What goes into preparing for a road trip?

Spring is upon us, and road trip season is right around the corner. Is your car ready to roll? The last thing anyone wants is to get stuck on the side of the road with a broken-down car while everyone else is making it to their destinations and having fun. When planning a road trip, your vehicle is what will get you to your event, so give it some love and a really good check-up before taking off for a road-tripping adventure.

Inspect Your Car
If you don't have an eye for oil quality, tire wear, belts, and hose checking, then perhaps it is best to take it to a professional like the team at American Five star. Knowing your vehicle is sound before hitting the road will leave you feeling secure in your upcoming travel adventure.

Fluid Inspections
Have you checked your radiator fluid lately? Radiator fluid requires a specific mixture depending on your climate and where you are heading. For your radiator to properly do its job of cooling your engine, it needs to have free ports for the coolant to circulate through. You may even want to consider a coolant flush for your car, especially if you are going on a longer trip. Your air conditioner, filled with a compressed fluid that needs to be topped off now and then. You may want to make sure your air conditioning system is in tip-top shape while you are at it. How about your wiper reservoir? There are so many different fluids to check on your car, such as ATF fluid, power, and steering fluid.  

Rubber to The Road
We have all seen that family, bummed out waiting with their car on the side of the road for a tow company to come to rescue them. A simple tire inspection can help you avoid this from happening. Check your tires for uneven tread wear. If there is metal showing anywhere on your tire, be sure to take it in. Before leaving on your trip, make sure your tire pressure is set to recommended pressure. There is usually a tag on the inside of your driver's door jamb with listings. If this feels a bit overwhelming, most tire shops offer free air and will also rotate your tires for free. You may want to take the time and let a shop do the inspection for you.

Battery Health
We often take our electrical systems for granted. We expect that our car will come to life when we turn the key or push the button. Your car's battery is the kingpin of this entire series of events. Without a charged battery, your vehicle won't be going anywhere. Remember to pop the hood and give your battery a good once over. Checking that the fluid is topped off and that the terminals are clean from corrosion will go a long way in extending your battery life.

Brakes, Brakes, Brakes
The most important thing when driving your car is the ability to slow and stop. When you hit the brake pedal, you expect that your vehicle will respond right away. This simple act can save you thousands of dollars, a lot of time, and possibly your life. Knowing your brakes are in tip-top shape before heading out on a road trip is essential to keep you and your loved ones safe. It is always a good idea to find out what percentage of life is on your replaceable brake pads. By regularly replacing these, you can often avoid costly repairs due to heat damage-causing warped rotors and more.

With American Five Star Auto Repair and Transmission as your automotive partner, you will have a knowledgeable and caring auto repair facility on your team. Turn to the pros at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission for all of your auto and safety needs. Not only do we understand the nuances of preventive maintenance, we love to partner with our customers to not only help you stay safe on your road trip adventures but to get the most out of your car for as long as possible. Make an appointment online today! American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is conveniently located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Spring is upon us, and road trip season is right around the corner. Is your car ready to roll? The last thing anyone wants is to get stuck on the side of the road with a broken-down car while everyone else is making it to their destinations and having fun. When planning a road trip, your vehicle is what will get you to your event, so give it some love and a really good check-up before taking off for a road-tripping adventure.

Inspect Your Car
If you don't have an eye for oil quality, tire wear, belts, and hose checking, then perhaps it is best to take it to a professional like the team at American Five star. Knowing your vehicle is sound before hitting the road will leave you feeling secure in your upcoming travel adventure.

Fluid Inspections
Have you checked your radiator fluid lately? Radiator fluid requires a specific mixture depending on your climate and where you are heading. For your radiator to properly do its job of cooling your engine, it needs to have free ports for the coolant to circulate through. You may even want to consider a coolant flush for your car, especially if you are going on a longer trip. Your air conditioner, filled with a compressed fluid that needs to be topped off now and then. You may want to make sure your air conditioning system is in tip-top shape while you are at it. How about your wiper reservoir? There are so many different fluids to check on your car, such as ATF fluid, power, and steering fluid.  

Rubber to The Road
We have all seen that family, bummed out waiting with their car on the side of the road for a tow company to come to rescue them. A simple tire inspection can help you avoid this from happening. Check your tires for uneven tread wear. If there is metal showing anywhere on your tire, be sure to take it in. Before leaving on your trip, make sure your tire pressure is set to recommended pressure. There is usually a tag on the inside of your driver's door jamb with listings. If this feels a bit overwhelming, most tire shops offer free air and will also rotate your tires for free. You may want to take the time and let a shop do the inspection for you.

Battery Health
We often take our electrical systems for granted. We expect that our car will come to life when we turn the key or push the button. Your car's battery is the kingpin of this entire series of events. Without a charged battery, your vehicle won't be going anywhere. Remember to pop the hood and give your battery a good once over. Checking that the fluid is topped off and that the terminals are clean from corrosion will go a long way in extending your battery life.

Brakes, Brakes, Brakes
The most important thing when driving your car is the ability to slow and stop. When you hit the brake pedal, you expect that your vehicle will respond right away. This simple act can save you thousands of dollars, a lot of time, and possibly your life. Knowing your brakes are in tip-top shape before heading out on a road trip is essential to keep you and your loved ones safe. It is always a good idea to find out what percentage of life is on your replaceable brake pads. By regularly replacing these, you can often avoid costly repairs due to heat damage-causing warped rotors and more.

With American Five Star Auto Repair and Transmission as your automotive partner, you will have a knowledgeable and caring auto repair facility on your team. Turn to the pros at American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission for all of your auto and safety needs. Not only do we understand the nuances of preventive maintenance, we love to partner with our customers to not only help you stay safe on your road trip adventures but to get the most out of your car for as long as possible. Make an appointment online today! American Five Star Auto Repair & Transmission is conveniently located at 2070 E. Apache Road, Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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