The Ultimate Automotive Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

road trip automotive maintenance checklist

Everyone likes a good road trip, but if you fall short in preparing your car for a road trip it might lead to disaster. Don’t be tricked into believing that your new vehicle doesn’t require an evaluation, a quick mechanical check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside breakdown. We’ve put together a quick vehicle maintenance checklist of the most important things you must inspect prior to your next journey.

Is My Car All Set For A Journey?

Even if your vehicle is brand-new that does not automatically mean it’s ready for a long trip. If your vehicle is overdue for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burned-out taillight then you definitely must get those items taken care of prior to imagining the open road. In addition, if you don’t currently have an emergency kit in your automobile, you ought to create one prior to your next journey. Despite all the journey preparation on the planet, things can break. A bit of prevention can help immensely when presented with unforeseen vehicle troubles.

Road Trip Safety List

Okay, you’re prepared to give your car with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you start? Your road trip checklist should focus on 3 primary areas: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an exhaustive list, if you completely examine these locations your chances of a continuous road trip increases.

Don’t Forget Your Fluids

  • Oil – As we discussed above, you’ll need to make sure that the oil has been changed recently.
  • Transmission Fluid – Make certain to consult your owner’s manual to see how often it should be changed. If it’s past due, you’ll want to change it out.
  • Radiator fluid – Make sure that your antifreeze is completely full for optimum efficiency and examine your owner’s manual to see if it ought to be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Being able to stop effectively can be the difference between a crash or not. If you are not sure, have it checked
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid – If you’re going to be driving a long distance you’re going to hit some bugs or various other road debris. See to it your windshield wiper fluid container is completely full to get the gunk off. Wiper fluid is ineffective without good wipers, so replace your wipers while you’re there.

Tire Check

  • Tread – Make certain there are no bald spots and that you have lots of tire tread left. Double-check for any kind of punctures that require attention. If they can not be repaired, replace them.
  • Air Pressure – See to it that your tires are aired up to the correct pressure and that they all have the same pressure in each tire.
  • Rotation – Ensure that your tires do not need to be rotated. Tires that aren’t balanced/rotated properly can wear unevenly and have a frustrating vibration.
  • Spare Tire – Whatever you examine on your primary tires, do it for your spare too.

General Maintenance Issues

  • Light Bulbs – Worn out headlamps and taillights can be a safety hazard, so see to it they work correctly. While you are at it, examine your turn indicator lights and parking lights. You can also update to LED light bulbs for brighter light and reduced power usage
  • Air Filter – If you resemble most of us, your air filter needed replacing years ago. It’s simple to do, isn’t really expensive, and can aid with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t a mechanic, this might be a little daunting but it can actually be fairly simple. First thing is to search for fractures in the hoses, then press the tubes to see if they feel brittle. Hoses ought to feel really rubbery, if they feel weak or have fractures you should replace them. Try to find leaks on your hoses, particularly where they attach to various other parts. Ultimately, checks the belts to ensure they aren’t loosely connected or have missing notches. A busted belt and/or hose can quickly wreck your road trip and your engine.
  • Battery – See to it that the battery terminals are not rusted and that the +/- terminals are tightened. If your automobile starts slowly you might need to replace your battery.
  • Brakes – Having the ability to stop your car effectively is key in preventing collisions. Changing your brake fluid, replacing the brake pads, and even obtaining new rotors might be essential to have a safe car for your road trip.

Before the Road Trip, Test Drive Your Car

You know your vehicle far better than any person. Take it out for a quick drive to see if something really feels off. This isn’t a pleasure cruise so shut 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 a certified technician take a look at it.

Schedule Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car’s road trip maintenance service at Sterling McCall Toyota. We are your trusted source for all service needs in the Houston, Tx area. Schedule an appointment by phone, in-person, or online today. Our factory-trained experts are standing by to serve you!

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Clint was attentive and gave excellent review of 10,000 mi maintenance. I will request Clint for my next maintenance appointment on 08/26/20. I always recommend Sterling McCall Fort Bend.

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My advisor Clint was very clear about the service I needed do on my Toyota Camry. I made an appointment, when I arrived he took care of me as soon as I got there. The steps of my service was relayed to me by my advisor, so there was no hidden surprises. After my car was serviced, he walked me to the counter and he was friendly and kind. He has my approval. Job well done.

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Richmond, TX, 77469 US
(281) 341-5900
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