The Ultimate Road Trip Car Maintenance Checklist

car road trip maintenance checklist

Every person loves an excellent road trip, yet if you fail in preparing your car for a road trip it can mean disaster. Don’t be fooled into believing that your brand-new automobile doesn’t need to be inspected, a quick check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside malfunction. We’ve put together a quick list of important car maintenance inspections you must do prior to your next road trip.


Is My Automobile Prepared For A Journey?

Just because your car is brand-new that doesn’t suggest it’s ready for a long journey. If your car is overdue for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burnt taillight then you certainly need to get those things dealt with prior to dreaming of the open road. In addition, if you do not already have an emergency kit in your car, you need to create one prior to your next road trip. Despite all the journey preparation possible, stuff can break. A little bit of prevention can help profoundly when presented with unforeseen automobile problems.


Safety List for Road Trips

Okay, you are ready to give your vehicle with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you begin? Your road trip checklist should focus on 3 major areas: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an exhaustive listing, if you thoroughly examine these locations your chances of an undisturbed journey increases.

Check Your Fluids

  • Motor Oil – As we mentioned above, you’ll need to make sure that the engine oil has been changed recently.
  • Transmission Fluid – Make sure to consult your owner’s manual to see how often it should be replaced. If it’s overdue, you’ll need to change it.
  • Radiator fluid – Ensure that your antifreeze is completely full for optimum efficiency and inspect your owner’s manual to see if it needs to be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Having the ability to brake efficiently can be the difference between a crash or not. If you are uncertain, get it inspected
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid – If you’re likely to be driving a long distance you’re going to strike some bugs or various other roadway debris. See to it your wiper fluid container is topped off to get the crud off. Wiper fluid is pointless without great wipers, so change your wipers while you’re there.

Check Your Tires

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

Routine Service Items

  • Light Bulbs – Burned out headlights and taillamps can be a safety threat, so make certain they function normally. While you are at it, check your directional signal lights and parking lights. You can also upgrade to LED light bulbs for brighter light and reduced power consumption
  • Air Filter – If you resemble the majority of us, your air filter needed replacing years ago. It’s simple to do, isn’t really costly, and can aid with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t an auto tech, this may be a little challenging but it can actually be quite straightforward. First thing is to search for fractures in the hoses, after that squeeze the hoses to see if they feel brittle. Hoses should feel rubbery, if they feel brittle or have fractures you need to change them. Try to find leaks on your hoses, especially where they attach to various other parts. Ultimately, checks the belts to make sure they aren’t loosely attached or have missing notches. A busted belt and/or hose can rapidly spoil your journey and your engine.
  • Battery – See to it that the battery terminals are not worn away and that the +/- terminals are tight. If your vehicle starts slowly you might need to replace your battery.
  • Brakes – Being able to brake your vehicle competently is key in preventing accidents. Changing your brake fluid, changing the brake pads, and even obtaining brand-new brake rotors might be needed to have a safe vehicle for your journey.

Before the Road Trip, Test Drive Your Car

You know your car much better than anyone. Take it out for a fast drive to see if something feels off. This isn’t a pleasure cruise so turn off the radio and concentrate. Does your car draw to one side under heavy braking? Does your Air Conditioner blow cold air? If something feels off, you should absolutely have a specialist take a look into it.


Schedule Auto Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car’s road trip maintenance service at Mercedes-Benz of Clear Lake. We are your trusted source for all of your vehicle service needs in the Houston, TX area. Book an appointment by phone, online, or in-person today. Our technicians are on hand to serve you and your vehicle!


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