Inspections

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.    
September 14, 2017

Inspecting the Battery Regularly is Important

  The battery is an essential part in order for your vehicle to run. The alternator of the vehicle helps by charging the battery. This will then allow it to operate and run properly. Without either of these two components you would not be able to run the vehicle. Your battery provides electricity to start the engine, ignite the fuel, operate the lights and heater, as well as any other mechanisms. Batteries are lead-acid based and come in a variety of voltages, depending on what your car specifically needs according to the owner’s manual.     Car batteries have components made of different materials. Materials used to improve the cathode, anode, and electrolyte performance are nickel, magnesium, cobalt, and silicon tubes. The anode is rich in lithium ions and the chemical reaction between the electrolyte and anode cause ions to move to the cathode. This process causes the electric current that helps the car run. Lithium iron phosphates make up the cathode. These increase the electric range and performance of the vehicle. These components are essential for helping all elements work together to create the motion of the vehicle.     The leading cause of vehicle breakdowns is battery failure. There are ways to prevent frequent breakdowns and to keep your engine working efficiently. If a battery is being undercharged it causes sulfating. This means that there is a chemical breakdown of battery electrolytes. When this occurs, it reduces the battery’s ability to hold a charge and provide energy. When a battery is not used over a period of time it loses its electrical charge. Periodically using or starting a vehicle can prevent this issue. Heat can cause batteries to fail as well. When temperatures reach over 100 degrees, the rate of internal discharge increases and causes battery malfunction. This can happen over a short period of time with high heat.     It is important to do everything possible to prolong the life of the battery. One way of doing this is to make sure all of the electronics are shut off before turning off the engine. Common things to check are the headlights, radio, air conditioner, and G.P.S. device. Turning these off can help keep the battery from being drained. It also can help minimize the risk of damaging electronics while starting the car. Corrosion can interrupt the electrical current and lead to failure. Loose cables can also lead to an interruption in electrical current. Always make sure the cables and brackets that hold the battery are tight. If you notice that the vehicle is becoming difficult to start, make sure to contact us.  
August 25, 2017

Knowing why Regular Maintenance is Important

  On a regular basis, make sure to check the fluid levels in your vehicle. There should be a reservoir corresponding for each fluid. The fluid level should be up to the line that is designated on each reservoir. If a fluid level is low, make sure to add the correct fluid to it. If you notice you have to add more fluid than what is typical, it could indicate that there is a leak somewhere in the system. Also make sure to check the oil in the vehicle. When recommended, the oil should be changed. This can help clean new clean oil lubricating the moving parts of the engine. Without good quality oil, parts can start to wear and cause stress with one another. This can increase the chance they wear out sooner than they typically should.   The battery is the easiest part of a general vehicle inspection. You can tell a battery needs to be replaced by looking at it. If there are any cracks or leaks, the battery needs to be replaced. This can prevent corrosion from occurring. Also make sure to inspect the tires on your vehicle. Tires that are worn can cause poor fuel mileage, as well as decrease the safety for your vehicle. Check the tread on the tires, because it is important to grip the surface of the road as you drive. Having the proper amount of tread can increase the handling and control of the vehicle. When you check the tread of the tires, also ensure the tires are inflated to the proper air pressure amounts. The correct amount can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. Tires that are under inflated can cause poor fuel mileage. They will also wear out sooner than they typically should. Tires that are over inflated will have less contact with the surface of the road.   In order to keep the vehicle working at top performance levels, all the parts and components should be inspected on a regular basis. If there are any signs that you notice of the vehicle starting to fail, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in. This way we can inspect the vehicle so it can last as long as possible, while also improving the safety and reliability when you drive. When you fix an issue at the first sign, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run.