When planning a long trip, you envision a clear blue sky, a quick stop for refreshments, and all the possible fun. But have you considered the possibility of a breakdown during the trip? Whether it's a new Volkswagen, ensure it's checked before traveling long distances.
What to Check in Your Volkswagen before a Long Trip
Don't let avoidable problems ruin your fun when traveling. There are some components and systems you should check. Here are the most critical things to inspect.
Tire pressure affects your vehicle's fuel economy, and many drivers must remember to check it. Ensure your tire inflation is enough to sustain alignment and prevent uneven wear that may lead to bursts.
For new vehicles, the battery is usually still in good condition. However, check if the terminals are well placed. Batteries over three years old should be replaced before a long trip to avoid car trouble. Your mechanic can check for corrosion, swollen cases, and leaks.
Brake pads wear out with time, so if you notice unusual sounds when braking, have them checked before your long drive. It's recommended to replace every 25,000 to 75,000 miles.
Before traveling, check the levels of your vehicle's fluids. These include engine oil, transmission, power steering, windshield washer, and brake fluids. Top off low fluids to prevent malfunctioning parts.
Lights and the Electrical System
Long trips require a Volkswagen in top condition. Check if all lights are working, including the dashboard indicators. Also, ensure the windshield wipers are working effectively or need replacement.
Hoses and Belts
Besides the seat belts, remember to check the engine and power steering belts. Inspect for cracks or fraying and ensure hoses are tightly placed to prevent leaking.
Air Conditioning and Filters
Unless your Volkswagen is brand new, inspect the air conditioning system, especially if your trip is during extreme weather conditions. Replace clogged air filters and clean any debris or particles that may enter your engine.
Generally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends these vital inspections and others before traveling. Still, if you need a car inspection before you hit the road, bring it to Atlanta Car Care today.