Inspections

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.