It is very risky to go out in a negligently maintained vehicle during a bad weather, which is why every vehicle owner needs a car check-up.In this article, the tips on getting your vehicle ready for a long trip will be listed;
1. Before anything else, read your owner’s manual and observe the manufacturer’s approved service schedules.
2. Make sure engine performance and drivability problems are corrected i.e. stalling, diminished power, hard starts, rough idling, etc.
3. Change dirty filters, such as air, fuel, and PCV.
4. Always Change your oil and oil filter as directed in your manual.
5. The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as approved by the manufacturer.
6. Replace old blades regularly. Always have windshield washer solvent.
7. Remember to have your battery inspected. The only authentic way to discover a weak battery is with professional equipment.
8. Analyze all lights and bulbs. Change burned out bulbs; occasionally clean road grime from all lenses.
9. Ensure the exhaust system is evaluated for leaks and problems while the vehicle is on a lift. The trunk and floorboards must also be checked for small holes.
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10. Examine tyres for remaining tread life, uneven wearing, and cupping; Inspect the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Inspect tyre pressure every month, always let the tyres “cool down” before checking the pressure.
11. Ensure you check your spare, and be sure the jack is in good working condition. Under-inflated tires or badly aligned wheels makes your engine work harder and consequently, it makes use of excess gasoline.
12. Have your brakes inspected occasionally for safety and to avoid costly repairs that can be caused due to negligence.
13. Hold an emergency kit with you always: extra gloves, boots and blankets; flares; a small shovel and sand or kitty litter; tire chains; a flashlight and extra batteries; and a cell phone and extra car charger.