April 27, 2017

Inspect the Vehicle this Spring for Improved Safety

When you have a vehicle, you want to be sure that you take care of it to keep it running in the way that you want. There are many different systems that all come together to help you to get maximum fuel efficiency and safety. From tires to tire alignment to power steering service, steering and suspension and more, all of this combines to give you a vehicle that you will get maximum value. While dependability and fuel efficiency are very important, you also want to consider being as safe as possible in your car and this concerns the driving systems. Having regular maintenances done can help improve the efficiency of the vehicle when you drive it.   Air bags help to keep you safe in case of collision and impact, but just as important as this safety device are the tires that you are driving on. Tires that are old can make gripping the road very difficult, if not impossible, especially when it is raining. Knowing what the tread of the tires is can help you to make sure that your tires are in good shape. In addition, tire pressure and tire alignment have a big impact upon how well your car handles, so you want to consider your tires, the pressure, and the alignment to be sure that the tires are in the best condition possible. If you have to fill a tire regularly with air, it could indicate there is a leak somewhere.   While you may think that safety is just about the seat belts and airbags, the way that your vehicle handles has a big impact upon how safe that you are on the road as well. The brakes have to work efficiently, as well as the steering and suspension, to be sure that you are able to stop and to steer to give you maximum handling ability. This can make all the difference, no matter how you drive, so you want to be sure that your car handles as well as you want and need it to.   Another safety maintenance issue that you want to consider is the brake lights as well. If your brake lights are not working, this can be a danger to you and to others that are on the road with you. This will not alert the drivers for when you are braking. Making sure your brake and direction lights are bright and working is a maintenance issue that you want to keep on top of to ensure that other drivers will know what to expect from you while driving. Also make sure to check the turn signals. This is an important safety feature because it will alert other drivers for what direction you are turning. The headlights will also need to be inspected so you can see better as you drive. If you ever notice an issue, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible, so we can inspect it for you.
April 21, 2017

Check the Oil on your Vehicle Regularly

  It is important to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible. To help accomplish this, you should bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. One task to remember to do is have regular oil changes. The oil for your vehicle gets worn out during the lifecycle. By having regularly scheduled oil changes, you can help keep the engine clean and avoid the potentially engine-damaging effects contaminated oil can inflict.   Motor oil becomes less effective over time. This can do harm and damage to your engine if you do not have the proper oil changes done to it. Constant exposure to heat, moisture, and air leads to oil degradation. Oil thickening, sludge, deposit formation, and corrosive wear. All these elements can take a toll on your engine. It can cause further wear and tear and damage to the engine. When the oil additives are completely exhausted, oil can no longer handle the dirt and metals that are freely floating around, causing the oxidation that creates sludge. Most importantly, old oil can no longer protect your engine against corrosion and wear when it breaks down.   Oil is pumped through small engine passageways lubricating all moving parts while acting as a cooling agent to reduce engine heat. The moving parts help to keep the oil running through your vehicle. Once the pump gets the oil moving, the oil travels through tiny oil passageways, lubricating all the functioning parts and then finally dropping back down to the oil pan. The oil pump is a crucial part for engine lubrication. The oil pump is responsible for creating the pressure that pushes your oil throughout your engine parts. Without it, your oil would just sit in the pan. The oil filter captures any harmful debris, metal or dirt that has entered your oil system.   Maintaining the correct oil change schedule is important for your vehicle. This can help it to operate efficiently when you drive. Skipping oil changes, exceeding mileage, or going long periods of time before your next oil change can accelerate the wear on the vital parts that keep your vehicle running smoothly. This can eventually lead to premature engine breakdown, as well as a costly repair bill. Make sure to contact us so you are aware of when the next oil change will be needed.
April 14, 2017

Check the Vehicle this Spring, Starting with the Brakes

    Maintaining the vehicle can help prevent an accident as well as a costly repair bill. Sometimes noises you hear may be the result of other parts of the brake system wearing. The brake pads and brake rotors can become damaged if the vehicle is driven too long with an issue. When bringing the vehicle in, bring the issue to our attention and we can inspect it to help ensure a safe and reliable ride.     A warning sign that the brakes on the vehicle are wearing and going bad is if you have to pump the brakes in order to get the vehicle to stop. If you have to stop suddenly, pumping the brakes will take too long in order for you to stop. If the brakes need to be pumped, make sure to check the brake fluid level. If the brake fluid is low, make sure to fill it up to the indicator line on the reservoir. If you find that the fluid needs to be added frequently, there may be a leak somewhere. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for where the issue might be. If you have to pump the brakes and the brake fluid is at the correct amount, you may need to invest in new brakes.     If you hear a noise from the brakes anytime you apply the brake pedal, it is recommended to get the brakes inspected as soon as possible. It could be an indication that the brakes are going bad. Also, you may hear a grinding noise. This could also mean that the brake pads and rotors have worn. If the brake pads are wearing out, they should be replaced as soon as possible to help prevent further damage being done to the brake rotors. By bringing in the vehicle, you can help to ensure it is in the best condition possible for when you drive.
April 7, 2017

Maintaining the Vehicle Regularly this Spring

    If you are looking to enjoy driving your vehicle for years to come, there are a few things that you will need to have. The kinds of things that you will need to have done include more than just checking the antifreeze. You will also need to be able to make sure that your tires are working properly. This will help improve the handling, mileage, and comfort of your vehicle as you drive.     The fluids in your car are vital to the proper function of the engine. Among the fluids that need to be checked regularly include the antifreeze along with the transmission fluid and the oil. Not only do these need to be topped off at all times. They should also be changed out on occasion. Flushing the system might be necessary if the fluid has not been changed in a while. This is because many of the fluids can have a corrosive effect if they have been left in the engine too long.     The tires are one of the most important parts of the vehicle. Without them, it is impossible for you to be able to stay on the road. Making sure not only that they have the right amount of tread and inflation, but that they are in proper alignment will help in making sure that you have better safety, performance and fuel efficiency. These should be inspected every time that you get gas as well as whenever you are getting even minor checks done to your vehicle. If you notice an issue between inspections, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for the source of the issue.