With the prices of plane tickets increasing every year, more people are opting to drive for the holidays than ever before. When you’re heading to celebrate with family and friends, the last thing you want to have to deal with is a breakdown on the highway. At AutoStream Car Care Center, our ASE Certified Mechanics in Baltimore, Columbia and Ellicott City, MD want to remind you of some of the most important car maintenance services to have completed before traveling this holiday season!
1. Oil Change – As the lifeblood of your vehicle, clean, efficient motor oil is essential for helping your engine run smoothly. Waiting longer than the recommended 3,000-5,000 miles between oil changes can result in engine build-up and sludge, which slows down your engine’s performance. If left untreated for too long major damage can occur that could result in expensive engine repair.
2. Brake Repair – Your brakes are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. If you notice your brakes feeling a little “spongy,” or that you’re able to push the pedal to the floor, it’s time to get your brakes checked out by your trusted local auto repair shop. With the added traffic on the road during the holidays, it’s important to keep yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road as safe as possible!
3. Tire Services – When the weather gets cold, you’re more likely to run into icy roads and adverse weather conditions that can make driving difficult and dangerous. It’s crucial to the safety of you and your automobile to make sure that your tire pressure is correct, your wheels are properly aligned, and that you have adequate tread left on your tires to help them grip the road as efficiently as possible.
Whether you’re visiting family a few states away, or just driving around to do your holiday shopping, bring your car, truck, SUV, minivan or hybrid vehicle to AutoStream Car Care Center for reliable auto repair in Baltimore, Ellicott City and Columbia, MD. We want to make sure you have a safe and happy holiday season!