March 15, 2018

Proper Brake Inspections are Needed for your Car

  Brake inspections are important for the vehicle. Having a vehicle means you will want to take great care of it, and bring it in for regular maintenance inspections on a regular basis. The brakes are important for your vehicle because they are needed to slow down and stop your vehicle completely. If you do notice an issue with the brake system, make sure to schedule an appointment and bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. When you do this, you can ensure that the brakes are efficient and able to work at the best condition they can. Brake Inspections are Needed Brake inspections should be done on the vehicle if you start to notice that it take longer for the vehicle to stop. The most obvious sign is the brake pedal going to the floor when you apply pressure to it. You may also notice it takes a few seconds for the vehicle to come to a stop, where it may have stopped immediately before. If it takes longer for the vehicle to brake, then you have the risk of the brakes going out completely for the vehicle. Brake Fluid under the Vehicle You may also start to notice a puddle of fluid under your vehicle when you back up. This could be brake fluid that is leaking from the lines. If you notice this often, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can check for the source of the issue and have it inspected for you. The brake fluid is important for the brake system, so you will want to make sure that it is able to do the job. During brake inspections, we can check the brake fluid for you as well. Odd Noises you Notice Hearing any odd noises can also be an indication of an issue with the brakes. If you hear grinding or squealing, brake inspections will help to identify the cause of the issue and how to repair it. Noticing an issue and having it fixed as soon as possible can help you save on time, money, and stress in the long run. If you notice a strange sound, take note of what you were doing, and what may have cause the noise to occur.
March 1, 2018

Have Good Visibility by Clearing the Windshield

  Keeping the temperature comfortable inside your car may mean battling foggy windows. In order to reduce or eliminate the fog or condensation, you should try to adjust the temperature on the inside of the car to match the outside temperature as closely as possible. The reason for foggy windows has to do with temperature and the air’s moisture content. On a cold day, any moisture in the air inside your car, from passengers exhaling, snow on your boots, turns to condensation when it hits air next to the windows that’s below a certain temperature, called the dew point. The condensation is what makes your car’s windows appear foggy. No matter if the fog is on the inside or the outside of your windows, any time you cannot see clearly in all directions, it is potentially dangerous. So, it’s important to know how to make sure all the windows are clear. When you’re dealing with cold weather outside and you turn on the heater inside your car, the fog typically will start to form on the inside of your car windows. To help defog the windows, turn the heat on its maximum setting, because hot air can hold more moisture. Then, turn the air conditioner on, which will pull the moisture from the air as it passes over the cooling coils. Finally, turn off the re circulation button so colder, dryer air is brought into the car. If possible, crack your windows for a couple minutes to help exchange the humid interior air for dryer outside air. It is recommended to those who want to be warm while driving to turn on the defroster and blow warm air across the windshield to evaporate the accumulating moisture. If your vehicle’s ventilation system has a recirculate feature, turn it off. When this feature is on, your car’s heat reuses the air inside the car instead of continually pulling in air from outside. Use your windshield wipers. This will help get rid of the condensation until you’ve balanced out the temperature. It will keep snow, ice, or frost from forming on the windshield, and impairing your vision. Trying to see through fogged-up windows can be a driving hazard. So make sure the windows are completely cleared before you drive.