October 29, 2014

Why Changing the Oil Is Important

When you follow the recommended maintenance schedules, also remember to change the oil when needed. The oil is important for vehicles because it lubricates the engine’s components.  This allows the components to pass through each other with a less friction. This allows the engine to operate at the correct speed and eliminates major wear and tear to other engine parts. Essentially, motor oil helps create a barrier between the parts that allows them to slide past one another more easily. This allows the vehicles efficiency, power, and performance to increase improving the vehicles longevity. Motor oil also helps by cooling the engine. While the oil circulates it is diffusing the heat throughout the process. Lastly, motor oil cleans debris between parts. In order for an engine to work properly it must stay clean. Oil filters are the key aspect in keeping harmful particles out of your engine. Knowing Where the Oil Filter Is Oil filters are located in different areas under the hood, depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. We can check the oil for the condition it is in, as well as any damage that might be done to the reservoir. For the most protection, your vehicle’s oil filter should be changed every other time the oil is changed. The owner’s manual can also be referenced for the correct filter and type of oil to use. If the owner’s manual is not available, a copy of it can found free of cost on the manufactures website. Not utilizing the correct oil can damage the vehicle. The same can be said with putting in too much oil, which can put too much pressure on the parts causing them not to work properly. Changing the Oil on the Recommended Schedule It is recommended that you change your vehicle’s oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Pay attention because the amount of time recommended between oil changes can also vary on larger vehicles versus smaller ones. While newer vehicles typically have a setting on the dashboard that will indicate the oil life, it is still important to have a routine checkup of the oil level in the engine on a regular basis. Motor oil can become dirty quickly depending on the driving time of the vehicle and even leak, which will cause major problems under the hood and possibly be a costly repair bill. Checking the Oil Levels in Your Vehicle In between your vehicles regular routine oil change, it is important that you check your oil approximately once every two weeks.  This is especially important if you will be traveling a long distance. Before checking the oil level, make sure the engine is cool. If you notice that the color of the oil is dark brown or black this indicates that the motor oil is dirty and should be replaced. To prevent premature damage to your engine, check your engine’s oil level consistently.  This will help ensure the effectiveness of your vehicle when you drive.
October 27, 2014

How to Improve the Fuel Efficiency for Your Vehicle

When you look at getting a new or used vehicle, one of the things you probably look for is what the fuel efficiency is for it. This is something that is important, as it always great to save money. Of course, even with the manufacturers making sure to provide cars with better efficiency, there are things that you can do to get more from every tank full of gas. By doing these tips, you can help improve the mileage of the vehicle. One of the ways to improve the fuel efficiency is to make sure the tires are aligned properly. By keeping the tires wearing evenly and correctly, you can help the vehicle travel efficiently. Also make sure you bring the vehicle in for scheduled visits in order to make sure that all parts of your engine are working together to provide you with the most efficiency possible for your money. Mufflers can Benefit the Vehicle The muffler is the exhaust portion of the engine. It is responsible for making sure that the engine is not as loud. It also helps in making sure that there is less pollution coming from your vehicle. The thing that will happen in a muffler that will cause the engine to not be as efficient as possible is that it will cause a backup of airflow if there is a problem in the muffler. If the exhaust cannot get out as fast as possible, it can create a problem in the combustion of the gasoline because not as much can get into the chamber as is needed. Maintaining an operation and adequate muffler for the engine will increase output and decrease waste. Get Better Mileage with Straight Wheels By getting an alignment every fourth time you replace your brake pads, you will be able to make sure that you are getting better fuel efficiency. This is possible because you will not be dragging half of your car. When your back wheels are faced in a different direction as the front wheels, it will cause your vehicle to literally drag your back half along trying to maintain the car on the right path. By straightening your wheels, it will relieve this strain on your engine and make better use of the fuel. Inspect the Camshaft for the Vehicle Any deposits in the camshafts will cause a decrease in performance and fuel efficiency. The combustion is the most important part of generating the power needed to drive your vehicle. If the camshaft is dirty than it will either misfire or it will completely seize up. Either way, there will be fuel which will either not be burned or will not be burned correctly. Using an engine cleaner will help you to be able to remove these deposits from your vehicle. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for any issues with the camshaft. We can then advise you on the best way so you can get back to a reliable ride again.
October 24, 2014

