October 12, 2017

Fall Maintenance is Important for your Vehicle

Now is the time to start thinking about getting your car ready for the colder months ahead. Here are a few simple maintenance checks to help keep your vehicle in top condition. Battery Fall is a good time to inspect your car battery, making sure the cables and terminals are snug, and retighten as necessary for good contact. If your connections are dirty or showing a lot of corrosion, disconnect and clean them with a wire brush or cleaning tool. Be aware that when you disconnect the battery, you may have to re-enter a security code in your radio or navigation system. If the vehicle is going to be parked or stored for an extended period of time, you may want to consider investing in a trickle charger to keep it charged. All batteries lose strength over time, so it’s important to be proactive in replacing your battery. Batteries come in a variety of sizes, and it’s important to choose the right size. If you are not sure what type of battery is right for your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. Headlights As cars age, the headlights can become cloudy or hazy, especially on cars that are routinely parked outside. More than a cosmetic problem, clouded lenses can pose a serious threat to safety, compromising night vision and reducing the effectiveness of your headlights by up to 80 percent. Tires Proper maintenance and responsible driving can maximize the mileage in a set of tires. Monthly tread inspections can inform when the tires warrant replacement. If you notice that your tires have less than 1/8-inch of tread left, then it’s time for a new set. Most people buy all-season tires because it’s easier and cheaper than buying one set for the winter and another for summer. Wash and Wax Fall is a good time to clean up your car so that winter’s mess doesn’t land on top of the summer’s dead bugs, bird droppings, and tree sap. If you want to go further than soap and water, you can try car wax to keep your car’s finish looking new. Most waxes tested showed a significant loss of protection within about five weeks. Wipers If your wipers are leaving streaks of water on your windshield, then it’s time to replace them. Wipers degrade quickly and typically need to be changed every 6 to 12 months. Should performance deteriorate in less time, try cleaning the blade with a paper towel and glass cleaner. Often, that can renew the blades for a few more weeks or months of streak-free operation.  
October 6, 2017

Why the Fluids are Important

  The fluids are essential for the vehicle operating at top performance levels. Make sure to inspect the fluid levels on a regular basis. They should be filled to the line indicated on each reservoir. If you notice that a fluid decreases and you have to add more to the reservoir often, it could be an indication there is a leak somewhere in the system. If the leak is ignored, it can cause issues for the vehicle when you want to drive it. With several fluids to check, make sure you inspect them all. They should be free of any dirt and contaminants that will affect the condition of the fluid. Also make sure to bring the vehicle in on a regular basis so we can inspect the fluids for you as well.     Along with checking the fluid levels, also remember to have the oil changed when it is recommended. Keeping he oil fresh and clean will be able to allow the parts to work effectively with one another. Without the oil, parts of the engine will cause friction with one another and extra strain. If you are not sure how often the oil should be changed, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the proper oil change schedule that is beneficial for you and your vehicle. When you bring the vehicle in, we can also inspect the oil filter for your vehicle. The oil filter is important because it catches dirt and other pollutants that could be in the oil.     Along with checking the fluids in your vehicle, also make sure to inspect the windshield wiper fluid. This is important because in order to have the windshield wipers work effectively, you will need the fluid to help wash away any dirt or road grime. It is always recommended to keep some extra wiper fluid in your vehicle, just in the event where the reservoir runs empty. No matter what the weather is, or the time of the year, having the windshield wiper fluid topped off is best. This improves the visibility when you drive on the road. A clean windshield can allow you to see the road effectively, as well as noticing any drivers that are around you.
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.