Fluid Levels

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.  
January 4, 2016

Changing the Oil for Your Vehicle

  Knowing how to care for your vehicle and keep it maintained is important. The oil should be changed on a regular basis. This helps to keep parts and components working as well as they should be. If you are unsure of how often the oil should be changed in the vehicle, bring it in. We can help to set up a schedule that is best for the vehicle. Regular maintenance is beneficial for the vehicle. It can help to keep it working as efficiently as it should be. It can also help to increase how long the parts last. If one part starts to wear out and is ignored, it could cause a larger issue for other parts.   When you have clean oil in the vehicle, it can help it to run more efficiently. This is because the older oil, which is dirty, can then be replaced by newer cleaner oil. Debris and other contaminants would no longer be in the oil. The clean oil also lubricates lubricate parts and components as the engine runs. This is important because it will prevent any unnecessary friction that could occur if the oil levels were low. If the parts operate without any oil, or oil that is dirty, it could cause them to wear out prematurely. This could result in an unexpected problem, or even a costly repair bill for your vehicle. Fixing a small issue early on can help prevent a larger one from forming later.   It is also important to remember to change the oil filter. This oil filter is important because it captures all the dirt, debris, and other contaminants that the oil might have in it. Over time, this oil filter will become clogged with the pollutants from the oil. When we check the oil, we can also examine the oil filter to see if it should be changed. Having a clean oil filter can also help to benefit the efficiency of the vehicle. This is because it can help to provide the correct amount of oil to travel through the engine, while also providing the engine with clean oil. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for the source of the issue. This way your vehicle can be as safe as possible when you drive.
November 25, 2015

Fluids to Inspect in your Vehicle

  When you own a vehicle, it is important to keep it in the best condition possible. This should include going to regular maintenance inspections. We can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure they do not need to be replaced. Another thing that should be inspected is each fluid reservoir and the fluid levels in them. If you have to replace the fluid often, it could mean there is a leak in the system. It is recommended to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.   One fluid to check is the transmission fluid. This is because it lubricates and cools down your vehicle as needed. If you inspect the transmission fluid at home, you should pay attention to what color it is. If the color is dark or black in color, it should be replaced soon. Ideally the transmission fluid should be red or green. Also check the brake fluid. This is a hydraulic fluid that gives your brakes the pressure and power needed to stop the vehicle. As the brake fluid ages, it will collect moisture and will need to be replaced. This is because the moisture content will get to high, and make the fluid less efficient. The moisture content happens slowly, so the brake fluid may need to be replaced once every one or two years.   Remember to check the oil in your vehicle as well. It is able to lubricate, protect, and cool the engine as it operates. Make sure to change the oil based on the recommended schedule. As the oil is used in the vehicle, it begins to collect soot and other particles from the engine. Over time, these particles will rub over the engine components and cause wear and tear to them.   The power steering fluid helps to supply power to turn the wheel of your vehicle easily. When seals and other internal parts begin to wear out, the fluid can become contaminated with dust or debris. If you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in as soon as you can.