Regular Maintenance

September 20, 2017

Checking the Windshield Wipers Regularly

  One of the first things you should check is the windshield. It should be free of any cracks, divots, or and other damage. If it needs to be replaced, this should be done as soon as you can. Having the best quality windshield will help improve the safety of your driving. Also make sure to inspect the windshield wipers on the vehicle. They should also be in good condition. If there is any damage to them, make sure to have them replaced as soon as you can. Noticing an issue with them is another indication that a new set of windshield wipers would be needed.     The windshield wipers should also be inspected on a regular basis. If you notice that they operate poorly or are less effective, make sure to have them replaced as soon as you can. Windshield wipers are inexpensive, so they should be replaced at any sign that they are no longer efficient. Ways to notice an issue is any smear or smudge marks they leave behind as they operate. This could indicate that there are rips or tears on the wiper blades. This would cause less effectiveness when they operate. Also be aware of any vibrations or chattering you might notice from the wipers. This could mean that the arm is bent as well.     When you check the windshield wipers, also check the wiper fluid. This fluid is important because it works together with the windshield wipers to remove any dirt or road grime that might be on the windshield. This should be topped off on a regular basis, as well as before any long road trip you may take. This can help to improve safe driving. If you notice an issue with the wipers and how they clear the windshield, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
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.  
September 7, 2017

Improve the Visibility when you Drive

  The first thing to check is the windshield. The windshield should be clean and clear of any bugs or road grime that could be on it. Also check for any cracks or divots that could be on the windshield. These could impair your visibility when you drive. If there is a crack, even a small one, it is important to have it fixed before it becomes larger and you may need to replace the entire windshield. Also check the side windows and the rear windshield.   Also check the windshield wipers. If your vehicle has a wiper for the rear windshield, that should be inspected as well. Check the blade for any rips or tears. Ideally the windshield wipers should be changed twice a year. This would be after winter and after the summer months. If you notice the windshield wipers chatter or vibrate on the windshield, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect them for you. Having a good pair of windshield wipers will help remove precipitation, road grime, bugs, and other debris from the windows to improve the visibility.   The headlights and taillights will also need to be inspected on your vehicle. This is especially important for any nighttime driving you do. Not only does it improve your visibility, but it also helps others to see where you are. The blinkers should also be inspected to ensure they work. This will help avoid an accident because those around you will know which direction you will be turning. If the headlights are dim or do not illuminated the road properly, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the bulb and also the alignment of the lights. By doing so, you have improved visibility as you drive.
September 1, 2017

Remember to Inspect the Transmission

  When the transmission starts to go out, you may notice that the vehicle will not change gears easily. The transmission helps in making sure that you will be able to stay in gear and that your gears will provide the right amount of power. The best way that you will be able to maintain a properly working transmission is through the use of good auto service. This is something which can help you to prevent problems before they ever happen. It can also help you to save the money of an expensive transmission replacement. Bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the transmission for your safety and reliability. We can also look at other parts and components under the hood like the engine, gaskets, as well as belts and hoses. It is also important to make sure that the maintenance schedule for your vehicle is being followed. Additionally, it is important that you are not ignoring things like loss of power or other signs that your transmission might be failing.       As long as you are making sure to bring in your vehicle for all regularly scheduled maintenance visits as recommended by the manufacturer it can help to reduce problems. Taking the preemptive measures will help in making sure that the rest of the engine is working properly. This will take more strain off of the engine so that the transmission will be able to work better for a longer period of time. Also, these visits will make sure that the transmission is being serviced including more than just topping off the transmission fluids.       There are other reasons to bring in your vehicle other than the regular inspections. These will include whenever it seems like your vehicle is not changing gears properly or the vehicle will not stay in gear. Loss of power while accelerating is another sign that you might need to bring your vehicle in to be looked at. These are all different kind of problems transmissions are known to have on occasion. By getting these looked at as soon as possible, it is possible to simply repair the problem while maintaining your transmission. If you ignore the issue, it is likely that it will get worse and result in a costly repair bill.