Are you planning a big holiday trip out of Charlotte this season? Maybe you’re going to visit family; maybe you’re taking the family for a nice holiday vacation. Whatever the reason, make sure Old Nellie (your car) is ready to come along for the ride. Your friends at Toyota of North Charlotte created an auto service checklist that will get you prepped and ready to go wherever you are headed on your last hurrah of the year.
Your Holiday Trip Auto Service Checklist:
No one wants a dead battery mid-journey during a road trip, so make sure your battery is in perfect shape for travel. As far as routine care goes, we recommend you keep your battery clean from debris and corrosion. Also, make sure all your connections are tightened. As for the life of your battery, it’s best tested on professional equipment. Come by our Charlotte Toyota service center, and we’ll have a look under the hood for you.
Be sure to check your oil levels and the due date for your next oil change before you head out on your holiday trip. Even if you’re nearly due for an oil change in Charlotte, we recommend you stop by and see our auto service team before you go. It pays to be safe rather than sorry!
Your car’s temperature gauge will tell you how hot or cold your engine’s coolant is running. If the temperature is running high, that could be a sign that your car is overheating, that your coolant is leaking, or that you have a problem with your water pump. Because it could be a number of things, the best car maintenance tips our Charlotte Toyota dealership can give you is to bring it in for an inspection.
Tire pressure and tread
Checking the pressure in your tires is a simple enough task, but one that is easy to overlook. Check your owner’s manual to find the correct pressure your tires should have and get them in working order before you leave. As for the tread in your tires, they are especially important if you’re headed somewhere with snow or are expecting rain. Don’t travel with worn out tires, as it can be dangerous!
Headlights and Taillights
Whether you’re driving during the day or night, winter brings with it inclement weather conditions such as snow or fog. Make sure your lighting system is free from cloudiness and that all the lights are working properly, including your brake lights. Remember this system was made to help you communicate with other drivers on the road and help keep everyone safe!
This may sound silly, given the winter weather in Charlotte, but the airflow in your A/C is actually very important. Bad airflow can be a sign that some belts are loose or worn and need replacing. Get these checked for peace of mind before you drive to your next destination.
Get holiday trip-ready with Charlotte Toyota service!
Schedule an appointment today at our Charlotte Toyota service center. Our expert technicians will have a look under the hood and get you ready for your winter journey. Call us at (888) 378-1214!