How to prepare your car for a long journey

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A long-dis­tance trip is always a chal­lenge for both the dri­ver and the car. And so that unpleas­ant sur­pris­es do not occur on the road, it is impor­tant to check the ser­vice­abil­i­ty of all com­po­nents, replace worn-out spare parts and take care of the avail­abil­i­ty of spare parts even before the trip. How to prop­er­ly pre­pare a car for a long jour­ney and where to find every­thing you need — in the OLX rec­om­men­da­tions.

1. The lev­el and qual­i­ty of tech­ni­cal flu­ids. Before you go on a long dis­tance, be sure to check the con­di­tion of the oil, antifreeze and brake flu­id. First of all, you should mea­sure their lev­el and make sure that it is suf­fi­cient. In addi­tion, if the amount of a par­tic­u­lar liq­uid in the car decreas­es too quick­ly, this is a sig­nal to call in a car ser­vice and elim­i­nate the cause of the mal­func­tion. Oth­er­wise, there is a risk that the prob­lem will catch the dri­ver on the way. Also, it is bet­ter to stock up on an extra can of engine oil and oth­er work­ing flu­ids. They can be pur­chased at gas sta­tions or ser­vice sta­tions or ordered online to save time. So the aver­age cost of oil on olx is 670 UAH, and you can choose from 1036 ads. Antifreeze will cost 335 UAH. Most offers for the sale of tech­ni­cal flu­ids in the Kyiv and Kharkov regions — 450 and 310 ads. A can­is­ter of 20 liters will cost on aver­age from 430 to 1300 UAH online.

2. Ser­vice­abil­i­ty of the engine and bat­tery. The best option is to diag­nose the engine for mal­func­tions or errors in oper­a­tion a few weeks before the trip. If you do this in advance, there will be enough time to solve the prob­lem before it’s time to go. Among the pos­si­ble nuances is the need to replace noz­zles or fil­ters. It is impor­tant to check the bat­tery and recharge it if nec­es­sary. You can check both your­self and with the help of a spe­cial­ist. For exam­ple, on Olkh in the cat­e­go­ry “Busi­ness and Ser­vices” you can find it among 2.6 thou­sand offers for auto diag­nos­tics. And the ser­vice of clean­ing, diag­nos­tics or repair of noz­zles can be cho­sen from 650 ads.

3. Diag­no­sis of the sus­pen­sion and brake sys­tem. Road con­di­tions are not always ide­al, espe­cial­ly when part of the roads have suf­fered from hos­til­i­ties. Before trav­el­ing a long dis­tance, it is impor­tant to stop by a ser­vice sta­tion and check the con­di­tion of the sus­pen­sion, as well as the health of the brake pads and discs.

4. The col­lapse of con­ver­gence. A pro­ce­dure that is rec­om­mend­ed to be car­ried out reg­u­lar­ly: every 10–15 thou­sand km for domes­tic cars and up to 30 thou­sand km for for­eign cars. Also, indi­ca­tions in order to make a wheel align­ment are a recent repair of the chas­sis, a change in the clear­ance of the car, a dete­ri­o­ra­tion in the self-turn of the steer­ing wheel at the exit of the turn and a decrease in sta­bi­liza­tion while dri­ving. As a result of diag­nos­tics, it will be pos­si­ble to increase the sta­bil­i­ty and con­trol­la­bil­i­ty of the car, as well as reduce tire wear and increase fuel econ­o­my.

5. Light fix­tures and elec­tric­i­ty. Before trav­el­ing long dis­tances, it is impor­tant to make sure that all lights are in good work­ing order and work­ing prop­er­ly. If you haven’t changed the head­light bulbs for a long time, then before leav­ing is the best time to do it. So they def­i­nite­ly do not burn out, and the light will become brighter. If there is no need to change, you should take a few in reserve. On aver­age, one led-lamp for head­lights will cost 400 UAH, if you search in the “Spare parts for trans­port” cat­e­go­ry. You can order from Kyiv and Dne­propetro­vsk regions. In addi­tion, you should check the con­di­tion of elec­tri­cal ele­ments: can­dle wires, con­nec­tors under the hood. Also make sure the alarm is work­ing.

6. Check­ing the wheels. Wheel health is one of the most impor­tant fac­tors for safe trav­el. Before you hit the road, at the tire shop, you should check if the rims are crooked, if nec­es­sary, align and bal­ance the wheels, check the tire pres­sure. It is also impor­tant to pay atten­tion to the con­di­tion of the tires: are there any cuts, bulges, dam­age, and whether the tread has been worn off.

7. Ser­vice­abil­i­ty of the air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem. Trav­el­ing in the sum­mer can be unbear­able with­out the air con­di­tion­er work­ing prop­er­ly, so check­ing the con­di­tion of the air con­di­tion­ing sys­tem is also an impor­tant step in prepar­ing for a long trip. If the inte­ri­or is not cooled enough, you should top up the fre­on and replace the cab­in fil­ter. Depend­ing on the brand, a car fil­ter can cost from 150 to 500 UAH at OLX.

8. Prepa­ra­tion of the car inte­ri­or. When you are con­vinced that all the sys­tems in the car are work­ing smooth­ly, and all spare parts are avail­able, you should take care of the safe­ty and com­fort in the cab­in: check the ser­vice­abil­i­ty of the seat belts, if nec­es­sary, equip the car with a car seat, check the ser­vice­abil­i­ty of all locks. You can find a car seat for a weight of 9 to 36 kg at olx for an aver­age of 1,700 thou­sand UAH. among almost 18 thou­sand ads.



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