I'm getting ready to take a road trip across the country and I have to take the car in for maintenance. I've had no major problems other than an engine mount had to be replaced. I take the car in regularly for oil changes, etc. My Ex use to take care of these things for me and now I have to do this myself. Iknow the hoses were okay in May, but I live in the desert and I don't want them going out on me during the drive. BOth the heat and AC work okay, I can't see any leaks anywhere. My "check oil soon" light goes on but then goes off after 20 seconds. What should I ask the service people to check specifically? PS In May, my front brakes were at a #5. I don't about 8000 miles a year in driving. Those are also the 2nd pair of brakes on the car. I don't want to be taken advantage of when I take the car in (I usually do go to the dealer) so I'm sorry if I'm not making myself clear but I need some help!! Thanks.
Maintenance 2002 Century 53,450 miles on 2002 Buick Century
by ChgoDot in Las Vegas, NV on September 09, 2009
ANSWER by patrick mannion on September 09, 2009
First organize your previous service records in chronological order. In bringing your car to the dealership or quality independent repair shop explain that you are taking a trip across country, you believe your car to be in good order and well maintained. Ask them to spend a moment to read you previous repair order (if you are missing records ask the repair shop you have been taking your car to to reprint them for you) ask them to do an inspection of your car to prioritize needed repairs and maintenance to make sure your car is going to safe and reliable. Tires and brakes are important, have the transmission fluid/service the transmission, change the fuel filter and spark plugs if they have not been changed in the recent past. The brake fluid may need to be flushed and lights, fan belt ect.... inspected. Ensure your jack and wheel brace are in working order. Good luck on your trip.