With the end of the school year right around the corner, it’s time to start planning your summer vacation. And if you’re like most Americans, you’ll save money and avoid the inconveniences associated with air travel by driving instead of flying to your desired locale. In fact, according to MMGY Global, 13.9 million more vacations were taken within the U.S. in 2017 than outside the country. That figure represents 85 percent of American travel. So, if you plan to join the road-warrior ranks, make sure your vehicle is up to the task. At Genesis Automotive Car Repair Covina, we hope the following tips will keep you safe, no matter where the rambling roads will take you.
Take your car in for a “once-over.” At Genesis Automotive Service, we perform basic maintenance on vehicles before our customers head out. This type of service will give you peace of mind as you travel. We check and top-off engine oil; coolant; transmission, brake, power steering and windshield washer fluid levels. We will also alert you to anything that might require attention before you head out. For instance, your car might need an oil changes or a tune up. If you don’t want to break down by the side of the interstate, schedule an appointment today. We check each of the following, and more, to make sure your car is road-trip worthy.
Check your battery to make sure it is strong and features clean terminals.On average, car batteries last between two and five years.The colder the climate, the longer average lifespan your battery will enjoy. In sunny So Cal, where we are located, you might need to replace your battery more often than if you leave in the northeast part of the country.For more about car battery-care, see our recent blog post.
Inspect tires for tears or bulges in the side wall. Tires need tread. We discuss the best way for measuring tread in this recent post. The easiest way to measure this, if you don’t have a gauge, is to hold a quarter upside down in the tread. If the top of George Washington’ head is visible, you need new tires to ensure traction in all weather conditions. Make sure the tire pressures are set to the figures that are printed on the placard on the driver’s door jam, or what’s listed in your car’s owner’s manual. If you need to replace your tires, our car and truck tire ratings will help you choose the best model.
Another system we check are your brakes. We will give you a rough estimate about the wear left on your front and rear brakes and advise if they have enough life left on them to take out on the open road.
Another system we will check before you head out is air pressure. The recommended pounds of pressure for your car should be printed in the owner’s manual or on a sticker on the body near the driver’s door. The pressure marked on the side of the tire indicates the max. So, don’t overfill. Also, check spare tire pressure, too. The spare tire pressure is often neglected. But the spare won’t do you any good if it goes flat.
Clean air should circulate to your engine. Unobstructed airflow improves the vehicle’s performance and efficiency. We also check and change the car’s cabin (pollen) filter, when applicable. These are often ignored but, if worn, adversely affect air quality in the cabin.
All lights and signals should function on your vehicle. Replace bulbs as necessary. Also, consider carrying spares on your road trip (one for each head-lights, turn indicator, tail lights and reverse lights). Changing bulbs (especially in the front) can be time-consuming in newer model cars. So, don’t leave this job to the last minute. Sometimes, lights may malfunction due to a faulty fuse. Also, check headlight alignment. Adjust the alignment if it is out of balance, as poor headlight alignment may reduce visibility at night.
Auto Repair in Covina
If you live in the San Gabriel Valley, the best place to bring your gas-powered or electric/hybrid vehicle before heading out into the open road is Genesis Auto Service in Covina. We serve the communities of Azusa, City of Industry, Covina, Glendora, Irwindale, La Puente, La Verne, Monrovia, San Dimas, Walnut, and West Covina…to name a few. Established by owner/master mechanic Carl Walker and a former partner, Genesis is a car repair shop which offers honest and dependable automotive repair and maintenance services. This is a far cry from how many profit-focused dealer service centers treat their customers.