What Vehicle Maintenance Should I Do Before Going on a Road Trip?

July 26th, 2018 by

2019 Ram 1500 Towing a Trailer
Warning lights on your dashboard or strange noises from your car can put a stop to your next road trip adventure from Kinston or New Bern. Before you leave for the open road, you should schedule a visit at our Kinston service center for preventive vehicle maintenance. We’ll make sure your car, SUV or truck is in the best shape for your next road trip so you can cruise the highway like a drag strip.

Road Trip Vehicle Maintenance

Tire Inspection: Your tires maintain constant contact and friction with the road, so gradual wear and tear is bound to happen. Over time, the tread on your tires gets worn down. Before taking a long drive, be sure your tires are properly inflated and find out if any need to be replaced. If you’re unsure if your tire tread is too low to road trip, contact our service department before you hit the road.

Brakes: Like your tires, your brake pads also experience gradual wear and tear. If you’re hearing a screeching or grinding noise when you apply pressure on the brake pedal, you may need new brake pads or new brake fluid.

Battery: If your current car battery is more than a few years old, you’ll want to make sure it’s still functioning properly to avoid getting stranded with jumper cables. Under the hood, you should be able to see the battery terminals marked red and black. It’s important that there’s no corrosion on the terminals and that it’s still got plenty of juice to keep your car running.

Oil Change: Oil lubricates the moving parts of your engine and prevents friction between the pistons. On average, you should replace your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If you haven’t gotten an oil change in a while, be sure to schedule one before your road trip.

Contact the Doug Henry CDJR Service Department for Road Trip Vehicle Maintence Needs

Contact the Doug Henry CDJR Service Department today to schedule road trip maintenance, such as a battery installation, oil change, brake check, or tire inspection. We’ll get you the genuine parts your car needs them and we’ll have you on the open road in New Bern in no time. You can even explore the Renegade specs and features if you need an off-road SUV for your excursion. If you’re looking for places to eat along your trip, consider stopping at the Chef & Farmer.


Doug Henry CDJR Service Specials

Tire Rotation Special
FREE Tire Rotation for Life

With the purchase of 4 Tires mounted, balanced, and aligned

FREE Rotations for the Life of the Tires. See service center for complete details.

Oil Change Special
$29.95 Oil Change

Includes FREE Vehicle Inspection

Does not include synthetic or diesel engines. See service center for complete details.