St. Cloud Automotive and Diesel Repair

5 Car Items to Check Before Thanksgiving

If you're planning to travel for the Thanksgiving weekend, there are five automotive services you should think about doing first. Even if you're hosting Thanksgiving at your house, you're going to be relying on your vehicle through the holidays. These services will prevent any headaches and ensure you can successfully get through your grocery store and holiday shopping runs. 


Now, a battery test is a good idea, even if you don't have extravagant holiday travel plans. The weather is cooling down, and vehicle batteries do not generate as much power in colder temperatures as they do when it's warm. If your car's battery is at least three years old, we can test it to ensure it won't fail on you if your trip takes you up North.


A brake check is also never bad to turn down. Your brake pads should have enough surface remaining. We can also inspect your brake fluid to see if it's dirty, old, or too low. If you've noticed any strange symptoms, such as vibrations or squeals, we can investigate that too.


Your car needs a sufficient amount of coolant, so you don't run the risk of overheating during your travel. If it's been a while since your last coolant flush, we can do it now so that your vehicle's temperature is maintained throughout the trip.


Even if you aren't due for an oil change, it's wise to get it done before a long trip. Clean and viscous engine oil pulls heat away from engine parts and lubricates them. In contrast, dirty motor oil heats up and deposits sludge on to engine parts. 


Finally, a tire inspection is the most important of all. Any alarming signs like uneven tread wear, cracks, bubbling, and other visible damages must be corrected before you embark on a long trip with lots of traffic. You may have to drive through rain or snow on the way to your family gathering, so your tires need to grip the roads properly.


Our Flo State Auto Diesel team would be glad to inspect your car, truck, or SUV before your trip and address any of your concerns. Please call us at (407) 979-4412 or visit our shop in St. Cloud, FL, today.

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