Road trips are a great way to spend the summer, so long as your car is up for it. Getting your vehicle ready is an important aspect of going on a road trip. You need to ensure that it can handle long drives through remote terrain. The last thing you need is to hear lousy car noises and break down in the middle of nowhere, then call roadside assistance. In this post, we're going to tell you what you need to do to prepare your car for your Canada road trip. Car maintenance is essential all of the time but keep reading, and you'll see how doing your due diligence now will ensure that your road trip goes off without a hitch.
Tackle Those Rough Car Noises If you're experiencing car noises, there's no way that you should be taking your car on a road trip without first getting it looked at by a professional. At South Pro Auto, we'll be able to give you proper car noise repair for your squealing, rumbling, or grinding car. Different noises mean different things, so you need someone with a trained ear to get under the hood to figure things out. It could be something simple like old brake pads or something more complex like a belt issue. Whatever it is, you should never ignore noises when you're about to go on a long trip. Get Your Oil (and Other Fluids) Changes A road trip is going to put a significant number of kilometres on your car. Keep your engine in great shape by getting an oil change before leaving. We recommend changing your engine oil every 5000km if you are using regular oil and 8000km if you are using synthetic oil. While at it, top off other fluids, like windshield washer fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid. Doing this will put your mind at ease while you're putting those long driving hours in. Your Battery It may be hard to believe but the heat of the summer is much harder on batteries than the cold. The average lifespan of a battery in states like Florida is less than 4 years. So we highly recommend having your battery tested before hitting the highway. Nothing’s worse than being that guy at the gas pump with a dead battery. Here at South Pro Auto we can gladly test your battery to make sure it gets you to your destination and back without any surprises. Checking the Brakes One of the most frightening yet familiar car noises is the squealing noise when your brake pads are worn down. A car noise repair specialist should inspect any noise like this. If it's brake pad-related, we will be able to make a quick fix. We stock over 30 sets of common brake pads and rotors in house to get you back on the road as soon as possible. Have an Anxiety-Free Road Trip You'll have an anxiety-free road trip by taking your car to a good mechanic to deal with any car noises or other concerns. You should never neglect any issues with your car, but especially not when you're about to take it on a multi-day trip. If you're looking for car noise repair in Calgary, look no further than South Pro Automotive Inc. We're a full-service repair shop that can get your car road trip ready in no time. Contact us today to book your repair appointment.