Whether you’re planning on driving the California coastline, or taking that timely pilgrimage down Route 66, you’ll want your car running its best. I mean, just imagine what could happen if you go out on the open road with a car in less than perfect travelling shape? Imagine yourself stranded on the side of a Nevada desert highway, trying to flag down cars that never come. Imagine the stress you’d be under, the frustration, and the blistering agony of the heat. If that isn’t enough to take matters into your own hands, I don’t know what is. If you are planning a lengthy road trip this summer, take it upon yourself to perform some basic maintenance beforehand.
What To Check to Help Prevent the Need for Roadside Assistance in New York:
While you may be able to verify most of your vehicle’s parts on your own, others will require the gentle hand of a competent mechanic. The obvious thing to start with is fluids.
Cars have about as many bodily fluids as a human body. Not so much like the human body, cars can’t replace these fluids on their own. That’s why you’ve always got to make sure there’s enough juice in every domain to keep the car running flawlessly. Be aware that the first three fluids you’ll want to check (the Big Three) also have filters that need to be examined.
● Engine Oil
● Transmission Fluid
● Radiator Coolant
● Brake Fluid
● Windshield Washer Fluid
● Power Steering Fluid
Hoses & Belts:
Much like the arteries in a human body, these connect the entire system and move the fluids around. If you’ve got a loose connection, you may find yourself dusting off your thumbs to hitch a ride in no time. Just make sure that everything is tightly secured, and there aren’t any leaks.
At any given time, your car is touching the road through a bare square inches of rubber; if you haven’t blown a tire that is. You should check to be sure that your treads aren’t worn down, and that your tire pressure is adequate. The number printed on the side of the tire is the maximum that it can take, not the amount it should be inflated to. Keep your tires a little lower in winter and nearly maxed out in summer. Over Inflation could lead to a blowout. And don’t forget to pack that spare tire; it could be the difference between a long, expensive tow and a short stop on your journey.
Always check the headlights, blinkers, and dash lights, but try to get the rest of the interior lights as well. Faulty lights aren’t just a danger to you, they’re a danger to everyone on the road. Other motorists will have a hard time seeing you and judging distance is your lights are burnt out. Not to mention you’re most likely going to be pulled over for having faulty lights.
Unlike driving a tank, driving a car requires that you constantly have your eyes open for obstacles. In order to have a much easier time of this, make sure that all windows are clean, mirrors are at the right angle, and wiper blades are up to snuff. Don’t be afraid to replace your blades if they’re starting to wear. Make sure that there are no cracks in the windshield and that the defrost function works adequately. The first step to avoiding an accident on the road is making sure that you do everything you can to give yourself the best visibility.
Even if your brakes aren’t squealing up a storm, you may want to consider having a expert conduct a thorough inspection before hitting the road. A car’s braking system is a major part of avoiding accidents while on the road, and you need to be sure that it is in top condition. If your brakes are squeaking, or your brake pedal seems softer than usual, make sure to get them checked as soon as possible.
Just like the human body, engines need oxygen to operate. Your car’s air filter keeps dirt and other particles from entering the system along with that vital air; but with time it becomes dirty, making it less effective. Make sure to have it checked regularly, or you could be putting extra strain on your vehicle.
Sure, the more you drive, the more your battery gets charged. But if your battery has reached the end of its natural life, you may begin to have trouble starting your car. If you don’t want to jumpstart your car every day, make sure to check your battery, electrical, and ignition systems regularly. Replace batteries after three years, or according to your manual.
Unless your dream vacation is that scene from Titanic where they run through the boiler room of the ship, you probably don’t want to spend it boiling in your car. While a faulty AC won’t generally cause a breakdown along the side of the road, chances are you won’t want to take a long summer drive without it.
Maybe your car is in top shape, but your gauges are telling you that you’re about to break down anyway. The next worst thing besides having a breakdown is driving a vehicle that makes you worry that you’re about to.
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