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937-848-3834 | 4370 W Franklin St Bellbrook, OH 45305

Auto Care Steps for a Stress Free Road Trip

Auto Care Steps for a Stress Free Road Trip

Summer road trip season is here. Taking proactive steps to make sure your vehicle is operating properly will help avoid the hassle and unexpected cost of a breakdown away from home, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

This summer, AAA expects to receive calls from over seven million stranded motorists experiencing car trouble. The majority of issues the travel group anticipates will cause car problems, such as dead batteries and flat tires, can be prevented with a pre-trip vehicle inspection.

"Summer heat can take a toll on a vehicle, especially if it hasn't been properly maintained," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Whether you do it yourself or visit a trusted professional technician, a pre-trip vehicle check will give you peace of mind and provide the opportunity to make any necessary repairs before you hit the highway."

AAA also reports that four out of 10 drivers are unprepared for vehicle breakdowns. So you and your vehicle are ready for the road, the Car Care Council recommends taking the following auto care steps before you leave home.

  • Check the battery and replace if necessary. Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging. Excessive heat and overcharging shortens the life of a battery.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system as proper cooling performance is critical for interior comfort.
  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
  • Check the emergency kit and restock, if necessary. Be sure to fully charge cell phones before leaving home.

The Car Care Council also recommends inspecting the brake system and performing a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy.

Source: Car Care Council


What Our Customers Are Saying

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We have taken our vehicles to Muffler Brothers in Bellbrook, and in Franklin, and have always been taken care of well. Prices are very reasonable, and they don't try to add extra things they think should be done. I was particularly impressed on our most recent experience where we took our minivan in because the sliding door had come off the track, leaving the door slightly open. Friday afternoon they called us to let us know that they couldn't perform the repair. They had also seen that a thunderstorm was coming, and they have moved it inside so it wouldn't get wet. We were not able to pick it up until the next morning, and when we arrived they had it running to charge the battery since the light had run it down. They charged us nothing for this. My overall experience is that they really take good care of their customers.

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Best shop in the area! Quality work with quality technicians! Doug always gives the Best Prices in town!

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Best garage I've ever used. They always find the simplest, least costly fix. A dealer spent all day troubleshooting an electrical issue, didn't find the problem, and told me not only that is have to bring my truck back, but that they would likely need multiple days to find the problem. Muffler Bros troubleshoot it and fixed in one day for less than the dealer charged for not even fixing it.

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Great service, worked up an estimate for insurance work, made sure everything was covered, and made the repairs in a timely fashion.

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Fast great service great sounding flowmaster put on.

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This is the only car repair shop that you can trust, plain and simple. They treat everyone with respect and do not try to up-sell anything. I can also attest (on my wife's behalf) that they don't take advantage of female customers.

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