July 28, 2016

Having a more Fuel-Efficient Vehicle

  Having a fuel-efficient vehicle is something everyone strives for. If the vehicle is fuel-efficient, it can help save you money at the pump. To help get better mileage, a change in driving habits may be in order. The easiest thing to change is the speed that you travel. While going fast can be tempting, it can decrease your mileage as you drive. Driving sixty miles per hour instead of seventy miles per hour can save you two to four miles per gallon on your trip. This can add up to huge savings over time.   It is also important to not accelerate too quickly or slam on the brakes. Instead, try to anticipated stoplights and signs. Rapid accelerating or braking can waste fuel, as well as causing wear and tear on the brakes. Keeping the windows up can also help to provide better fuel efficiency. Having the windows down can create aerodynamic drag that can cause the engine to work harder.   The tires should be inflated to the amount recommended in the vehicle owner’s manual. If the tires are underinflated, there could be concern for a blowout when you travel. Tires that are overinflated can pick up sharp objects on the road and puncture the tire. Improperly inflated tires can also cause uneven wear on the tire, resulting in the need to replace them sooner than necessary.   Also make sure to have the air filter inspected and changed as recommended. Air filters that are clean can save up to ten percent on fuel costs. Another beneficial thing you can do is to remove any unneeded weight you might have in the vehicle or trunk. The less weight in in the vehicle, the better the fuel efficiency can be. If you ever notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
July 18, 2016

Improve the Safety of your Vehicle

  Among the kinds of safety devices that you can use include the kinds of lights that you might have on your vehicle. You can make sure that you are getting better performance in things like hybrid vehicles when making sure that the battery can be charged properly as you are driving. Of course, having tight gaskets will also help in making sure that you are able to get the right amount of performance from your vehicle.   The lights on your vehicle will need to be maintained in order for people to be able to see when you are coming, as well as to make sure that they will be able to see where you are going and what you are doing. This will include making sure that your headlights and taillights are working properly. If the headlight covers have started to get foggy, you might want to invest in using a cleaner so that you will be able to enjoy a brighter light. If you notice a light is dim or flickers, make sure to bring the vehicle in so it can be repaired quickly.   The battery is highly important to many functions. The battery allows the alternator to operate, as well as other electronics for the vehicle. Check the connections and terminals to ensure a tight connection. If you notice the vehicle is not starting or becoming more difficult, bring it in. We can then test the battery for you.   If you are looking at installing gaskets, these will help in making sure that all of the important fluids will be able to get from one point in your vehicle to another. By using these, you will be able to create a solid seal between the two parts of your engine. By replacing parts that are leaky or cracking, it is possible for you to be able to get even better performance. Make sure to bring your vehicle in on a regular basis. We can inspect the parts and components for you to ensure they are working correctly.    
July 12, 2016

Checking the Fluids in your Vehicle

  It is important to inspect the fluid levels on a regular basis. If you do not check the fluids, it can lead to damage of parts in the vehicle. Engine oil lubricates and maintains the components within your engine, helping to prevent heat that can destroy the parts within. Coolant keeps engines from overheating, as well as from freezing, not matter the environment. Windshield washer fluid helps preserve our ability to operate the vehicles safely as well as protects our windshield. Engine oil lubricates your vehicles transmission and internal parts, keeping them running without getting damaged. It forms a thin surface covering that allows engine parts to run efficiently. It also helps seal all the little gaps in the metal can take away from the efficiency of your engine, while lubricating the metal parts that pass through each other, thus limiting the friction and heat within the engine. The other big task that motor oil does is that it cleans. By passing through the engine, oil picks up the debris that can hinder engine performance, such as little particles of sand or carbon given off by the firing of the cylinders. The particles are then deposited in the oil filter. Antifreeze and coolant are essentially a mixture. Ideally, they are 50/50 proportioned within each other so that an engine can make the greatest use of both. Coolant and antifreeze is a fluid that should be checked before any long trip because in extremely hot or cold conditions, the engine can loose power due to a lack of it, causing the driver to be stranded in rough conditions. Remember that you should never remove the radiator cap while the engine is hot. This will cause bad burns from the steam and gases being released toward you should you do so. Also remember to check the windshield washer fluid. It is usually blue or turquoise in color and is primarily used by drivers on the road while they actually drive.  It effectively cleans off most objects that become engrained on the windshield while in normal transit. By having windshield washer fluid, you can remove any dirt, grime, and debris that might be on the windshield of your vehicle when you drive.  
July 1, 2016

Change your Driving Habits to Improve the Brakes

  The driving patterns you have can affect the brakes, tires, and other parts of the vehicle. Brakes will wear down faster with heavy loads or if towing is involved. Stop and go driving may also cause faster wear to the vehicle. It can also cause more damage to the vehicle. The speed that you drive is based on the type of road and weather conditions that might be in the area. The speed you are going will determine how much braking would be needed in order to stop. Also frequent short trips through town can be more damaging to the system than extensive highway travel. This is because the amount of times you will have to stop and apply the brakes.   You should always know what condition the brakes are in. If you drive in dusty areas like gravel roads or construction sites, the brakes may need to be inspected more often. This is because over time, problems can start to form for the brake system. Sand, dirt, and dust can affect the stopping ability of your vehicle. It can also wear down the components faster.   Another tip is to combine short trips into one longer stop. Several short stops can cause an issue with the brake system. It may also require more maintenance and repairs than it typically should. By making the trips into the smallest amount possible, you can also save on fuel costs because your vehicle will be fuel-efficient. It can also affect the performance and safety of the vehicle.   When you stop, make sure to brake slowly and gentle. This is better than slamming on the brakes fast. Over time, the brakes will wear out sooner than they typically should. If you notice an issue with the brake system, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the brakes and vehicle for you.