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  • Mon - Sun12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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  • Mon - Sat9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The Ultimate Automotive Maintenance Checklist for Road Trips

road trip auto maintenance checklist

Every person enjoys a good road trip, yet if you fail in preparing your vehicle for a road trip it can spell disaster. Do not be deceived into thinking that your new car doesn’t need to be checked, a quick check can mean the difference in a carefree drive or a roadside malfunction. We’ve put together a quick list of important car maintenance inspections you need to do prior to your next journey.

Is My Automobile Ready For A Journey?

Even if your car is brand-new that does not suggest it’s ready for a lengthy road trip. If your automobile is past due for an oil change, has a tire with an air leak, or has a burnt taillight then you most definitely need to get those things taken care of prior to imagining the open road. In addition, if you don’t currently have an emergency kit in your automobile, you need to create one before your next trip. Despite having all the journey planning in the world, things can go wrong. A bit of prevention can help tremendously when presented with unanticipated car problems.

Road Trip Safety Checklist

Okay, you’re prepared to go over your vehicle with a fine-tooth comb, but where do you start? Your road trip checklist should focus on 3 major sections: Fluids, Wheels and Tires, and Maintenance. While not an exhaustive listing, if you thoroughly check these San Antonios your possibility of a continuous journey rises.

Check Your Fluids

  • Engine Oil – As we pointed out above, you’ll want to make certain that the oil has been changed recently.
  • Transmission Fluid – Make certain to consult your owner’s manual to see the intervals at which to have it changed. If it’s past due, you’ll need to change it.
  • Radiator fluid – See to it that your antifreeze is full for maximum performance and examine your owner’s manual to see if it should be changed.
  • Brake Fluid – Having the ability to stop effectively can be the difference between an accident or not. If you are unsure, have it examined
  • Windshield Fluid – If you’re going to be driving a long distance you’re most likely to strike some bugs or other roadway debris. Ensure your windshield wiper fluid container is full to get the gunk off. Wiper fluid is pointless without great wipers, so replace your wipers while you’re there.


  • Tire Tread – See to it there are no bald spots and that you have lots of tire tread left. Double-check for any type of punctures that require attention. If they can not be repaired, change them.
  • Air Pressure – Ensure that your tires are inflated to the correct pressure and that they all have equal pressure in each tire.
  • Rotation – See to it that your tires do not need to be rotated. Tires that aren’t balanced/rotated properly can wear unevenly and have a bothersome vibration.
  • Spare Tire – Whatever you examine on your primary tires, do it for your spare tire also.

Routine Maintenance Issues

  • Light Bulbs – Burned out headlamps and taillamps can be a safety threat, so make certain they work correctly. While you are at it, inspect your turn indicator lights and parking lights. You can also update to LED bulbs for brighter light and lower power usage
  • Air Filter – If you resemble the majority of us, your air filter should’ve changed years ago. It’s easy to do, isn’t really pricey, and can aid with better gas mileage.
  • Belts and Hoses – If you aren’t an auto tech, this may be a little intimidating however it can really be quite basic. First thing is to search for fractures in the hoses, after that press the tubes to see if they feel breakable. Hoses must feel rubbery, if they feel really breakable or have splits you must replace them. Search for leaks on your hoses, particularly where they connect to other components. Finally, checks the belts to ensure they aren’t loosely connected or have missing notches. A broken belt and/or hose can promptly wreck your trip and your engine.
  • Battery – See to it that the battery terminals are not worn away and that the +/- connections are tightened. If your vehicle starts slowly you might need a new battery.
  • Brakes – Being able to stop your car competently is key in preventing accidents. Flushing your brake fluid, replacing the brake pads, and getting brand-new rotors could be essential to have a safe car for your trip.

Before the Road Trip, Test Drive Your Car

You understand your car better than anybody. Take it out for a fast spin to see if something feels off. This isn’t a pleasure cruise so shut off the radio and concentrate. Does your automobile draw to one side when braking heavily? Does your Air Conditioning blow cold? If something feels off, you should absolutely have a specialist take a look into it.

Schedule Your Vehicle Road Trip Maintenance Today

Schedule your car road trip maintenance service at Fernandez Honda. We are your source for all of your vehicle service needs in the San Antonio area. Book an appointment in-person, by phone, or online today. Our factory-trained specialists are standing by to serve you!

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8015 IH 35 S. • San Antonio, TX 78224

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