Most people don’t visit the doctor to get a clean bill of health before they take a road trip with their family. But it is a good idea to take your vehicle in for auto repair in Philadelphia, PA, and maintenance before you take that family vacation. This year, a lot of things are closed down so you might spend more time in the car, cruising the scenic views. That means even more work for your car. Here are a few things to get in order before you head out.
Get The Oil Cleaned
Oil changes are a regular part of your life in your car. If you haven’t gotten one recently, even if you aren’t quite to the right mileage number, you’ll want to get one before you head out on a long trip. It’s better to cut the oil a little short now than to try and stretch it and damage your engine. Motor oil lubricates the moving parts in your engine and prevents wear and tear. It takes out contaminants, prevents hot spots, and keeps things clean. If you don’t get your oil changed before you go and you go way over the recommended time span, you might have costly repairs come up on you down the road in the middle of nowhere.
Most of the places you are going to drive during the summer will be warmer than usual. You’ll probably need to crank up the AC for some, or even all, of the trip. You don’t want to click that chill button only to have hot air come out. Have the AC freon levels checked to make sure you have enough coolant to get you by for the whole trip. You might need to have things topped off before you go.
Inspect The Tires
The tires are the only part of the vehicle that touches the road, so they are very important to your overall safety. They are, however, on a limited lifespan. If they are getting close to their end, they can be dangerous to drive on. If your tires are new enough and don’t need to be replaced, you should still ensure that they are within the right tire pressure ranges for the safest journey for everyone going along.
Let the professionals know when you bring your car in for maintenance and auto repair in Philadelphia, PA that you are about to go on a trip with your family and the experts at Schafer’s Auto Center will inspect things very closely for you and let you know if there’s any little thing you need to do to ward off larger issues that could arise while you are traveling. We want you and your family to be as safe as possible on the road and we won’t tell you to do something on your vehicle unless it’s something we would do on our own vehicle in your position.