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Car Maintenance Before a Road Trip
Are you planning to go a holiday to unwind and relax? Well, there are probably only a few people who would not be excited to escape and stay in an amazing accommodation with comfortable rooms and suites. However, before you get too enthusiastic to experience being in a delightful haven, you have to make sure that your car is prepared to take you to your ultimate getaway. For this, an all-around check-up would be essential to make sure that no major or minor breakdowns will happen along the way.
- Wiper Blades - These should be soft and flexible. Check them to see if there are cracks or if they are separated from their retainer.
- Lights - Make sure these are functioning properly, especially if you are going to travel at night. It is best for the headlights to be aligned correctly to effectively brighten up the road and prevent affecting the other drivers.
- Tyres - Check all of them, including the spare wheel, for holes. Be sure to follow the recommendation from the manufacturer regarding the pressure.
Under Hood Inspection
- Liquid Levels - Check the automatic transmission, power steering, brake, and windscreen washer fluid, as well as the engine oil and radiator coolant.
- Belts and Hoses - Examine these tubes and determine if there are leaks, softness in the elbow areas, loose clamps, leaks, and loose fittings. Be sure to replace them when necessary.
- Air Conditioning - Test the system (preferably in the middle of the day) to see if it is able to cool the automobile's cabin down efficiently. Check the refrigerant lines for any leaks. Also, if you are planning to go on a trip during winter, test the heating system if it is working well.
- Battery Connections - Examine the energy pack's posts and cable terminals for rust build-up. Any corrosion can be removed by washing down with a baking soda and water solution. This will help improve the performance of the car's electrical system. Also, do not forget to remove the negative terminal prior to doing so.
Under Vehicle Inspection
- Fluid Leaks - Check the area where your vehicle is parked for any liquid flow. If you find anything weird, hire a professional to check if there are holes to avoid any problems during your escapade.
- Exhaust Leaks - If you see or hear gases released from the system, have it checked by an expert since this can be dangerous.
- Brakes - Test-drive your car to examine its break performance. If it is not working properly, you can ask a mechanic check it for you.
After doing such examinations, you are most likely ready to have a smooth run. The only thing left to do is to pack your luggage and have a fun ride to a wonderful destination.