Regular checks to make on car

Help the environment and save a little money, have your car checked today! Have your car's brake system inspected annually, even if you don't suspect any problems! Good fuel economy, performance and low emissions are all effects of an efficiently-operating engine. Keep your engine running right! If your car requires major engine work, it may be more economical to have your engine rebuilt rather than buying a different car.

Cooling system failure is a leading cause of vehicle breakdowns. Carbon monoxide from your car's exhaust is odorless, colorless-and lethal. If you have any suspicions of a leak, have it checked out at once. Safety comes first! Your car's engine can use more than 10, gallons of air for every gallon of fuel burned, so it's easy to see how big a job the air filter has.

Does your air filter need to be replaced? Inspect your car's lights at every oil change. Visibility is crucial to staying safe on the road!

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You should test your battery every fall. If your car's battery is three years old or more, consider replacing it as the chance of failure increases. Does yours need to be replaced? For longest automatic transmission life, have the fluid and filter changed every 24, 36, miles. Does yours need to be changed? Extreme weather is tough on wiper blades! Check and change wiper blades about every six months to ensure safety and visibility.

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Some fluids levels, like coolant and brake fluid can be seen easily in their reservoirs once the hood is up. Take a look the next time you check your oil!

Smell something odd? If you perform your own oil changes, dispose of used oil properly! DO NOT pour down a sink or storm drain. Check with your local auto parts store or government for recycling options. How your drive plays a role in your fuel consumption. If your phone or GPS goes dead, that map can save you. Compact First Aid Medical Kit. Hitting the Road? A car expert and enthusiast, Alice is the the founder of automotivebros.

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Her straightforward blog posts help readers squeeze the juicy nuggets of info with ease. Tire pressure by State Farm. Nice reminders. We drive from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Wisconsin in the states a couple of times a year. About miles each way. I am one of those. Oil change ever 3k miles, tire rotation and check every 9k, ac check every March, tuneup every And my trunk has jumper cables, emergency blanket, air pump, etc.

You may never know what malfunctions would happen if you neglect your vehicle. Anyways, thanks for sharing this tip with us! Keep up the great work! Thanks for the great check list. Road trips are so much fun but car problems can definitely ruin them. I am religious about checking out my car before heading out! Nothing ruins a road trip more than car troubles! Great list! I have to admit I am a lot better at organising the itinerary of the road trip and the essentials to pack than making sure the car is technically ready.

Luckily, my partner is quite the opposite! Already trying to find a good deal to change the tyres! Sounds like you make a pretty good team them — all bases covered :D!

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Great tips. I also make sure I carry a first aid kit with me along with a few simple tools. Things like pliers, screwdriver, knife and some type of tape like duct tape can come in handy. All so true. Excellent motoring advice. Glad you enjoyed the post Sarah! Yep I have backup mobile phone chargers in each of our cars which plug into the cigarette lighter, just in case — my battery is shocking at the best of times!! I think most people forget a simple vehicle check before setting off on a journey. Most people assume all they need to do is have the regular service and it will all be good.

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A fluid check at the very least should be done before setting off on any journey. Okay I feel really silly after reading this post Meg. I never check these things before embarking on a road trip. I think its also important to get your car fully serviced once before a major trip. Thanks a lot and they are really good tips for drivers. I supposed the same situation would happen in the road yet it would be much more complicated when you are on a road trip to somewhere rural and somewhere new.

Yes, somewhere rural or new adds new challenges, so always better to check first and prevent trouble from happening first :. Great tips, living in Texas we check to make sure the Air conditioning is working before anything else. We love going on roadtrips when we travel, these are excellent tips to remember. Making a check list! Great tip for Texas — I can only imagine how uncomfortable it would be in that heat without aircon!


I love those cars — we had a car when living in Florida which allowed you to check the tyre pressure from the dashboard — was so much easier than plugging the pump in :D! This post is an eye opener!! Great tips!

We travel full time in a motorhome and minivan, so we have both vehicles to check regularly. Checking tire pressure is a MUST on our motorhome, as it often sits in the sun and it can change the tire pressure. Luckily we had a bike tire pump with us that worked great! Now we carry an air compressor with us everywhere. Thanks Jill, so glad you enjoyed the post : Wow sounds like an incredible adventure travelling full time!

But yes, even more important in your case to make sure that everything is in good working order. Great idea carrying an air compressor everywhere. Hi Ella, I would recommend taking your car to a mechanic to have it fully inspected. I checked everything that you share. Grateful to you to share this informative guide.

Thanks a lot.

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Happy road tripping :. We also make sure that our spare tire in the minivan is in good working order. Your email address will not be published. Be Aware of Your Tyres Tyres wear down over time and there is no getting away from the fact. Share Tweet Pin William October 18, Meg Jerrard October 19, Tristan Chua October 19, Glad you enjoyed the post! Happy travels! Lois Alter Mark October 21, Meg Jerrard October 22, Eloise October 22, Bob Bales October 22,