Checking the Tires on the Vehicle

When inspecting your vehicle, there are things to check inside and out. You will want to make sure the heating system is working effectively. This will keep you and your passengers warm and comfortable. When inspecting the exterior of your vehicle, make sure to check the tires. These are important because they are the only part that has contact with the surface of the road. You will want to make sure to check the air pressure, tread wear, and the overall condition of the tires. If you notice they are wearing unevenly or at a different rate, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the tires for you. Having good quality tires is important for the safety and reliability of your vehicle. This can help you to have a pleasant driving experience. Air Pressure is Important Also remember to check the air pressure on the tires. This is important because the tires will need to rotate efficiently. If the tires are under inflated, it could cause them to blow out. Under inflated tires will also not travel on the road properly. This can cause them to wear out sooner than they should. Tires that are over inflated will have less contact with the surface of the road. If you hit a bump or pot hole, it could cause extra bounce to the vehicle, and lead to suspension issues. Make sure that you check on a regular basis all four tires for the air pressure. It is also recommended to check the spare tire. If you have to refill the tires with air more often, it could be a sign of a leak somewhere. Having it professionally inspected can help to ensure that the tires will be inflated correctly when you need them. Inspect the Tread Wear of the Tires When you inspect the air pressure on the tires, also check the tread wear on them as well. Noticing the tread wear is important because you will know how the tires are rotating when you drive. If there is uneven wear on the tires, you may need to have them replaced or rotated. In some instances they may need to be realigned. Bring your vehicle in and we can check the condition of the tires for you. This way the can last as long as they were designed for. Rotating the Tires When Needed A tire maintenance task that is commonly forgotten about is rotation. By rotating the tires, you can help ensure that all parts of the tire are being rotated on. One sign the tires would need rotation is based on the tread wear. Also notice how the tires are positioned. If they lean too far in or too far out, it may be time for a new set of tires. The tires should also be aligned regularly. This can help with handling and control of the vehicle when you steer. If you notice the steering wheel is straight, but the vehicle drifts in one direction or the other, make sure to bring it in. With a proper inspection, we can help get you back to a pleasant driving experience again.
October 23, 2014

Noises From Your Vehicle Should Be Inspected

When you inspect your vehicle, make sure to check all parts of it. This includes the interior and exterior parts of the vehicle. Along with checking the vehicle, make sure you bring it in on a regular basis so we can inspect it for you. This way we can ensure that the parts and components of the vehicle are wearing the way that they should be. If between visits, you notice anything out of the norm, or hear an odd noise, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. As long as you are on a smooth and even road, your vehicle should not make any noise. If there are grinding or screeching noises, it could be a sign that something more severe is going on for your vehicle. Make sure to take note what you were doing at the time the noise occurred. Applying the brake pedal, taking a corner, or shifting could mean different problems. Bring the vehicle in as soon as you can so we can inspect it for the source of the issue. After it has been repaired, you can get back to having a safe and pleasant driving experience. Grinding Noises from the Brakes One noise that you might start to notice is a grinding noise from the brake system. This can become a larger issue over time because of the damage that could happen. If the brake pads start to wear down, then the brake rotors will be affected. This can become an issue because they will cause friction with one another as the metal-to-metal parts wear. It will also cause the brake rotors to wear out sooner than they typically would. Having the issue fixed at the first sign of it can help prevent a larger and more costly issue in the near future. A Noise from Under the Hood When inspecting your vehicle, make sure to look under the hood. Check for the condition of the belts and hoses. If they are starting to wear or fray, make sure to bring the vehicle in so that they can be replaced in a timely manner. Along with checking the belts and hoses, also make sure to top off the fluid levels. Without the fluids, your vehicle will not be able to operate those components efficiently. It will cause extra strain and stress for your vehicle. Also check that the oil is in the best condition. The oil helps to lubricate the moving parts of the engine when your vehicle operates. Also be aware for any strange or unusual noises your vehicle might make from under the hood. A screeching noise could mean that a belt has slipped. Even if you cannot see it, make sure to bring the vehicle in for a thorough inspection. Any Clinking Noise should Not Be Ignored If you hear a clinking noise when you are driving, it could mean a part is loose. If the issue is ignored, it could be doing more damage to your vehicle. It can cause issues that will be costly if it is not fixed and repaired immediately. No matter what sound your vehicle might be starting to make, be sure to bring it in and to our attention as soon as possible. This can help to provide you with a safe and reliable ride again.