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.
June 2, 2017

Improve the Comfort for When you Drive

One of the ways in which they can help you to be able to enjoy driving during the summer more is to make sure that you enjoy a smoother ride. The engine is a very important aspect of making sure that you are able to enjoy a smooth ride. This means making sure that you are getting an oil change that is ideal for the summer. It also means making sure that the pumps and pistons are operating correctly. Of course, it is always surprising how much your suspension has an effect on the gas mileage that you are able to enjoy.   The oil is the life blood of the vehicle. While there are many important fluids for a good operating vehicle, this is by far the most important. So many moving parts are dependent on good, clean oil to have unencumbered operation. It is a good idea to make sure that you are getting an oil change with a low weight so that it will be able to course through the veins of your engine and you will be able to get the kind of performance that your vehicle is capable of. If you are not sure how often the oil should be changed, make sure to contact us and we can recommend a schedule for you.   Whenever you are getting ready for summer driving, it is a good idea to make sure that major engine components are in good operational condition. While most pumps are designed to last for the life of your vehicle, it is a good idea to have it checked as the last thing you need is for the pump to give out and for your engine to not get the coolant that it needs in the warmest season of the year. The pistons and rods are also important to check so that it is possible that you will be able to get the best operation out of the engine.   Another way you can get better operation out of your vehicle is to make sure that the wheels stay in contact with the ground. Driving during the winter can kick up a lot of grime into different parts of your vehicle. If any of the grime got into your suspension, it can lead to hard suspension as you are driving during the summer. Anytime you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in. We can inspect the vehicle so you can have a safe and reliable drive.  
May 26, 2017

Knowing about the Alarm on your Vehicle

    Most vehicles have an alarm system now. This is obvious if you brush up against and barely touch a vehicle with an anti theft device. It will trigger a loud, annoying alarm. It is a noise loud enough to make anyone jump, catching people off guard and surprising them. Heads will turn and look in the direction of the alarm, and keep looking if the alarm doesn’t end quickly. Naturally a person will try to get away from the vehicle as quickly as possible to avoid embarrassment or the possibility being mistook as a thief. Anti theft systems on vehicles work to protect property from being stolen. They have also become a nuisance. First the alarms do not always cut off, which of course requires an auto service to be called to stop the loud noise alarm. In the meantime, the owner is aggravated and anyone within ear reach is annoyed. It is important to bring the vehicle in if you start to notice an issue with the alarm system.   There are additional benefits to have a car alarm systems installed. The various anti theft systems can be placed on the odometers. This helps to prevent a repairman and owner to change the mileage. The tires can have the alarms placed on them to prevent theft. If doors are touched, the hood or trunk; the headlights can also be set to turn off and on to attract attention. It is the extremely loud alarms that began to come under fire. These techniques do work to prevent theft, but can be points of aggravation for not only the vehicle owner, but also neighbors or others within ear shot of the vehicle.   The car alarms go off at the slightest touch. When an animal walks near the tires, a cat jumps on the car, or children playing outdoors unintentionally brush up against or touch the alarm, it goes off automatically. Sometimes both during the day and night the alarms can be heard going off several times. Complaints from neighbors, and businesses will start happening for the vehicle owners. It is important to be considerate of those around you and turn off the alarm as soon as you hear it incase an animal or child has accidently bumped it.   When the alarms go off, oftentimes, the car owner themselves has to be the one to shut off the car. Other than the battery running out of juice, there are few measures that can be taken. Some people will complain to the police about an alarm going off if it is accidently bumped. In most cases the law enforcement know that the alarm is only temporary and will cut off on their own. The alarm would be stopped before law enforcement could respond. Law enforcement will only get involved if alarm becomes a constant noise disturbance to others. So make sure the alarm system is working properly, and that you are considerate about those around you.  
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.