How Do You Prepare Your Car For A Long Trip?

How Do You Prepare Your Car For A Long Trip?

It's bad enough when you have car trouble in your local neighborhood - or even in your own drivway. However, nothing could be worse or potentially more scary than have your car break down hundreds of miles from home. Vacations are supposed to be a time for fun and relaxation, but the difference between pleasure and misery often lies in whether or not you took the proper steps to get your car ready for that long trip.

Before you leave home, there are several simple steps you can take to protect your vehicle, your trip and your loved ones.

First, in case anything does go wrong with your vehicle, make sure you give a trip plan to a family member or friend. Next, call Micro Import Service and set up an appointment for a Pre-Trip Inspection. And don't forget about Micro's FREE Shuttle Service; you can drop off your car before work, and when your car is ready, we'll pick you up.

Listed below are the items our certified technicians will inspect on your vehicle:

  • 1. Battery and battery cable condition
  • 2. Starting and charging systems check
  • 3. Lights and lenses
  • 4. Wiper operation and blade condition
  • 5. Belts and pulley condition
  • 6. Coolant hose condition
  • 7. Vacuum hoses
  • 8. Fuel hoses
  • 9. Air filter
  • 10. Emissions system hoses and lines
  • 11. Tires (tread depth, sidewalls, feathering, cupping)
  • 12. Brakes (judders, glazing, pad/shoe life, e-brake adjustment, pedal engagement)
  • 13. A/C temp
  • 14. A/C hose and hardware inspection
  • 15. Primary and auxiliary fan condition
  • 16. Struts and shocks
  • 17. Steering hardware inspection (steering box/rack, inner/outer tie rods/ends
  • steering hoses and lines, pitman arm, idler arm)
  • 18. Ball joints
  • 19. Bushings (control arms, center link, sway bar, etc.)
  • 20. Splash shields
  • 21. Fluid levels/leaks (power steering, clutch, coolant, oil, transmission, brake, washer)
  • 22. Boots (CV joints, power steering)
  • 23. Transmission, differential, transfer case hardware (inspect for leaks)
  • 24. Clutch testing (pedal engagement, slipping)
  • 25. Window/door operation
  • 26. Hood latch
  • 27. Exhaust inspection
  • 28. Horn
  • 29. Mirror operation
  • 30. Drive train inspection (axles, driveshaft, U-joints, carrier bearing)
  • 31. Drivability road test
  • 32. Alignment road test
  • 33. Regular scheduled maintenance up to date?
  • 34. Set spare tire pressure

And last, by not least, don't forget to pack a Car Care Kit.

Now you can leave for your trip with a peace of mind that your car is in good running condition.