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Important Road Trip Auto Maintenance Tasks

Important Road Trip Auto Maintenance Tasks

As the country fully reopens under the summer sun, the open road is all the more alluring. Before you throw your bags in the trunk and hop on the highway, it's important to be sure that your car is prepared for long-distance driving in intense heat. At O'Donnell's Auto & Truck Repair, our local mechanics can expertly conduct any maintenance tasks that your car needs before you embark on your journey.

Pre-Departure Road Trip Maintenance

There are certain types of maintenance that will help your car handle the heat. When you bring your car to us for AC service, we'll check over your AC system components and make sure they're working just like they should. When the summer heat turns downright sweltering, a properly functioning AC system will play a crucial role in keeping your family at a safe temperature and in good spirits. Another way to help your car beat the heat is with cooling system service, during which we'll make sure all facets of this system are working optimally. With a healthy cooling system, it's much less likely that your engine will incur serious damage from overheating.

Before you head out, you'll want to be sure that your car is ready to keep you as safe as possible. When driving in scenic areas, there's always the possibility that you'll encounter a driver who is paying more attention to their camera than to the road. There's also the chance that a deer will dart out into the roadway. When an unexpected hazard suddenly emerges, you need your brakes to work flawlessly. During brake service, we'll check over your braking system, replace failing brake pads, and lubricate parts as necessary. For optimal safety, you should also be sure you're driving with correct tire pressure. Tire pressure generally needs to be somewhere between 30 and 35 psi, and it's worth checking to see your tires' exact pressure requirement and inflating them accordingly. This will reduce the chances of a blowout occurring. Another easy maintenance task is to change out old wiper blades. If a summertime thunderstorm suddenly starts dumping rain over the interstate, you'll be thankful for your new wiper blades that are providing you with improved visibility through your windshield.

Auto Maintenance in Lansing, MI

If you need auto maintenance before a road trip, visit O'Donnell's Auto & Truck Repair. At our nearby auto shop, we can complete any type of maintenance or repair that your vehicle needs before you set out on your trek. Feel free to give us a call today at (517) 224-5918 to make an appointment!

Posted: July 23, 2021