January 20, 2016

Driving on Snow and Ice

  When you drive in the winter, it can be more difficult than driving during the rest of the year. This is because you will have to deal with snow and ice. It is important to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections, but it is also important to know some winter driving tips. This can help you to stay safe while driving on the roads this winter.   The first thing to remember is to drive with caution. If it is snowing out, or the weather is poor, then the roads are more likely to be in less than ideal driving conditions. When this happens, remember to slow down and take your time. By doing so, you can help to maintain control of your vehicle as you drive. If you notice that the roads are slick, make sure to slow down and leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. When the road is slick or snow covered, the distance should be doubled or tripled. By doing so, you can leave enough space an time to react incase the vehicle in front of you swerves or slams on the brakes.   Also remember to have the vehicle inspected. This should include the brakes, tires, and fluid levels in your vehicle. By having inspections done, parts and components will be inspected so they are good operating condition. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in. If you have to replace a fluid more often, there could be a sign of a leak in the system. Make sure to schedule an appointment so the issue is fixed as soon as possible. This way it can make the vehicle more reliable and help you save time, money, and stress in the long run.
January 4, 2016

Changing the Oil for Your Vehicle

  Knowing how to care for your vehicle and keep it maintained is important. The oil should be changed on a regular basis. This helps to keep parts and components working as well as they should be. If you are unsure of how often the oil should be changed in the vehicle, bring it in. We can help to set up a schedule that is best for the vehicle. Regular maintenance is beneficial for the vehicle. It can help to keep it working as efficiently as it should be. It can also help to increase how long the parts last. If one part starts to wear out and is ignored, it could cause a larger issue for other parts.   When you have clean oil in the vehicle, it can help it to run more efficiently. This is because the older oil, which is dirty, can then be replaced by newer cleaner oil. Debris and other contaminants would no longer be in the oil. The clean oil also lubricates lubricate parts and components as the engine runs. This is important because it will prevent any unnecessary friction that could occur if the oil levels were low. If the parts operate without any oil, or oil that is dirty, it could cause them to wear out prematurely. This could result in an unexpected problem, or even a costly repair bill for your vehicle. Fixing a small issue early on can help prevent a larger one from forming later.   It is also important to remember to change the oil filter. This oil filter is important because it captures all the dirt, debris, and other contaminants that the oil might have in it. Over time, this oil filter will become clogged with the pollutants from the oil. When we check the oil, we can also examine the oil filter to see if it should be changed. Having a clean oil filter can also help to benefit the efficiency of the vehicle. This is because it can help to provide the correct amount of oil to travel through the engine, while also providing the engine with clean oil. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for the source of the issue. This way your vehicle can be as safe as possible when you drive.