September 27, 2017

Knowing when your Vehicle should be Maintained

    You will want to make sure that your vehicle is maintained on a regular basis. Some minor problems normally occur in parts of the engine, which are designed to wear out or run out as a part of a protective measure for more vital parts of the vehicle. By making sure that these parts are being replaced or repaired as soon as there is a problem will help in making sure that future problems can be avoided. It can also help reduce the chance of a costly repair bill. Some of the most important things that you will need to make sure of are that the engine can be maintained at the right temperature to provide better performance.       As your engine burns gasoline, it will heat up. This is the reason why coolants are such an important fluid used in vehicles. It will allow you to be able to maintain engine temperature while you are running at peak performance. This will help in making sure that the cylinders will be able to easily slide in and out so that proper combustion can be achieved. This will prevent a misfire as well as mechanical problems which can cause you to throw a rod or worse. If the vehicle is constantly overheating, it could mean there is another issue with it.       There are different diagnostic codes that your vehicle will be able to provide so we know what issue to look for. It also helps notice minor problems whenever they happen. It can also help to prevent an unexpected breakdown when driving. Some issues may be quick and easy to check. This can help to get you back on the road again. Fixing issues before they become severe can help prolong the life of parts of the vehicle.       Going to regular maintenances can also help to prevent costly issues. If a part is starting to wear out, it can be fixed before it becomes worse. This can also help prevent other nearby parts from wearing out sooner than they should as well. Bringing the vehicle in for regular maintenances can decrease the chance for a breakdown with the vehicle. By going to regular maintenances to check for small issues, you can help to save money in the long run. If you notice an issue with the vehicle, it is always recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it.    
September 20, 2017

Checking the Windshield Wipers Regularly

  One of the first things you should check is the windshield. It should be free of any cracks, divots, or and other damage. If it needs to be replaced, this should be done as soon as you can. Having the best quality windshield will help improve the safety of your driving. Also make sure to inspect the windshield wipers on the vehicle. They should also be in good condition. If there is any damage to them, make sure to have them replaced as soon as you can. Noticing an issue with them is another indication that a new set of windshield wipers would be needed.     The windshield wipers should also be inspected on a regular basis. If you notice that they operate poorly or are less effective, make sure to have them replaced as soon as you can. Windshield wipers are inexpensive, so they should be replaced at any sign that they are no longer efficient. Ways to notice an issue is any smear or smudge marks they leave behind as they operate. This could indicate that there are rips or tears on the wiper blades. This would cause less effectiveness when they operate. Also be aware of any vibrations or chattering you might notice from the wipers. This could mean that the arm is bent as well.     When you check the windshield wipers, also check the wiper fluid. This fluid is important because it works together with the windshield wipers to remove any dirt or road grime that might be on the windshield. This should be topped off on a regular basis, as well as before any long road trip you may take. This can help to improve safe driving. If you notice an issue with the wipers and how they clear the windshield, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
September 14, 2017

Inspecting the Battery Regularly is Important

  The battery is an essential part in order for your vehicle to run. The alternator of the vehicle helps by charging the battery. This will then allow it to operate and run properly. Without either of these two components you would not be able to run the vehicle. Your battery provides electricity to start the engine, ignite the fuel, operate the lights and heater, as well as any other mechanisms. Batteries are lead-acid based and come in a variety of voltages, depending on what your car specifically needs according to the owner’s manual.     Car batteries have components made of different materials. Materials used to improve the cathode, anode, and electrolyte performance are nickel, magnesium, cobalt, and silicon tubes. The anode is rich in lithium ions and the chemical reaction between the electrolyte and anode cause ions to move to the cathode. This process causes the electric current that helps the car run. Lithium iron phosphates make up the cathode. These increase the electric range and performance of the vehicle. These components are essential for helping all elements work together to create the motion of the vehicle.     The leading cause of vehicle breakdowns is battery failure. There are ways to prevent frequent breakdowns and to keep your engine working efficiently. If a battery is being undercharged it causes sulfating. This means that there is a chemical breakdown of battery electrolytes. When this occurs, it reduces the battery’s ability to hold a charge and provide energy. When a battery is not used over a period of time it loses its electrical charge. Periodically using or starting a vehicle can prevent this issue. Heat can cause batteries to fail as well. When temperatures reach over 100 degrees, the rate of internal discharge increases and causes battery malfunction. This can happen over a short period of time with high heat.     It is important to do everything possible to prolong the life of the battery. One way of doing this is to make sure all of the electronics are shut off before turning off the engine. Common things to check are the headlights, radio, air conditioner, and G.P.S. device. Turning these off can help keep the battery from being drained. It also can help minimize the risk of damaging electronics while starting the car. Corrosion can interrupt the electrical current and lead to failure. Loose cables can also lead to an interruption in electrical current. Always make sure the cables and brackets that hold the battery are tight. If you notice that the vehicle is becoming difficult to start, make sure to contact us.  
September 7, 2017

Improve the Visibility when you Drive

  The first thing to check is the windshield. The windshield should be clean and clear of any bugs or road grime that could be on it. Also check for any cracks or divots that could be on the windshield. These could impair your visibility when you drive. If there is a crack, even a small one, it is important to have it fixed before it becomes larger and you may need to replace the entire windshield. Also check the side windows and the rear windshield.   Also check the windshield wipers. If your vehicle has a wiper for the rear windshield, that should be inspected as well. Check the blade for any rips or tears. Ideally the windshield wipers should be changed twice a year. This would be after winter and after the summer months. If you notice the windshield wipers chatter or vibrate on the windshield, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect them for you. Having a good pair of windshield wipers will help remove precipitation, road grime, bugs, and other debris from the windows to improve the visibility.   The headlights and taillights will also need to be inspected on your vehicle. This is especially important for any nighttime driving you do. Not only does it improve your visibility, but it also helps others to see where you are. The blinkers should also be inspected to ensure they work. This will help avoid an accident because those around you will know which direction you will be turning. If the headlights are dim or do not illuminated the road properly, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the bulb and also the alignment of the lights. By doing so, you have improved visibility as you drive.