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Back to School at Coast to Coast Motors

By Product Expert | Posted in Community on Monday, August 5th, 2019 at 6:25 PM
Back to School with Colored Pencils and Book

Is your vehicle ready to go back to school?

It is that time of year again. Summer is winding down, back to school lists are out at the stores, and other summer activities are coming to an end. While you are ready to send the kids back to school, is your vehicle ready to go back to school? Keep reading to learn more about some of the items that should be checked before the new school year begins!

Mechanic checking fluids under hood of vehicle

Check everything under the hood

When was the last time your vehicle had an oil change? What about the brake, transmission, washer, and other fluids that are necessary to keep your vehicle running? If you do not maintain these fluids on a regular basis, then you will more than likely end up with a vehicle that needs a lot more work done, and it will turn into a more expensive repair.

How is the battery in your vehicle doing? If it is more than 3-5 years old, it is time to think about getting a new one. You do not want to be stranded in a parking lot because your vehicle’s battery is dead.

How many miles should I wait between oil changes?

Check your tires and brakes

When was the last time you had your tires changed or rotated? Tires are super important because they are in contact with the road. If your tires are old, there will be little grip with the road. This could be a hazard during a torrential downpour, or during something as simple as turning a corner.

Are your brakes making any noise? It never hurts to have them checked to make sure you and your passengers will not experience your breaks going out.

 

How many tires do I need to replace at once?

Stack of Tires

Woman calling for help with car hood open in background

Other things to keep in mind

What would happen if your car were to break down in the middle of nowhere? If you had to make it through the night, do you have the necessary supplies to do so? Think about putting together a car kit and keeping it in the trunk or way back of your vehicle. Things you could include would be water bottles, non-perishable food items, blankets, flashlights, bug spray, and a first aid kit. Hopefully, you would never need this kit, but you would be prepared in case of an emergency.

 

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