Fluid Levels

November 1, 2017

Coolant Flushes are Important for your Car

  When you own a car, you will want to keep it in the best condition possible. Part of this includes noticing when there is something out of the norm with your vehicle. You should also bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in, make sure to contact us, and we can advise you on the correct schedule. You will need to have the coolant inspected for your vehicle as well, because coolant flushes help provide the best efficiency for your engine and radiator. The function of the coolant is to transfer heat, lubricate, and inhibit corrosion.   The main purpose of the coolant in your engine is to remove the excess heat through the radiator.  Engine coolant is also called antifreeze because chemicals are added to keep it from freezing in cold climates so you can continue to operate your vehicle.  The engine coolant is circulated through your engine block, radiator and heater core by the water pump.  The water pump spins near the same RPM as your engine, so its bearings need to be cooled and lubricated.  The antifreeze in your vehicle therefore is also a lubricant for the water pump.   The main reason to regularly change your antifreeze is to protect your engine from internal corrosion.  Antifreeze contains different chemicals to maintain the pH levels and to keep the various materials from corroding.  Over time, these chemicals are depleted or precipitate and will no longer protect your engine and cooling system from corrosion. It will also reduce costly repair bills, leaks and components failing.   Replacing your vehicle’s coolant is the best way to prevent future cooling system problems.  Every time you replace the coolant, it is best to perform a cooling system flush as well.  This will ensure that any depleted antifreeze, precipitants or corrosion products are completely removed from your vehicle’s cooling system.  With the old antifreeze removed the new antifreeze will be able to better resist corrosion and with the precipitants and corrosion products removed, heat transfer will be restored to its maximum.   Whenever you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us, so we can inspect the vehicle for you. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.
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.
November 29, 2016

Inspecting the Vehicle in Winter

The winter months can present many challenges for you and your vehicle. While modern vehicles are designed to handle inclement weather conditions, there are some basic steps every driver should take as the days get shorter and the temperature drops. Replace or Refill All Fluids The best way to winterize your car is to start by checking your fluid levels. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the fluid levels for you. Coolant—It is especially important to have the correct antifreeze/water mixture to prevent fluid from freezing in your radiator. Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual for information on this mixture. Make sure the fluid is filled to the maximum line. Oil—Make sure to have the oil changed on a regular basis. This will help keep the parts operating efficiently with one another. Wiper fluid—Often overlooked, you will need freeze-resistant wiper fluid to keep your windshield clean and your vision clear. Inspect or Replace Your Tires Low air pressure and worn tires are especially dangerous on wet or slick roads, as both can reduce traction. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended pressure. If you have never checked tire pressure yourself, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can check the pressure and properly inflate the tires if they need it. Cold Weather & Battery Capacity The battery capacity is reduced by the cold weather, too. A thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals, and fluid will help you make sure your car is ready for the winter. Check over the battery cables for cracks and breaks. The terminals should fit snugly with no loose connections. To read the level of charge in your battery, you will need to turn the engine off. Some batteries have a built-in hydrometer eye that tells you the amount of voltage remaining in the battery. If you prefer, a handheld hydrometer can be used to collect the same information. While you are inspecting your battery, look around for the manufacture date. Knowing how old your battery is can clue you in to when it will begin to lose charge. Pack an Emergency Kit Keeping a safety kit in your car all year is a good idea. Things like road flares, a jack, a lug wrench, and a first aid kit should be at hand no matter what. Items to include in your winter safety kit can include a flashlight, blanket, leather gloves, a bag of kitty litter or sand incase you get stuck in slush, ice scraper, a small shovel, and non perishable snacks. Prevent Frozen Doors Door locks can freeze in cold weather and break your key if you try to force them open. You can purchase glycerine that you can use for de-icing. Think about where you keep it, however, because if the de-icer is in the glove box of your frozen-shut car, then it will not help you out. You can also place a tube at home in the garage and also in your desk at […]
July 12, 2016

Checking the Fluids in your Vehicle

  It is important to inspect the fluid levels on a regular basis. If you do not check the fluids, it can lead to damage of parts in the vehicle. Engine oil lubricates and maintains the components within your engine, helping to prevent heat that can destroy the parts within. Coolant keeps engines from overheating, as well as from freezing, not matter the environment. Windshield washer fluid helps preserve our ability to operate the vehicles safely as well as protects our windshield. Engine oil lubricates your vehicles transmission and internal parts, keeping them running without getting damaged. It forms a thin surface covering that allows engine parts to run efficiently. It also helps seal all the little gaps in the metal can take away from the efficiency of your engine, while lubricating the metal parts that pass through each other, thus limiting the friction and heat within the engine. The other big task that motor oil does is that it cleans. By passing through the engine, oil picks up the debris that can hinder engine performance, such as little particles of sand or carbon given off by the firing of the cylinders. The particles are then deposited in the oil filter. Antifreeze and coolant are essentially a mixture. Ideally, they are 50/50 proportioned within each other so that an engine can make the greatest use of both. Coolant and antifreeze is a fluid that should be checked before any long trip because in extremely hot or cold conditions, the engine can loose power due to a lack of it, causing the driver to be stranded in rough conditions. Remember that you should never remove the radiator cap while the engine is hot. This will cause bad burns from the steam and gases being released toward you should you do so. Also remember to check the windshield washer fluid. It is usually blue or turquoise in color and is primarily used by drivers on the road while they actually drive.  It effectively cleans off most objects that become engrained on the windshield while in normal transit. By having windshield washer fluid, you can remove any dirt, grime, and debris that might be on the windshield of your vehicle when you drive.