Is your car ready for a road trip?

The weather is slowly warming into spring… and April’s showers don’t just bring May flowers, they also stir up our plans for our spring and summer road trips!Is your car ready?

There are a few things that we recommend you get checked before you take that cross country haul. After all, we don’t want you towed into a mechanic shop- especially one where you don’t have a relationship with them or don’t know their ethics. We don’t want you and your family broken down on the side of the road, waiting for salvation in an area that may be unsafe or remote.

That’s why we suggest an inspection at Airport Automotive to get your car ready for a road trip. This quick inspection includes:

Checking your timing belt. If it is within the recommended service time, we will check it. A snapped timing belt is a surefire way to ruin your vacation. An engine that doesn’t work isn’t going to get you very far.

Check your fluids. Do you need more coolant or a coolant flush? Don’t overlook a simple item that could lead to a cooling system failure. Make sure your oil and windshield washer fluid levels are correct in order to have your car ready for a road trip.

Check your tires. Your tires are your connection to the road. Make sure the tread is good, the air pressure is correct and the wear is even. Want more tire tips?

Check your suspension. Good shocks and struts will help you have a more comfortable ride. This will be even more important in the longer hours of the drive, and in the return trip. You want the comfort of your car ready for a road trip that has long stretches.

Check your brakes. Make sure your brake pads are in good condition and perform a brake flush if it is time for one.

Check your power steering. Is the fluid level where is should be? Is it working properly?

Check your battery. Make sure it doesn’t have corrosion and the level is tested. While you are at it, make sure you have jumper cables and other items in an emergency kit.

Check your sight. Make sure your lights, headlamps, mirrors and windshield wipers are all in working condition. Being able to see is critical for driving, especially driving long distances.

Check air and cabin filters. This will help make the car more comfortable as well as reduce engine problems.

If you have questions about auto repairs, recommended services or general automotive safety, give us a call, we are happy to help you understand your vehicle so that you can make better informed decisions about using and caring for it.