WOO HOO! Road Trip! It’s getting to that time of year here in Arizona when the weather is getting warmer but it’s not going to be so hot that’ll you’ll melt into a puddle of sweat. Time to take a road trip! Visit the Grand Canyon! See the Painted Desert! Go hiking in the Kiabab! Yeah! But what about your car? Have you checked it out to make sure it’s up to the job and won’t leave you as a tourist in Tuba City? Standing on a corner in Winslow Arizona might be a good line in a song but it would sure be a bummer way to end a road trip.
All Tune & Lube Total Car Care Tempe wants to make sure you have fun and don’t have to spend your vacation money repairing your car on the road. Here’s what you need to check:
Take a good look at your tires. They’re the most common item to fail on a trip. Road hazards happen and there’s no predicting those but you may be able to head off some maintenance related tire problems. A good tire inspection will start with looking over the condition of each tire itself. Are there signs of uneven tire wear? Are the tires properly inflated? Is the tread worn to the point that the tire should be replaced? The answers to these questions may lead to a recommendation to balance or rotate your tires. It may also be time to have an alignment service.Inspect your brake pads and shoes. If you have any less than about 20% of the brake material remaining you should probably have them replaced. You’ll also want to know if it’s time to service your brake fluid. Over time water and contaminants make their way into your brake fluid and the system needs to be flushed, cleaned and filled with fresh fluid.
While looking under your car, your auto technician should also inspect your suspension system for worn or damaged parts. If you need new shocks or struts, you’ll really notice the difference on your trip once you have them replaced.
Now the second most common vehicle failure is the cooling system. Check the condition of the coolant and have it exchanged if needed. If the radiator cap isn’t fairly new just replace it proactively. It’s cheap insurance. Take a close look at the radiator hoses, heater hoses and belts. If the hoses are leaking, swollen or soft, replace them. If you see any cracks in the belt, replace them too. If your water pump shows any signs of leaking, get a new one. Even though cooling system failure is fairly common, it’s easy and relatively inexpensive to prevent with proper maintenance.
Another thing people often overlook is their transmission service. This is very important before a road trip because transmission problems tend to take some time and a lot of money to get fixed. Not the way you want to spend your vacation.
If your heater or air conditioning isn’t working as well as you’d like, get those taken care of. It may not be too cold or too hot now but who knows?
Of course, there are the usual things as well. An oil change, engine air filter, fuel system cleaning, and a routine tune up. If you need any of these things, get them done today – the improved fuel economy will be well appreciated on your road trip with less money spent on gas.
Some important items that are often overlooked are differential service and timing belt replacement. If these things don’t ring a bell, find out if they’re due and if they are get them done.
Now while you’re out seeing the sights, you’ll want to make sure you can see the sights. Replace your windshield wipers if they aren’t working well. And don’t forget all your lights; headlights, turn signals and markers.
These are all kinda normal service items so if you’re already taking your vehicle to All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe you’re probably good to go.
Thanks! From your local mechanics, All Tune and Lube Total Car Care Tempe. Complete auto repair and maintenance.