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What maintenance should be done before a road trip?

With the arrival of summer and a reopening country, the open road is becoming all the more alluring. Prior to hopping on the highway, it’s important to ensure that your vehicle is prepared to handle the rigors of the road. At Foreign & Domestic Auto Care, our local mechanics can complete all necessary maintenance tasks that will optimize safety and comfort for your road trip. When you bring your vehicle to our Mobile, AL auto shop, we’ll provide you with expert service at reasonable rates, and will make sure that your car can be trusted to perform optimally during your adventure.

Important Road Trip Auto Maintenance Tasks

When you’re out on the open road, you never know when you might cross paths with a reckless driver or a startled deer. For this reason, it’s crucial that your braking system is working flawlessly. Before your departure, you can visit our nearby auto shop for brake service. As part of brake service, our crew will replace pads if needed, and will lubricate braking system parts as necessary. And if any major brake problems are discovered, they’ll be explained to you in detail and you’ll be given an accurate repair estimate. Another important safety measure before you leave is checking tire pressure. Generally, tire pressure is supposed to be somewhere between 30 and 35 psi, though it’s worth checking to see the precise specification for your particular tires. Proper tire pressure reduces the risk of blowouts, while also improving gas mileage. When checking tire pressure, it’s also a good time to check tread so that you know your tires can be trusted to safely grip the road. Replacing worn-out wiper blades can also help to keep you as safe as possible. Properly functioning wiper blades will provide you with a safe field of vision when a summertime thunderstorm suddenly starts dumping rain.

There are also certain maintenance tasks that directly help you and your car beat the heat. As a general recommendation, coolant should be exchanged every 30,000 miles, but it is worth consulting your owner’s manual to see the precise mileage intervals that your car should get this service. Cooling system service reduces the risk of overheating, which is a serious concern when driving long stretches of highway in blistering heat. And with AC service, all aspects of the AC system will be checked to ensure they’re working efficiently. With a healthy AC system, it’ll be much easier for you and your family to enjoy the drive when the thermometer spikes.

Auto Maintenance in Mobile, AL

If you need auto maintenance before your road trip, don’t hesitate to give Foreign & Domestic Auto Care a call at (251) 281-0422 to schedule an appointment. Our experienced mechanics can complete any type of repair or maintenance that you need!

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