August 25, 2014

If the Vehicle is Riding Rough, consider the Suspension

Making sure your vehicle is running at top performance levels is important. A way to increase the efficiency is to go to regular maintenances. During an inspection parts and components of the vehicle will be looked at. This is important because there could be parts you forget during an at home inspection. We can also check the alignment and suspension of your vehicle. A vehicle has suspension to maximize friction between the road surface and the tires. The suspension provides better handling, steering stability, and helps to ensure passenger comfort. The suspension also helps to keep the wheels perpendicular to the road for the best grip when you drive. It absorbs the accelerating and braking forces of the vehicle as well as consuming the torque created from the driving. What Does the Suspension do? The suspension system is needed to keep the body of the vehicle riding straight while the wheels follow the imperfections in the road. As a vehicle moves down the road, several things can benefit from proper suspension. Having good suspension can improve the handling and comfort level of the vehicle. The handling refers to the ability to accelerate, brake, and corner. The comfort level is dependent on how well the suspension is working to cover bumpy roads when you drive. If you hit potholes or other objects, proper suspension can help to cushion these obstructions. Proper Suspension can provide better Traveling When the suspension is correct on the vehicle, traveling can be more pleasant as well. The vehicle can hold the road properly when you drive. This is because it can hold contact with the road during various driving directional changes. When braking occurs, the nose of the vehicle angles toward the ground and when acceleration occurs, the rear of the vehicle angles toward the ground. The parts of the vehicle that connect with the ground during braking and acceleration make up road holding. What Happens During an Inspection of the Suspension? There are several components that make up the suspension system of the vehicle. These include rubber, torsion bars, coil springs, hydro pneumatic elements, steering wheel, and others. If your vehicle has shimmy or shakes, it might be time to get the suspension inspected as soon as you can. The first thing that we may do is to drive your vehicle to see where the shaking is coming from. For instance, if the vibration is felt in the front of the vehicle it suggests one thing. If it is felt in the seat it suggests another suspension problem. We will take a look at the many parts of the suspension including the wheel bearings, bushings, tires, tie rod ends, idler arm, and other parts of the steering linkage. Along with the physical inspection of these elements, we can use diagnostic tools to look at the suspension system and fix any issues. If you ever notice any issues or changes in the way the vehicle handles, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This can help keep the vehicle lasting as long as possible while running efficiently.
August 20, 2014

3 Benefits for Regular Maintenance

In order to keep your vehicle operating like new, make sure to go to scheduled maintenances. This can help improve the performance and efficiency of the vehicle. If you notice an issue with the vehicle between inspections, make sure to bring it in. This is important because it can help reduce further issues from forming with the vehicle when you drive. Regular maintenances can also help to prevent costly repairs in the future. It can also help to save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Improves the Fuel Efficiency One of the biggest benefits for having regular maintenance done is that it can help improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. A vehicle that is well maintained can run better. By following the schedule to change the oil, the engine can run as it is designed to do. Parts of the engine can become lubricated which can also help it to run smoothly. Having the proper oil in your vehicle can also help to lower maintenance costs. A vehicle that is properly maintained can help ensure that the parts and components are working the way that they should be. This will reduce the amount of strain and stress they cause, which also decreases the amount of fuel that would be used. If you notice that the fuel mileage is poor, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. Also make sure to inspect the tires on the vehicle. Make sure they are at the proper air pressure. This helps improve the fuel efficiency, as well as improve the comfort level when you drive. The tread should also be checked. A good amount of tread can help you to grip and handle the vehicle better as you drive. The Vehicle can Last Longer with Regular Maintenances When regular maintenance is done on your vehicle, you can help to improve the lifespan of it. This can reduce wear and tear on the vehicle. By checking the fluid levels, tire pressure, lights, and brakes, the vehicle’s life can be extended. If you start to notice an issue with the vehicle, bring it in as soon as possible. This can reduce the chance of parts causing strain with one another and leading to a further issue. Regular maintenances now can help prevent more costly repairs in the future. Improve the Safety of the Vehicle Another benefit of having the vehicle maintained is that you can improve the safety level. We can inspect the parts thoroughly to ensure that everything is as safe as it should be. This can help prevent an unexpected breakdown when you would least expect it. The tires can be inspected to help reduce the chance that they go flat at an inconvenient time. If you notice the vehicle pulling in one direction or another, bring it in as soon as you can. This could indicate an issue with the tires or alignment. By having us inspect the vehicle, you can have a pleasant and enjoyable driving experience.
August 19, 2014

