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.
July 28, 2017

How to Keep your Tires in Great Condition

      The tires take the majority of the force when you hit bumps, objects, or potholes in the road. Even the smallest of potholes can create a large problem. Also, you can reduce the chance of damaging your tires by avoiding debris that can be on the road. Hitting something large can cause the sides of your tires to bulge. If you notice a bulge, it is important to bring it in, because a bulge that goes ignored can cause a blowout if it is not repaired. Even if you run over a small object, you should inspect your tires for possible damage, just to be sure.       Checking your tread depth is an easy process. The tread should never fall below 1/16 of an inch in depth. Taking a penny and placing it in the tread can determine the tread condition. Take the penny so the top of Lincoln’s head is showing, and place it so the top of Lincoln’s head is in the tire’s tread. If any part of the head is covered by the tread, you still have adequate tread on your tire. If you can see the top of his head, which means the tire tread has worn down, you should get the tires replaced soon. Also make sure to look for cracks or cuts that are distinct enough to be visible. Also remember to look for bulges or blisters that may form on the outer surface of the tire. This may lead to a blow out when you are traveling, something we should always try to avoid.       Always make sure to check the tire pressure on a regular basis. In addition, also make sure to check it before you travel long distances. This is a quick and easy check that can reduce the chance for tire stress and any irregular wear. You can also help to expand the life of your tires by having good driving habits. Avoid fast starts, stops, and turns while you are driving. It also helps to not speed because excessive heat is generated at higher speeds when you drive, and will increase the rate of tire wear. If you notice an issue with the tires, make sure to contact us and schedule an appointment.  
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.