Preparing Your Car for A Road Trip
Make it a policy, that when you plan to take a road trip with your family, to have your car undergo first some simple, routine maintenance checks, whether your using a high-mileage, old car or a newer one, so the chances of a car breakdown are reduced during the road trip.
Get through to major repairs
Allow plenty of time to prioritize you car in undergoing a maintenance check up or if there is a scheduled car maintenance coming up for your car, see to it that you let the car specialist go over it at least a month before your scheduled road trip. If your car is a Honda, check on the warranty terms as all new Honda vehicles are cared for by a 3-year limited warranty service at 36,000 mileage. When you avail of the warranty terms of Honda and put your car on a maintenance schedule, here is what a Honda mechanic will check on and do repairs, if needed, as covered by the maintenance schedule: air filter replacement, cabin air filter replacement, change oil and filter, rotate tires, check brake, steering and suspension system, and check drive belt.
Car air filter service check
When the car’s air filter is dirty, it is, therefore, unable to keep dirt, dust, or debris from entering the engine and will result into the cylinders and oil being contaminated with dirt particles, which in turn will cause the wear and tear on the engine and further reducing the gas mileage and emissions. Basic procedure followed by a Honda mechanic when it comes to a car’s air filter is to check first its condition before replacing it with a new one, since air filter cannot be repaired; however, if the air filter type in your Honda car is one that uses cotton, instead of paper, this type is reusable, so it can simply be washed, dried, and reinstalled.
Maintenance check on the cabin air filter
The function of a cabin air filter is to prevent entrance of dirt, dust, pollen, debris from entering the passenger compartment through the climate control system of a Honda car, such that when it is clogged up with dirt particles, a musty or moldy odor emanates from the vents as moisture is trapped from the inside part of the climate control system and duct. Visual inspection of the cabin air filter for road debris and assess the climate control filter housing by a Honda mechanic and if there is need to replace the cabin air filter, since it is in a cartridge form, it is simply a matter of removing and replacing a new one.
Brakes maintenance check
When doing the maintenance check of the car brakes, a Honda mechanic will check on the following points: if there is a screeching sound when brakes are applied, the brake pads need replacing; when there is brake fluid leaking; and condition of brake rotors as they are vital in the dissipation of heat that comes from the brake pads.
Maintenance check on the drive belt
Any signs of cracks or fraying at the edges of the drive belt are checked by a Honda mechanic during a maintenance schedule and uses an auto-tensioner to adjust the tension of the belt, such that the pointer should be in the proper range, according to the time and distance recommendations in the maintenance schedule, so that if the pointer is not within the range, it is time to replace the drive belt.