Spring officially starts next week, and Houston has already reached temperatures in the 80’s. With students enjoying Spring Break, it’s a beautiful time to go out and enjoy a road trip. Before you hit the road, it is important to do a couple checks on your vehicle. We spoke with Hassan Algahfir from Santa Ana Auto Care to create a list of things you should review, so your vacation doesn’t go south.
Check your Tires
Getting a tire blowout is never fun, and can be dangerous. Prevent this by checking your tires before you go on a long trip. “Check the tire pressure, and the tread, this is very important” Hassan Algahfir from Santa Ana Auto Care states.
Alignment and suspension
Houston and potholes.. Need we say more? Driving over these can damage your alignment and suspension over time. You should get this checked if you notice your vehicle pulling to once side or feel any vibrations.
Safety is a priority when it comes to your vehicle. Check your brake pads and rotors to ensure the safety of your vehicle. At Santa Ana Auto Care we offer free brake checks on all vehicles.
Oil and fluids
If you’re driving out of town and haven’t changed your oil recently it’s a good idea to do that now. While your vehicle is at the mechanic shop, have them also check all your fluids and top them off as needed.
Battery/ charging system
Four to six years is your typical life expectancy for a car battery. You should get your battery checked to see if it needs to be replaced. Make sure your battery is secure and the connections are tight
Belts and hoses
Cold weather can damage rubber. Do a quick visual check for hardening or any looseness you might see. This is definitely a repair you want to catch before it’s too late
Lastly, make sure all of your lights are working properly. Hassan recommends turning on each light individually instead of all at the same time to make it easier to distinguish if a bulb is not turning on or needs replacing.
Be proactive and check your vehicle before vehicle damage becomes worse and more costly. Santa Ana Auto Care has customer loyalty programs and special offers. Call our West 34th St location at (713) 956-0524 or our Jones Road location at (281) 916-2001 to find out what promotions are going on today!