Automotive Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

auto road trip maintenance checklist

Everybody likes an excellent road trip, yet if you fall short in preparing your car for a road trip it can spell disaster. Do not be deceived into thinking that your brand-new vehicle doesn’t require an evaluation, a quick mechanical check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside malfunction. We’ve assembled a short list of important car maintenance inspections you need to do prior to your next trip.

Is My Car All Set For A Road Trip?

Even if your vehicle is new that does not automatically mean it’s ready for a lengthy road trip. If your vehicle is past due for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burned-out taillight then you definitely must get those things taken care of prior to imagining the open road. In addition, if you do not already have an emergency kit in your vehicle, you must get one before your next journey. Even with all the trip planning in the world, stuff can fail. A bit of prevention can help greatly when presented with unanticipated automobile problems.

Safety Checklist for Road Trips

Okay, you are prepared to give your automobile a once-over with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you begin? Your road trip checklist should focus on the 3 major areas: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an exhaustive list, if you extensively inspect these areas your possibility of a nonstop journey get better.

Get Your Fluids Checked

  • Engine Oil – As we mentioned above, you’ll need to ensure that the oil has been changed recently.
  • Transmission Fluid – Be sure to consult your owner’s manual to see the intervals at which to have it changed. If it’s overdue, you’ll want to change it out.
  • Radiator fluid – See to it that your antifreeze is full for optimum performance and check your owner’s manual to see if it needs to be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Being able to brake effectively can mean the difference between a collision or avoiding one. If you are not sure, get it inspected
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid – If you’re going to be putting in some seat time you’re most likely to hit some insects or other road debris. Make certain your windshield wiper fluid container is full to get the crud off. Wiper fluid is pointless without good wipers, so change your wipers while you’re there.

Tires & Treads

  • Tire Tread – See to it there are no bald spots and that you have lots of tread left. Double-check for any leaks that require attention. If they can not be fixed, change them.
  • Air Pressure – Ensure that your tires are inflated to the right pressure and that they all have equal pressure in each tire.
  • Rotation – Ensure that your tires don’t need to be rotated. Tires that aren’t balanced/rotated appropriately can wear unevenly and have a frustrating vibration.
  • Spare Tire – Whatever you examine on your main tires, do it for your spare tire also.

Regular Maintenance Issues

  • Light Bulbs – Worn out headlights and taillamps can be a safety threat, so make certain they work normally. While you are at it, examine your directional signal lights and parking lights. You might want to also upgrade to LED bulbs for brighter light and lower power usage
  • Air Filter – If you’re like most of us, your air filter needed changing years ago. It’s easy to do, isn’t very expensive, and can aid with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t a mechanic, this might be a little challenging but it can, in fact, be rather basic. First thing is to search for fractures in the hoses, then press the hoses to see if they seem weak. Hoses need to feel really rubbery, if they feel really brittle or have cracks you must replace them. Search for leaks on your hoses, specifically where they attach to other components. Ultimately, checks the belts to make sure they aren’t loosely connected or have missing notches. A broken belt and/or hose can rapidly destroy your journey and your engine.
  • Battery – See to it that the battery terminals are not corroded and that the +/- terminals are tightened. If your automobile starts slowly you might require a new battery.
  • Brakes – Being able to break your vehicle capably is key in staying clear of crashes. Changing your brake fluid, replacing the brake pads, and obtaining brand-new rotors might be needed to have a risk-free vehicle for your trip.

Test Drive Your Car Before the Road Trip

You know your vehicle better than any person. Take it out for a quick drive to see if something feels off. This isn’t a pleasure cruise so shut off the radio and concentrate. Does your automobile draw to one side when braking heavily? Does your A/C blows cold air? If something feels a little off, you should have a certified technician take a look into it.

Schedule Your Car’s Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car road trip maintenance service at Gene Messer Toyota. We are your trusted source for all your vehicle service needs in the Lubbock area. Schedule an appointment by phone, in-person, or online today. Our certified technicians are on hand to serve you and your vehicle!

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