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5 Things to Check Off Before a Road Trip

At our auto repair shop, we don’t want mechanical problems to get in the way of you enjoying your road trip. Instead, we strive to help you prepare your vehicle for the trip ahead of time. Before a long journey, there are certain auto maintenance items that can ensure your vehicle is roadworthy.


Check Car Fluids - Checking your vehicle’s fluids is a start. Your vehicle has many fluids, including motor oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant, and more. These liquids should be full, clean, and free of contaminants.


Test the Car Battery - Make sure your vehicle battery is properly secure and corrosion-free. If there is damage to the battery, you should consult with a mechanic. Batteries can sometimes get corrosive acid on them which can accelerate their wear and tear. Generally speaking, you should replace your battery every 3-5 years.


Inspect Belts and Hoses - Engine belts and hoses are crucial in maintaining the proper operation of your electrical, power steering, and cooling system. All you need to do is simply check to see if they are overly loose or worn. If so, you’re good to go.


Examine the Brakes - Squealing brakes can be very unpleasant, but they also mean that your brake pads are worn. If you notice unusual signs with your vehicle’s braking system, it is best to have it checked out by a technician. Don’t forget to top off on brake fluid too.


Check the Tires - Proper tire pressure can impact your ride’s fuel economy and extend the life of your tires. It is important to ensure that your tires are properly filled before a road trip. 


Making tiny efforts like those mentioned above can ensure you have a fun, happy, and safe road trip. If you need help with a pre-trip inspection, please do not hesitate to call or visit Bud’s Auto Repair & Transmission today.