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5 Tips to Prepare Your Car Before Your Next Road Trip

With this summer's heat and humidity, it's important to make sure your car is in good shape before your next road trip. Here are 5 tips to help prepare your car before starting your next adventure!

Check the Coolant & Radiator

The summer heat is naturally tough on your car, sitting in traffic or parked outside makes it easy for your vehicle to overheat. If your engine gets too hot, moving metal parts in the engine can start to fuse together cause extreme internal damage. To ensure your car doesn't overheat, it's extremely important to ensure your car's coolant system, pumps, hoses, thermostats and fans are all working properly!

Maintain Your Air Conditioning

Those who have driven through the hot summer weather without air conditioning know the big difference a little cool air can make. A malfunctioning air conditioning unit may be caused by low levels of refrigerant. Not sure if how your air conditioner is working? Bring it in and have one of our Certified Technicians take a look! We currently have a Honda Air Conditioning Service Special for the month of August, click here for the coupon.

Check Your Tires & Brakes

Fresh tires will increase traction, give you better fuel economy and sharpen handling. Don't enjoy changing tires? All-season tires are a great alternative if you don't want to use seasonal tires. Brakes are the single most important aspect of your vehicle. Make sure they are checked by a trained technician to ensure brakes and brake pads are 100%.

Change the Oil & Oil Filter

Clean engine oil keep the metal parts from touching and grinding down the parts. The oil contains several key additives to move dirt particles towards the filters. Manufacturers recommend oil changes every couple of months, it's important to check oil monthly to make sure the engine runs smoothly.

Create a Roadside Emergency Kit

Some breakdowns may be unavoidable and can result in a trip-wrecker. Save yourself by putting aside the following items for unexpected stops:

  • Jumper cables
  • Water
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • Gloves
  • Blankets & towels
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Screwdrivers

Need help with getting your car prepared? Bring your vehicle to Kingsway Honda!

Give us a call at (604) 874-6632 to go online to book your service appointment.Visit us on 368 Kingsway, Vancouver, V5T 3J6. Don't forget to ask our Service Advisors about Service specials and incentives.

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