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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.  
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.