Top 6 Car Checks Before Summer Road Trip
Is your car ready for a road trip? With the end of summer quickly approaching, many of us will take our cars on one last summer road trip before school starts or just a quick vacation. Enjoy your trip worry free by checking off these top 6 car maintenance tips before traveling. Remember we service Lexus, Toyota, Acura, Honda, Nissan, Infiniti, Mitsubishi and many more Japanese vehicles. We have been named the go-to auto repair shop and car mechanics in Miami. Give us a call today (305)262-0002.
1. Filters and Fluids
When was the last time you changed the oil in your car? If it’s been more than 8 months or 5,000 miles check to see if you need to replace. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will list the manufacturer’s oil recommendations for different climates. While checking your oil, check all the visible fluids under the hood. This could include your coolant and windshield washer fluid. Also check your cabin air filter and engine air filter.
2. Hoses and Belts
If your engine smells like burnt rubber or sometimes make squeaky sounds, check with your local auto repair shop or visit Japanese Car Care to get a free 24-point inspection in order to diagnose if there is a problem. Hoses and belts within the engine compartment keep your engine running cool, feed cool or hot a/c air into your cabin and most importantly keeps your engine turning.
3. Brake System
Your car needs to be able to stop on a dime! Keep yourself and your passengers safe on your summer road trip by making sure your brake rotors and brake pads are up to operating spec. Squeeky sounds when pressing on the brakes or loosing brake pedal feel are signs its time to change your brakes. Remember to keep your brakes before in check to avoid a big auto repair bill.
Tire manufactures are prolonging the life of tires and sometimes you can reach 20,000 miles or more before changing tires. The life of your tires can depending on many factors including driving conditions. Do you drive aggressive, on a race track, mostly highway, a lot of curvy roads, etc. Always check your tire pressure and tire tread as often as possible or pass by a auto tire center to help you check. In Miami? Visit Japanese Car Care.
The engine of your car is the heart. Keep your car maintenance up to par to ensure longevity and many miles. During your road trip to Miami Beach or whichever exotic destination you choose to visit, make sure your engine can withstand the miles you plan on going. Proper maintenance must be take regular in order to have a long-lasting car. If you have questions regarding what services need to be made, check your vehicles owner’s manual or contact one of our certified mechanics to help with your car needs.
6. Gas Cap
A simple twist of the gas cap can turn on a check engine light on your cars dashboard leaving you with disappointment during your vacation. Check your gas cap for any wear and make sure to fully tighten after each gas tank refill.
Feel free to give us a call with any questions you may have regarding your cars maintenance schedule 305-262-0002.