Odd Noises

August 5, 2016

Brake Inspections for your Vehicle

  One way to help increase the safety of it is to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. This is important because we can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle for any issues. Having the issue fixed at the first sign is important because it can help reduce problems in the future. This will help save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Part of inspecting your vehicle also includes checking the brake system. The brakes are an important part because it allows you to slow down, make safe turns, and also to stop. If you are unsure about your brakes, either look to see what type of shape they are in, or call us to have them inspected.   Since checking the brakes takes a small amount of time, this should be a high priority. It is one of the easiest ways to keep you and your passengers safe without doing a complete vehicle overhaul. It is more than worth the time and effort to have peace of mind. Besides, you can always learn how to check the basics yourself, that way you will know your brakes are ready and running at any moment, especially during rain or when planning to drive on rough terrain. If you notice any grinding or odd noises from the brakes, make sure to contact us as soon as you can. This will reduce the chance of further issues happening with the brakes and your vehicle.   Maintaining and up keeping your brakes in proper working order is one of the cheapest and practical ways to ensure the safety of your vehicle. If you slam on your brakes often, it could cause them to wear out sooner than they typically should. By having the brakes checked regularly, we will be able to determine the overall condition they are in. Remember to check your brakes often, and they will thank you by remaining reliable and glitch free. This can provide you with a safe and pleasant driving experience this summer.
July 1, 2016

Change your Driving Habits to Improve the Brakes

  The driving patterns you have can affect the brakes, tires, and other parts of the vehicle. Brakes will wear down faster with heavy loads or if towing is involved. Stop and go driving may also cause faster wear to the vehicle. It can also cause more damage to the vehicle. The speed that you drive is based on the type of road and weather conditions that might be in the area. The speed you are going will determine how much braking would be needed in order to stop. Also frequent short trips through town can be more damaging to the system than extensive highway travel. This is because the amount of times you will have to stop and apply the brakes.   You should always know what condition the brakes are in. If you drive in dusty areas like gravel roads or construction sites, the brakes may need to be inspected more often. This is because over time, problems can start to form for the brake system. Sand, dirt, and dust can affect the stopping ability of your vehicle. It can also wear down the components faster.   Another tip is to combine short trips into one longer stop. Several short stops can cause an issue with the brake system. It may also require more maintenance and repairs than it typically should. By making the trips into the smallest amount possible, you can also save on fuel costs because your vehicle will be fuel-efficient. It can also affect the performance and safety of the vehicle.   When you stop, make sure to brake slowly and gentle. This is better than slamming on the brakes fast. Over time, the brakes will wear out sooner than they typically should. If you notice an issue with the brake system, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the brakes and vehicle for you.
June 17, 2016

Signs the Brakes should be Inspected

  Having the vehicle inspected is important to the overall safety of your vehicle. The brake system is one of the most important safety features that you need for your vehicle. This is because the brakes allow you to slow the vehicle and stop. Factors that can affect brake wear include driving habits, operating conditions, vehicle type, and the quality of the brake lining material.   By knowing what some warning signs are of the brakes, you can help keep them maintained and working efficiently while you drive.   Noise: You might hear screeching, grinding, or a clicking noise when you apply the brakes.   Pulling: The vehicle might also start to pull in when direction or the other when you brake.   Brake Pedal: You might notice an issue with the vehicle if the brake pedal is too hard or soft when you apply it. The brake pedal may also vibrate when you apply the brakes.   Warning Light: The brake warning light is another indication of an issue if you see it illuminate on the dashboard of your vehicle. If you experience anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have a pleasant driving experience.
April 8, 2016

Drive Safe on the Road by Avoiding Potholes

    Potholes are an increasing problem on roads. This is because they can cause damage to vehicles and present a potential safety hazard. They are caused when moisture gets into the cracks in the road, which expands when it freezes. The holes get bigger as vehicles drive over them and damage the structure of the road below its surface layer. Weather conditions and repeated freezing and thawing cycles make the pothole situation worse.   Hitting a pothole can do damage to your vehicle. Initial impact on a vehicle can cause buckled wheels, cracks, cracked alloys, and it can knock out the tracking and wheel balancing. In some cases, hitting a pothole can result in loss of control of the vehicle.   It is important to keep an eye out for any potholes or damage on the surface of the road. By noticing a puddle, especially in the spring, it could hide a pothole beneath it. Also make sure to leave enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This can help you to see potholes before you get to them. If you hit a pothole at higher speeds, it can increase the amount of damage that is done. Try not to apply the brakes when driving over a pothole, as this can place more stress on the front suspension.   If you hit a pothole, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you. If there is an issue, you will want to make sure it is inspected as soon as possible. This way you can prevent further damage being done to your vehicle. It can also help you to have a safe and enjoyable ride.