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June 21, 2021 - As many Ohioan prepare to take their long awaited Great American Road Trip this summer, AAA Car Care experts want you to know the truth about vehicle maintenance before you hit the road.
“Over the course of the summer, AAA anticipates responding to approximately 313,000 calls for roadside assistance in Ohio,” said Matt Keber, AAA Tire & Auto Manager, Perrysburg. “And while AAA will be at the ready to serve members, no one wants their road trip ruined by a breakdown that could have been avoided.”
Here are AAA’s Top 5 Vehicle Maintenance Myth Busters:
#1 – Oil should be changed every 3,000 miles
Cars that are 15 years or newer typically need oil changes at intervals of 5,000 to 7,500 miles. Opting for synthetic oil can extend this even longer.
#2 – Car batteries last for 5 years
The life of a car battery varies & depends on the type of vehicle, driver habits and climate. A car battery can last anywhere from 3 – 5 years.
#3 – Car warranties are voided when
work is done by anyone other than the dealer
The law prohibits manufacturers or dealers to void a warranty or deny coverage just because someone else did the work.
#4 – Brake fluid doesn’t need to be changed
Brake fluid should be changed at two- or three-year intervals, especially since it attracts & absorbs water, which can corrode internal brake system parts & lead to failure or other costly damage.
#5 – Tires should be replaced when
the tread reaches 2/32”
AAA research found tire performance in wet weather deteriorates significantly at 4/32” & therefore, recommends consumers buy new tires when they reach this tread depth.
“Dead batteries, flat tires, and lockouts will be the leading reasons AAA members will experience car trouble this summer,” Keber. “Also, check that engine oil, coolant and brake, transmission and power steering fluids are at the manufacturer specified levels.”
- Following manufacturer’s schedule - your owner’s manual and often offers variations based on driving habits. Make sure to stick to the one that most closely matches your individual situation.
- Listening to the experts - while you may be tempted to prolong maintenance to save money, by doing so you could end up with more costly repairs down the road.
- Having your battery tested - car batteries are a little trickier as they will give little warning when they are about to die. A simple battery test will provide all the information you need to decide if it’s time to replace. Through its mobile battery program, AAA offers its members free testing of a vehicle’s battery and electrical system. The best part is that if you need your battery replaced, AAA can do so right on the spot.
- Documenting work - consumers can have the recommended maintenance services or repairs performed at any facility of their choice. Simply document the work that is done by someone other than the manufacturer or dealer to maintain the warranty.
Free “Great American Road Trip Vehicle Health Inspection”
In an effort to ensure cars are road-ready, AAA Mid-Atlantic is now offering a free “Great American Road Trip Vehicle Health Inspection” to both members and non-members at any AAA Car Care Center through the end of July. This free inspection includes tire, brake, battery, exterior lights and fluid level safety checks. Appointments can be scheduled at AAA.com/CarCare. In addition, AAA is offering free flat tire repair to members (just $9.99 for non-members) and $50 off any repair/service of $150 or more ($35 off any repair /service of $150 or more for non-members).
We’ve also compiled our favorite trip-planning resources, backed by more than 100 years of road-tested experience and expertise. AAA.com/RoadTrip is a free resource to help travelers find inspiration, explore destinations, plan the perfect route and get their vehicle road trip ready.
Regardless of how you plan to get to your destination, AAA advises travelers to consult with a knowledgeable travel advisor to help plan their trips this Memorial Day. To get started and to learn more, visit AAA.com/Travel.
AAA provides automotive, travel, and insurance services to 61 million members nationwide and nearly two and a half million members in Ohio. AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. AAA is a non-stock, non-profit corporation working on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel, and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app (AAA.com/mobile) for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, visit www.AAA.com.