Happy Valley Auto Repair

Plan your Road trip

With the record temperatures upon us, many of you will be thinking about getting out of town within the next month or so. We put together a checklist for you of things you will need to take care of before setting off. Here are a few minor maintenance issues to have a look over before you get going.


Check your tire pressure – Easy to do but vitally important. Depending on the distance you are planning to go, lots of highway miles can really add heat to your tires, (especially in 115 degree + heat). Most vehicle manuals recommend going slightly higher than usual if you are planning a long trip. It is better to be on the safe side of things. It’s always worth having a spare tire too just for peace of mind more than anything. Lots of newer cars do not carry a spare and have all “run flat” tires.


Battery Maintenance – Battery maintenance is huge in the heat of Arizona in the summer. Double check your battery is charged otherwise you could end up with a no start when you stop off for gas halfway along your much-anticipated road trip. If it is possible, check the fluid in the battery to make sure it is not drained. If it is corroded, it could look a little like dry toothpaste. If this is the case then pull off all the cables and clean the terminals properly. Just in case, if you have access to jumper cables, this is never a bad idea. Again, better to be safe than sorry.


Check your Insurance details
Make sure you are aware of your insurance details and have their contact information. If you are a member of our rewards program, then you are covered. Simply call the number on the back of your card and your tow will be reimbursed. If you need to go through your insurance, make sure you have the correct details. 


Check Fluid levels- At Wilhelm, this is standard with every single Car Health Check. if you have been serviced at one of our shops in the past, you are good to go. We check for things like; engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid and windshield wiper fluid. All are important with some of these requiring a special procedure to check. If you are unsure, call in and have things looked over to make sure you are all set.

Electronics and music – a long road trip with kids can be stressful. Make sure all your devices are charged and ready to go with the necessary cables to charge. It’s also nice to have music prepared, audiobooks or podcasts to make the journey more interesting. Phones need to be charged so you can use them for navigation as well. 


Lights and Wiper blades – Checking lights is easy, have a friend or spouse just verify your lights are all in good working order. Changing taillights with a trunk full of luggage can be a pain and so can shopping for new bulbs along your way, especially with some vehicle’s having unusual ones.
Tools – Wrenches, screwdrivers and anything like a normal toolbox can be helpful in tough situations.  Also, a flashlight is vital. Having a flat at night can be a real pain if you are not prepared.
Vehicle papers – finally, it’s always a good idea to travel with your vehicles documentation to avoid any problems along the way. Also, if you have Roadside Assistance, make sure you have the correct number in case you run into any problems.

We hope everyone enjoys their summer and stays cool. If you have any worries about your vehicle before taking the trip, just give us a call. Also, take advantage of your Road Trip special offer we have below;

Road Trip Special