If your vacation plans include a summer road trip, the last thing you want is unexpected car trouble to ruin the fun. A simple pre-trip vehicle check can save time, money and memories. Here’s how to prevent common car problems:
Check the brake system and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
Check filters and fluids, including engine oil, power steering and brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.A clogged air filter can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 percent. Air filters keep impurities from damaging the interior of the engine, so replacing dirty filters will save gas and protect your engine. The experts at Verizon Networkfleet recommend a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water. Check hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread.The U.S. Energy Department reports that under-inflated tires can increase fuel consumption by up to 6 percent. One study estimates that 50-80 percent of the tires rolling on U.S. roads are under inflated. Astonishingly, we could save up to two billion gallons of gas each year simply by properly inflating our tires. Always check tires when they are cold, since even a few miles of travel will affect the reading. Underinflated tires reduce your fuel economy and cause tires to wear out sooner. Overinflated tires cause a stiffer, even uncomfortable ride. Uneven wear is a warning sign that you need a wheel alignment. Bulges mean your tires are dangerously close to a blow-out or.
Check the gas cap to be sure it fits tightly. Damaged, loose or missing caps can cause gas to spill or evaporate, wasting the money you spend at the gas pump.
Check the owner’s manual for additional maintenance tips, recommends AutoMD.An out-of-tune engine can increase fuel consumption by as much as 15 percent. Always follow your car manufacturer’s suggested tune-up schedule. Order a free copy of the Car Care Council’s popular 60-page Car Care Guide for the glove box.
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