Car Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

road trip automotive maintenance checklist

Everyone likes a good road trip, however, if you fall short in preparing your car for a road trip it could lead to catastrophe. Do not be misled into believing that your brand-new automobile does not need to be examined, a quick mechanical check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside malfunction. We’ve assembled a short car maintenance checklist of the top things you must examine before your next trip.

Is My Vehicle All Set For A Journey?

Just because your car is brand-new that does not suggest it’s ready for a lengthy road trip. If your automobile is past due for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burnt taillights then you most definitely need to get those items dealt with prior to dreaming of the open road. Furthermore, if you don’t already have an emergency kit in your car, you need to create one before your next trip. Despite all the journey planning on the planet, things can break. A bit of prevention can help greatly with unexpected automobile difficulties.

Safety Checklist for Road Trips

Okay, you’re prepared to go over your car with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you start? Your road trip checklist should concentrate on 3 main areas: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an exhaustive listing, if you completely check these locations your possibility of a nonstop journey rises.

Check Your Fluids

  • Motor Oil – As we discussed above, you’ll want to see to it that the oil has been changed recently.
  • Transmission Fluid – Make sure to consult your owner’s manual to see the intervals at which to have it replaced. If it’s overdue, you’ll need to change it.
  • Radiator fluid – Make sure that your antifreeze is completely full for optimum performance and check your owner’s manual to see if it should be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Being able to stop effectively can be the difference between an accident or not. If you are unsure, get it checked
  • Wiper Fluid – If you’re going to be putting in some seat time you’re going to hit some insects or various other road debris. Make certain your wiper fluid container is topped off to get the gunk off. Wiper fluid is ineffective without great wipers, so change your wipers while you’re at it.

Tires & Treads

  • Tire Tread – Make sure there are no bald spots and that you have lots of tread left. Double-check for any type of leaks that require attention. If they can not be fixed, replace them.
  • Air Pressure – Make certain that your tires are aired up to the proper pressure and that it’s equal in each tire.
  • Rotation – Make certain that your tires do not need to be rotated. Tires that aren’t balanced/rotated correctly can wear unevenly and have an annoying vibration.
  • Spare Tire – Whatever you look at on your main tires, do it for your spare also.

Regular Service Issues

  • Light Bulbs – Burned out headlights and taillights can be a safety risk, so make sure they work correctly. While you are at it, check your turn signal lights and parking lights. You can also upgrade to LED light bulbs for brighter light and reduced power consumption
  • Air Filter – If you’re like the majority of us, your air filter needed replacing years ago. It’s simple to do, isn’t really pricey, and can assist with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t an auto mechanic, this may be a little intimidating yet it can really be fairly easy. First thing is to search for cracks in the hoses, after that squeeze the tubes to see if they feel brittle. Hoses must feel really rubbery, if they feel really breakable or have cracks you need to replace them. Try to find leaks on your hoses, especially where they attach to various other components. Finally, checks the belts to ensure they aren’t loosely attached or have missing notches. A broken belt and/or hose can rapidly ruin your road trip and your engine.
  • Battery – See to it that the battery terminals are not worn away and that the +/- terminals are tightened. If your car starts slowly you might need to replace your battery.
  • Brakes – Being able to brake, your vehicle competently is key in staying clear of crashes. Changing your brake fluid, replacing the brake pads, and even obtaining brand-new rotors could be required to have a risk-free vehicle for your journey.

Before the Road Trip, Test Drive Your Car

You understand your car better than any person. Take it out for a quick spin to see if something really feels off. This isn’t a pleasure cruise so switch off the radio and concentrate. Does your vehicle draw to one side when braking heavily? Does your AC blow cold? If something feels off, you should absolutely have an expert take a look at it.

Schedule Your Auto Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car’s road trip maintenance service at Volkswagen of Milwaukee North. We are your trusted source for all of your vehicle maintenance needs in the Milwaukee, WI area. Book an appointment by phone, online, or in-person today. Our factory-trained specialists are ready to serve you and your car!

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