November 25, 2015

Fluids to Inspect in your Vehicle

  When you own a vehicle, it is important to keep it in the best condition possible. This should include going to regular maintenance inspections. We can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure they do not need to be replaced. Another thing that should be inspected is each fluid reservoir and the fluid levels in them. If you have to replace the fluid often, it could mean there is a leak in the system. It is recommended to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.   One fluid to check is the transmission fluid. This is because it lubricates and cools down your vehicle as needed. If you inspect the transmission fluid at home, you should pay attention to what color it is. If the color is dark or black in color, it should be replaced soon. Ideally the transmission fluid should be red or green. Also check the brake fluid. This is a hydraulic fluid that gives your brakes the pressure and power needed to stop the vehicle. As the brake fluid ages, it will collect moisture and will need to be replaced. This is because the moisture content will get to high, and make the fluid less efficient. The moisture content happens slowly, so the brake fluid may need to be replaced once every one or two years.   Remember to check the oil in your vehicle as well. It is able to lubricate, protect, and cool the engine as it operates. Make sure to change the oil based on the recommended schedule. As the oil is used in the vehicle, it begins to collect soot and other particles from the engine. Over time, these particles will rub over the engine components and cause wear and tear to them.   The power steering fluid helps to supply power to turn the wheel of your vehicle easily. When seals and other internal parts begin to wear out, the fluid can become contaminated with dust or debris. If you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in as soon as you can.
November 11, 2015

Brakes that show Signs of Wear

  Having the brakes inspected is important. There are several signs you may notice if your vehicle is in need of a brake repair. Some vehicles are equipped with on-board diagnostic computer systems and a warning light may appear when the brakes are in need of servicing. Other signs can be a soft brake pedal or one that almost reaches the floorboard in order for the vehicle to stop, or if the brake pedal is too hard.   Anytime you hear noises as you brake, make sure to pay attention to what it sounds like, and when it most often occurs. The noises can be ticking, clicks, squeals, or grinding noises. These noises can signal any issue from loss of brake fluid, worn brake pads, or warped rotors. It is recommended to have the brakes inspected regularly. This way we can help to notice any signs of wear or deterioration that might have developed. By bringing your vehicle in at the first sign of any noise, you can help to prevent a costly repair bill that might occur by ignoring the noise.   Another sign of an issue can be if the vehicle leaves brake fluid on the pavement as you drive away. This looks like a clear liquid with a brownish tint to it. If at any time you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. Having the vehicle and brake system inspected on a regular basis can help keep the vehicle in the best condition possible when you drive.
November 3, 2015

3 reasons for why the Check Engine Light may come on

The most dreaded lights to see illuminate on the dashboard is the check engine light. Sometimes the reason for this light coming on may be an issue that is not related to the engine. If this happens, bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. We can inspect your vehicle for anything that may be wrong with the engine. We can also look for any issues of why the check engine light may be coming on. Some reasons can be a quick and easy fix, while other reasons may include parts being repaired or replaced.   If the gas cap is loose fitting or missing, vapors can escape from the fuel tank. When this happens, the check engine light may illuminate on your dashboard. It is usually the most common cause for the light turning on, especially if your vehicle is well maintained. It is also the cheapest fix for why a check engine light turns on. If the gas cap is on tight, but the light keeps coming on, it is best to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the vehicle and fuel cap thoroughly.   The oxygen sensor for your vehicle measures the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust. It also helps to measure the amount of fuel in the tank of your vehicle. This information is then transferred back to your vehicle’s computer system.   The air flow sensor monitors the amount of air that the engine gets. This can then determine how much fuel is delivered. If the air flow sensor is not working properly, you may notice that the engine has less power. You may also notice or feel that your vehicle surges during any acceleration when driving. If there is any issue, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.