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Yay! It’s almost summer! If your family is like mine that means summer trips are a must when summer hits! I love to load up the car and hit the road, yes I might be just trying to avoid our 120 degree days but either way we have a lot of fun. Do you know what is not fun? Finding yourself on the side of the road because you are having car trouble. So, I have came up with a list to help get your car summer road trip ready.
- Take It In To A Mechanic – I like to get my car a once over right before any major road trip. I like to take it in to get the oil changed at my dealer and have them look at it for me. Get your tires, breaks and fluid levels checked, and I like to have them check my AC… which is a huge must with the 120 degree days coming soon.
- Change Your Oil – this is one from the item above but it is something you need to do every x amount of miles (depending on your car’s needs). At this time your dealer (if you take it to one) will check for current recalls to have fixed if needed.
- Wash Your Car –get your car washed, this will help make sure nothing effects your window views, clean your mirrors, vacuum and clean out your car. I know, I know what you are thinking … the car will just come back dirty but something about getting your car washed before a trip makes me feel at peace.
- Music—check the music in your phone (my car connects via Bluetooth) or your CD collection to make sure you have all the must have road trip tunes!
- Video Players—I have portable video players for the boys to watch while we are getting to our destination. I made the mistake of not checking them before we left last summer and they ended up having to share. Make sure you have all the chargers and headphones too. Don’t forget the movies too! Because well you know ha-ha. Another tip, if your children get bored you can always find a RedBox along the way and rent different movies.
- Snacks and Drinks – I like to shop and buy all of our water and snacks before we leave for our trip, this helps cut cost. I pack a cooler with water and other drinks. I fill it up with ice and just refill it as we need to.
- Fill Up The Night Before– I like to do this just so I don’t have another thing to worry about when we are leaving. This is a must when you are leaving at 3am and you might oversleep.
- Change The Car’s Cabin Air Filter– this is a really easy project that anyone can do. What is a cabin air filter? This filter helps keep the air fresh and dust free that come into your car. I have noticed in the past that when allergy season starts and I need to use the AC my allergies go crazy, which is because the filter is full of allergens and dust. As you would change out the air filters in your house it needs to be changed in your car as well.
- Change The Car’s Air Filter– This helps improve the airflow to your engine. It’s really easy to change your own air filter. I bought the FRAM Extra Guard Air Filter at Walmart.
Changing your air filter is really important, yet overlooked. This is an extremely easy project to do yourself, and not have to take it in to have done by a professional. Also will save you that labor fee and the marked up prices. A clean air filter prevents dust and other debris from getting into your engine. It can also increase your car’s overall performance. FRAM recommends changing your air filter annually or every 12,000 miles. Be sure to follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.
I was able to find the filter for my car at my local Walmart, I looked on the FRAM site to find the exzact filter I needed for my car, searched to see if it was at any of my local stores then wrote down the filter number I needed and went shopping.
Meet Beauty… Beauty meet my readers =D I have had her almost 4 years now, she is my baby. This is my 2013 Hyundai Tuscan.
Time to open the hood, find the release latch and “pop” the hood open. FIRST, go put on clothes that you are okay getting dirty in, because well you know engines are dirty.
Locate the air filter compartment on your vehicle. Depending on your make and model yours will be located or look different than mine does. The air filter is usually located to the right of the engine and has a hose coming out of it, look for a black box with a hose coming out of it.
Release the top, on mine I had some latches you needed to released for the top to come off. Refer to your owners manual to see how you have to remove yours, you might need to use a screwdriver or another tool to do this.
When you lift the top off it will expose the old filter.
This is the old filter next to the new filter… YEAH gross!
Put in your new filter and snap the latches back to secure the top on.
All done! That job took me 5 minutes, once I found where the air filter was located.
What Are Your Summer Car Care Tips For Road Trips?