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Should I Have My Vehicle Inspected Before A Long Trip?

With the holidays right around the corner, many of us will be putting more miles on our cars. If you plan on doing some long-distance road travel, the last thing you want is for your automobile to break down on you in an area where you've never been before. Even a well cared for BMW, MINI, or Porsche can develop mechanical problems on lengthy drives, so please be careful. If you want to be extra cautious, we recommend that everyone have their car inspected before taking the trip.

 

What Should Be Inspected?

Tires - Please check your tires for any punctures or bald spots before you head out. If the treads look too low, you may need tire service or replacement altogether. Also, please monitor the tire pressure, as its inflation will impact your fuel economy.

 

Suspension and Steering - Don't forget the steering and suspension. The quality of your suspension can impact your ride and your tires. Your road trip should be smooth and comfortable, not bouncy and unstable.

 

Essential Fluids - Please ensure you have sufficient engine oil, coolant, transmission, fuel system, and brake fluid before taking a long trip. You may find that it needs a flush or a top-off.

 

Brakes - Good brakes are necessary for your safety, which is why you should have your brake parts (rotors, pads, etc.) inspected before you embark on your journey. Mechanics typically recommend replacing brake pads between 25,000 and 70,000 miles, depending on usage.

 

Battery - At Avus Autosport, our team can test your battery to determine if it can hold a charge for your road trip. Otherwise, you may need a new battery.

 

Some honorable mentions that may need to be looked at are your HVAC system, windshield wiper blades, and spark plugs. If you would like the technicians at Avus Autosport to take a look at your BMW, MINI, or Porsche before your trip, please get in touch with our team today. You can reach us at (818) 276-9288 or our specialty auto shop in Glendale, CA.

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