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.
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.