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Why you inspect brakes and fluids before leaving for rough mountain areas

Why you inspect  brakes and fluids before leaving for rough mountain areas

So the Memorial Day weekend has come and gone and with that marks the start of camping season. Most of us enjoy going to the mountains where it's cooler, but getting there can be trying. Those mountain passes can be rough on your brakes and engine, and even a short day trip can be costly and dangerous. The last thing you want to happen is your brakes failing on the way down or your engine to break down from overheating or lack of proper lubrication. So we recommend that you have your brakes and fluids inspected before leaving town with your SUV fully loaded with the kids, the dog and the camper or boat.

Before you head out, here are some things to keep in mind: Have your vehicle inspected the week before you are leaving. Make sure that your spare tire is in good condition, your jack is complete, and you have a flashlight, blankets, spare food and water, and a charged cell phone. It also never hurts to carry some tools.

As we all know, maintenance is the key to the longevity of your car. Regular check ups on your vehicle should be as commonplace as visits to the doctor and dentist. Each vehicle manufacturer has their own recommendations as to when and what type of services your vehicle requires. Regular oil changes should be done every three thousand miles especially with the varying weather conditions, temperature changes and mountain/city stop. It is a good idea to have your oil changed at a quality repair facility, with a knowledgeable staff. These types of facilities generally do a good, thorough inspection of your vehicle and make recommendations necessary to keep your vehicle in good repair. Regular and documented maintenance is usually required by manufacturers to ensure warranty on components in case of failure. Also, as your vehicle becomes older, it will ensure your peace of mind to know what was done and when. You will feel a lot more comfortable and secure driving your vehicle. Remember that your vehicle is an investment. You should treat it like one.

You do need a vehicle safety inspection as well as inspecting all your fluids, belts, hoses and brakes.

Why you inspect  brakes and fluids before leaving for rough mountain areas
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