Summer driving

July 6, 2017

Odors to be Aware of

    If you smell burning rubber, it could mean the belt is slipping. It could also be hoses that are loose and are rubbing against drive pulleys. If the engine is hot, do not reach in to check the issue. It is always recommended to have a professional do this.     Another smell to be aware of is a burning carpet smell. This could indicate brake issues are happening. It could also become a safety hazard while driving. Make sure to have the brakes of the vehicle inspected as soon as possible. This is especially true if you notice the smell when under normal driving and braking conditions.     If there is an odor of hot oil, this could indicate a leak. The oil could be leaking onto the exhaust system of the vehicle. Make sure to look for any oil spots on the pavement or cement where you park. Also look for any smoke that might be coming from the engine area. If the vehicle is leaking oil, it can cause damage to other parts as well. It can also cost you a significant amount because you will have to replace to oil frequently.     If there is a leak with the fuel injector line, there might be a smell of gasoline. This can also be noticed if the fuel tank leaks. If you notice this, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. The smell of fuel could result in a fire hazard. Bringing the vehicle in can improve the safety for you and those around you.     If you smell an odor like rotten eggs, there is an issue with the vehicle. It could mean that there is a problem with the catalytic converter of the vehicle. It may not be converting the hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide as properly as it should. This can result in a poor running engine. Eventually, the catalytic converter can be overloaded and fail.   Smelling something sweet, like the smell of syrup, could mean there is a leak in the vehicle. The leak could be that of engine coolant. This can be related to the cooling system of the vehicle. If you need to check the coolant, make sure to not open it if the cap is hot. There could be pressure from the hot steam. If there is anything out of the norm you notice with your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.
June 16, 2017

Why Regular Auto Repair is Important

  All owners should have a regular auto repair schedule to ensure that all components of the vehicle are working, as they should be. An auto repair schedule also helps to catch any premature wear and tear on your vehicle. When performing any type of auto repair on your own there are certain aspects of your vehicle that should not be overlooked. Be sure and check your oil, transmissions fluid, and fuel filter on a regular basis for any clogs or leaks. These filters keep the fluids running through the vehicle cleanly and without harmful contaminants. Having a dirty air filter is another aspect on auto repair you should not disregard. A dirty air filter will slow you down and force you to use more fuel. Always be sure and check your oil level during this process too. Your engine oil should be changed every three months or 3,000 miles for the best results.   While there are some things you can fix on the vehicle yourself, it is always best to have a professional do these. This way we can ensure the parts and components are working properly with one another when you drive. If you happened to notice a sign of a problem starting to form, make sure you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. This can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run when it would be time to repair or replace the part. Ignoring the issue can increase the chance that other parts will start to fail.   There are different types of oil for different situations. Older cars might use a thicker oil to help fill the gaps where thin oil may otherwise seep through and cause the oil to become lost. Do not ignore your fuel filter because it will become plugged up. If the plug continues, the filter may get to where it will not work anymore and you can end of up harmful substances in your fuel system. This will slow your vehicle down and even cause you to break down. You should also flush your cooling system instead of draining it once a year. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the right schedule for your vehicle.
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.  
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.