July 28, 2017

How to Keep your Tires in Great Condition

      The tires take the majority of the force when you hit bumps, objects, or potholes in the road. Even the smallest of potholes can create a large problem. Also, you can reduce the chance of damaging your tires by avoiding debris that can be on the road. Hitting something large can cause the sides of your tires to bulge. If you notice a bulge, it is important to bring it in, because a bulge that goes ignored can cause a blowout if it is not repaired. Even if you run over a small object, you should inspect your tires for possible damage, just to be sure.       Checking your tread depth is an easy process. The tread should never fall below 1/16 of an inch in depth. Taking a penny and placing it in the tread can determine the tread condition. Take the penny so the top of Lincoln’s head is showing, and place it so the top of Lincoln’s head is in the tire’s tread. If any part of the head is covered by the tread, you still have adequate tread on your tire. If you can see the top of his head, which means the tire tread has worn down, you should get the tires replaced soon. Also make sure to look for cracks or cuts that are distinct enough to be visible. Also remember to look for bulges or blisters that may form on the outer surface of the tire. This may lead to a blow out when you are traveling, something we should always try to avoid.       Always make sure to check the tire pressure on a regular basis. In addition, also make sure to check it before you travel long distances. This is a quick and easy check that can reduce the chance for tire stress and any irregular wear. You can also help to expand the life of your tires by having good driving habits. Avoid fast starts, stops, and turns while you are driving. It also helps to not speed because excessive heat is generated at higher speeds when you drive, and will increase the rate of tire wear. If you notice an issue with the tires, make sure to contact us and schedule an appointment.  
July 24, 2017

Having a Clean Windshield

  Keeping the vehicle clean and looking good is one of the top priorities of many owners. It should also be equally important that the vehicle is safe and reliable when traveling. Many want to know that they are safe when driving their vehicles, as well as making sure their passengers are safe if they ride along with them. It is important to be aware of any changes in your vehicle. Changes can include any noises, smells, or ways that it might handle. It is also important to notice any changes with the windshield of the vehicle. Not only will a cracked or chipped windshield not look good, but it will also be unsafe to drive with a windshield in that condition. Since the windshield is a safety precaution and a major area of your vehicle, it should be in excellent condition.       The windshield is what protects you and your passengers from any debris from the road surface that could come into the vehicle and harm you. Some things that may hit the windshield are rocks, trash, cigarette butts, and other debris. Without the windshield, these items could come into the vehicle and hurt you. It is important to keep the windshield in good condition so it can do its job to protect you and your passengers. If the windshield is cracked, chipped, or broken in any way, it will not be able to do its job to deflect the debris. A windshield that is damaged can significantly decrease the safety of everyone in the vehicle. Having a broken or cracked windshield can make it easier for debris to come through the windshield. It may also have to possibility for glass to fly your way as well.       It is also important that you maintain a clear view of the road at all times while driving, day or night. If the windshield is cracked or chipped, it can decrease your visibility while driving. The damaged areas of the windshield can be distracting as you drive. The crack or chip may also hide something that may be in the road that you will want to avoid.       Make sure to get any windshield repairs completed as soon as you can since a damaged windshield can be unsafe. The longer you go without repairing the windshield, the more time the crack or chip has to spread and weaken the windshield. As you wait to fix it, the cracks have the possibility to keep spreading and getting larger. This will then result in the windshield becoming harder to repair, and a potentially higher repair bill. The areas around the damage on the windshield can also weaken over time. Waiting too long to repair it may result in the entire windshield needing to be replaced. If you notice anything, even the smallest crack or chip, make sure to take your vehicle in so the windshield can be repaired before it becomes a larger issue.
July 18, 2017

Knowing if there is an Issue with the Transmission

      If you notice trouble with the transmission slipping gears or a slight hum from under your hood, it is time to get your transmission looked at. Today, transmission issues offer more options then those in the years past. If your transmission issue requires more than a maintenance flush to correct the concern, you can choose to install a “remanufactured” transmission. Another option is to repair the already existing transmission for your vehicle.       There are several warning signs to look for if your vehicle’s transmission is performing badly. Regularly changing your vehicle’s transmission fluid or getting the transmission flushed helps avoid several problems. You should check with your mechanic to set up a maintenance schedule. One single mechanical failure can cause the engine to quit entirely and disable it. It is important to take your car in if you notice any of the warning signs. If you notice your transmission slipping between gears while driving, or even popping back into neutral, this is a sign that that you need to schedule service for your vehicle. Also, you could hear unusual grinding, clunking, or humming noises, or a grinding or thumping noise when the transmission shifts. You may also notice the transmission fluid starting to smell like it is burned. A delay between gear changes and higher than normal RPM’s for any given speed also will indicate your transmission has issues. If problems are caught early enough, many times only minor repairs will be needed, helping to save your transmission as well as saving you money.       One key thing to do is to make sure you get your vehicle in for it’s scheduled maintenances. Also make sure to check the fluid levels regularly; it is quick and easy to check. When you check the fluids, the first thing to notice is the amount in it. If you notice that you have to keep adding transmission fluid, it is likely there is a leak somewhere. You will also want to make note of how it smells. Also note if there is any color change to the fluid. If you notice either smell or color change, it is time to have your transmission fluid changed. Having the scheduled maintenance of changing your transmission fluid according to the manufacturers mileage intervals will help keep your transmission in the best condition possible.  
July 6, 2017

Odors to be Aware of

    If you smell burning rubber, it could mean the belt is slipping. It could also be hoses that are loose and are rubbing against drive pulleys. If the engine is hot, do not reach in to check the issue. It is always recommended to have a professional do this.     Another smell to be aware of is a burning carpet smell. This could indicate brake issues are happening. It could also become a safety hazard while driving. Make sure to have the brakes of the vehicle inspected as soon as possible. This is especially true if you notice the smell when under normal driving and braking conditions.     If there is an odor of hot oil, this could indicate a leak. The oil could be leaking onto the exhaust system of the vehicle. Make sure to look for any oil spots on the pavement or cement where you park. Also look for any smoke that might be coming from the engine area. If the vehicle is leaking oil, it can cause damage to other parts as well. It can also cost you a significant amount because you will have to replace to oil frequently.     If there is a leak with the fuel injector line, there might be a smell of gasoline. This can also be noticed if the fuel tank leaks. If you notice this, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. The smell of fuel could result in a fire hazard. Bringing the vehicle in can improve the safety for you and those around you.     If you smell an odor like rotten eggs, there is an issue with the vehicle. It could mean that there is a problem with the catalytic converter of the vehicle. It may not be converting the hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide as properly as it should. This can result in a poor running engine. Eventually, the catalytic converter can be overloaded and fail.   Smelling something sweet, like the smell of syrup, could mean there is a leak in the vehicle. The leak could be that of engine coolant. This can be related to the cooling system of the vehicle. If you need to check the coolant, make sure to not open it if the cap is hot. There could be pressure from the hot steam. If there is anything out of the norm you notice with your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.