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Road trips are one of the great things about summer. You have the time, the weather is good and you have an automobile to take you where you want to go. However, it is an unfortunate fact that sometimes things go wrong on the road – cars can be finicky, and sometimes choose the worst times to act up. Knowing the most common issues ahead of time and performing routine maintenance can help prevent them from stalling your epic summer.
5 Most Common Car Troubles on the Road
- Flat tires
Every car gets a flat eventually. The thing is, you don’t want this happening in the middle of nowhere if you can help it. Many spares are only temporary and besides, who wants to take the time to change the tire?
Check your tires before you leave. Make sure they are inflated properly, have enough tread on them and that your spare is in good shape. Stick a penny in your treads and roll it around. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head you need to get tires before you leave.
- Fluid problems
Your car uses a lot of different fluids. Brake fluid, transmission fluid, engine oil, washer fluid, power steering fluid. Take a look at all of these, make sure the levels are right and that none of them need to be changed. It is also worthwhile to check your hoses for any cracks or leaks. With no leaks and full fluids you should be good to go for your trip.
- Electrical issues
Make sure everything is working, including your wipers, horn and lights. Locate your fuse box and bring some spare fuses in case one blows. If your lights are looking dim, consider bringing along some spare bulbs as well.
Although you checked your brake fluid, you want to make sure your whole brake system is working too. Check your pads for wear and replace them if necessary. Take the car out, speed up to 40 or 50 mph and slam on your brakes (only when and where it is safe to do so) to make sure you can stop. If you notice any issues, take it to the shop.
- Bring an emergency kit
Having water and first aid supplies could save your life if you are ever stuck in the middle of nowhere. Be prepared.
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