October 23, 2015

Check the Belts and Hoses

When you own a vehicle, you will want to keep it in the best condition possible. It should be checked for damages, cracks, or leaks that may have occurred since the last time they were inspected. Hoses that are exposed to heat and fumes from the engine can cause them to harden. This can have the possibility to lead to leaks or cracks with the hoses. It is also important to check the belts for any tension or damage from normal wear and tear. By inspecting this over, you can help provide safety to yourself and your passengers when traveling.   Inspect the Belts   When a belt is loose, you will hear a squeaking or squealing noise, especially when you accelerate rapidly. Sometimes the belts can make these noises if water, coolant, or oil has contaminated them. If this occurs, you will also need to see where the leak is coming from. It is always the best idea to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. We can determine if the belts need replacing, and where the leak is coming from if there is one. Also, the belts will need to be replaced if you see chunks missing from them, or if they are frayed. This is important because if they are ignored the pulleys may be out of alignment.   Check the Hoses   By providing maintenance for your vehicle, you can help the lifespan of it, as well as the overall condition. Neglecting the hoses of your vehicle can lead to damage and overheating of the engine. You can inspect the hoses over for any holes or cracks. During this, you can also see if any of the hoses are leaking. This can occur with the hose, or at the ends where they connect. It is also important to look for any bulges or blisters. These can be signs that the hoses are starting to wear, and may need to be replaced soon. By feeling the hoses you will also be able to tell if they are too soft or hard. If the hoses are weakening, they will need to be replaced soon. Scheduled maintenances are a good way to help catch any issues that are with the hoses.  
October 16, 2015

Battery Maintenance for your Vehicle

  In order to have a proper working vehicle, your battery needs to be in good working order as well. Having clean connections and a fully charged battery is a benefit for your vehicle. Without the battery, power cannot be supplied to the areas of your vehicle that need it in order to run properly. If the battery is dead, your vehicle will not even start. There are some signs to be on the lookout for to tell when your battery is starting to wear out. If you vehicle is getting harder and slower to start, it may be a sign that you will need a new battery soon. Testing a battery is a simple procedure that can be done during your regularly scheduled maintenance inspection.   The Benefits of the Battery   If you start to notice an issue with the battery, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. You might be able to notice when the battery is starting to wear out. If your vehicle is having issues starting it may be an indication a new battery will be needed soon. It is also important to know that the temperature will do more damage to your vehicle’s battery. The heat or cold will react with the chemicals in the battery and it may result in a battery that looses its charge or fails completely.   Keep the Battery Clean   A simple way to help maintain your battery is to make sure that the battery and all of its components are clean and clear. A battery that is starting to show signs of corrosion may need to be replaced in the near future. Dirt and debris can start to gather and form in tight spaces of the battery and may eventually start to cause issues. You should always make sure the battery is clean, especially around the terminals where the connections are. During regularly scheduled maintenance we can inspect and clean the battery for you.   The Battery should Hold a Charge   You should also make sure the battery is holding its charge properly and efficiently. If your vehicle is slow to start or does not start at all, it is a good idea to have the battery tested. You can also have a battery that is overcharged, in which case, it will not work as well or efficiently as it should be. Sometimes an overcharged battery will act like one that is losing its charge, and wear out. Also, make sure the terminals are clean as this will help with charging the battery. If you notice that the battery is loosing its charge, bring it in so we can determine what the issue with the battery might be. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you need to drive it.
October 9, 2015

Tire Inspections to do on a Regular Basis

  When you own a vehicle, it is important to bring it in on a regular basis for proper maintenance inspections. There are also some things you can do between regular visits to ensure the vehicle is working at top efficiency levels. If you ever notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you, as well as the tires. Having an issue fixed at the first sign can help you save time, money, and stress in the long run. It will also help your vehicle to be reliable on the road when you drive.   Tire Inflation The recommended inflation pressures for tires are specified in pounds per square inch (psi), as indicated on the vehicle tire placard, certification label or in the owner’s manual. Never set tire inflation pressures below the recommended inflation pressure found on the vehicle tire placard, certification label or owner’s manual. Under inflation causes excessive heat build up and internal structural damage that may lead to a tire failure, including tread separation, even at a later date. Do not exceed the maximum inflation pressure shown on the tire sidewall. Over inflated tires are more likely to be cut, punctured, or damaged by sudden impact from hitting an obstacle, such as a pothole. Inflation pressure enables a tire to support the load and to control the vehicle, therefore proper inflation is critical. With the right amount of inflation pressure, the vehicle and the tires will achieve their optimum performance. In addition to tire safety, this means your tires will wear longer and improve vehicle fuel consumption. If tires are driven even a short distance while under inflated, they may be damaged beyond repair. It may seem to work fine for a time, but serious permanent damage has occurred. The tire will remain seriously damaged and can still fail, even after inflation pressure is corrected. Aligning the Wheels Wheel alignment and balancing are important for safety and maximum tread wear from your tires. Inspect your tires at least once a month for signs of uneven wear or damage. This should include any cuts, cracks, splits, bulges, or puncture marks. Uneven wear patterns may be caused by improper inflation pressure, misalignment, improper balance or suspension neglect. If not corrected, further tire damage will occur. These conditions shorten the life of your tires and may result in loss of vehicle control and serious injury. You should have your alignment checked periodically as specified by the vehicle owner’s manual or whenever you have an indication of trouble such as pulling or vibration. Tires that may Need to be Rotated   Proper tire rotation is important. If you notice irregular or uneven tread wear, the tires should be rotated to alleviate the problem. You should rotate your tires earlier if signs of irregular or uneven tire wear arise. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the vehicle and the tires. If there are signs of […]