April 14, 2017

Check the Vehicle this Spring, Starting with the Brakes

    Maintaining the vehicle can help prevent an accident as well as a costly repair bill. Sometimes noises you hear may be the result of other parts of the brake system wearing. The brake pads and brake rotors can become damaged if the vehicle is driven too long with an issue. When bringing the vehicle in, bring the issue to our attention and we can inspect it to help ensure a safe and reliable ride.     A warning sign that the brakes on the vehicle are wearing and going bad is if you have to pump the brakes in order to get the vehicle to stop. If you have to stop suddenly, pumping the brakes will take too long in order for you to stop. If the brakes need to be pumped, make sure to check the brake fluid level. If the brake fluid is low, make sure to fill it up to the indicator line on the reservoir. If you find that the fluid needs to be added frequently, there may be a leak somewhere. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for where the issue might be. If you have to pump the brakes and the brake fluid is at the correct amount, you may need to invest in new brakes.     If you hear a noise from the brakes anytime you apply the brake pedal, it is recommended to get the brakes inspected as soon as possible. It could be an indication that the brakes are going bad. Also, you may hear a grinding noise. This could also mean that the brake pads and rotors have worn. If the brake pads are wearing out, they should be replaced as soon as possible to help prevent further damage being done to the brake rotors. By bringing in the vehicle, you can help to ensure it is in the best condition possible for when you drive.
April 29, 2016

Get Ready for Summer by Inspecting your Car

  Having the vehicle properly inspected now can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run. It can also help keep your vehicle at top performance levels when you drive this summer. Keeping the tires inflated to the proper air pressure can help to improve the fuel efficiency. When you check the air pressure regularly, also take a few extra seconds to inspect the tires. If you notice any damage or wear, make sure to schedule and appointment so we can inspect the tires for you.   You will also want to inspect the air conditioner and cooling system of your vehicle. In the summer, the main reason for a breakdown is coolant problems and the engine overheating. This results from poor airflow around the radiator. Checking the radiator cap at the start of the summer driving season is also a good idea. Given the temperatures to which the radiator cap is continually exposed, the internal rubber gasket can end up cracked, deformed, damaged, or hardened, and the cap’s metal spring also weakens over time. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the cooling system for you.   Also make sure you inspect the oil for your vehicle. The engine oil must be replaced at recommended intervals using the weight or viscosity of oil required by your vehicle’s owner manual. Between changes, be sure to check the oil level on a monthly basis, adding fresh oil whenever necessary. Anytime you notice 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 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.