As you are gearing up for the iconic summer road trip, you gather together the sunscreen, swimsuits, and endless amount of snacks. However, have you prepared your vehicle for the glorious trip that you’re about to embark upon? Many forget this crucial piece of the puzzle but don’t worry, that’s why we are here – to help remind you.

Here are 5 crucial car maintenance items that anyone licensed to drive a vehicle should be aware of.

Tires:

Think of your tires as the foundation for your vehicle. Keeping tabs on your tread depth is a very important component of making sure that your foundation is solid. To check your tire tread, put a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it’s time to replace your tires.

In order to ensure that your tires wear evenly, be sure to rotate your tires on a consistent basis.

If you don’t have time to deal with the penny trick, our service department can tell you quickly and even provide a rating and time estimate on how much longer your tires will last.

Oil:

Keeping your car on a consistent oil change schedule is very important. Be sure to check your manual to verify the mileage that is recommended for oil changes. It varies by make and model.

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Brakes:

This is especially important in the winter time or around heavy rain, bad weather and failing brakes are not a good mix. As soon as you start to hear the telltale signs, grinding and squealing, take them in to get looked at.

Additionally, it is important to make sure that your brake fluid levels are at the appropriate level. The last thing anyone needs is to lose their brakes!

Transmission:

Routine checks of the transmission fluid are vital. Transmission replacements typically aren’t cheap when they go out, so be sure to keep watch of your transmission fluid since it does affect the life of your transmission.

Vehicles vary, but some have closed transmission systems and a trip to the dealer may be required. Other vehicles have open systems that allow for the fluid levels to be checked.

Power steering fluid:

Each time you check your oil, make a mental note to check your power steering fluid. Keeping an eye on the level of the power steering fluid will help ensure that you don’t lose your power steering function, or at the very least will tip you off to potential issues in the future.

There is never a good time for any of the above components of your vehicle to go out, but should you to want to be proactive about these or if you experience any issues with the items listed above, the service department at Bachman Chevrolet is ready and willing to help get your car running right again. Just in time for that road trip you’ve been waiting all year for – enjoy!

5 Crucial Car Maintenance Items