Pre-trip Car Inspections Save Time and Money

June 11th, 2015

Prepare Your Car for Vacation

Don’t be left on the side of the road! It’s road trip season and there are several things you can do to help prepare your car for vacation this summer. Check your brakes, top off fluids, get any squeaks or odd noises diagnosed and fixed if it’s urgent.

Pre-trip Car Inspections Save Time and Money

Prevent Car Problems with Pre-Trip InspectionA complete pre-trip vehicle inspection can take time out of your day, but if you find problems that could get worse during a long trip or get you pulled over by a police officer, it is well worth the time.

Taking the initiative to get a thorough inspection done within a week before you leave could save you money too. Whether you have your trusted mechanic or auto repair shop do the inspection, or do it yourself and catch problems that can be taken to your regular mechanic, it’s always best to make repairs before it becomes an emergency.

Take it to a Trusted Auto Repair Shop

It is always hard to find a good mechanic when you are far from home. You don’t know if you can trust and auto repair shop you choose in a pinch, and they may be more likely to price gauge if they know you need services really fast. Pricing is always a factor and if you have an automotive repair shop that you trust to treat you fairly and give you the best solutions, it is best to get car problems fixed close to home if they are predictable.

Exterior Car Inspection

  • Windshield Wiper Blades – You don’t want to get caught in a downpour on an unfamiliar road with wipers that don’t work.
  • Lights – Burned out or broken headlights, turn signals and brake lights can all get you a ticket and a fine, so before you leave, make sure they are all in working order.
  • Tires Pressure and Condition – Don’t drive far on tires that are severely warn or checked. Low or high tire pressure can cause problems too.
  • Over-inflation can cause your car to skid more easily in wet weather and will cause premature wearing of the center of the tire over time.
  • Under-inflated tires will handle poorly and the inside and outside of the tires may wear prematurely.

Under the Hood Inspection

  • Automotive FluidsTop off any fluids that appear low and be sure to get an oil change before you leave on your trip. Fluids include:Get Car Ready For Vacation - 5 Seasons Tire - Cedar Rapids
    • Automatic transmission fluid
    • Engine oil
    • Brake fluid
    • Power steering fluid
    • Radiator coolant
    • Windshield washer fluid
  • Belts and Hoses – Leaky hoses and broken belts will cause undue stress on a long drive if they are not repaired or replaced before you leave. Check for loose fit, brittleness and checking on belts, loose clumps and softness in the rubber.
  • Air Conditioner – If your air conditioner is not working properly, it could make for a long and uncomfortable drive. If your air conditioner is not working efficiently and effectively, take it to a trusted repair shop.
  • Battery Connections – Check for a good connection, and make sure there is no corrosion around the connecting wires.

 Under Vehicle Inspection

  • Fluid Leaks – Look under the car and at the hoses to see if fluids are leaking.
  • Exhaust Leaks – Listen for loud noise from your care when you start the car, accelerate or use more horsepower going up hills.
  • Brakes – Listen for squeaking or squealing when you brake. Grinding noises mean you may need new rotors. It is good to have this professionally inspected if you are unsure.

Peace of Mind is Worth a Thorough Vehicle Inspection

While there is always a possibility of something happening when you are out on the road to cause car trouble, knowing that you are leaving home with a vehicle that has been checked over and repaired if needed will give you the peace of mind that chances of a successful trip are likely. If you need help with your pre-trip inspection, contact 5 Seasons Tire today and set up an appointment.

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