Tire Pressure

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.
April 7, 2017

Maintaining the Vehicle Regularly this Spring

    If you are looking to enjoy driving your vehicle for years to come, there are a few things that you will need to have. The kinds of things that you will need to have done include more than just checking the antifreeze. You will also need to be able to make sure that your tires are working properly. This will help improve the handling, mileage, and comfort of your vehicle as you drive.     The fluids in your car are vital to the proper function of the engine. Among the fluids that need to be checked regularly include the antifreeze along with the transmission fluid and the oil. Not only do these need to be topped off at all times. They should also be changed out on occasion. Flushing the system might be necessary if the fluid has not been changed in a while. This is because many of the fluids can have a corrosive effect if they have been left in the engine too long.     The tires are one of the most important parts of the vehicle. Without them, it is impossible for you to be able to stay on the road. Making sure not only that they have the right amount of tread and inflation, but that they are in proper alignment will help in making sure that you have better safety, performance and fuel efficiency. These should be inspected every time that you get gas as well as whenever you are getting even minor checks done to your vehicle. If you notice an issue between inspections, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for the source of the issue.  
March 21, 2017

Importance of Tire Alignments

If the vehicle pulls slightly in one direction or the other, or drastically, it could indicate that the tires need to be aligned. If you notice uneven wear on the tires, it could also mean that they are aligned poorly. If the alignment is off, it can lead to several issues. The vehicle should be aligned regularly, in order to prevent excessive and uneven wear on the tires. Having the tires aligned can also increase your safety when you drive. If you are unsure how often to have the tires aligned, make sure to contact us and we can advise a schedule for you.   Having the alignment checked can improve your safety when you drive. One way to notice if the alignment is off is to let go of the wheel with one hand for just a second, it could be enough to pull you in to that next lane and hit the cars that are driving in it. An accident could be caused because the tires were not aligned properly. You could also have a problem with your alignment and go across the yellow line and in to oncoming traffic if your pull goes to the right. No matter which way your vehicle is pulling you, a tire alignment can fix the problem.   Getting the tires looked at is one of the easier things on a vehicle. The vehicle is put on a lift and lifted up so all four tires are visible to the eye. Once the tire pressure is checked, the tires are checked for wear spots or uneven wear. Uneven wear on the tires is one of the first indications that it is out of alignment. If one tire has worn more than the others, it can mean the tires should be aligned or rotated.   Once those problems are recognized, then the vehicle is put up on a computer that measures the angle of the tires in degrees. When one is way off, that means the tire alignment is off. The computer read out tells us which tires need to be adjusted and how much. The tires are then put in to the correct placement and a test drive would be taken down the road. The tires can get knocked out of alignment after traveling a lot of miles without it being checked, it you drive down bumpy roads often or if you just have not had the tires rotated recently. The alignment can be knocked off pretty easily, but it can also be fixed quite easily. Driving on poor tires can lead to more issues with the tires as well. By bringing the vehicle in we can inspect the condition of the tires so they are able to perform efficiently when you drive.
January 20, 2017

How the Temperature Affects the Tire Pressure

Tires must be properly inflated to achieve maximum handling, traction, and durability as designed by the tire manufacturer. It is the air pressure that supports the weight of your vehicle, not the tire itself. Tire pressure should be monitored frequently for safe driving and optimal tire performance. Tire pressure can change with fluctuations in temperature. First, it is important to remember that gas expands when heated and contracts when the temperature declines. Here, the daily temperatures rise and fall between day and night, as well as seasonally. As the days get shorter and colder during fall and winter, it is especially important to check your tire pressure. Second, it is important to know that the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle. This can be found in the owner’s manual and the tire placard for the vehicle. The recommended air pressure is based on cold inflation pressure. This means that the tire pressure should be checked in the morning before the tire has been run, before the ambient temperature rises during the day, and before the tire is exposed to direct sunlight. A good estimate to use when comparing tire pressure to air temperature is for every 10 degrees Farenheit; tire pressure will adjust by 1 psi. For example, if the outside air temperature increases 10 degrees, the tire pressure will increase by 1 psi. If the air temperature falls 10 degrees, the tire pressure will decrease by 1 psi. Here, the difference between the average summer temperatures and average winter temperatures is about 50 degrees. This means that your tires will fluctuate approximately 5 psi between the coldest and warmest times of the year. A drop of 5 psi during colder months will affect traction, handling, and durability. This is why it is important to remember to check your inflation pressure, especially during colder times of the year. Make sure to check the tires regularly for proper air pressure. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you.