As the spring road trip season approaches, the time has come to complete the maintenance needed to prepare your vehicle. Proper maintenance gives your vehicle’s moving parts the support they need to keep going mile after mile. You can protect many different systems, including your entire engine, by performing important maintenance tasks at the recommended intervals. Through these efforts, you can help prevent parts from failing and interrupting your travels this spring, summer and beyond. Here are some things to help you get started.
Oil Change and Filter Check
Most vehicles have four filters that you absolutely must check and replace on a regular basis: engine air filter, oil filter, cabin air filter and fuel filter. When the engine’s air, oil and fuel filters get filthy, they may start to allow contaminants to pass into your engine, eventually causing damage to the internal parts.
You can prevent this issue by having all three filters replaced at the service interval indicated by your vehicle manufacturer. When replacing the oil filter, it is also necessary to drain the old fluid and replace with fresh oil to keep the engine’s internals well lubricated.
The cabin air filter does not directly impact the function of your vehicle, but it does have an impact on your comfort. With the replacement of this filter, you can dramatically freshen up the air inside the cabin space, making your travels much more comfortable for all.
Belt and Hose Replacement
The belts and hoses connected to your engine components need to stay in great shape to keep your vehicle running strong. If your belts fail, your vehicle may not be able to properly cool your engine, charge your battery or run any of your accessories. When hoses fail, the problem could be much worse, with coolant leaking all over the engine bay and ground. You can easily prevent this issue by having your belts and hoses checked and replaced as needed before the road trip season arrives.
Tire Pressure Check and Rotation
To get the most out of your tires, you must have them regularly rotated to keep them wearing evenly throughout the life of the set. When you rotate the tires to different corners of the car, you keep the tires from developing areas of excessive wear. The frequency of the tire rotation services you acquire will depend on the exact needs of your vehicles and the type of tires you have.
Although it might seem like a small thing, tire pressure really matters. If you under or overinflate your tires, you could end up causing them to wear too quickly and in all the wrong areas. Keeping the pressure at the right level will help your tires wear evenly, reducing the chance of flats or blowouts.
Brake Inspection and Repairs
Before you go anywhere, it is so important that you first make sure you can stop the car, especially in an emergency situation. You can have a brake inspection performed at the beginning of the road trip season to help ensure that your vehicle is stopping as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is not always easy to tell if your vehicle needs brake pads or shoes by feel alone. You must have your brake components visually inspected and measured using precise equipment to see if you are good to go.
When you pay close attention to the above areas, you can prep your car and head out on your road trips with confidence. Make the most of your spring and summer travels by having your car checked out and maintained by your trusted auto tech.