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Vehicle Maintenance To Perform Before Long Journeys

Summer break is here and for most of us, that means vacations. Domestic flights are becoming more and more affordable in the U.S but, for many, the classic road trip is still the most affordable and enjoyable option. That is, unless, you fail to perform importance maintenance on your vehicle before setting off and end up stranded on a deserted highway in the middle of nowhere! We all want to make sure that our travel plans go smoothly, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to vehicle maintenance. Fortunately, the experts at AMSOIL Dealer – Jim Allen have put together this quick guide to vehicle maintenance that you should perform before a long journey.

Engine Oil

Engine oil is an essential protection for your engine. It keeps the components clean by sweeping up dust and dirt particles. It also reduces friction by lubricating surfaces. This is a very important safeguard against your engine overheating and eventually breaking down. Engine oil also protects against wear and tear, so it’s very important to have a think about your engine oil and get booked in for an oil change before heading off on a grueling cross-country adventure. There are two main types of oil on the market – synthetic and traditional. Synthetic oils can be a little more expensive, but they work better at higher temperatures and last longer so that you don’t need to change the oil as frequently. They provide better protection against erosion and can increase the lifetime of your engine. If you are new to the idea of synthetic oil or how to perform a synthetic oil change today, speak with a professional.  Call AMSOIL Dealer – Jim Allen today at (877) 777-1645 and get the right advice and the best products to help you care for your vehicle.


If you’re going to be covering a lot of mileage, you had better make sure that your tires are up to the job. First of all, check for any obvious ‘risk-zones’ such as bulges, bumps or tears. You need to have these repaired, or the tires replaced so as not to risk your tire blowing out when you hit the freeway! It’s also important to assess your tires’ tread. This is what provides ‘grip’ and stops your vehicle from sliding across the street when you try to steer at high speeds. If the grip is worn out, this increases the risk of an accident which could be dangerous for you as well as other road-users. Finally, make sure to check your tire pressure. The ideal pressure for your specific make and model should be stated in the user manual, or printed inside the driver’s door. According to Bridgestone Tires, an improperly inflated tire can wear quicker and unevenly compared to correctly inflates tires. Ensure equal tire pressure in your tires to improve handling and increases fuel efficiency as well as, again, protecting against suffering a blow-out.


It’s happened to all of us – we’ve parked our car overnight, only to head out in the morning to find that it won’t start. This is almost always down to the battery. If your battery has no charge, it cannot provide the initial burst of energy need for ignition. Check your battery’s voltage using a voltmeter. If it’s reading lower than 12.2, your battery needs charging before you set off. If you find that your battery drains quickly and that you often have problems starting your car, you may need to get it repaired or purchase a new one.

Engine Temperature

A high proportion of car breakdowns are caused by engines overheating. If you’re planning on driving any distance, particularly during warmer weather, it’s important to ensure that your engine’s cooling system is working adequately so that it doesn’t begin to overheat after driving for a while. Make sure that the coolant level is as high as possible. Check for any leaks or issues in the cooling systems, such as problems with the radiator, or leaks from the hoses. If you are unsure about your engine’s cooling system, it is worthwhile taking your vehicle to your local mechanic before setting off, as you wouldn’t want to risk your engine overheating on the highway and leaving you stranded.

Protect Your Engine Against the Summer Heat with a Synthetic Oil Change in Spencer

Upgrading to synthetic oil is the best way to protect your engine against wear and tear, overheating and erosion. It’s also a great investment as synthetic oil lasts longer than conventional oil. Call your local AMSOIL Dealer – Jim Allen today at (877) 777-1645 and ask about the right product for your next synthetic oil change.

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 6715 River Corners Rd
Spencer, OH 44275 
United States
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