Post Trip Check Up 101

Anirudh Sk
September 27, 2018

Checking your car’s health before going on that long-trip is crucial. However, people usually tend to assume that the duty ends after the trip is over. Unlike your daily commutes where the car is rested for most of the day, a long trip demands a different condition, one that must be checked as soon as possible after the trip ends. Delaying any wear and tears that one might come across during the trip can call for nasty bills down the line.

Here are a few things that you should check after a trip.

Air Filter

A clogged air filter calls for a lot of problems. It is not only the heat dissipation capacity of the car that takes a hit but also the quality of air that reaches the system. Cruising along a semi-urban area with the heavy amount of dust in the air can weaken the air filter. Hence, soon after the trip washing the air filters or even replacing it can prevent the car from overheating and ensure better air quality reaching the engine

Engine and Brake oil

Continuous driving ages the oil faster. Compared to regular urban driving, a long trip calls for higher heating of the engine. This decreases the effectiveness of the fluids. To check the engine oil levels, pull out the oil dipstick, wipe it clean and put it back in. If the dipstick shows low levels and blackened oil, it’s time to change it.

Brake pads and disc

Long trips can compromise the integrity of your brake pads due to constant wear and tear. This becomes evident when the brakes squeak during usage indicating the need for new brake pads. Meanwhile, during applying brakes, if you feel a grinding metal sound, the brake pads have already worn off and is currently directly dependent on the drums or discs.

Alignment

Uneven terrain can compromise the alignment of your tyres. An uneven alignment does not only result in rapid and irregular tyre wear but also poses a serious safety hazard by affecting its handling. A quick visit to the mechanic can fix the problem.

Suspension damage

A suspension service goes without saying. Roads during road-trips might not always be tarmac. A suspension which is normally made for urban roads and lightweight duties will take a serious hit on off-roads. Unfortunately, this can only be fixed in a dedicated garage and should be done as soon as possible.

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