Inspection

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.  
December 21, 2017

Issues with the Engine

    If a warning light illuminates on the dashboard of your vehicle, make sure to take note of which one it is. It is important to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for where the issue is. If the light starts blinking, it will indicate a much more serious problem. These lights are connected to sensors that monitor all that your vehicle does. If something is wearing or has become damaged, the computer will use these lights to alert you to what the issue might be. Common lights could be low oil pressure or the check engine light. The check engine light could mean one of several things wrong with it, so it is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. The issues could range from the gas cap not being on tight, all the way to a severe issue with the engine.     Driving the vehicle should be a smooth and pleasant experience. It should be free of any jerking, surging, or pulling. If you notice the vehicle pulling or surging, it could indicate an issue with the spark plugs. Another reason for the poor driving could be clogged fuel lines or a clogged fuel filter. It is always best to bring the vehicle in at the first sign of any of these issues. Preventive maintenance can help to reduce the chance of this happening. Also, regular oil changes and belt replacements are needed at the correct intervals to help provide your vehicle with the best driving experience.     A way to notice if there is an issue with the engine is if you hear a tapping or clinking noise. This could mean that there is an issue with the cylinders of the vehicle. Another noise to notice is a grinding noise. If you hear the grinding noise when you attempt to start the vehicle, the motor might need to be inspected. If the grinding happens when the vehicle is shifting between gears, it could indicate an issue with the transmission.   A well maintained vehicle will help it to be efficient and safe when you drive. If you notice any issue, make sure to contact us as soon as possible so we can inspect the vehicle for you to ensure it is operating correctly.
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.
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.