September 1, 2017

Remember to Inspect the Transmission

  When the transmission starts to go out, you may notice that the vehicle will not change gears easily. The transmission helps in making sure that you will be able to stay in gear and that your gears will provide the right amount of power. The best way that you will be able to maintain a properly working transmission is through the use of good auto service. This is something which can help you to prevent problems before they ever happen. It can also help you to save the money of an expensive transmission replacement. Bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the transmission for your safety and reliability. We can also look at other parts and components under the hood like the engine, gaskets, as well as belts and hoses. It is also important to make sure that the maintenance schedule for your vehicle is being followed. Additionally, it is important that you are not ignoring things like loss of power or other signs that your transmission might be failing.       As long as you are making sure to bring in your vehicle for all regularly scheduled maintenance visits as recommended by the manufacturer it can help to reduce problems. Taking the preemptive measures will help in making sure that the rest of the engine is working properly. This will take more strain off of the engine so that the transmission will be able to work better for a longer period of time. Also, these visits will make sure that the transmission is being serviced including more than just topping off the transmission fluids.       There are other reasons to bring in your vehicle other than the regular inspections. These will include whenever it seems like your vehicle is not changing gears properly or the vehicle will not stay in gear. Loss of power while accelerating is another sign that you might need to bring your vehicle in to be looked at. These are all different kind of problems transmissions are known to have on occasion. By getting these looked at as soon as possible, it is possible to simply repair the problem while maintaining your transmission. If you ignore the issue, it is likely that it will get worse and result in a costly repair bill.    
August 11, 2017

Maintaining the Engine of your Vehicle

  Maintaining your vehicle is easy to do as long as you are making sure that you are using all of the right things. Among the different things that you will need for your engine are the coolants, which will help in maintaining the temperature of the engine. This will require not only making sure that you have the right amount of coolants in the engine, but the right kind as well. The important thing to make sure of is that you are always getting the fluids checked on a regular schedule. It is also important to make sure that your engine is using the right kind of antifreeze for the weather. The right kind of service will help to protect your engine in any weather from all different kinds of abuse.     Because of the importance of the antifreeze to your car, it is important that it is checked every time that you get your oil changed at least. If you are experiencing problems with your car like a leak, you will need to make sure that you are having it checked more often than that. If you do not want to rely on your mechanic to check it each time, you will be able to check it yourself whenever you fill up with gas. This is possible by locating the cap for the coolants. Most will have a gauge, which will allow you to see how much is in the car while others will rely on a stick to read it.     The same cap you will open to check the coolant will allow you to refill the fluid. Simply pour in as much as is needed so that you will be able to see the fluid in the cap. Make sure that you do not overfill it as you might flood the engine or cause a spill whenever you put the cap back on. Try to use the gauge in your engine so that you will be able to see how much you will need to add.     Whenever you are maintaining the right levels of coolants, it will help in making sure that the engine will operate properly. The cylinders will be able to operate without any risk of getting stuck due to overheating. The coolant that you are using will allow your engine to have a lower temperature by redistributing the heat from certain parts of the engine to others. Making sure that the right levels are in the engine as well as making sure that the pump is working properly will help to make sure that your engine stays cool in the summer and will not freeze in the winter.    
August 3, 2017

Problems with the Alternator

  The alternator is a critical component to your vehicle’s operation. It only contains a few parts, but if the alternator starts to go, you may have issues with your vehicle. The alternator turns the mechanical energy of the engine’s rotating crankshaft into electricity through induction. The alternator also has wires that cut through a magnetic field that helps to induce the electrical current. The current is used to power the accessories in your vehicle like the headlights or radio. The alternator also helps to keep the battery fully charged to the power it needs to start the vehicle.     The typical warning sign there is an issue with the alternator is to have the light on the dashboard illuminate. This light usually looks like a battery when it lights up. The light is linked to the computer system within the vehicle to help monitor the voltage output of the alternator. Many alternators have an output between thirteen and fourteen volts that is maintained at a constant level. If you have numerous accessories turned on, like the radio, headlights, and others, the alternator will need to work harder to maintain the necessary voltage needed.     The alternator supplies the power for the vehicle’s electrical needs. If it begins to lose electricity, so do the accessories that need that electricity to run properly. There may be erratic symptoms in your vehicle that could range from dim or extremely bright headlights, to the radio stopping abruptly. Other accessories like the power windows may start to slowdown if the alternator is starting to lose its current.     A sign that the alternator may start to go out is any growling or whining noise that you might hear. Along with the crankshaft pulley, a belt helps to produce the power for the alternator. If the pulley or belt is out of alignment it can cause other parts to start to wear out. As this happens, noises may start to be produced as problems arise. The smell of burning rubber is also an indication that the alternator is faulty. This is because the belt is creating more friction and heat to send power to the alternator.     If the alternator begins to fail, the battery starts to work harder to make up for the difference. This can cause the battery to wear out quicker than it should. The vehicle’s battery is not designed for any long-term power use, and it may result in it becoming unreliable. If you are unsure if the battery is starting to fail, make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it to see what the issue might be.     The electricity from the alternator is sent through cables and wires. If these have any issues with the connections at either end, it can reduce or stop the electricity from getting through. This may cause the lights to get brighter as the alternator produces more energy to overcome the resistance of a bad […]
June 26, 2017

Inspecting the Vehicle Regularly

  There are several fluids that will need to be checked in your vehicle. These include the oil, brake fluid, antifreeze, transmission fluid, and the power steering fluid. To check many of those levels, you will need to locate the reservoir for each fluid. The liquid should be at the line indicated on the reservoir. If it is not, make sure to fill it to the line. If you find that you have to fill the reservoir frequently, it could indicate a leak in the system.   Always make sure that the brakes are inspected on a regular basis. The brakes are important because they allow you to slow down and stop when you are driving. This helps to avoid an accident incase someone slams on the brakes in front of you, or if an animal jumps in the road. If you notice the brake pedal vibrating when you apply it, which could mean there is an issue with the brakes. Any odd noises or grinding sounds you hear can also mean that the brakes should be inspected. If the brake pad starts to wear down, it will cause friction with the brake rotor. This will the produce the noise, as well as any vibrating feelings you notice.   The systems in your car include the heat and the air conditioning. Your engine needs to run the car, but you also need to be able to ride in comfort as you go. The air might need to be recharged or you might need to make sure there are no leaks in the hoses in case the cool air isn’t getting to you. Anytime you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to call us and schedule an appointment. This way we can inspect the vehicle to see where the source of the issue is. This can also help you save time, money, and stress in the long run.