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Back To School Vehicle Checklist

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It’s about that time of year again: the end of summer vacation.

Yes, your perfect little monsters whom you love unconditionally are finally getting back into some semblance of a routine. Which means you should be getting a break from summer break! (Oh, the irony…)

Unfortunately, you aren’t getting a break just yet. 

Between the daily school pick-ups and drop-offs and nearly weekly traveling for away games across the state, you’ve still got your work cut out for you.

You might even have to make a cross-country road trip to help your recent high school grad settle into college.

Regardless of what your back to school schedule looks like, your vehicle will be there with you every mile of the way.

Make sure you show that loveable hunk of junk or sparkling beauty the love it deserves with this back to school vehicle maintenance checklist:


1) Tires


What to check:
  • Tire Pressure
  • Treads
  • Alignment
  • Next Recommended Rotation

2) Brakes


What to be aware of:
  • Weird Noises
  • Difficulty Braking

3) Oil & Other Fluids


What to check:
  • Next Recommended Oil Change
  • Coolant / Refrigerant Levels
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid Levels

4) Lights


What to check:
  • Turn Signal Lights
  • Brake Lights
  • Cabin Lights
  • Light Brightness 
    • if your lights are dull you might need to replace the bulbs or clean off any gunk
  • Windshield Wiper Blades

5) Windshield Wipers


What to check:
  • Streaks After Using Wiper Blades
  • Missed Spots After Using Wiper Blades

6) Car Battery


What to check:
  • Battery Age
  • Battery Charge
  • Corrosion or Build Up On You Battery

7) Car Remote


What to check:
  • Remote Battery
    • if you need a new battery, you can get them just about anywhere, including here
  • Button Responsiveness


What kind of checks do you normally do before the start of a new school year? Let us know in the comments!

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