Getting Your Mitsubishi Travel Ready
If you plan to take a trip soon, do not leave home before making sure your vehicle is able to handle it. It's bad enough to break down in your hometown, but it is extremely inconvenient (at best) to have car trouble on the road.
It is wise to inspect and maintain a variety of systems in your vehicle before you leave on any road trip. Morgantown Mitsubishi has a few suggestions and will be discussing basic maintenance for tires, engine coolant, and more to keep you safe on the road.
CARE FOR YOUR TIRES
Since you're going to put extra strain on your tires, it's a good starting point for your vehicle's pre-trip inspection. Tire pressure and tread depth will be the two main things to check.
If you don't have a pressure gage for your tires, they can be picked up for a few dollars at most gas stations or auto parts stores. If the pressure in your tires is too low or too high, you risk anything from poor fuel efficiency to a dangerous blowout, especially during extended trips.
CHECK ENGINE COOLANT (ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR OLDER VEHICLES!)
Generally, modern vehicles are shipped with engine coolant that lasts a very long time, but why take any risks before a long trip? A particularly important maintenance activity, particularly for older vehicles, is to check and make sure you have sufficient coolant for the engine. Open the hood and find the container with the cap that reads "coolant" or "engine coolant." Just make sure that the coolant level is good.
BELT AND HOSE INSPECTION
Your vehicle's belts and hoses are made of rubber, and rubber will crack, tear and accumulate damage over time. Open the hood and inspect the belts and hoses visually for such damage. Turn the belts sideways carefully so that you are not missing any problems on the underside. If you see cracks on the belts and/or hoses or if they appear ragged, especially at the points where the hoses are fastened down, have them replaced before your trip.
CHECK THE TRANSMISSION FLUID
Both your transmission and drive axle have their own fluid supply, which is needed to keep them lubricated and running well. Your vehicle manual should have clear instructions for replacing these fluids. It is always much less frequent than the engine oil.
NOTHING BEATS A TRAINED MECHANIC INSPECTION
The most foolproof way to be extra sure your vehicle is road-ready for an extended trip is to have a mechanic audit the vehicle. This means that a professional will inspect the various systems of the car or truck and let you know if anything needs to be maintained or repaired before you hit the road.
Having a mechanical audit of the vehicle is the most foolproof way to be extra sure that your vehicle is ready for an extended trip. This means that a professional inspects the car or truck's different systems and tells you if anything needs to be maintained or repaired before you hit the road.