June 26, 2017

Inspecting the Vehicle Regularly

  There are several fluids that will need to be checked in your vehicle. These include the oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, transmission fluid, and the power steering fluid. To check many of those levels, you will need to locate the reservoir for each fluid. The liquid should be at the line indicated on the reservoir. If it is not, make sure to fill it to the line. If you find that you have to fill the reservoir frequently, it could indicate a leak in the system.   Always make sure that the brakes are inspected on a regular basis. The brakes are important because they allow you to slow down and stop when you are driving. This helps to avoid an accident incase someone slams on the brakes in front of you, or if an animal jumps in the road. If you notice the brake pedal vibrating when you apply it, which could mean there is an issue with the brakes. Any odd noises or grinding sounds you hear can also mean that the brakes should be inspected. If the brake pad starts to wear down, it will cause friction with the brake rotor. This will the produce the noise, as well as any vibrating feelings you notice.   The systems in your car include the heat and the air conditioning. Your engine needs to run the car, but you also need to be able to ride in comfort as you go. The air might need to be recharged or you might need to make sure there are no leaks in the hoses in case the cool air isn’t getting to you. Anytime you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to call us and schedule an appointment. This way we can inspect the vehicle to see where the source of the issue is. This can also help you save time, money, and stress in the long run.
June 16, 2017

Why Regular Auto Repair is Important

  All owners should have a regular auto repair schedule to ensure that all components of the vehicle are working, as they should be. An auto repair schedule also helps to catch any premature wear and tear on your vehicle. When performing any type of auto repair on your own there are certain aspects of your vehicle that should not be overlooked. Be sure and check your oil, transmissions fluid, and fuel filter on a regular basis for any clogs or leaks. These filters keep the fluids running through the vehicle cleanly and without harmful contaminants. Having a dirty air filter is another aspect on auto repair you should not disregard. A dirty air filter will slow you down and force you to use more fuel. Always be sure and check your oil level during this process too. Your engine oil should be changed every three months or 3,000 miles for the best results.   While there are some things you can fix on the vehicle yourself, it is always best to have a professional do these. This way we can ensure the parts and components are working properly with one another when you drive. If you happened to notice a sign of a problem starting to form, make sure you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. This can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run when it would be time to repair or replace the part. Ignoring the issue can increase the chance that other parts will start to fail.   There are different types of oil for different situations. Older cars might use a thicker oil to help fill the gaps where thin oil may otherwise seep through and cause the oil to become lost. Do not ignore your fuel filter because it will become plugged up. If the plug continues, the filter may get to where it will not work anymore and you can end of up harmful substances in your fuel system. This will slow your vehicle down and even cause you to break down. You should also flush your cooling system instead of draining it once a year. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the right schedule for your vehicle.
June 8, 2017

Preventing the Vehicle from Overheating

Driving in the summer can lead to the vehicle overheating if it has not been maintained properly. There can be some issues that would cause the vehicle to overheat. If your vehicle overheats, you could be facing major engine trouble including a cracked engine block or other problems. Overheating can be caused by a few problems in the engine. It may be caused by a malfunction with the radiator, lack of coolant in the engine, or even a problem with the engine oil. If the engine overheats it could be doing more damage to parts of your vehicle, which can result in a costly repair bill in the future.   The radiator is one of the most important parts for cooling the engine. Without the radiator, there is no way to release all of the heat from the engine. Common problems in a radiator can include leaks or cracks. The main issue is that whenever these problems occur, there is not anywhere for the heat to go. It could also flow out of the vehicle so there is nothing left to cool the engine. If you see coolant on the ground where you park, there is more than likely a leak in the system that needs to be fixed. If you notice steam coming from under your hood, you have a real problem with the radiator that needs to be fixed.   Being able to complete fluid checks on your own can help to alleviate many problems. It is important to locate the engine coolant reservoir on your vehicle. Some will use a separate dip stick to measure the amount of coolant in the vehicle. Others will use a bobbing stick to indicate how full the reservoir is. If the fluid is not at the appropriate level, make sure that it is filled up. If the fluid looks dirty, it may need to be changed.   The engine oil you are using has a major effect on your vehicle. Not only do you need to make sure to have the right amount of oil, but you also need to use the right kind. By using the wrong oil, it is possible for it to break down faster. The faster your engine oil breaks down, the less lubrication it will provide to moving parts. When this happens, the parts will start rubbing against each other more and the engine will start to heat up. High performance engines should always use synthetic oil because it does not break down as quickly. If you are unsure how often to bring the vehicle in for an oil change, make sure to contact us, and we can inspect the vehicle for you. Also remember if you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us and we can schedule an appointment for you.  
June 2, 2017

Improve the Comfort for When you Drive

One of the ways in which they can help you to be able to enjoy driving during the summer more is to make sure that you enjoy a smoother ride. The engine is a very important aspect of making sure that you are able to enjoy a smooth ride. This means making sure that you are getting an oil change that is ideal for the summer. It also means making sure that the pumps and pistons are operating correctly. Of course, it is always surprising how much your suspension has an effect on the gas mileage that you are able to enjoy.   The oil is the life blood of the vehicle. While there are many important fluids for a good operating vehicle, this is by far the most important. So many moving parts are dependent on good, clean oil to have unencumbered operation. It is a good idea to make sure that you are getting an oil change with a low weight so that it will be able to course through the veins of your engine and you will be able to get the kind of performance that your vehicle is capable of. If you are not sure how often the oil should be changed, make sure to contact us and we can recommend a schedule for you.   Whenever you are getting ready for summer driving, it is a good idea to make sure that major engine components are in good operational condition. While most pumps are designed to last for the life of your vehicle, it is a good idea to have it checked as the last thing you need is for the pump to give out and for your engine to not get the coolant that it needs in the warmest season of the year. The pistons and rods are also important to check so that it is possible that you will be able to get the best operation out of the engine.   Another way you can get better operation out of your vehicle is to make sure that the wheels stay in contact with the ground. Driving during the winter can kick up a lot of grime into different parts of your vehicle. If any of the grime got into your suspension, it can lead to hard suspension as you are driving during the summer. Anytime you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in. We can inspect the vehicle so you can have a safe and reliable drive.