Summer’s just around the corner, and soon you’ll be hitting the freeway on your way to your favorite vacation spot. You will want to get there and back without car problems that will ruin your family vacation. The following is a pre-summer car inspection checklist that will help make sure your vehicle will be trouble free.
Ensure your AC is working properly before taking a family trip in the hot summer sun.
Have your belts inspected for fraying, cracks, and other wear. Aside from damaging your car, a broken belt may ruin a summer vacation.
Brakes are the most important safety feature of a car. Request a general brake inspection, which should include checking pad wear and the brake fluid.
The condition of your car’s coolant and hoses should be examined to prevent overheating.
To help you drive safely at night, have your headlights checked for brightness and adjusted for properly aiming.
Prior to long road trips, a change of oil and filters is recommended, especially if your car is due for those services. If your car is older, a tune-up will help it run smoother and use less gas.
Check your car’s manual for upcoming service intervals. It would be wise to address servicing major components like replacing the timing belt before driving long distances.
Ask for an inspection of your vehicle’s shocks and struts to ensure vehicle handling and safety.
Request an examination for uneven tire wear and general tread depth. Make sure your tires are properly inflated for safety and fuel economy.
Have your transmission fluid checked. If your car has been having trouble shifting, ensure a certified mechanic addresses this issue before you leave home.
As you probably know, windshield wipers should be changed at least once a year. Take a look at the level of the car’s washer fluid reservoir and refill if needed.
Chesapeake Import Services has provided reputable and trusted services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.