auto Maintenance Tasks

Because you'll be undertaking long days of driving under the blazing sun, it's important that your car is able to moderate the heat. During cooling system service, we'll make sure that all mechanisms are working efficiently to keep the heat in check and prevent your engine from overheating. It's generally recommended that coolant gets exchanged every 30,000 miles, though you can check your owner's manual for your vehicle's exact requirement. And when you bring your car to us for AC service, we'll check over your AC system and ensure that all components are working just like they should. When the heat becomes sweltering, a healthy AC system will play a crucial role in keeping the family from becoming cranky.

Prior to departure, there are also certain tasks that should be completed to boost safety. With brake service, we'll inspect your braking system, install new pads if necessary, and lubricate any components that need it. If it turns out that you need more extensive brake repairs, we'll explain the problem and then provide an estimate. A quick and easy safety task is to replace worn-out wiper blades. In the event that a summertime thunderstorm opens up over the highway, your new wiper blades will do a much better job of providing a clear field of vision during the downpour. Another simple safety task is to check tire pressure, which generally needs to be at a point between 30 and 35 psi, and it's best to check your tires for their precise guideline. When driving with the right tire pressure, you'll be at much less risk of finding yourself in a scary situation due to a blowout.

Auto Maintenance in Barboursville, VA

If you need auto maintenance before your big trip, contact Chuck's Auto Care at (434) 423-4477. At our local auto shop, we can take care of any of your repair or maintenance needs before your adventure. Feel free to give us a call today to schedule an appointment!

Chuck's Auto Care Blog
Posted: July 20, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