Inspections

February 20, 2018

Dashboard Warning Lights

Your dashboard can be a key indicator of the health of your car, and ignoring any symbols can be potentially dangerous for you and other drivers. If a light turns on, make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can, so we can inspect it for the source of the issue. If the light starts to blink, it means the issue is serious. Pull over the vehicle when it is safe to do so, and turn it off. This can help to prevent further damage being done to your vehicle, as well as improving the safety for you and those around you. If the engine maintenance light flashes up on your dashboard, it may be accompanied by other symptoms, too. Your car may lack power, for example, if it has gone into safe or ‘limp’ mode. Sometimes the symptoms may be very subtle, though, and can be down to something as minor as a faulty sensor. If you see this symbol, it is always best to take your car to a garage, and rule out any serious issues. An important safety feature of any car, airbags can be lifesavers in the event of a crash. If this warning light appears, it’s best that you go to a garage for a check. It could mean an airbag is faulty and won’t work if you crash, or that one is about to go off which in itself could cause a serious accident The power steering light indicates an issue with the power steering, and you’ll notice that driving starts to feel very heavy and difficult. It can pose a huge risk at higher speeds, if you need to change direction quickly. Make sure to drive accordingly and slowly, until you are able to get to a location to turn off your vehicle. The warning lights also come in different colors, to help determine the seriousness of them. Red warning lights indicate a serious problem, but may also be a reminder, such as not putting a seatbelt on whilst driving. Yellow or orange means a service is required or a part needs repairing. A blue or green light can mean that a system is on, such as cruise control. No matter what, if the dashboard light is flashing, it means that it’s important that you contact us soon. By having us check the vehicle, you can help improve the safety when you drive.  
December 4, 2017

Windshield Wiper Inspections are Needed

  One of the most neglected components on a vehicle are the wiper blades. Many blades are cracked, torn, split, or brittle. If the windshield wiper blades look like this, they should be replace as soon as possible. This is because they can no longer be efficient at clearing away the windshield. It is necessary to clear off any water, road debris, sleet, and snow from the windshield. Cold weather can affect the life of the windshield blades. Freezing temperatures can make the rubber portion of the blades hard and brittle. This can increase the likelihood that they will crack or split. The holders can also become clogged with ice and snow. This prevents the holder from distributing spring tension evenly over the blade. It can cause the blades to freeze up and leave streaks as it moves across the glass. Heavy usage of the windshield wiper blades can be hard on them as well. It can result in the blades wearing down and needing to be replaced. Anytime you notice the windshield wipers not being effective, they should be replaced as soon as possible.   The windshield wipers may need to be replaced if you notice a poor condition of the wiper arms and holders. This could allow sloppy wipers that will not effectively clear away the windshield. If you notice any issues with how the wipers are working, make sure to bring your vehicle in. We can inspect the windshield wipers to make sure they are in good condition and effective at cleaning the windshield of your vehicle.   Also remember to have windshield washer fluid in your vehicle, incase you need to add some to the reservoir. Without washer fluid, the wipers will not be able to efficient remove road grime and precipitation on the window. Also remember to bring the vehicle in at any issue you start to notice with the wipers. By having the wipers inspected, you can improve the visibility when you drive.
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.
September 27, 2017

Knowing when your Vehicle should be Maintained

    You will want to make sure that your vehicle is maintained on a regular basis. Some minor problems normally occur in parts of the engine, which are designed to wear out or run out as a part of a protective measure for more vital parts of the vehicle. By making sure that these parts are being replaced or repaired as soon as there is a problem will help in making sure that future problems can be avoided. It can also help reduce the chance of a costly repair bill. Some of the most important things that you will need to make sure of are that the engine can be maintained at the right temperature to provide better performance.       As your engine burns gasoline, it will heat up. This is the reason why coolants are such an important fluid used in vehicles. It will allow you to be able to maintain engine temperature while you are running at peak performance. This will help in making sure that the cylinders will be able to easily slide in and out so that proper combustion can be achieved. This will prevent a misfire as well as mechanical problems which can cause you to throw a rod or worse. If the vehicle is constantly overheating, it could mean there is another issue with it.       There are different diagnostic codes that your vehicle will be able to provide so we know what issue to look for. It also helps notice minor problems whenever they happen. It can also help to prevent an unexpected breakdown when driving. Some issues may be quick and easy to check. This can help to get you back on the road again. Fixing issues before they become severe can help prolong the life of parts of the vehicle.       Going to regular maintenances can also help to prevent costly issues. If a part is starting to wear out, it can be fixed before it becomes worse. This can also help prevent other nearby parts from wearing out sooner than they should as well. Bringing the vehicle in for regular maintenances can decrease the chance for a breakdown with the vehicle. By going to regular maintenances to check for small issues, you can help to save money in the long run. If you notice an issue with the vehicle, it is always recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it.