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AZ Road Trip Tips

10 TIPS TO GET YOUR CAR READY FOR SUMMER TRAVEL

Article by Highline Car Care

Photography by Wes Hawkins

If you're planning a summer road trip in Arizona, it's time to give your car some much-needed attention.  Highline Car Care a mechanic in Gilbert, Arizona is here to walk you through the essential steps to prepare your vehicle for the scorching desert heat:

Keep your cool with a solid cooling system: Arizona summers can push your car's cooling system to its limits. So, make sure to check the radiator for leaks, inspect hoses and belts for cracks or signs of wear, and top up the coolant if needed. If it's been a while, consider a coolant flush to keep things running smoothly

 Tackle the tire situation: Hot roads demand good tires. Check the tire pressure (don't forget the spare) and ensure it matches the recommended levels. Inspect the tread depth and replace any worn-out tires. Oh, and while you're at it, get those tires rotated and balanced for even wear.

Battery health matters: High temperatures can drain a weak battery faster than you can say "melting pavement." So, get that battery tested. Clean any corrosion off the terminals, tighten the connections, and make sure your battery is up to the challenge.

 Fluids, fluids, fluids: Hot days call for properly topped-up fluids. Check the engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and windshield washer fluid. If any levels are low, give them a refill or a complete replacement.

Cool breeze or no breeze? Inspect your car's air conditioning system. Arizona without A/C? No, thank you! If it's not providing the Arctic-like comfort you need, Highline offers a $49 quick A/C inspection. And don't forget to replace or clean the cabin air filter for better airflow.

The brake check: Arizona's steep slopes and sudden monsoon showers demand top-notch brakes. Check your brake pads, rotors, and brake fluid levels. Any signs of wear or sponginess mean it's time for a visit to your friendly mechanic in Gilbert at Highline Car Care.

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Shine a light, wiper right: Ensure all exterior lights are working properly—headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and emergency flashers. If any bulbs have burnt out, replace them immediately. Also, check those wiper blades, as monsoon season can bring some serious rain. Replace any worn-out blades for maximum visibility.

Emergency supplies, just in case: Prepare an emergency kit with essential items like a spare tire, jack, jumper cables, first aid kit, flashlight, water, non-perishable snacks, and a fully charged cell phone. Safety first in Arizona at all times. 

Plan, plan, plan: Don't hit the road blindly. Plan your route and schedule according to weather conditions and potential road closures. A trusty map or GPS device will be your best buddies. There’s nothing worse than sitting for hours on the road because of construction when heading to the beach or the mountains. 

Stay hydrated: Alright, this one isn't about the car, but it's crucial, nonetheless. Bring plenty of water for yourself and your passengers. Arizona heat doesn't mess around, so keep everyone hydrated to avoid any health issues. Drink extra if you are heading north to Flagstaff, even though it is cooler, the altitude change will only add to your need to hydrate. 

At Highline Car Care in Gilbert, we know how important it is to have a trustworthy mechanic on your side. In fact, over the past 15 years this is exactly how we have built