December 29, 2017

Careful Driving this Winter is Important

  When driving in the winter, it is important to start your vehicle before you drive so you allow it the chance to warm up. As the temperatures freeze, it can lead to the possibility of issues with your vehicle. Freezing fuel lines can be a big problem if you fuel tank is low. This will also cause your vehicle to have a difficult start in the morning. During the winter months it is best to keep the tank at least half full. This can reduce the chance of condensation accumulating and freezing in tank and fuel lines. When you start the vehicle before driving, you can warm up the engine, as well as the interior of the vehicle. Also remember to be careful when driving. As roads become covered in snow, ice, or frost, more time and distance is needed in order to stop safely. Make sure to drive cautiously and pay attention to the road conditions. Driving slower can also help make the roads safer for you, as well as those around you traveling. Drive at a speed that you are comfortable at so that you can maintain control of your vehicle.   Winter can be hard on your vehicle, especially at night when the temperature gets even colder out. If your vehicle has been parked outside overnight, make sure to allow ample time for it to warm up before you drive it. Running a vehicle and engine that is cold and forced to operate at normal speeds may end up doing damage to it.   Try to avoid any unnecessary risks when driving. This can help benefit you and those around you by keeping everyone safe. The most important thing is to make sure you keep a good amount of distance between you and other vehicles when possible. Do not tailgate as you drive. If the roads or weather are in less than ideal condition, make sure to slow down so you can drive safely.  
December 21, 2017

Issues with the Engine

    If a warning light illuminates on the dashboard of your vehicle, make sure to take note of which one it is. It is important to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for where the issue is. If the light starts blinking, it will indicate a much more serious problem. These lights are connected to sensors that monitor all that your vehicle does. If something is wearing or has become damaged, the computer will use these lights to alert you to what the issue might be. Common lights could be low oil pressure or the check engine light. The check engine light could mean one of several things wrong with it, so it is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. The issues could range from the gas cap not being on tight, all the way to a severe issue with the engine.     Driving the vehicle should be a smooth and pleasant experience. It should be free of any jerking, surging, or pulling. If you notice the vehicle pulling or surging, it could indicate an issue with the spark plugs. Another reason for the poor driving could be clogged fuel lines or a clogged fuel filter. It is always best to bring the vehicle in at the first sign of any of these issues. Preventive maintenance can help to reduce the chance of this happening. Also, regular oil changes and belt replacements are needed at the correct intervals to help provide your vehicle with the best driving experience.     A way to notice if there is an issue with the engine is if you hear a tapping or clinking noise. This could mean that there is an issue with the cylinders of the vehicle. Another noise to notice is a grinding noise. If you hear the grinding noise when you attempt to start the vehicle, the motor might need to be inspected. If the grinding happens when the vehicle is shifting between gears, it could indicate an issue with the transmission.   A well maintained vehicle will help it to be efficient and safe when you drive. If you notice any issue, make sure to contact us as soon as possible so we can inspect the vehicle for you to ensure it is operating correctly.
December 8, 2017

Cabin Filter Inspections

Maintaining your vehicle is important for the safety and efficiency of it. One part to inspect is the cabin filter. The cabin air filter sits outside of the engine area and filters air that comes from the outside and in to the vent system. The air filter will get rid of a lot of pollutants getting in the cabin of the vehicle. Over time, cabin air filters can easily get clogged. A cabin air filter that has not been changed recently can make the air in the car not work or not work as efficiently. With a clogged air filter, no air can get in. So when you recently tried to turn on the air on and it didn’t produce results, it might be an easy fix as to just switch out the filter. The air filter works just like a filter does on the furnace of the home or an air purifying system. Frequent changing of the filters is best and will keep everyone inside a little bit healthier. The cleaner the air, the better it is for those with allergies or even asthma and need to have clean air in order to feel good all of the time. If you notice an issue with the cabin filter, or any other part of your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. By noticing it at the first sign, you can help to prevent further damage to that part, as well as other parts of the vehicle. You can also have an efficient vehicle to drive this winter. The air quality will also be easier to breath and more comfortable in your vehicle as well.
December 4, 2017

Windshield Wiper Inspections are Needed

  One of the most neglected components on a vehicle are the wiper blades. Many blades are cracked, torn, split, or brittle. If the windshield wiper blades look like this, they should be replace as soon as possible. This is because they can no longer be efficient at clearing away the windshield. It is necessary to clear off any water, road debris, sleet, and snow from the windshield. Cold weather can affect the life of the windshield blades. Freezing temperatures can make the rubber portion of the blades hard and brittle. This can increase the likelihood that they will crack or split. The holders can also become clogged with ice and snow. This prevents the holder from distributing spring tension evenly over the blade. It can cause the blades to freeze up and leave streaks as it moves across the glass. Heavy usage of the windshield wiper blades can be hard on them as well. It can result in the blades wearing down and needing to be replaced. Anytime you notice the windshield wipers not being effective, they should be replaced as soon as possible.   The windshield wipers may need to be replaced if you notice a poor condition of the wiper arms and holders. This could allow sloppy wipers that will not effectively clear away the windshield. If you notice any issues with how the wipers are working, make sure to bring your vehicle in. We can inspect the windshield wipers to make sure they are in good condition and effective at cleaning the windshield of your vehicle.   Also remember to have windshield washer fluid in your vehicle, incase you need to add some to the reservoir. Without washer fluid, the wipers will not be able to efficient remove road grime and precipitation on the window. Also remember to bring the vehicle in at any issue you start to notice with the wipers. By having the wipers inspected, you can improve the visibility when you drive.