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Is Your Car Road Trip Ready?

4 Questions to Ask While You Plan:

  • What kind of conditions will you encounter, and can your car handle them?

  • How many miles do you want to put on your car and how many miles are you comfortable driving in one day?

  • What’s your game plan if something happens to your car?

  • Is your car ready for your road trip?

To check if your car is ready for your great escape, a check-up should include the following:

The 6 Essential Fluids

  • Engine Oil should be checked every 1,000 to 3,000 miles with a new filter replacement every oil change.

  • Low Engine Coolant can cause overheating, especially in hot weather when you have a fully loaded vehicle.

  • Change your Brake Fluid if the brake pedal starts to feel soft and spongy or approximately every 24,000 miles.

  • Power Steering Fluid should be replaced annually to extend the life of your Steering gear and Power Steering pump.

  • Check the Transmission Fluid whenever you get an oil change and replaced according to the manufacturer’s scheduled maintenance.

  • Remember the importance of fresh wipers and Windshield Washer Fluid to ensure a safe driving experience during weather events.


  • Air Pressure should be checked at least every 1000 miles. To be on the safe side, check visually at every stop.

  • A Rotation should be done every 5,000 to 8,000 miles or sooner if you notice uneven wear.

  • The Condition of your tires should be checked for noticeable damages. Uneven tread wear and odd wear patterns mean that a checkup is overdue.

  • Wheel Alignment check will extend tire life and fuel mileage.

General Maintenance

  • Brake Pads can last between 25,000 to 50,000 miles before they wear thin. You should have them checked at every oil change.

  • Air Filters, both in the engine and cabin, should be replaced every 10,000 to 15,000 miles or as suggested in the owners’ manual.

  • Light Bulbs are easy to look over until you’re driving in the dark. Make sure to check all lights before you take off.

  • Belts and Hoses should get a quick check over for any cracks or fraying, especially inside the belt.

  • If the Battery is over two years old, check and clean corrosive build-up on the cables.

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