Are you going on vacation?

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Are you going on vacation this year?

Here are a few vehicle maintenance checks you should make before heading down the highway.

Tire tread

You want to make sure that the tire tread is thick enough. The tires are the only things that contact the road, which has everything to do with how well you go and stop. If it’s too low, it could cause issues with stopping, and you might skid across the road when it rains.

Tire pressure

It may cause damage to the overall tire if the tire pressure is too low. If you continue to drive on a tire that’s too low, you can damage the inside of the tire — and then a perfectly good tire has to be replaced. It can also give you lower fuel economy.

Windshield wiper blades

Windshield wiper blades are a wearable component and, as they wear down, they won’t clear as well as they should. If a windshield wiper is torn, it’s not clearing at all. If that blade comes off, you could scrape your windshield. Most of the time, people don’t check windshield wiper blades before they’re on the road.

Windshield washer fluid

Windshield washer fluid is going to help you clear your windshield if it’s dirty. Fortunately, if you keep a bottle of it in your vehicle, it’s the simplest task to do.

Oil level

It’s important to make sure that your oil level isn’t too low. With the newer types of enginers, the oil pressure has a lot to do with engine performance. If it’s too low, you can get lower fuel economy, rough running and other engine problems. Watch for warning lights and, if they come on, stop your engine immediately to prevent further engine damage.

Antifreeze level

The antifreeze is what circulates through the radiator and the engine, keeping it cool. It can prevent your engine from overheating.

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, including oil changes, brakes, alignments, inspections, and computer engine diagnostics.