Vehicle Servicing – Road Trip Preparation.August 7th, 2016
People love their cars and nothing goes with cars better than a road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it’s great! But there’s nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.
You can’t always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip.
Heading out on a long trip? Stop by Oil Changers before you head out to make sure everything is in good order.
Let’s look at some of the maintenance related problems you might encounter and what you might do to avoid them.
The most common vehicle component to fail is the tyres. Of course, you can’t always avoid a road hazard that leads to a flat, but you may be able to head off some maintenance-connected tyre problems.
A good tyre inspection at Oil Changers will start with looking over the condition of the tyre itself. Are there signs of uneven tyre wear? Are the tyres properly inflated? Is the tread worn to the point that the tyre should be replaced? The answers to these questions may lead to a recommendation to balance or rotate your tyres. It may also be time to have an alignment service.
Your brakes should be inspected for function as well as to determine how much life is left in your brake pads. 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 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 your headlamps. They gradually lose their brightness and you don’t even realize it.
All the items mentioned are part of any good vehicle maintenance plan. These are things that you want to take care of anyway, but they all come into focus as you plan for your trip. They’ll always save you money in the long run and may prevent inconvenient delays on your trip. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss the world’s largest ball of string, would you?