February 20, 2018

Dashboard Warning Lights

Your dashboard can be a key indicator of the health of your car, and ignoring any symbols can be potentially dangerous for you and other drivers. If a light turns on, make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can, so we can inspect it for the source of the issue. If the light starts to blink, it means the issue is serious. Pull over the vehicle when it is safe to do so, and turn it off. This can help to prevent further damage being done to your vehicle, as well as improving the safety for you and those around you. If the engine maintenance light flashes up on your dashboard, it may be accompanied by other symptoms, too. Your car may lack power, for example, if it has gone into safe or ‘limp’ mode. Sometimes the symptoms may be very subtle, though, and can be down to something as minor as a faulty sensor. If you see this symbol, it is always best to take your car to a garage, and rule out any serious issues. An important safety feature of any car, airbags can be lifesavers in the event of a crash. If this warning light appears, it’s best that you go to a garage for a check. It could mean an airbag is faulty and won’t work if you crash, or that one is about to go off which in itself could cause a serious accident The power steering light indicates an issue with the power steering, and you’ll notice that driving starts to feel very heavy and difficult. It can pose a huge risk at higher speeds, if you need to change direction quickly. Make sure to drive accordingly and slowly, until you are able to get to a location to turn off your vehicle. The warning lights also come in different colors, to help determine the seriousness of them. Red warning lights indicate a serious problem, but may also be a reminder, such as not putting a seatbelt on whilst driving. Yellow or orange means a service is required or a part needs repairing. A blue or green light can mean that a system is on, such as cruise control. No matter what, if the dashboard light is flashing, it means that it’s important that you contact us soon. By having us check the vehicle, you can help improve the safety when you drive.  
February 12, 2018

Maintaining your Vehicle for Winter

  The winter season can be hard for cars, which is why it’s important to inspect your vehicle on a regular basis. This can help keep your vehicle operating efficiently and at top condition. Make sure to check the tire pressure at least once a month. If the temperatures drop below freezing, make sure to check the tires more often. An under-inflated tire underperforms and has an increased chance of blowing out when you drive. Tire pressure is measured by pounds per square inch (PSI). If uncertain about what level of PSI your tire should be, the proper inflation level can typically be found inside the driver’s door jam. If the air leaking out of your tire becomes consistent, make sure schedule an appointment so we can inspect the tires for you. Battery capacity decreases significantly in cold weather. It is just harder on the cells and it causes the battery to lose capacity. Parking a car in a garage, out of the freezing cold, is another way to protect the battery. The battery is needed in order to start your vehicle. If you notice an issue when you start your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect and test the battery for you. Look for cracks in windshields and make sure wiper blades are in working order. If you have cracks or chips on the windshield, they are likely to worsen in extreme cold temperatures. It is recommended to make sure to replace wiper blades to ensure they can handle the various elements and keep the windshield clear. The visibility is important when you drive, so it is important to have an issue fixed with the windshield or wipers as soon as possible.