Now that summer is in full swing and the country has opened back up, the open road is all the more alluring. But before you throw your bags in the trunk and merge onto the interstate, you’ll want to make sure your car is ready for long miles in scorching heat. At Pinnacle Automotive, our local mechanics are experts at completing all types of auto maintenance that are needed before a road trip.

Important Road Trip Auto Maintenance Tasks

Before you head out, you’ll want to be sure that your car is prepared to keep you as safe as possible. When you bring your vehicle to us for brake service, we’ll examine all braking system components, lubricate parts as necessary, and replace worn-out brake pads. In the event that we find any serious brake problems, we’ll explain the issues and then give you an accurate estimate for the repairs. Another pre-departure safety task is to check tire pressure, which typically should be at a level between 30 and 35 psi, though it’s worth checking your tires for their exact requirement. When driving with correct tire pressure, there’s far less risk of a blowout occurring. And an easy maintenance measure to boost safety is to replace old wiper blades. If a summertime thunderstorm suddenly erupts over the highway, your new wiper blades will provide better visibility through your windshield, making it safer for you to navigate the deluge.

You’ll also want to have maintenance completed that helps your car with better handling the heat. During AC service, we’ll check over all of your car’s AC system parts to make sure they’re working efficiently. When the temperature spikes, a properly functioning AC system will play a critical role in keeping your family in good spirits. Cooling system service is another way to help your car regulate the heat. Generally, coolant needs to be exchanged every 30,000 miles. When driving with the right amount of fresh coolant, it’s much less likely that your engine will suffer damage from overheating. It’s particularly important that your cooling system is working optimally when you’re driving long distances under the scorching sun.

Auto Maintenance in Little Rock, AR
If you need auto maintenance before your big journey, contact Pinnacle Automotive at (501) 300-8975. At our local auto shop, we can complete any type of repair or maintenance that your vehicle needs before your road trip. Feel free to give us a call today to make an appointment