Summer is here, and for many drivers, that means it’s time to hit the road. Whether you’re taking a short trip to the beach or planning a cross-country adventure, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is in top condition. There’s nothing worse than being in an unfamiliar place while you’re stranded on the side of the road. Before you head out for your new adventure on the open road, check out these helpful tips so you can be road trip ready.
Check the Battery
A dead battery will certainly leave you stranded, so do a quick inspection to check on your battery’s health. Corroded connectors will make your battery suffer and stall, so make sure they are clean and free of corrosion. You can easily clean them with a baking soda and water mixture along with a wire brush or an old toothbrush. You should also have your battery checked to see if it’s producing enough “juice.” Most local mechanics will recharge your battery for a nominal fee, and it only takes a few minutes.
Look at Belts and Hoses
The belts and hoses in your engine play an important part in keeping things like your power steering, electrical system, and cooling systems working correctly. Have these belts and hoses inspected carefully and look for any signs of serious wear and tear. All belts and hoses wear down over time, so keep an eye out for red flags like fraying or cracking. The belts should be installed tightly, so make sure they are properly in place or they could slip and cause a breakdown. Check your owner’s manual to find out more about your car’s individual recommended hose and belt service schedule.
Fluids and Filters
Before you hit the road, check the levels of fluids in your car include the motor oil, power steering, and transmission fluid. You should also check the windshield washer fluid levels just in case you run into any inclement weather on your trip. Top each fluid off that needs it, and you may even want to consider getting an oil change before you leave. If your car is close to the next oil change due date, you might as well get it done before you go. Check the engine coolant as well and make sure it’s at a good level. This will prevent your car from overheating, and you and your passengers from being stranded. You should also check all filters including the engine air filter, cabin air filter, and oil filter. A clean filter will make your vehicle run much more smoothly and keep the various components protected.
Another good idea before you hit the road is to check your tire air pressure and tread levels. With all of these simple checks, you’ll be ready to hit the open road in confidence.
For all your automotive needs, bring your car into Auto Solutions in Orlando or give us a call today at 407-271-8518.