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Things to Check Out Before Going on a Road Trip


Don’t let a vehicle malfunction spoil your upcoming road trip. Making a few minor repairs to your automobile before you leave might help make sure it’s prepared for the journey. Though you can’t stop every mechanical failure, you can avoid wasting money and saving vacation time at the repair shop by inspecting your vehicle’s fluids and components before you go out on the road. Here are some pointers to get you going:

Check the Battery in Your Automobile

Make sure the battery connection in your automobile is secure and free of corrosion. If there is rust, you will need to unplug the battery and use a wire brush to clean the contacts. If you don’t know how to inspect and clean a battery, it might be better to leave it to an expert. Batteries contain caustic acid that may spill if battery connections are pushed off. After your car is older than 2 years, we generally advise getting the battery tested once a year. You should also get your tyre pressure checked, and the best way to do this is by using a tyre pressure monitor.

Examine The Hoses And Belts

The electrical, power steering, and cooling systems of your automobile depend on the performance of the engine belts and hoses. Ask someone to check them to see if any are worn or cracked. Check to make sure there isn’t a lot of slack in your belts; they should be securely fastened as well. Finally, be sure to get any cracks or drips in your hoses examined. Don’t forget to consult your owner’s handbook for advice on the belt and hose replacement intervals; certain vehicles may need them as soon as 60,000 miles have passed.

Replace Filters And Top Up Fluids

Verify the levels of all the fluids in your automobile, including the gearbox, power steering, and windshield wiper fluid. Before starting off on the road, fill up any of them that are low. It would be worthwhile to have your car’s next oil change done before your vacation if it’s almost time. Additionally, make sure the engine fluid tank in your automobile is filled to the specified amount by the manufacturer. 

Additionally, make sure the engine fluid tank in your automobile is filled to the specified amount by the manufacturer.  However, bear in mind that if there are swirling debris in it, you may need to have it changed out, even if it is filled to the appropriate amount. Coolant may also get acidic with time, so you might want to get your radiator tank examined for corrosion. Other components of the car, such as the radiator or hoses, could sustain damage as a result.

The air intake filter should also be replaced if it is unclean or congested with debris since it traps dust and other particles to keep them from entering the automobile engine. Otherwise, the clogged filter can hinder your car’s acceleration.

Check that your car’s indoor and outdoor lights are functioning correctly, and replace any burned-out bulbs as needed. We advise replacing your windshield wipers every six months if they aren’t effectively wiping rain from the windshield or are leaving streaks.

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