30 June 2010

Vacation Trip Check


When the last beach towel was loaded, the family pulled out of the driveway and headed on vacation. That’s when an unsettling moaning noise caught their attention.


Chances are the moaning noise was a result of low power steering fluid. But without a professional technician to check it out, how could the travelers be certain that topping it off would fix it?

A free trip check is the smart way to begin a vacation or road trip. Long before the dog goes to the sitter and the neighbors are asked to pick up the newspapers, it’s important to make time for Coppell Tire & Auto to examine your vehicle.


Fluids
Fluids are an important part of any vehicle checklist. Expect our technicians to check and perhaps replace or top off the following: antifreeze/coolant, transmission, engine oil, brake fluid, washer fluid, and power steering fluid. The transmission fluid, oil and fuel also have filters that will need to be examined.


Air filters
Other important filters to examine in a check up is both the engine and cabin filters. A clean engine air filter improves performance and gas mileage, while a clean cabin air filter screens out toxins and allergans that you breath as well as improving air conditioned or heated air flow.


Vision
Not surprisingly, it’s a driver’s vision, not his hearing or smell, which guides 90% of driving decisions. That’s why something as simple as a misdirected or burned out headlight can spell disaster on a rainy night. Now is the time to make sure headlights, windshields, window glass, signal lights, mirrors and wipers/blades are in good shape.


Brakes
Although most brake pads are constructed with built in “squealers” to alert you to declining conditions, it’s a good idea to have them examined before a trip. Brakes also should be checked at regular intervals (see owner’s manual) and whenever they begin feeling abnormal.


Battery
Unlike many of your vehicles components, a simple $24 battery check can determine if it needs to be replaced prior to a trip. While many think cold weather affects a battery’s starting ability, hot weather actually shortens a battery's life much quicker.


Tires
At any given time, a motorist is connected to the road by the few square inches of rubber that are in contact with the road. Make sure that the tire tread is deep enough; the tires are properly inflated and have been correctly rotated, balanced and aligned.


Don’t put your car’s reliability and your family’s safety on the line. Give us plenty of time to have your vehicle checked out and repaired, if needed. It’s some of the cheapest insurance around.

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