August 28, 2015

When to Change the Brake Pads on A Vehicle

An important system to inspect on your vehicle is the brake system. While it is important that your car is powered by a well conditioned engine, it is also important that it can be stopped by a good set of brakes. When the brake pads of a vehicle are getting thin, it can then also lead to damage on other parts to the braking system, including the calipers and the rotors of the brakes. If those get bent or worn, then your brake system repair just got a lot more expensive than simply replacing the brake pads. Having routine maintenance and checks done on your brakes can save you money down the road and prevent an accident from happening. If the Brakes Respond Slower Did it seem like it took longer to stop at the stop sign than normal? You might have a heavier load than normal in the car or you might have an issue with your brakes. Has it been awhile since you had new ones put on? Then it might be time to visit your mechanic and ask him to check the thickness of the remaining pads. They can measure it in just a matter of minutes and give you an accurate gauge of remaining brake pad. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the brake system for you. Noises from the Brakes when they are Applied Was there a metallic grinding sound when you were stopping at the stop sign? If there were no other cars around you and yours was the only culprit, then you might need to head to an auto service center ASAP. Grinding metal on metal might mean the brake pads are completely worn down and you are grinding the rotors down. That means the car will not stop nearly as fast and you are doing damage to the entire braking system of the car. It could also mean there is something off balance and needing adjustment on the calipers or something on the tire. Know when the Last Brake Inspection was Keeping track of details like your last oil change or your last tire rotation might not be your forte. That is okay because most auto repair shops will have a computer system and do it for you. There are a few things you should be aware of when it comes to your car. When was the last time you had a maintenance check and when did you have your brake pads installed. An ASE certified mechanic will know what to look for on the brakes and tell you when they should be repaired. They have a tool that measures how thick the brake is and how much percentage of the brake pad you have used. If you are at twenty percent or less for brake pad remaining, then you might want to start thinking about new brakes. Replacing the brake pads will only take an hour or so and is well worth your wait. Failing to stop at an intersection could put you in a nasty accident and hurt yourself or a passenger with you. Taking the time to fix the brakes before they become a problem is something that is easy and recommended for your safety and that of anyone who travels in your vehicle.
August 20, 2015

Maintenance Tasks to Have Done with your Vehicle

Keeping your vehicle in the best condition possible is important. Whether you have a newer car or an older one, you want to put in the time and effort for proper automobile maintenance of all of the different systems. From air conditioning service to oil changes to tire pressure checks and more, when you take care of your car, you will be able to get more use from it and help yourself to spend less on repairs and on gas in the long run. The key is to schedule the right maintenance from our technicians that are certified to make sure that your car will last for as long as possible. By choosing ASE master technicians, you can ensure that you are able to keep your car running as efficiently as possible. We have certain standards that they have met to get this certification, which means that you are more likely to get quality service for your car. This gives you more value in the money that you are spending and can help you to feel more at peace with the person that you are using to keep your vehicle running efficiently. Inspect the Parts of the Vehicle When you want to keep your car and its systems working the way that they were designed, you want to be sure that you know how to check certain parts of the car that keep it working more efficiently. This includes the antifreeze level, oil level, and air filter, as well as other fluid checks and filter checks. Making sure that your car’s systems are working efficiently will allow for you to get the maximum gas mileage that you are looking for, as well as dependability that you need to be where you need to be. Follow the Correct Maintenance Schedule No matter what kind of car that you have, you want to be sure that you have follow the auto service maintenance checks that are recommended. Most car manufacturers have a recommended maintenance schedule and by following this, you will be able to keep the car running as efficiently as possible. Tires, windshield wipers, fluid checks, headlights, and more can all be part of your maintenance schedule to make sure that you are able to get the maximum mileage from your car and the dependability that you are looking for. If you own a car, you need to be a responsible owner and be sure that you get the maintenance and auto repair that your car needs. While this will cost you money now, it can save you a lot of money in the long run to ensure that you have a dependable car that will keep you going from work to home to fun. The more efficient that your car is, the better gas mileage that you will get as well, so be sure that you keep your car maintained for now and for the future for maximum value and dependability.
August 5, 2015

What you should do if the Check Engine Light Comes On

To help ensure that your vehicle is in the best condition possible, it is important to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. We can inspect the parts and components to ensure the efficiency of how they work. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on when the vehicle should be inspect, and what things should be inspected on it. If you ever notice an issue out of the norm, make sure to contact us. Having the issue checked at the first signs can help prevent further issues in the future. Make sure to Check the Engine in Your Vehicle If you notice the check engine light turn on, the first thing to do is not panic. If the engine light is not flashing, you have time to get it checked out. However, if it is flashing you should pull your vehicle over and get it to a mechanic right away. If you are close enough, you can try to take it to the shop that handles all your car maintenance. While there are many reasons for the light to come on, the most common reasons have to do with something else. One reason could be a cracked or improperly sealed gas cap. When it is not sealed properly, air gets into the fuel tank and messes up the fuel system. Your gas mileage will be reduced and harmful emissions will increase. Make sure that the gas cap is securely tightened and the light should go off. Another reason could be a malfunctioning oxygen sensor. This sensor monitors the amount of fuel that is burned as well as the unburned oxygen from the exhaust. When it is malfunctioning, it will adversely affect gas mileage. A large amount of cars will have between two and four of these sensors and the code reader will indicate which one needs to be replaced. A catalytic convertor is a unit is utilized to reduce gases from the vehicle exhaust. When faulty, it will cause a decrease in your gas mileage and your car will not accelerate when you lay on the gas pedal. If this is the issue, you could pay anywhere from $150 – $2,000 depending on where you reside due to state emission standards. Spark plugs initiate combustion in your engine. When not working properly, they misfire and you will feel a slight jolt in the car when you are accelerating. Depending on the placement of the spark plugs in your vehicle, this may or may not be a do-it-yourself fix. Another issue could be with the air flow sensor. This unit regulates the fuel-to-air ratio to the engine. A broken one will cause increased emissions, stalling and reduced gas mileage. If you know what you are doing and have time, you could do this repair yourself, but the majority of the cost is in the parts since the labor is relatively simple. You may just want to bring the vehicle in, so we can repair it for you.