October 24, 2016

Checking the Hoses for the Vehicle

  Owning a vehicle is a big investment. It then makes sense that you will want to keep the vehicle in the best condition possible so it lasts longer. Your vehicle requires multiple fluids to run efficiently. There are also several hoses in your vehicle, all of which transport fluid to a different area of your vehicle. Always make sure to inspect the hoses themselves, as well as the connecting ends of the hoses for any leaks. If you notice a leak or a crack, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in.   The hoses in your vehicle serve a very important function when it operates. Having good hoses will help keep your vehicle running well. A leaking hose can result in an overheated engine or other issues if it is ignored. The hoses work together with the belts to keep your vehicle running efficiently and also maintaining the proper operating temperature. If your engine overheats it can cause serious damage, as well as damage to other components under the hood. By keeping the hoses maintained and making sure they are connected securely, you can help prevent engine issues and other problems down the road.   Your vehicle’s hoses are important to keep it running correctly and efficiently. By having your vehicle in regularly for maintenance, the hoses can be inspected to make sure they do not need replacing. With age, rubber hoses can become hard and brittle. This happens with exposure to heat and can cause the hoses to split, blister, or leak. If this occurs, you will need to have them replaced as soon as possible. To keep your engine in the best operating condition, you should always make sure your hoses have been inspected and are in good condition as well.   We suggest the hoses should be checked at each oil change. Check for any hardening or softening of the hose, which can be done by pinching the hose. If a hose feels rock hard or extremely soft, it should be replaced as soon as possible. Other signs to look for are visible cracks, leaking, blistering, or other damage on the outside of the hose. Also look and feel for any areas of the hoses that are swollen or folded.   If you notice that your hoses are leaking, we suggest that you should replace them immediately before further damage can occur to other parts of your vehicle. Proper maintenance of the hoses can protect your vehicle’s reliability and prevent even more costly repairs down the line. Hoses are an inexpensive part to maintain and to replace, but ignoring these important parts can cause serious issues. It may also add up to a major repair expense in the future.
October 13, 2016

Causes of Windshield Damage

The windshield is a key structural component of your car. Unfortunately, it is in a particularly vulnerable position that leaves it exposed to damage from a variety of sources. Learning some of the most common causes of a windshield chip can help you avoid hazardous situations and keep the glass intact. Flying Rocks Road construction materials all contain rocks of various shapes and sizes. With weather fluctuations and everyday wear and tear, it is inevitable that some work loose from the road surface over time. When these stray rocks get caught in the tires of fast moving vehicles, they are hurled back into oncoming traffic. These airborne rocks are one of the most common causes of a windshield chip. It is recommended to maintain a safe distance from semi trucks and other big vehicles as they can send quite a few rocks flying, which increases the chance of windshield damage. Vehicle Cargo Debris All sorts of small items can fly off the back of both commercial and private vehicles, as they are moving down the road. If a load is not covered and secured properly, any cargo that comes loose becomes a flying projectile that can damage the windshield of any motorist who is following too closely. Even if the debris lands harmlessly on the road, another vehicle can kick it up and send it hurtling toward your windshield. Storms and Severe Weather Any items caught up in the high winds that accompany severe weather can becomes airborne missiles, including rocks, tree branches and roadway debris. If you are caught in a hail storm, the fast-moving frozen precipitation could chip or even crack the windshield. The best way to avoid danger is to get off the road and park the car under cover or inside a garage until the weather improves. Fixing a chip as soon as possible can help prevent further damage due to weakened glass or cracking that requires a more costly windshield replacement. It can also help you to have better visibility, because the crack or damage will not impair your vision when you drive. If you ever notice an issue with the windshield, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.  
October 3, 2016

Improve Visibility, Starting with the Windshield

  When you drive you will want to make sure the vehicle is in the best condition possible. You will want to make sure that you bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. This way we can look at parts and components of the vehicle to ensure they are working properly.   One part that we can inspect is the windshield. The windshield, for many drivers, is the most used item of their entire automobile. It is also one of the biggest parts of keeping drivers safe on the road. It is all that stands between drivers and the open road. Even in places where poor weather is prominent, a little maintenance and a little attention can go a long way in making sure that the windshield of the vehicle is safe and well taken care of. The single cheapest ways to make sure your windshield stays in good shape is to replace your windshield wiper blades often. Most blades are not hard to snap off and replace, nor are they expensive. An inspection of the wiper blades also is easy, simply run your hand and your eyes on one at a time and feel along for holes in the edge or torn pieces of rubber that could render the windshield wiper ineffective. If it leaves significant streaks during a rainstorm or does not appear to be hugging the contour of the glass, than it might be time to look into a replacement windshield wiper blade. One item that goes along with the windshield and the windshield wiper blades is the washer fluid that will help them clean. Often green or turquoise, this fluid is one of the ones that should be checked before any likely adventure in the rain or in questionable weather. Windshield washer fluid keeps bugs from impeding your vision as a driver, and thus allows you better vision of the road and better planning when objects or obstacles come up. It is recommended to have the windshield replaced as soon as you start to notice damage or issues to it. Cracks and divots can impair your vision. This may allow you to not see an object in the road ahead. Cracks and chips will typically grow and get larger as time passes. There can be repairs to the windshield if the chip is small enough and caught early. Make sure to bring the vehicle in for a proper inspection.