Preparing Your Dodge Rampage for the Long Drive
Before you go on a long drive, first make sure that your Dodge Rampage is all set for some long-distance driving. If you don't perform the necessary checkups, your vehicle may suddenly break down on the road and you can get stranded. This will be a huge hassle for you. To prevent these untoward instances, here are some stuff that you'll need to inspect before taking your Dodge on another road adventure:
- Do some quick tests on essential car accessories and parts.
Test the car lights, from the turn signals to the headlights and brake lights. See to it that the headlights are adjusted to their proper angles, so you could use the high beams and low beams without much trouble. Also check the wipers, so your windshield can be kept clean and clear, especially when driving in rain, fog, or snow. Due to extreme heat and high speed, tire blowouts can happen. This is something you'd want to avoid at all cost, so be sure to check your tires. They should be properly inflated for optimum traction and good grip. Proper tire inflation will also help improve fuel mileage. Don't forget to check the tires for tread wear such as cupping or bald spots. If tire damage is severe, then replace your tires for your own driving safety.
Make sure that your vehicle has enough fluids, especially if you're going on a long-distance trip. Check the fluid level of the motor oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, engine coolant, transmission fluid, and even the windshield washer fluid. Also check if the fluids are still in good quality or if they're already contaminated. You can usually tell the condition of the fluid through its color. If the fluids seem cloudy or dirty, then you'll have to change them, even if they're not yet due for recommended maintenance or service. Aside from the fluids, you should also inspect the belts and hoses. See if there's any leak and if they're connected properly. Watch out for loose clamps, hard hoses, and brittle lines and fittings. For the belts, you'll have to check their fit and alignment. Also look for any sign of wear or damage such as glazing, tears, and cracks. If the belts are already stretched or loose, then it may be better to replace them. Also remember to check the car battery. Clean the battery contacts, terminals, and posts. Also see to it that the cables and terminals are free from corrosion. There shouldn't be any loose connection. The automotive battery should also have a proper charge.
- Do some inspections underneath your vehicle.
You may need to crawl underneath the vehicle to check several steering and suspension components. Put some lube on the joints and grease points. Also check for any sign of fluid leak. For your driving safety, do some brake inspection. Check the pads, rotors, and calipers.
After doing several vehicle checkups, test-drive your vehicle to spot any potential problem. Take note of strange noises, unexpected vibrations, and drivability issues you may encounter.