The Importance of Checking the Vehicle on a Regular Basis

Owning a vehicle is one of the most important investments that you will make. This is why it is important to perform a routine inspection on a regular basis. You can bring the vehicle in, and we can inspect it. Between visits, make sure you do an inspection yourself to ensure the vehicle is operating how it should be. By doing so you are able to identify and repair problems before they become worse. This can help the vehicle last longer and perform at its best. Some of the issues can be seen visually, which is why you should take a glimpse around the interior and exterior of your vehicle and note anything that looks out of the ordinary. You should begin by looking at the windshield for any chips or cracks, as well as making sure your interior mirrors are positioned in a spot that you are able to see in front and rear of your vehicle properly. Be sure to check your tire tread for any bumps, holes, cracks or unevenness, which can lead to a flat tire. Your windshield wipers should similarly be checked for any wear and improper functioning. In addition, check to make sure your seatbelts are working and clicking into place properly. Inspect the Brakes and Steering Another part of your safety inspection that should be done is inspecting the brakes. If your brake pedal is pressed all the way to the floorboard to stop, this typically indicates that they might need replacing. Listen for any grinding or shaking when trying to stop. Any odd noises when you apply the brakes could indicate that there is an issue with the brake system. The steering wheel is important too. Make sure your steering wheel has a smooth turning motion. Be Aware of the Warning Lights While starting your vehicle look for any lights on the dashboard that may indicate things such as low fuel, coolant, or oil. Most vehicles will have an indicator light telling you when something under the hood needs to be attended to. Besides the warning lights, also make sure the lights on the vehicle are working properly. Take a look at your headlights low and high beams for any broken bulbs as well as your taillights and signals. Not having your vehicle’s lights working properly can cause other drivers to not see you, especially in hazardous weather conditions such as fog. By doing an inspection of your lights you are saving yourself and others from a probable accident factor. Other Parts that should be Inspected By checking under the hood and on the ground under your vehicle, you are able to check for small problems that could lead to a great deal of damage for your vehicle. The under part of your vehicle can also be checked for any leaks. See if all belts and spark plugs are free of crakes and wear. Make sure that all filters are in proper place. Most importantly, check all fluids to make sure they are at their proper levels. Being too low of fluids can cause serious problems for your vehicle like overheating. We can inspect your vehicle so it is a safe and reliable ride.
August 19, 2014

Notice the Check Engine Light for your Vehicle

The dashboard of your vehicle has several warning lights on it. When an issue occurs, make sure to pay attention to which light illuminates on the dashboard. One of the lights that could turn on is the Service Engine Soon light. If the light comes on, make sure to bring your vehicle in. We can connected it to the diagnostic computer to see what diagnostic codes that your engine is giving off. This helps to determine what repairs or services might be needed so the engine can work more efficiently. If you notice any other issue with your vehicle, it is always recommended to bring it in. This helps to prevent further issues from happening with the vehicle when you drive it. Be Aware of how your Vehicle Handles If the check engine light illuminates on the dashboard, make sure to notice how the vehicle is handling. When the vehicle starts to pull in one direction or another, it could also be a sign of an issue. This could mean that the tires or suspension are wearing down to a point where they need to be replaced. If the vehicle handles in less than ideal conditions than it used to, make sure to have it inspected as soon as possible. Bring the vehicle in and we can check for the source of the problem. This can help to provide you with a safe and reliable vehicle that handles well. Reasons why the Check Engine Lights comes on There can be some reasons why the check engine light comes on along the dashboard. So of the reasons can be easy and quick to check. It may also allow the issue to be fixed. The first thing to do is check the vehicle. It can be as simple as not screwing the gas cap on tightly enough. If the cap allows itself to click a few times, make sure this is done so the gas cap is on tight. There could also be an issue with the spark plug wire. From a loose gas cap to a bad spark plug wire to the engine getting wet somewhere it should not, there are several unimportant reasons why your engine light may have come on as well. It is always recommended to bring the vehicle in so a professional can inspect it. This way we can locate the source of the issue and have it resolved quickly. Make sure to go to Regular Maintenances One way to help prevent an issue with your vehicle is to go to regular maintenances. This can help to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the vehicle. It can also help to lower the chance of an unexpected breakdown happening. Regular maintenances are important because they can help save time, money, and stress in the long run. By looking at all areas of the vehicle, we can notice if something needs to be replaced or repaired. We can also advise you on what options you have. This can help to provide a safer and more reliable.