Tracy’s Automotive can help you get your car ready for that summer road trip.
Wichita public schools are scheduled to open next week. That’s the cue for many families to take a last-minute road trip to get away from it all before the family gets snowed under with activities. If you’re one of those families, be sure your car is ready for the road. You don’t want to be sitting at the side of a hot road waiting for a tow.
AAA has provided a seven-point list that you, or a trusted Wichita auto care specialist, should check before you get on the road:
Check your tires and tire pressure – “Inspect all four tires and, if you have one, the spare tire as well. Look for cuts, gouges or sidewall bulges. Insert a quarter upside down into grooves to check tire tread. If you see the top of George Washington’s head, it is time for new tires,” AAA says.
Test your brakes.
Check your battery – “Check the car battery to be sure cable connections are clean and tight, and the hold down hardware is secure. Have a service professional do a battery check to determine remaining capacity,” AAA recommends.
Top off your oil and other fluids – “Check that engine oil, coolant and brake, transmission and power steering fluids are at the correct levels for safe vehicle operation. When adding fluids, use products that meet the specifications listed in the owner’s manual.”
Replace windshield wiper blades if worn. Top off the wiper fluid.
Check all your belts and hoses.
Check your auto air conditioning – “Take a test drive with the air conditioner running. If you notice a decrease in cooling capacity, take the car to an auto repair shop for diagnosis. Also have the cabin filter inspected and replaced as needed.”
In addition to having your car checked, AAA also suggests you make sure you’re ready in case you do have a breakdown or other trouble on the road. One way to do that is to have an emergency kit with things like flashlights, batteries, first-aid kit, drinking water, snacks for people and pets, “car battery booster cables, emergency flares or reflectors, a rain poncho, a basic tool kit, duct tape, gloves and shop rags or paper towels.”
You should also plan ahead for places you can stop or call for help if you do have problems, AAA says.
If you need help checking these items and making sure your car is up to par, call the Wichita auto care technicians at Tracy’s Automotive.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.