June 24, 2016

Replacing Broken Lights on the Vehicle

    It is easier than you might think to smash a headlight or taillight on your car. You might reverse into a parking space and not see a pillar or rail sticking out ready to crunch into your taillight. If this happens, always make sure to replace the taillight or headlight as soon as you can. If a light is smashed and damaged, chances are the blinker will not work as well. This is a safety hazard because the vehicles around you will not know which way you would be turning. This can also lead to an accident that could have been prevented.   Check the Lights Regularly   If the bulb has been smashed you will need to replace it. If you do not do so, you could be stopped by the police and asked to replace it. You may even get a ticket in some cases. The same applies to the actual casing around the bulb. If half of it is missing and the other half is in tiny shards, you are not going to be able to do a proper repair job. However, you might occasionally get lucky and find that your taillight is merely scratched or cracked. If this is the case a minor repair job may be all that is needed to repair it sufficiently.   Improving Safety   Another important thing to think about if you do have a smashed headlight or taillight is that it will reduce your level of safety on the road today. Also make sure that the headlights are aligned properly. If the headlight is facing the center of the road you might think this would not be a problem. This can cause an issue because other people will be less likely to see where you are. Having the lights fixed can improve the safety and reliability of the vehicle.
June 17, 2016

Signs the Brakes should be Inspected

  Having the vehicle inspected is important to the overall safety of your vehicle. The brake system is one of the most important safety features that you need for your vehicle. This is because the brakes allow you to slow the vehicle and stop. Factors that can affect brake wear include driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type, and the quality of the brake lining material.   By knowing what some warning signs are of the brakes, you can help keep them maintained and working efficiently while you drive.   Noise: You might hear screeching, grinding, or a clicking noise when you apply the brakes.   Pulling: The vehicle might also start to pull in when direction or the other when you brake.   Brake Pedal: You might notice an issue with the vehicle if the brake pedal is too hard or soft when you apply it. The brake pedal may also vibrate when you apply the brakes.   Warning Light: The brake warning light is another indication of an issue if you see it illuminate on the dashboard of your vehicle. If you experience anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have a pleasant driving experience.
June 9, 2016

Inspect the Belts and Hoses of Your Vehicle

  Having the vehicle in the best condition possible is important. Your engine relies on many different parts in order to generate power as well as making sure that the power is translated into the ability to drive. The best way to make sure that you are getting everything that you will need from your engine is to make sure things like belts and hoses are being checked regularly. These can get worn out very quickly through regular use of the engine.   It is important to know what you are looking for as well as how to replace these. With the right kind of help, your engine will be able to operate correctly at all times. You will notice an improvement immediately in performance whenever you do. There are a few things that your engine relies heavily on belts and hoses to operate correctly. Among the different things that rely on hoses is the carburetor. Additional belts will include the belt to the alternator that will generate the energy that the engine will need in order to provide electricity throughout the car while you are driving.   Having the belts and hoses inspected will improve the efficiency of the vehicle when you drive. The more frequently you are having these checked, the more likely it is that your engine will operate correctly. Make sure to follow the recommended schedule for how often the belts and hoses should be inspected. This way you can ensure your vehicle is working the best it can be. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in for an inspection, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on a schedule.   If the belt starts to thin or is getting dry and cracking, it has the possibility that it will snap at any time. Hoses like the ones leading in and out of the carburetors will possibly get brittle and crack over time as well. These should be checked to make sure that they are also secured tightly using gaskets in good condition as well as clamps which are tight around the hoses. Since these can deteriorate rapidly, it is important to replace them at the first sign of a problem. Make sure to bring the vehicle in at the first sign of any issue so we can inspect it for any wear or damage it might have.