The Ultimate Road Trip Automotive Maintenance Checklist

road trip automotive maintenance checklist

Every person likes an excellent road trip, yet if you fail in preparing your automobile for a road trip it might lead to catastrophe. Do not be fooled into believing that your new vehicle does not need to be checked, a quick check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside breakdown. We’ve created a quick automobile maintenance checklist of the top points you ought to examine prior to your next trip.


Is My Vehicle All Set For A Trip?

Just because your automobile is brand-new that does not mean it’s ready for a long trip. If your car is overdue for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burned-out taillight then you most definitely must get those things fixed before dreaming of the open road. Furthermore, if you do not already have an emergency kit in your vehicle, you ought to create one before your next trip. Even with all the trip preparation in the world, things can break. A little bit of prevention can help immensely with unexpected automobile problems.


Safety List for Road Trips

Okay, you are prepared to give your vehicle with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you start? Your road trip checklist should concentrate on 3 main sections: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an exhaustive checklist, if you completely check these locations your possibility of a continuous trip get better.

Check Fluids

  • Motor Oil – As we discussed above, you’ll want to ensure that the oil has been changed recently.
  • Transmission Fluid – Make sure to consult your owner’s manual to see how often it should be replaced. If it’s past due, you’ll need to change it.
  • Radiator fluid – Make sure that your antifreeze is completely full for optimal performance and examine your owner’s manual to see if it needs to be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Having the ability to brake effectively can mean the difference between a collision or not. If you are uncertain, get it inspected
  • Wiper Fluid – If you’re going to be driving a long distance you’re most likely to hit some insects or other roadway debris. See to it your wiper fluid container is full to get the crud off. Wiper fluid is ineffective without excellent wipers, so change your wipers while you’re at it.

Check Tires

  • Tread – Make certain there are no bald spots and that you have a lot of tire tread left. Double-check for any type of leaks that require attention. If they can not be repaired, change them.
  • Air Pressure – See to it that your tires are aired up to the right pressure and that it’s equal in each tire.
  • Rotation – See to it that your tires don’t need to be rotated. Tires that aren’t balanced/rotated correctly can wear unevenly and have an aggravating vibration.
  • Spare Tire – Whatever you look at on your main tires, do it for your spare tire also.

Regular Maintenance Issues

  • Light Bulbs – Worn out headlamps and taillamps can be a safety hazard, so ensure they function correctly. While you are at it, check your turn indicator lights and parking lights. You could also update to LED light bulbs for brighter light and lower power consumption
  • Air Filter – If you’re like the majority of us, your air filter needed changing years ago. It’s easy to do, isn’t really pricey, and can help with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t a mechanic, this might be a little daunting however it can, in fact, be rather simple. First thing is to search for fractures in the hoses, then press the hoses to see if they feel weak. Hoses should feel really rubbery, if they feel fragile or have fractures you should replace them. Search for leaks on your hoses, especially where they attach to various other components. Finally, checks the belts to make certain they aren’t loosely attached or have missing notches. A broken belt and/or hose can swiftly wreck your road trip and your engine.
  • Battery – Check to ensure the battery terminals are not rusted and that the positive and negative terminals are tight. If your vehicle starts slowly you might require a new battery.
  • Brakes – Being able to stop your car effectively is key in staying clear of accidents. Flushing your brake fluid, changing the brake pads, and obtaining brand-new rotors might be necessary to have a secure automobile for your journey.

Test Drive Your Car Before the Road Trip

You know your automobile far better than anybody. Take it out for a quick spin to see if something really feels off. This isn’t a pleasure cruise so switch off the radio and concentrate. Does your car draw to one side under heavy braking? Does your Air Conditioning blow cold? If something feels off, you should have an expert take a look into it.


Schedule Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car’s road trip maintenance service at Mike Smith Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. We are your source for all maintenance needs in the Beaumont, TX area. Schedule an appointment in-person, by phone, or online today. Our certified technicians are standing by to serve you and your car!


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