The key to a stress-free summer road trip is a reliable vehicle to get you to your destination. Simple preventative maintenance can ensure your vacation goes off without a hitch. Here are a few ways to prepare your vehicle for your next trip.

Belts and Hoses
HIgh temperatures under your car hood can be hard on rubber parts. Check your hoses by pinching them and feeling for any soft spots or ballooned-out areas. Also check for leaks. Even if the hose looks good from the outside, it still may be deteriorated. Have a professional look over your hoses if you’re unsure.

Check all your belts for cracks, worn spots or shredded fabric reinforcement. Check your V-belts for the proper tension. A properly fitted V-belt should move a half-inch when pulled by hand. If your belt is too loose or too tight, have a professional adjust the tension.

A battery issue could easily stop your vacation in its tracks. Have your battery checked to ensure it is working properly. If you see that there is any corrosion on the terminals or cables, remove the battery and clean off the white, powdery substance with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda and water.

Have your brakes checked by a professional to avoid any dangerous mishaps during your trip.

Air Conditioning
Before you set off on a long, hot road trip, make sure your vehicle’s air conditioning is functioning properly. Run your air conditioning in each mode and check that air is flowing from all vents. If the air never gets cool or takes a long time to cool, have a professional check your system.

Oil Change
It’s always a good idea to have your oil changed before setting off on a long road trip. If you have an older vehicle that uses a lighter, single-weight “winter” oil, be sure you have it switched to an oil that’s formulated for hot weather.

Dr. Automotive can perform all of these services and more to ensure your vehicle is ready for vacation! Call 615-220-0971 to schedule an appointment today!