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.
September 15, 2016

4 Tips for Maintaining the Tires

  It is important to keep the tires on your vehicle in the best condition possible. Most often, the tires are overlooked until there is a major issue. The tires are the only part that keeps the vehicle in contact with the road. They also help to provide a comfortable ride, as well as easy handling when you drive.   The Air Pressure   It is typical for tires to lose air over time, so it is important to check the tire pressure regularly. The tires should be inflated to the amount recommended in the vehicle owner’s manual. As you drive, the tires create heat that will then increase the air pressure in them. This can cause an issue because it will mask tires that are actually under inflated. Tires that are under inflated have more rolling resistance that can increase the fuel consumption of your vehicle. Under inflated tires also create more heat as they rotate, and it can lead to tire failure.   Checking the Tread   You can check the depth of the tread by placing a penny upside down into the grooves of the tread. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you should invest in a new set of tires. It is always best to replace all four at once rather than just one tire. The tread of the tire helps to keep traction on the road’s surface as you travel. If the tread has worn down, it can make handling the vehicle difficult at times.   Tire Condition   When checking the tread or air pressure of the tire, also make sure to check the tire for any wear. The inside and outside edges of the tires should be inspected for any punctures or damage. Any bulges, cracks, or cuts should be an indication to have the tires inspected for any other issues. It should also be inspected for any uneven wearing that has occurred. If there is uneven wear on the tires, it is usually a sign that your vehicle is out of alignment. Proper alignment can help to provide optimal handling for your vehicle. It can also help to prevent premature wear to the tires.   Remember the Spare Tire   If you get a flat tire while traveling, one of the last things you want to have happen is to get the spare tire and notice it is flat as well. You should inspect the spare tire just like you would the regular tires. This should be done frequently, so the tire will be usable incase you need it. Also, make sure the spare has the proper air pressure recommended by the vehicle owner’s manual. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.