How to Check Your Car Before a Road Trip?


Car maintenance is important to keeping your car running well and ensuring that it runs efficiently. It includes regular checks, inspection and quick diagnosis by expert professionals at periodic intervals. The technicians monitor the condition of your car and perform various tests to pinpoint all the major and minor defects that could incur problems in the long run. There are a few simple things which most people should be able to carry out at home that will help keep your car moving, especially before a road trip.

They include the following;

  1. Air Filter

Your owner’s manual will usually give you an idea of how regularly you should change your air filter, but it’s usually around once a year. The air filter is fairly straightforward; locate the box, which will be a large black plastic box near the engine. This will come apart fairly easily with a screwdriver, and you should see some metal casings holding the air filter in place. Just prise these open and replace the filter, now just re-attached the box and you are done. This should save you the $ 20 your local garage would charge you.

  1. Spark Plugs

Check your spark plugs during your car maintenance to ensure they don’t need placing or cleaning. These can be removed using a wrench and come out fairly easily. Once removed inspect the spark plugs for any cracks and replace if found. Older spark plugs can get fairly dirty which reduces how well they work, gently clean the ends with a wire brush to remove the clumps of dirt. This should help them last a little bit longer before replacements are required.

  1. Fluid Levels

As part of your regular car maintenance, you should always ensure that your fluid levels are kept topped up. Some of these can be damaging to your car if left to get too low, such as the engine coolant and oil, others can make your car dangerous to drive such as your brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windscreen washer fluid. All of these are easy to check by lifting you hood and looking for the minimum and maximum markers which will be present on each. Top these up if required. However, if you’re constantly topping your fluids out, this could be a symptom of another problem so get your car checked out.

  1. Tyres

Finally, give your tyres a check over to ensure they are safe. Firstly you should ensure that your car tyres have no cuts or delves missing from the tyre wall. Theses could rupture causing the tyre to explode. You should also check that the tread is deep enough. It is important to keep your tyres inflated as running on flat tyres will use more fuel. The manufacturers’ guidelines will tell what pressure level to inflate your tyres too.

How often should you change oil in your car?

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In the past, it was recommended that oil a car should be changed regularly every 3000 miles to avoid creating problems to your car’s engine. However, due to recent improvements in car engine designs, some cars can go up to 5000 miles before they change oil. Some cars from some manufacturers can also go up to 7500 to 10000 miles, But, it is advised that you check your car’s manual to know how often you should change oil in your car.

The following is a guideline how to charge the battery of a car

There are various ways by which a car battery can be recharged. Here, you will come across various tips by which you can recharge the battery of your car. It is best to charge the car battery once you disconnect it from the vehicle. There is no need to remove the battery from the vehicle. A charger that comes with long cables is perfect for this purpose. If your battery gets frozen up, you should look at first warm it and then start charging. Still, if you face a problem with your car’s battery, contact a professional car battery supplier.

If you find that your battery is not working in the freezing weather then the most important step that you should take is to remove it, take it inside for few hours. Most of the people believe that to start the vehicle; one should charge the battery totally. When you start the car, you should leave the vehicle running for few seconds. This ensures sufficient charging. Before you start recharging the car battery, do not forget to clean the battery terminals. If you find them covered with a whitish powder, remove it by using manual sandpaper.

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For recharging your car battery, you can also utilize jumper cables. While doing so, make sure that your face and eyes are protected.
You should carry out a check on your car as part of your regular car maintenance, and if you find a problem and aren’t sure how to fix it consult a mechanic as soon as possible.

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