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Preparing Your Car for a Long Trip: What to Ask the Mechanic


Taking your car on a long trip can be both exciting and terrifying. You want to make sure you and your car are as prepared as possible before you hit the road. One of the best ways to do this is to take your car in for an inspection with your mechanic. But what should you ask them to look at? Read on for a few tips about what you should include in your pre-trip mechanic inspection.



Fluids and Filters

One of the most important things that needs to be checked before taking a long trip is the fluids and filters in your car. This includes checking the oil, coolant, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. Your mechanic will also check all of the various filters in your car (air filter, cabin air filter, fuel filter) to make sure they are clean and free from debris. This helps ensure that these systems run smoothly while on the road.


Tires and Brakes

Your tires are one of the most important components when it comes to safety while driving—so it’s essential that they get checked before a long trip. The technician will inspect tire pressure (they should be inflated according to vehicle specifications), tread depth (there should be more than 4/32 inch remaining), wheel alignment (it should be within manufacturer's specs) and wheel balance (no vibration should be felt). They will also check brake pads/shoes along with brake rotors/drums for wear or damage so that you have maximum stopping power if needed.


Battery Test

Having a dead battery can put an end to any trip quickly; therefore, it’s important to get the condition of your battery checked before heading out on longer trips. The technician will check several aspects of its performance such as voltage output, cranking amps output, cell resistances, corrosion levels, terminal connections and cable connections for any abnormalities or irregularities that could potentially cause issues down the road.



Taking care of routine maintenance items like these before going on a long trip can help prevent any major problems from occurring during your travels. With this checklist in hand, you can rest assured knowing that you asked the right questions when visiting your mechanic—and now have peace of mind knowing that you are ready for whatever lies ahead! So don’t forget – ask these questions when preparing yourself and your car for an upcoming adventure!

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