May 26, 2014

Know what to Inspect on the Vehicle this Spring

The spring is the best time for an overall inspection of the vehicle. This can help make sure it is still running as efficiently as possible after the harsh winter weather. It is also recommended to have the vehicle inspected before any long summer trip you might take. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for the overall condition it is in. If a part is wearing out and needs to be replaced, we can advise you on the options. This can improve the reliability and safety of the vehicle. Regular maintenances can also improve the overall efficiency of the vehicle when it operates. Between visits, there are also some simple tasks you can do yourself to help ensure the vehicle is in the best condition possible. The Tires need to be inspected The tires are one of the most important parts of the vehicle. Without a tire, you will not be able to go anywhere. Make sure the tires are inflated to the proper air inflation for them. The correct amount can be found in the owner’s manual for the vehicle. Also check the tread of the tires. The tread helps to grip the road and improve the handling. Proper tread reduces the chance of the vehicle hydroplaning on wet roads. Be aware of any issues with the Brakes When driving, make sure to notice if there is an issue with the brakes. Any squealing or screeching noise you hear can indicate an issue with the brake system. This is because parts may be starting to wear against one another as they age. As the brake pads wear down, they will eventually start to do damage to the brake rotors. This can result in a costly repair bill if the issue is ignored. It can also decrease the safety of your vehicle. If you notice the brake pedal is extremely soft or hard when you apply it, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the brake system of the vehicle to ensure it is in the best condition it should be in. Check the Battery in the Vehicle The battery of the vehicle should also be inspected. Check the posts and terminals of the battery. They should be free of any buildup of dirt, debris, or corrosion. Also make sure to check the battery for any cracks or bulges. This can indicate serious damage and should be replaced as soon as you can. Having a well working battery can improve the reliability of the vehicle. Make sure the Oil is fresh and clean The oil is one of the most important fluids for the vehicle. The oil helps to lubricate the moving parts of the engine. Without oil, the parts will have strain against one another, as well as causing friction. This can lead to the engine failing. If the vehicle does not have oil, the engine will seize up and will quit. Changing the oil when recommended can help provide fresh clean oil through the vehicle when it operates. The Fluids should be Topped Off Along with the oil, also make sure all the other fluids are topped off. This helps ensure the vehicle can run as long as possible when taking a road trip. If you notice one fluid is going low more often, there is probably a leak in the system. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect this for you. This can help prevent the fluid from running completely out, and doing damage to the vehicle.
May 19, 2014

Inspect the Windshield of your vehicle on a regular basis

The windshield is an important part to inspect on your vehicle. This is because a clean windshield can help to improve the visibility when you drive. If the windshield becomes cracked or has a divot in it, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. We can inspect the windshield for you and advise you on if a new one should be installed. If the windshield has had damage done to it, this can impair the visibility as you drive. The damage might be in your line of sight. This can become a hazard if there is something on the road you need to avoid. If a crack or divot is in the windshield, it increases the chance that you will not see the hazard on the road. A clean windshield can help keep for a safe and reliable ride. The Windshield should be clean and clear When driving, make sure the windshield is cleared off completely. This can help to improve the overall visibility when you drive. If there is any build up of dirt, debris, or road grime, clear it off. If the windshield is not cleaned, it can impair the overall visibility. Sometimes it is easier and more convenient to wash the windshield and other windows every time the vehicle is filled up with fuel. If the windows are not washed, bug grime and other particles will start to collect on the windshield. If you notice any damage to the windshield or other windows, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the windows for you and help to advise you on the best option to keep them in the best condition possible. Check the Windshield Wiper Blades Along with inspecting the windshield, it is also critical to check the windshield wiper blades as well. When the wipers are in the best condition they should be in, it can help to clean and clear away dirt and debris on the windshield. If the wipers have becoming worn, it is recommended to have them replaced. The wipers should be replaced at least once a year. This helps to keep the windshield in a clean and clear condition when you drive. If you notice any smearing or smudge marks that appear when you use the windshield wipers, it is an indication it is time for new windshield wipers. Another sign they need to be replaced is if there is chattering or vibrations coming from them as they operate. It is best to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it. We can also inspect the arm of the wipers to ensure it is at the correct placement. Check the level of the Washer Fluid Always make sure that the windshield washer fluid is topped off. This is important to check before any long road trip you might take. It can help to ensure you have enough to properly clean the windows if they become dirty. It is also advised to keep extra washer fluid in your vehicle incase it runs low when you are driving.
May 16, 2014

