April 27, 2017

Inspect the Vehicle this Spring for Improved Safety

When you have a vehicle, you want to be sure that you take care of it to keep it running in the way that you want. There are many different systems that all come together to help you to get maximum fuel efficiency and safety. From tires to tire alignment to power steering service, steering and suspension and more, all of this combines to give you a vehicle that you will get maximum value. While dependability and fuel efficiency are very important, you also want to consider being as safe as possible in your car and this concerns the driving systems. Having regular maintenances done can help improve the efficiency of the vehicle when you drive it.   Air bags help to keep you safe in case of collision and impact, but just as important as this safety device are the tires that you are driving on. Tires that are old can make gripping the road very difficult, if not impossible, especially when it is raining. Knowing what the tread of the tires is can help you to make sure that your tires are in good shape. In addition, tire pressure and tire alignment have a big impact upon how well your car handles, so you want to consider your tires, the pressure, and the alignment to be sure that the tires are in the best condition possible. If you have to fill a tire regularly with air, it could indicate there is a leak somewhere.   While you may think that safety is just about the seat belts and airbags, the way that your vehicle handles has a big impact upon how safe that you are on the road as well. The brakes have to work efficiently, as well as the steering and suspension, to be sure that you are able to stop and to steer to give you maximum handling ability. This can make all the difference, no matter how you drive, so you want to be sure that your car handles as well as you want and need it to.   Another safety maintenance issue that you want to consider is the brake lights as well. If your brake lights are not working, this can be a danger to you and to others that are on the road with you. This will not alert the drivers for when you are braking. Making sure your brake and direction lights are bright and working is a maintenance issue that you want to keep on top of to ensure that other drivers will know what to expect from you while driving. Also make sure to check the turn signals. This is an important safety feature because it will alert other drivers for what direction you are turning. The headlights will also need to be inspected so you can see better as you drive. If you ever notice an issue, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible, so we can inspect it for you.
April 14, 2017

Check the Vehicle this Spring, Starting with the Brakes

    Maintaining the vehicle can help prevent an accident as well as a costly repair bill. Sometimes noises you hear may be the result of other parts of the brake system wearing. The brake pads and brake rotors can become damaged if the vehicle is driven too long with an issue. When bringing the vehicle in, bring the issue to our attention and we can inspect it to help ensure a safe and reliable ride.     A warning sign that the brakes on the vehicle are wearing and going bad is if you have to pump the brakes in order to get the vehicle to stop. If you have to stop suddenly, pumping the brakes will take too long in order for you to stop. If the brakes need to be pumped, make sure to check the brake fluid level. If the brake fluid is low, make sure to fill it up to the indicator line on the reservoir. If you find that the fluid needs to be added frequently, there may be a leak somewhere. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for where the issue might be. If you have to pump the brakes and the brake fluid is at the correct amount, you may need to invest in new brakes.     If you hear a noise from the brakes anytime you apply the brake pedal, it is recommended to get the brakes inspected as soon as possible. It could be an indication that the brakes are going bad. Also, you may hear a grinding noise. This could also mean that the brake pads and rotors have worn. If the brake pads are wearing out, they should be replaced as soon as possible to help prevent further damage being done to the brake rotors. By bringing in the vehicle, you can help to ensure it is in the best condition possible for when you drive.
March 7, 2017

How the Brake System Works

  Part of the inspection of your vehicle includes looking at the brake system. This is important because the brakes help to slow down your vehicle and allow it to stop when you need to. The braking system of the vehicle is made up of several components that assists the vehicle in slowing down and stopping. When you step on the brake pedal, your master cylinder starts working. The master cylinder contains the brake fluid, which travels to the wheel’s braking unit where it is forced into a caliper. Calipers consist of two components that press against a piston. Attached to each wheel is a rotor. The rotor is pinched when the brake is applied, thus slowing the vehicle down. Your brake pad is there to support the friction that comes in contact with your rotor. It converts the motion of the rotor into heat energy through friction. The friction slows down the rotor.   An anti-lock braking system, also known as ABS, is designed in modern vehicles to assist in quicker stops. Anti-lock brakes can also help prevent the vehicle from skidding uncontrollably when the brake is applied quickly from a high speed. With regular brakes you usually have to pump the brake off and on when coming to a stop to retain greater control of the vehicle. However, ABS brakes pump the brake for you at a rapid speed when the brake is deployed. Many have probably seen the ABS light on the dashboard from one time or another. If this light appears, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible.   Hydraulic braking systems are powerful and are needed in all types of vehicles. This type of braking system involves a master cylinder, hydraulic fluid, and hydraulic lines. The hydraulic system is also made up of individual brake lines that radiate out of the brakes from the master cylinder. These brake lines are made out of high-quality steel that are resistant to corrosion and built to withstand high pressure.   Brake fluid is used inside the brakes of the vehicle. The fluid helps to decrease the amount of pressure on the actual brake mechanisms, which reduces wear and tear on the gears. The brake fluid works by lubricating the hydraulic brake gears and reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the actual hardware. It is important to ensure that you have the proper amount of brake fluid at all times. Without brake fluid, the brakes can wear out quickly. Make sure and check the fluid levels regularly to ensure a safe and reliable ride.  
September 22, 2016

Inspecting the Brakes for your Vehicle

  Noticing a high-pitched squealing sound when you apply the brakes could mean that the brakes need to be replaced or inspected. Many manufactures have wear indicators that are in the brakes and designed to produce a sound to notify the driver that brake work may need to be done. The squealing could also be from a build-up of brake dust from the brake pads being worn down. The brake pads could be glazed over from high heat or rust. There could also be a grinding noise when you apply pressure to the brake pedal. It could mean that the pads were not replaced in a timely manor and something is rubbing against the brake rotors wrong. The brake pads may be coming into rough and uneven contact with the brake rotors. It could also mean that the brake calipers or pistons may be rubbing against the brake rotors.   When you apply the brake pedal, you should feel a firm response that will increase the further you press down on it. A brake pedal that is mushy and can be pressed all the way to the floor may indicate an issue with the brakes. It could mean there is also a leak or a gap in the brake lines that allows air to enter. This can diminish braking power for the pedal. Also notice any vibrations you may feel when you apply the brake pedal. This could mean that the brake rotor is worn or even warped. In order to brake effectively, the brake pads and brake rotors should come into contact cleanly with the entire surface.   Also notice if the brake warning light illuminates on the dashboard, make sure to bring the vehicle in. The computer diagnostic system of the vehicle can display warning signs for areas of the vehicle, and it could mean that the brakes have an issue with them. Sometimes a fuse can go out and cause the light to come on. It is always recommended to bring your vehicle in for an inspection as soon as possible so any damaged parts can be replaced. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can reduce the chance of further damage in the long run, and keep your vehicle safe and reliable.