November 17, 2017

Pay Attention to the Lights on your Vehicle

  When you own a vehicle, you will want it to always be in the best condition possible. You will need to check the parts over to ensure they are working correctly with one another. When you check the vehicle, also remember to inspect the lights on it. This should include the headlights, taillights, and blinkers. Headlights and taillights are used so other motorists can see you in limited visibility conditions. This is vital if anyone wants to avoid becoming a crash statistic. Drivers need to be aware of the fact that daytime running lights do not turn on tail lights or full headlights in bad weather such as rain, snow, fog, or at night when darkness falls. You should be sure their headlights are working properly both the low beam and high beams. The headlights need to be aimed correctly by professionals and checked regularly to ensure the driver can see the road safely and not blind oncoming motorists. Headlight lenses should be kept clean and clear. With time and abrasion from road grit and grime, these plastic lenses can cloud over and become opaque. A secondary part of a car’s lighting system are fog lights. The vast majority of motorists do not know when to use these specialized lights. They are designed to be used when the fog is so thick that it prevents the headlights from penetrating through the water droplets to light up the road ahead. When this occurs, the light from the headlights reflects back into the driver’s eyes making matters worse. In this event, the driver should turn off the headlights and turn on the fog lights to illuminate the road below the fog. It is also important that motorists turn off their fog lights on unlit roads at night to prevent temporarily blinding oncoming traffic. Fog lights were not designed for use on clear nights Turn signals and brake lights are the communication side of our automotive lighting system. It is important for your safety that the drivers approaching you from behind know you are slowing or stopping. Brake lights should be bright and red. In other words no broken lenses. The turn signals let the other motorists around you know when you need to change lanes or make a turn. When you check the lights on your vehicle, turn on your full lights and walk around your vehicle to see if all taillights and headlights are illuminated. A brake light check can be done when backing into a parking spot in a mall if the store has windows that can reflect the lights. If you notice an issue for your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible, so we can inspect it for you.
November 13, 2017

Tire Inspections for your Vehicle

  When you own a vehicle, you will want to make sure you have tire inspections done. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in for regular inspections, make sure to contact us. By following the recommended maintenance schedule, you can help ensure that your vehicle is efficient and will operate at top performance levels.   Tire inspections are important to help ensure the safety of your vehicle. You will want to make sure you inspect the tread, air pressure, and overall condition of each tire. Also remember to inspect the spare tire for the vehicle. The spare is important because you will need to drive on it incase one of the main tires has an issue. The tread should be inspected on a regular basis. This is because the tread of the tire will help grip the surface of the road when you drive. A quick way to tell if the tread is poor is to take a penny, and place it upside down in the groove of the tread of the tire. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread has worn too much and the tire should be replaced.   The air pressure in the tire is equally important, because you do not want to drive on a flat tire. Not only will this damage the tire further, but it will also damage the rims on your vehicle. If you notice that a tire loses air more often, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. You want to make sure that the tires are in the best condition possible when you go to start your vehicle.   Also remember to check the overall condition of the tires, and how the vehicle handles. If the vehicle pulls in one direction, or the steering wheel vibrates, the tires may need to be aligned. Also check with the condition of the rubber of the tire to see how it is wearing. If the tires are not wearing evenly, then they should be looked at to see how they are aligned to one another. A tire rotation may also be beneficial to make sure both sides wear evenly. If you ever notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to contact us to schedule an appointment. This can help you save time, money, and stress in the long run.
November 1, 2017

Coolant Flushes are Important for your Car

  When you own a car, you will want to keep it in the best condition possible. Part of this includes noticing when there is something out of the norm with your vehicle. You should also bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the correct schedule. You will need to have the coolant inspected for your vehicle as well, because coolant flushes help provide the best efficiency for your engine and radiator. The function of the coolant is to transfer heat, lubricate, and inhibit corrosion.   The main purpose of the coolant in your engine is to remove the excess heat through the radiator.  Engine coolant is also called antifreeze because chemicals are added to keep it from freezing in cold climates so you can continue to operate your vehicle.  The engine coolant is circulated through your engine block, radiator and heater core by the water pump.  The water pump spins near the same RPM as your engine, so its bearings need to be cooled and lubricated.  The antifreeze in your vehicle therefore is also a lubricant for the water pump.   The main reason to regularly change your antifreeze is to protect your engine from internal corrosion.  Antifreeze contains different chemicals to maintain the pH levels and to keep the various materials from corroding.  Over time, these chemicals are depleted or precipitate and will no longer protect your engine and cooling system from corrosion. It will also reduce costly repair bills, leaks and components failing.   Replacing your vehicle’s coolant is the best way to prevent future cooling system problems.  Every time you replace the coolant, it is best to perform a cooling system flush as well.  This will ensure that any depleted antifreeze, precipitants or corrosion products are completely removed from your vehicle’s cooling system.  With the old antifreeze removed the new antifreeze will be able to better resist corrosion and with the precipitants and corrosion products removed, heat transfer will be restored to its maximum.   Whenever you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us, so we can inspect the vehicle for you. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.