When going out on a long trip it is imperative to make sure your vehicle is in the best mechanical condition for the road that lies ahead. Doing a simple check up and replacing consumables in the vehicle as well as other important parts can ensure that you and your family will have a safe trip and prevent dangerous accidents that could be caused by a mechanical failure. Here is a simple checklist to review the next time you go on a long haul trip.
Be sure to check your oil levels in the engine bay by opening the hood of your vehicle, finding the oil compartment and using the dipstick to check the level of oil. Turn off the vehicle so the oil can be leveled and checked properly, wipe the dipstick with a rag and then insert it back into the oil compartment and pull it back out to see what level the oil is at. You should have different gauges on the dipstick th
at will let you know if it is low, or full. Alternatively if you have a newer vehicle that does not carry a physical dipstick then refer to your owners manual to see how to check the oil levels via the electronic dashboard.
A critical component of your vehicle is its tires, the state of your tires should be in healthy condition so that it is able to handle and grip the road properly. If your tires are worn or have damage it can cause serious issues while driving on the road and possibly cause an accident. A good tire tread should be 4/32nds of an inch. To test your tire tread health simply take a quarter and place it inside one of the grooves of the tire you wish to check. If you can see the top of george washigntons head and it is not covered by the groove of the tire then you tire is worn and should be replaced. Also see if there is any damage or tears on the side walls and for any bulges or nails that could be protruding. Once the tire tread and tire health is checked next is to ensure that the tires have the proper air pressure. You can find this information by looking at the sidewall of your tires and matching the PSI with your air compressor. Most tire compressor tools will have a gauge that will tell you what the PSI is as you are filling it
Antifreeze and Coolant is what keeps the engine from freezing and overheating in those extreme conditions, without the proper levels of these fluids you run the risk of having your engine freeze up and seize in harsh cold weather, or overheat in hot temperatures. Checking the level of this fluid is rather simple, open the engine bay of your vehicle and find the Antifreeze container refer to your owners manual if you need to. The fluid is usually colored either orange or green. Check the “Full” and “Empty” lines on the container and top off if necessary. Be sure to use the proper liquid for your vehicle, each engine type and make has a specific type of coolant to be used.
These are some simple steps to pre-inspect your vehicle before going on any extended trip. The safety of your vehicle should not be ignored to provide the safest trip for yourself and your family. Stop by Revive Auto Repair for a complimentary pre-trip inspection! Our mechanics can check all your vehicle’s vitals and replace or fix any components that need to be done from an oil change and top off to a new set of tires. Ask for our “Road Trip Inspections”