August 25, 2017

Knowing why Regular Maintenance is Important

  On a regular basis, make sure to check the fluid levels in your vehicle. There should be a reservoir corresponding for each fluid. The fluid level should be up to the line that is designated on each reservoir. If a fluid level is low, make sure to add the correct fluid to it. If you notice you have to add more fluid than what is typical, it could indicate that there is a leak somewhere in the system. Also make sure to check the oil in the vehicle. When recommended, the oil should be changed. This can help clean new clean oil lubricating the moving parts of the engine. Without good quality oil, parts can start to wear and cause stress with one another. This can increase the chance they wear out sooner than they typically should.   The battery is the easiest part of a general vehicle inspection. You can tell a battery needs to be replaced by looking at it. If there are any cracks or leaks, the battery needs to be replaced. This can prevent corrosion from occurring. Also make sure to inspect the tires on your vehicle. Tires that are worn can cause poor fuel mileage, as well as decrease the safety for your vehicle. Check the tread on the tires, because it is important to grip the surface of the road as you drive. Having the proper amount of tread can increase the handling and control of the vehicle. When you check the tread of the tires, also ensure the tires are inflated to the proper air pressure amounts. The correct amount can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. Tires that are under inflated can cause poor fuel mileage. They will also wear out sooner than they typically should. Tires that are over inflated will have less contact with the surface of the road.   In order to keep the vehicle working at top performance levels, all the parts and components should be inspected on a regular basis. If there are any signs that you notice of the vehicle starting to fail, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in. This way we can inspect the vehicle so it can last as long as possible, while also improving the safety and reliability when you drive. When you fix an issue at the first sign, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run.
August 18, 2017

Brake Repairs are Needed for an Efficient Vehicle

By noticing the behavior and handling of your vehicle, you can catch brake problems before they become too costly and more importantly, too dangerous. It is also recommended to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. If you notice anything between regular inspections, make sure to schedule an appointment so the issue can be resolved quickly.   While driving your vehicle it is recommended that you occasionally turn off the radio and listen to your vehicle. A different sound the vehicle gives off is typically the easiest way to detect a problem within the components. If a grinding sound is coming from any corner of your vehicle while you are braking or if there is a rough feel coming from the brake pedal, then it is likely that your brakes need to be looked at. Shimming or shaking is also a sign for a problem. It is important to take care of this problem early on because putting off such repair will lead to additional problems such as broken or damaged rotors, brake pads, or loss of pressure in your brake fluid lines.   Your brake pads are a part of your braking system that provides friction to give us the stopping power we need. Brake pads are designed to wear out and will then need to be replaced. The brake rotors on the other hand are more costly if they go out. Your brake pads are located between the caliper and the rotor. Your braking system uses friction, which changes kinetic energy from the moving vehicle into heat energy. Brake pads have to have a high enough coefficient of friction to convert the energy of the moving vehicle into heat.   A brake rotor is a flat piece of steel that is attached to a rod. It is held in place on the inside of your wheel. On each side of the rotor is where your brake pads are located. When you apply the brake pedal, the pads compress around the rotor causing it to slow down or stop the vehicle. Rotors are very thick because they need to dissipate the heat that is caused by the friction of the brake pads. If the brake pads start to become worn thin, metal-on-metal contact will start. This can start your steering wheel shimming while you brake. Vehicles that sit a long period of time are likely to develop rust around the body of the car as well as around the rotor. Overlooking problems within your braking system cannot only be dangerous but expensive.
August 11, 2017

Maintaining the Engine of your Vehicle

  Maintaining your vehicle is easy to do as long as you are making sure that you are using all of the right things. Among the different things that you will need for your engine are the coolants, which will help in maintaining the temperature of the engine. This will require not only making sure that you have the right amount of coolants in the engine, but the right kind as well. The important thing to make sure of is that you are always getting the fluids checked on a regular schedule. It is also important to make sure that your engine is using the right kind of antifreeze for the weather. The right kind of service will help to protect your engine in any weather from all different kinds of abuse.     Because of the importance of the antifreeze to your car, it is important that it is checked every time that you get your oil changed at least. If you are experiencing problems with your car like a leak, you will need to make sure that you are having it checked more often than that. If you do not want to rely on your mechanic to check it each time, you will be able to check it yourself whenever you fill up with gas. This is possible by locating the cap for the coolants. Most will have a gauge, which will allow you to see how much is in the car while others will rely on a stick to read it.     The same cap you will open to check the coolant will allow you to refill the fluid. Simply pour in as much as is needed so that you will be able to see the fluid in the cap. Make sure that you do not overfill it as you might flood the engine or cause a spill whenever you put the cap back on. Try to use the gauge in your engine so that you will be able to see how much you will need to add.     Whenever you are maintaining the right levels of coolants, it will help in making sure that the engine will operate properly. The cylinders will be able to operate without any risk of getting stuck due to overheating. The coolant that you are using will allow your engine to have a lower temperature by redistributing the heat from certain parts of the engine to others. Making sure that the right levels are in the engine as well as making sure that the pump is working properly will help to make sure that your engine stays cool in the summer and will not freeze in the winter.    
August 3, 2017

Problems with the Alternator

  The alternator is a critical component to your vehicle’s operation. It only contains a few parts, but if the alternator starts to go, you may have issues with your vehicle. The alternator turns the mechanical energy of the engine’s rotating crankshaft into electricity through induction. The alternator also has wires that cut through a magnetic field that helps to induce the electrical current. The current is used to power the accessories in your vehicle like the headlights or radio. The alternator also helps to keep the battery fully charged to the power it needs to start the vehicle.     The typical warning sign there is an issue with the alternator is to have the light on the dashboard illuminate. This light usually looks like a battery when it lights up. The light is linked to the computer system within the vehicle to help monitor the voltage output of the alternator. Many alternators have an output between thirteen and fourteen volts that is maintained at a constant level. If you have numerous accessories turned on, like the radio, headlights, and others, the alternator will need to work harder to maintain the necessary voltage needed.     The alternator supplies the power for the vehicle’s electrical needs. If it begins to lose electricity, so do the accessories that need that electricity to run properly. There may be erratic symptoms in your vehicle that could range from dim or extremely bright headlights, to the radio stopping abruptly. Other accessories like the power windows may start to slowdown if the alternator is starting to lose its current.     A sign that the alternator may start to go out is any growling or whining noise that you might hear. Along with the crankshaft pulley, a belt helps to produce the power for the alternator. If the pulley or belt is out of alignment it can cause other parts to start to wear out. As this happens, noises may start to be produced as problems arise. The smell of burning rubber is also an indication that the alternator is faulty. This is because the belt is creating more friction and heat to send power to the alternator.     If the alternator begins to fail, the battery starts to work harder to make up for the difference. This can cause the battery to wear out quicker than it should. The vehicle’s battery is not designed for any long-term power use, and it may result in it becoming unreliable. If you are unsure if the battery is starting to fail, make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it to see what the issue might be.     The electricity from the alternator is sent through cables and wires. If these have any issues with the connections at either end, it can reduce or stop the electricity from getting through. This may cause the lights to get brighter as the alternator produces more energy to overcome the resistance of a bad […]