Your Pre-Trip Checklist
Your Pre-Trip Checklist As the spring weather begins to come around, many people begin to plan their spring and summer road trips with friends and family. When it comes time to pack the car, gather the kids, and get ready to hit the road, do not forget to go through a [...]
TechFacts: Taking Care of Your Tires this Summer
TechFacts: Taking Care of Your Tires this Summer Keeping Your Car Running Better, with useful information from your Dilawri Dealer. Tires seem so simple, don’t they? But in fact, even on a sunny summer day, those black rubber doughnuts are a vital part of your car that need care to keep [...]
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As the spring weather begins to come around, many people begin to plan their spring and summer road trips with friends and family. When it comes time to pack the car, gather the kids, and get ready to hit the road, do not forget to go through a brief Pre-Trip Checklist. We have gathered a brief list of items to check before you take off on your journey.
1) Get your oil changed before your trip
Modern oil, and modern cars can go much longer between changes then in the old days. Most factory specifications are 10,000 km or more between changes. But if it's been more than 5,000 go get it done before the trip. That way not only do you know it is full of oil, but the engine will run cooler, and you will get better fuel economy with fresh oil in the motor.
2) Check and top off all the other fluids
Most places these days do this at no extra charge on top of an oil change. That being said, be sure to mention that you want them to do it, even if it costs a few dollars more. If you run out of gear oil, or run low on coolant it can lead to expensive problems while you should be relaxing.
3) Check the tires
Make sure your tires are fully inflated before you go. Not only will you get better mileage, but an under-inflated tire, plus an increased load, plus lots of highway travel can cause the tire to wear out very fast and fail.
While you are checking the air pressure, look for bulges and cuts in the side walls, often times cause by hitting pot holes or curbs. Don't chance it, if you have a bulge or a cut, get a new tire before the trip. Most tires these days get dry and cracked, or beat up before the tread goes bald. Make sure you have plenty of tread.
4) Check the spare
Make sure your spare has air in it, and make sure you have your jack and lug wrench. In town a can of "Fix a Flat" but if you are in the middle of nowhere you're going to want that extra tire.
5) Bring your cell phone charger
The weaker signal your phone gets, the more power it takes to send and receive calls. The last thing you want if you become stranded, is having no way of contacting any help.
6) Check the belt
Cars today have just one long belt that runs all the accessories. If it breaks not only will you lose the AC, but also the power steering, and most importantly, the charging system.
Like the belts and tires make sure they don't look cracked and dry, or swollen or bulging.
Seem like a lot to remember? Stop by your local Dilawri dealer before your trip and we will be happy to make sure your car is ready to go before that big trip. Happy travels!
Keeping Your Car Running Better, with useful information from your Dilawri Dealer.
Tires seem so simple, don’t they? But in fact, even on a sunny summer day, those black rubber doughnuts are a vital part of your car that need care to keep you rolling safely down the road. Let’s take a quick look at the Techfacts of Tire Care:
FACT: Each tire places a footprint on the road only a bit larger than your palm! Your four tireprints are the only parts of your car that touch the road. And those four rubber palm-sized prints in turn, are the “pawprints” that keep you on the road. So tires are a vital part of your car’s safety and performance engineering.
FACT: Tires need four critical forms of care, called the “BAIR”. Our technicians are taught the acronym “BAIR” to help them remember the types of care that all tires need. That stands for four elements Balance, Alignment, Inflation, and Rotation. All four need periodic checking, which is why we at the dealership are here. Luckily, the most important form of care—tire inflation pressure—you can do yourself.
FACT: You can save more than $400 a year with proper tire care. How? Just make a habit of periodically doing what pilots do before every flight—a quick “preflight checking” of your vehicle so tire pressures are at the factory recommended values. Underinflation by a mere 5 psi can increase your fuel consumption by 5%, and increase tire wear by up to 10 percent.
Hence, checking for correct tire pressures every couple of weeks could save the average driver (someone who drives 18,000 km a year) $200-$400 a year in fuel, and another $30 in tire tread. Congratulations—you just saved enough for an overnight getaway for two!
FACT: Tires breathe! Tire pressures aren’t constant. Almost all tires lose a tiny bit of air each day. But tire pressures also rises on hot days and after you’ve been driving for a while (remember, hot air expands). So check tire pressure before driving off.
FACT: Tires rest at night! Drive your car home, switch off the ignition, and your tires cool down with one side pressed against the pavement. They can then take a set after sitting for even an evening and hence be very slightly out of round the next morning. So your car may feel a bit “lumpy” as you pull out of the driveway. Give the tires a chance to warm up, and that lumpiness should smooth out in a kilometre or so. If it doesn’t, call us and we’ll help resolve the issue.
FACT: We’re tire experts, and we’re here for you. Questions? Call our Service Department—we’d be glad to explain more, or to check your car over.