Spring Maintenance is Important for the Vehicle

One of the best ways to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible is to make sure to go to regular maintenances. This can help to determine if there is an issue with the vehicle. If parts are starting to wear, they can be repaired or replaced in a timely manner. This can also help to prevent further problems to other parts of the vehicle. If you notice any issue with the vehicle between visits, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This can help reduce the chance of an untimely breakdown or accident. Regular maintenances can also help the vehicle to be safe and reliable. Top off the Fluids in your vehicle Spring is a great time to check the fluid levels in the vehicle. Each fluid has a designated reservoir that corresponds to it. On the reservoir there is a line that indicates how much of the fluid it should have. By checking the fluids, you can help to ensure the vehicle is running efficiently. Low fluid levels can cause issues with the vehicle. It could also cause extra strain and stress on them as well. If you are unsure how much of each fluid should be in the vehicle, bring the vehicle in. We can check all the fluid levels for you. If you notice you have to replace one fluid quite frequently, it could indicate a leak. This can be a costly expense if it is ignored. It can also do damage to the vehicle. Do not forget about the Oil One of the most import fluids to check is the oil. The oil is necessary to help lubricate the engine and other moving parts. With age, the oil will become dirty with pollutants, dirt, and contaminants. This can cause excessive wear and strain on the parts of the engine. By having the oil changed when recommended, the old oil can be replaced for new clean oil. The oil filter can also be inspected for how efficient it is. Over time, dirt and other contaminants will clog the filter. This will not allow oil to travel through easily. If you hear any noises from under the hood, make sure to schedule an appointment. This can help to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the engine. It can also help to ensure good oil is currently in the vehicle. Always remember to check the tires Tires in good condition can help improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. This is because tires with the correct amount of air pressure can rotate with ease. If you are unsure of what the air pressure should be, consult the vehicle owner’s manual. This can help to advise you on the correct amount of air pressure. If you notice a tire needs air frequently, there could be a leak in it. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This can help to avoid a flat tire when you least expect it.
May 15, 2014

Tips to help keep the Vehicle running Efficiently

To help improve the longevity of your vehicle, make sure to inspect it regularly. This can help to prevent any issues or problems that might have come up. Having an issue fixed when you first notice it can help save time and money in the long run. Regular maintenance can help parts of the vehicle last as long as they should, as well as being efficient. The belts, hoses, tires, and fluids should always be checked. If you are unsure how often the vehicle should be brought in for a maintenance inspection, we can help to advise you on a schedule. This can help keep the vehicle running efficiently as well as being reliable. Inspect the Tires on a regular basis The tires are an important part of your vehicle. They should be inspected thoroughly to make sure they are in the best condition possible. The air pressure should be checked so the tires are inflated to the proper level. The correct amount can be found in the owner’s manual for the vehicle. It can also be found on a sticker inside the door of the driver’s side. The tread should also be checked on the tires. If you notice the tires are wearing unevenly, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect them for you. If the tires are not wearing, as it should, an alignment or rotation might be recommended. This can help to improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, as well as the life of the tires. Top off the Fluids in your Vehicle Making sure the fluids are topped off can help improve the efficiency of the vehicle. Make sure to follow the recommended schedule for changing the oil in the vehicle. This can help to keep moving parts of the vehicle and engine properly lubricated. Without the oil, parts will start to wear and cause stress with one another. This can put more strain on them that could require them to wear out sooner than they need to. It is also important that you are changing the fluids at the recommended intervals. If you are unsure how often this should be, we can help to recommend a schedule. The Air Filter should not be ignored Having the air filter changed is also a great maintenance tip. Dirty air filters can affect how quickly the vehicle accelerates. By changing the filter at the recommended interval, you can help to improve the performance of your vehicle. Make sure to check the recommendation from the manufacture for how often the air filter should be changed. Also make sure to change it if it is dirty and clogged. This can help to improve the efficiency of your vehicle. The Belts and Hoses should also be checked The belts and hoses should also be inspected for your vehicle. If these break, it could cause systems in the vehicle to fail. This could include the air conditioner compressor, alternator, power steering, or water pump. If a hose is cracked, it could cause leaking to occur for the coolant. This could cause the engine to overheat.