It’s that time of year again. The leaves have fallen, the air’s getting chillier, and we’re all ready to get into the holiday spirit! We are excited to gather around the table with family and friends–some that we haven't seen for quite some time. For some, we’ll soon be hitting the road with hopes to see some family. All this sounds great, and it sure seems like you are ready, but is your car? With any road trip, it is extremely important to get your vehicle into your team here at Honest Wrenches to ensure that it is ready for the trip you are getting ready to take. Here’s how we can help you prepare for your holiday travels.
The only thing between you and the road is your tires. It’s crucial to ensure that your tread is wearing evenly, there’s plenty of the tread remaining, that no road hazards have damaged your tires, and they are filled to the proper pressure. And don’t forget the spare! You never know when a flat tire could create a detour in your route.
Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle. Your car has many different fluids ranging from engine oil, engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, differential fluid, and of course, your fuel system… just to name a few! It’s important to ensure that those fluids are in excellent shape and that the levels are full. Fluids clean, cool, condition, and lubricate the system, so you don’t want to go without them! Especially on your road trip.
Belts & Hoses
We’ll have your belts and hoses inspected. We’ll look for weakness, cracks, fraying, and the overall condition and age. These belts and hoses are a crucial part of your vehicle's duties. Belts kick-start the alternator and help the water pump, and hoses carry your fluids and gasses like fuel, air, brake fluid, and antifreeze. A good rule of thumb is to change these vital pieces of your vehicle at 100,000 miles or every 10 years.
When it comes to your safety on the road, there’s no such thing as being too prepared. Come back on Thursday for the rest of the steps you should take in preparing for your holiday road trip.