A lot of St. Thomas drivers wonder about how to prepare their vehicle for a trip. That’s a big deal. You could be driving through ON mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas so you may be anxious to know that the car is up to the task and won’t leave you stranded.

St. Thomas drivers really do need to plan ahead for a major road trip, there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive to see if you can feel any vibrations: are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok?

The next thing is a full service oil change at The Auto Guys in St. Thomas to make sure all of your fluids are topped off and you have fresh oil for the trip. And if your vehicle has over 120,000 kilometers, you may consider putting in a synthetic or synthetic blend formulation to clean harmful sludge deposits in the engine. You may also need a new PCV valve and an engine air filter.

How about your transmission and brakes? Have you had your transmission and brakes inspected in the last six months? How are your wiper blades? There’s nothing like not being able to get rid of the bug juice on a long road trip. Check your owners’ manual for any other recommended service and have your The Auto Guys service advisor do the multi-point inspection they do so well before you head out.

Consider also having the coolant system serviced at The Auto Guys in St. Thomas – you want to stay within the car maker’s recommendations. St. Thomas drivers who are towing a trailer will want to keep in mind that they’ll be going a long way under severe conditions.

A lot of St. Thomas drivers overlook severe conditions like towing, or ON summer heat, or driving on dirt roads. Plan ahead for your next road trip – at The Auto Guys, we want you to get there and back.

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The Auto Guys
135 South Edgeware Rd.
St. Thomas, ON N5P 4C4