Are you planning to go on a road trip? Road trips can be tough on a used car. Before you start the trip make sure you are prepared. Check the car to ensure it is running smooth and in good condition.
Steps to Get Your Used Car Road Trip Ready
Check the Tires
Tires are important for safety, comfort and fuel efficiency. Check their condition before you start a road trip.
- Air Pressure
The incorrect air pressure causes tires to wear in an uneven manner. Overinflated or underinflated tires waste gas and worsen the ride quality. Depending on the length of the trip check the air pressure.
Variation is suspension calibration, road condition, and weight balance, result in the tires getting worn out. Rotate tires after every 5,000 – 8,000 miles. Swap the front and rear and right and left tires, so that they last longer.
Check for Fluids
Fluids are the lifeline of any vehicle. Check brake fuel, oil, coolant, power steering fluid and transmission fluid to avoid any kind of unnecessary breakdown.
Oil is crucial for an engine. It lubricates moving components of your vehicle like camshaft, crankshaft, and pistons. This enables them to move without friction. Change oil if it is black or gritty.
Radiator oil or coolant keeps the radiator cool by extracting heat from the engine.
- Brake Fluid
Fluid inside the brake lines compresses and forces the brake pads to clamp down and slow the car when you push the brake pedal. If the vehicle doesn’t stop smoothly when you press the brakes, replace the brake fluid.
The car has several components and they need to be in good working order.
- Air Filters
Clogged air filters can impact engine performance. Get the filters cleaned and replaced if necessary.
- Belts and Hoses
Look under the hood of your vehicle to check for any damage to the belts and hoses. Get them replaced if you see any visible damage.
A well maintained used car can help you enjoy the road trip in a safe manner.