Heading out on a road trip with your friends can be one of the best vacation experiences that you can have, but it can also be dragged down very, very quickly if you happen to have any issues with your vehicle. Listed below are two things to have checked out on your vehicle before you and your friends leave on a road trip.
Cabin Air Filter
One of the most important things that you can have checked out before you leave on your road trip is the cabin air filter. One reason for this is that if the cabin air filter is clogged and full of dust, your air-conditioner may not be able to blow out enough cool air to keep you and your friends comfortable during the trip.
In addition, you will often experience a foul smell throughout the car due to the dust and debris that have built up in the air filter over the years. This can also lead to dust gathering in the vehicle cabin, which can cause allergic reactions and frequent sneezing or coughing.
Another element to have checked out on your vehicle before heading on a road trip is your wheel alignment, typically because the alignment of your vehicle's wheels will actually have a dramatic impact on multiple aspects of your vehicle's handling. For example, when the alignment is off even a little, you can often feel your vehicle fighting against you and pulling to one side while you were driving, which can actually be quite dangerous on slick or busy roads.
In addition, when the alignment is off on your vehicle, it can end up costing you quite a bit of money over the course of your road trip. One of the reasons for this is that poor wheel alignment will often result in reduced fuel economy. Another way that your wheel alignment can end up costing you money is by causing unnecessary wear on all of your tires because the poor alignment will be pushing one section of your tires into contact with the street more often. This ends up focusing the wear in that one spot rather than spreading it out.
Take your vehicle to your local auto repair shop or mechanic, such as those found at Dualtone Muffler Brake & Alignment, today in order to have it inspected before any major road trip. Make sure that you have your cabin air filter and wheel alignment check out prior to your road trip in order to ensure that you have a fun, pleasant, and safe road trip experience.
As the son and grandson of mechanics, I spent much of my child hood under the hood of many cars. I have listened and learned about so many different problems and how to repair them effectively. I created this blog to cover as many car problems as possible without overwhelming readers. You will find tips for troubleshooting, advice for when to take it to a professional and suggestions for when to stop driving the car or truck immediately to prevent further and more costly damage. We hope that you find all of this information helpful and useful, allowing you to have a great running car.