Oil Changes

April 21, 2017

Check the Oil on your Vehicle Regularly

  It is important to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible. To help accomplish this, you should bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. One task to remember to do is have regular oil changes. The oil for your vehicle gets worn out during the lifecycle. By having regularly scheduled oil changes, you can help keep the engine clean and avoid the potentially engine-damaging effects contaminated oil can inflict.   Motor oil becomes less effective over time. This can do harm and damage to your engine if you do not have the proper oil changes done to it. Constant exposure to heat, moisture, and air leads to oil degradation. Oil thickening, sludge, deposit formation, and corrosive wear. All these elements can take a toll on your engine. It can cause further wear and tear and damage to the engine. When the oil additives are completely exhausted, oil can no longer handle the dirt and metals that are freely floating around, causing the oxidation that creates sludge. Most importantly, old oil can no longer protect your engine against corrosion and wear when it breaks down.   Oil is pumped through small engine passageways lubricating all moving parts while acting as a cooling agent to reduce engine heat. The moving parts help to keep the oil running through your vehicle. Once the pump gets the oil moving, the oil travels through tiny oil passageways, lubricating all the functioning parts and then finally dropping back down to the oil pan. The oil pump is a crucial part for engine lubrication. The oil pump is responsible for creating the pressure that pushes your oil throughout your engine parts. Without it, your oil would just sit in the pan. The oil filter captures any harmful debris, metal or dirt that has entered your oil system.   Maintaining the correct oil change schedule is important for your vehicle. This can help it to operate efficiently when you drive. Skipping oil changes, exceeding mileage, or going long periods of time before your next oil change can accelerate the wear on the vital parts that keep your vehicle running smoothly. This can eventually lead to premature engine breakdown, as well as a costly repair bill. Make sure to contact us so you are aware of when the next oil change will be needed.
March 17, 2017

Improving Fuel Efficiency

  Looking for ways to have your vehicle be fuel-efficient is beneficial for everyone. First and foremost, always make sure to take the time to bring your vehicle in for regularly scheduled maintenances. Between visits, make sure to stay alert to any changes, noises, vibrations, or other unusual things. As regularly as possible, inspect the tires and top off all the fluids. By doing this, you can help to make sure you get the best gas mileage possible. A few things you can do yourself will help increase the fuel efficiency as well. Also make sure the vehicle is able to run at optimal performance, by removing unnecessary weight. Extra weight in the vehicle can decrease mileage.     Always make sure to check the tire pressure of your vehicle regularly. If you keep the tires properly inflated, it can improve your gas mileage as much as 3 percent. A benefit of properly inflated tires is proper handling and they will last longer. You can also improve your gas mileage by making sure your tires are properly aligned. Another simple item is to follow the manufacture’s recommended grade of motor oil, as it can save up to 2 percent on your mileage as well.     The most important thing is to slow down. The faster you drive, the harder the engine has to work. If you speed, you are possibly reducing your fuel efficiency by up to 33 percent. Also avoid any excessive idling when possible. Idling can waste a significant amount of fuel. Fast braking and fast starts are other things to consider. By doing these, you waste energy and fuel from your vehicle. Instead, make sure to accelerate smoothly and try to remain at a constant speed when you are on an open road. If you can predict stoplights and traffic jams, you can help to prevent slamming on the brakes.     One of the easiest things to do to maximize the fuel efficiency of your vehicle is to lighten the load it is carrying. Anything that is in your vehicle that can be taken out because it is not necessary, do so. For every 100 pounds lighter you can make your vehicle, you can increase your mileage by up to 2 percent. Also, storing heavy objects in your trunk is a bad idea, as this can weigh down your vehicle and decrease the mileage. Instead, make sure you find a place for those items in your home or storage facility. It is also a good idea to remove things that will cause drag with your vehicle like bike racks and luggage racks when they are not being used.
August 26, 2016

Get ready for school by getting your Car ready

  When school starts, now is a great time to get your vehicle inspected for any issues or damage. If you notice any issues with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. With all the time your family spends in your car, truck or SUV, you know how important it is to have a safe and reliable vehicle. There are a few items you should check in order to have a safe and reliable vehicle. Check your wiper blades Check air pressure in spare tire Windshield washer fluid Brake fluid Coolant/Anti-freeze Replace air filter Check battery terminals Check all lights We can also inspect the belts, hoses, and tires of your vehicle. This way we can look for any sign of damage or wear to them. If you notice the vehicle pulling in one direction or the other when you drive, it could be an issue with the tires or the steering. Going back to school can be an exciting time for all our children from pre-school to college. Knowing that your vehicle is ready to take them wherever they need to go is reassuring. Make sure to schedule an appointment to increase the safety and performance of your vehicle this year.  
July 28, 2016

Having a more Fuel-Efficient Vehicle

  Having a fuel-efficient vehicle is something everyone strives for. If the vehicle is fuel-efficient, it can help save you money at the pump. To help get better mileage, a change in driving habits may be in order. The easiest thing to change is the speed that you travel. While going fast can be tempting, it can decrease your mileage as you drive. Driving sixty miles per hour instead of seventy miles per hour can save you two to four miles per gallon on your trip. This can add up to huge savings over time.   It is also important to not accelerate too quickly or slam on the brakes. Instead, try to anticipated stoplights and signs. Rapid accelerating or braking can waste fuel, as well as causing wear and tear on the brakes. Keeping the windows up can also help to provide better fuel efficiency. Having the windows down can create aerodynamic drag that can cause the engine to work harder.   The tires should be inflated to the amount recommended in the vehicle owner’s manual. If the tires are underinflated, there could be concern for a blowout when you travel. Tires that are overinflated can pick up sharp objects on the road and puncture the tire. Improperly inflated tires can also cause uneven wear on the tire, resulting in the need to replace them sooner than necessary.   Also make sure to have the air filter inspected and changed as recommended. Air filters that are clean can save up to ten percent on fuel costs. Another beneficial thing you can do is to remove any unneeded weight you might have in the vehicle or trunk. The less weight in in the vehicle, the better the fuel efficiency can be. If you ever notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.