Oil Changes

October 6, 2017

Why the Fluids are Important

  The fluids are essential for the vehicle operating at top performance levels. Make sure to inspect the fluid levels on a regular basis. They should be filled to the line indicated on each reservoir. If you notice that a fluid decreases and you have to add more to the reservoir often, it could be an indication there is a leak somewhere in the system. If the leak is ignored, it can cause issues for the vehicle when you want to drive it. With several fluids to check, make sure you inspect them all. They should be free of any dirt and contaminants that will affect the condition of the fluid. Also make sure to bring the vehicle in on a regular basis so we can inspect the fluids for you as well.     Along with checking the fluid levels, also remember to have the oil changed when it is recommended. Keeping he oil fresh and clean will be able to allow the parts to work effectively with one another. Without the oil, parts of the engine will cause friction with one another and extra strain. If you are not sure how often the oil should be changed, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the proper oil change schedule that is beneficial for you and your vehicle. When you bring the vehicle in, we can also inspect the oil filter for your vehicle. The oil filter is important because it catches dirt and other pollutants that could be in the oil.     Along with checking the fluids in your vehicle, also make sure to inspect the windshield wiper fluid. This is important because in order to have the windshield wipers work effectively, you will need the fluid to help wash away any dirt or road grime. It is always recommended to keep some extra wiper fluid in your vehicle, just in the event where the reservoir runs empty. No matter what the weather is, or the time of the year, having the windshield wiper fluid topped off is best. This improves the visibility when you drive on the road. A clean windshield can allow you to see the road effectively, as well as noticing any drivers that are around you.
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.