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Few excursions can delight like the summer road trip, the promise of the open road beckoning as you toil in your cubicle all week. When the weekend hits, you throw your bags in the trunk, gas up your car, and hit the road expecting smooth sailing until… Hey, what’s that check engine light mean?
With some easy maintenance maneuvers, the perfect drive is within your reach — and you don’t necessarily need to don a pair of mechanic’s rubber gloves (or shell out hundreds of dollars) to get there. Here’s what you need to know before you merge onto the interstate with the throngs of vacationers jockeying to beat Summer Friday traffic.