Tips To Care For Your Car After A Road Trip

August 21st, 2023 by

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Once you come off of a road trip, it’s tempting to take some time to just rest. And while recuperation is important, it’s still important to make sure that your vehicle gets a chance to recuperate, too. Business Insider has a great guide on how to help your vehicle get some TLC after a grueling road trip.


Start by thoroughly cleaning the interior and exterior of your car. Remove any trash, vacuum the floors, and wipe down surfaces. For the exterior, wash away any dirt, bugs, or debris from the road trip. This not only keeps your car looking good but also prevents potential damage.

Fluid Check

Check all vital fluids in your car, including the engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. If any are low or appear dirty, top them up or consider getting a full flush and replacement.

Tire Inspection

Inspect the condition and pressure of your tires. Look for signs of wear and tear, punctures, or bulges. Ensure that the pressure matches the recommended levels specified in your car’s manual. If necessary, get your tires rotated or replaced.

Battery Health

Ensure that the battery terminals are clean and securely attached. Test the battery voltage to ensure it is within the manufacturer’s specifications. If the battery is weak or old, consider replacing it, especially if you experienced any starting issues during your road trip.

Brake Check

Look out for any signs of brake problems, such as squeaky or grinding noises, pulsation, or reduced stopping power. If you notice any issues, have your brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid checked by a professional, technician.

Inspection of Belts and Hoses

Examine the serpentine belts, timing belts, and hoses for any signs of damage, cracks, or leaks. Replace them if necessary to prevent potential breakdowns or engine damage.

Air Filter and Cabin Filter

Check and replace the air filter if it is dirty, as a clogged air filter can negatively affect your car’s fuel efficiency and performance. Similarly, replace the cabin filter to ensure fresh air inside the vehicle.

Lights and Wipers

 Test all exterior and interior lights, including headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights. Replace any burnt-out bulbs. Additionally, inspect the windshield wipers for any signs of wear and replace if needed.

Suspension and Alignment

If you noticed any unusual noises or vibrations while driving, it’s important to have the suspension and alignment checked by a professional. Proper alignment and suspension improve safety, handling, and tire longevity.

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Schedule a Maintenance Check

Consider scheduling a comprehensive post-road trip maintenance service with Lexus of Wesley Chapel. We will thoroughly inspect your car and ensure everything is in proper working order. By following these tips, you can help prolong the lifespan of your vehicle and address any potential issues after a road trip. Remember, regular maintenance is key to keeping your car reliable, safe, and in top condition for future adventures.


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