Get Ready For Road Trips With These 4 Car Care Tips

March 30, 2020 12:33 pm Published by

Spring is officially here and that means it’s time to dust off the patio furniture, plant some new flowers in your garden, and get ready to hit the road for some awesome road trips. It doesn’t matter if you are going across the country or just for a quick day trip, you need to make sure that your car is in the right shape to get out and go this spring. Even if you just did maintenance a few months ago, you would be surprised to see just how much damage winter weather can do to vehicles. If you are looking to pick up parts for your spring DIY projects, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you find the exact parts you need at a fraction of the price of our competitors and make sure you leave feeling fully prepared to tackle any DIY project.

Clean Your Car

This may seem like an unnecessary step, but there can be a lot of corrosive things left on the exterior of your car from winter road treatments. Most cities and towns use salt-based treatments to keep the roads clear of ice and snow, but this salt is extremely damaging to your vehicle. Over time, this salt will eat away at not only your vehicle’s paint, but it can even eat through the metal of your vehicle’s body and chassis. If you are going to wash your car yourself, make sure to get the underside as much as possible. You can also take your car to a car wash, just make sure you choose to get an optional chassis cleaning as well.

Check Your Tires

If you live in an area where you didn’t need snow tires, you need to check your tires to see how your treads are holding up. You can easily check your treads using a simple quarter. Simply take your quarter, turn it so that Washington’s head is pointed down, and insert it into your treads. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, you need to change your tires. Make sure that you change your tires if you had to use snow tires as these tires will quickly shred on warm road surfaces.

Change Your Oil

Your engine oil needs to be changed roughly every 3,000 miles, depending on your vehicle type. If you are getting close to the 3,000-mile mark, take the time to take care of this before your road trip. Extended use of your engine like you will be doing on a road trip can expedite the breakdown of your oil and cause your engine to seize up.

Check Your Fluids

Make sure that before you hit the road this spring that you fill up on your vehicle’s basic fluids like wiper fluid, coolant, and any other fluid your vehicle may need. It may not seem important now, but you will be kicking yourself later if you end up stranded on the side of the road with an overheated car.

No matter what kind of vehicle you have or what project you want to tackle, the expert team here at your local U Pull And Pay is ready to help. Get all the parts and tips you need to take on any DIY mechanical project this year and save yourself some serious cash in the process!


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This post was written by Jonathan Kling