Going for a road trip is always a delightful ecstasy and it is a fast growing hobby. Many groups are dedicated to go for a road trip that includes road enthusiasts or professional road trippers. Loading the car with MP3 player, adequate munchies, water and juices are all enough for road drive?
Always have an eye for detail regarding safety; just don’t neglect your car it may break down on the way. The main motive of the road trip is to explore the way you move safely and experience the culture, nature and history of the route and also to celebrate the open road.
Are you ready to hit the road and drive away to that long awaited holiday? And now you are at rest but the task of your car begins, so follow the upcoming silhouette to know about some basic automotive maintenance issues to reach your destination.
Check Oil Level:
Before starting your engine for drive check out the oil level, if the oil level warning light glows, then you are in the danger zone. So it is wise to abort the trip to prevent more damage. Look for owner’s manual to know about the recommended grade and classification of the oil.
Coolant & Wiper Fluid:
This is especially desired in colder climates where a thin layer of ice or frost accumulates on the windshield’s surface, eliminating the need to manually scrape the windshield or pour warm water on the glass. Lack of Coolant & Wiper Fluid will burn out the heat gasket.
Optimum coolant level should be ensured and moreover the top up wiper fluid as a dirty windshield will reduce visibility.
An environmental condition plays the major role while going for a drive. While high pressure will increase the chance of blowout whereas the less pressure will increase tyre wear. So just check the tyre pressure according to the journey you perform as the variability in pressure due to temperature occurs. Check the spare also carefully.
Uneven wear could indicate tyre alignment, suspension or wheel-balance problems. Most of the modern cars have built-in tyre pressure sensors and anti-lock brake sensors.
Improper lighting will turn out our journey as an unforgettable nightmare. Check around indicators, braking lights, and reversing lights for clear vision on the road. If the headlamps are stained with dirt then it would limit your ability to see in dark.
Hoses and Belts:
Engine blocks leads to overheating and seizure. To avoid excessive friction super heated engine coolant exits the engine block, and returns to the radiator through hose, so it is necessary to replace the hoses and belts if they are cracked or worn.
Check out your battery for maintenance free and maintain the electrolyte level of battery. If the electrolyte liquid level drops too low, the plates are exposed to air, lose capacity, and are damaged. So the car battery should be monitored and periodically charged if in storage, to retain their capacity.
Corrosion at the battery terminals can prevent a car from starting, by adding resistance. The primary wear-out mechanism is the shedding of active material from the battery plates, which accumulates at the bottom of the cells and which may eventually short-circuit the plates.
Ensure that the brake fluid is at an optimum level. But to continue with the fluid level under minimum would be brainless job. Perform Bulb check if the light stays on, it means that the pressure on one side of the brake system is lower than on the other or release the emergency brake and solve the proble,
Car servicing is essentially an important job because it protects the money yov’ve invested in buying a new car. So plan your vacation dates accordingly and see that your car is serviced duly. Savvy consumers don’t neglect car maintenance and neither should you.
A basic emergency kit is essential to get rid of unforeseen troubles. A basic emergency kit should include flashlight, tyre gauge, a jack, wheel wrench, and a first aid kit.