October 23, 2015

Save Money on Fuel

  Saving money is always good, but did you know that changing just a few of your driving habits can help reduce the chance of spending money on fuel? Since fuel is necessary in order for your vehicle to run, it makes sense to try and save as much money as you can each time you fill up at the pumps. It is also important to make sure you have enough fuel in the vehicle to make it to your destination. In the winter it is recommended to keep the fuel tank at least half full. This is beneficial for if poor weather happens when you are on the road. One of the most important things you can do is to make sure to go to regular maintenances. This can help have parts and components of the vehicle inspected to ensure they are working effectively. By going to maintenances, issues with the parts can be identified. This can help to improve the longevity of the parts and vehicle as well. If there is an issue, we can help to advise you on what the options are to fix it. Also make sure to inspect the tires on a regular basis. By making sure the tires are at the correct air pressure, the fuel efficiency can be improved by as much as three percent. While filling up your vehicle, make sure to inspect the gas cap. If it is missing or damaged, it can allow for gas to vaporize into the air.   Another way to help improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle is to accelerate slowly, and come to a stop slowly. When you accelerate slowly, it can decrease the chance of fuel being wasted. This can also help to avoid unnecessary wear and tear to parts of the vehicle. By slowly coming to a stop, you can help to avoid damage to the brake lines. When you drive, look ahead on the road. This can help to alert you to the amount of traffic ahead and you can anticipate stops that are in the road. It can then allow you to reduce your speed by coasting, rather than slamming on the brakes. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the parts and componenets for you.
October 16, 2015

Tires that Show Signs of the Rubber Cracking

Tires are subjected to one of the harshest environments experienced by any consumer product. In addition to being stretched millions of times as they rotate, they are also exposed to rain, brake dust, harsh chemicals and direct sunlight, as well as summer’s heat and winter’s cold. While a tire’s rubber compounds have anti-aging chemicals in them, exposure to the elements will eventually cause rubber to lose some of its elasticity and allow surface cracks to appear. These cracks typically develop on the sidewalls or at the base of the tread grooves. Since all tires are made of rubber, they will eventually start to show signs of cracking. This can be accelerated by too much exposure to heat, vehicle exhaust, ozone and sunlight, as well as electric generators and motors. A vehicle parked outside instead of in a garage will constantly expose its tires to the rays of the sun, increasing the likelihood of cracking. Additionally, some sidewall cracking has been linked to abrasion from parking against a curb, or the excessive use of tire cleaners that inadvertently remove some of the tire’s anti-oxidants and anti-ozone protection during every cleaning procedure. When sun exposure or excessive cleaning is the cause of the small cracks, the sidewall of the tire facing outward will show damage, while the sidewall facing inward is rarely affected. The anti-aging chemicals used in the rubber compounds are more effective when the tire is used on a regular basis. The repeated stretching of the rubber compound actually helps resist cracks forming. The tires used on vehicles that are driven infrequently, or accumulate low annual mileage are more likely to experience cracking because long periods of parking or storage interrupt the rubber. In addition to being an annoyance to show car owners, this condition often frustrates motor home and recreational vehicle owners who only take occasional trips and cannot even park their vehicle in a garage or shaded area. Using tire covers at least minimizes direct exposure to sunlight. There are a few conditions that would possibly void the manufacture’s coverage. The same types of cracks can also be caused by poor tire maintenance practices. Driving on a tire that was flat, or one that was under inflated or overloaded causes excessive stretching of the rubber compound, and may result in cracks that appear similar to the surface cracks mentioned above. The manufacturers’ warranty might not apply if an interior inspection of the tire clearly indicates that the cracks were due to these conditions. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. If there is an issue, we can recommend the best way to have the tire repaired or replaced. This can help you to have a safe and comfortable drive.  
October 6, 2015

The Electrical System for your Vehicle

    The electrical system for the vehicle consists of the battery, starter, and the alternator. By having a working electrical system for your vehicle, you will be able to drive it when you need to have a vehicle. The battery provides power to the starter. The alternator gives the battery the power it needs in order to keep the vehicle operating at top performance levels. If one of these parts do not work properly, the vehicle will not operate or run correctly. Make sure to bring the vehicle in for regular inspections to ensure that everything is operating the best that it can. If there is an issue, make sure to schedule an appointment and bring the vehicle in. We can perform a check for the electrical system to ensure everything is working properly. If there are any issues, we can alert you to them and advise you on the options you have so that they are fixed quickly so you can get your vehicle back on the road again.   The battery is an important part of the vehicle that should not be ignored. Until the vehicle starts, the battery is the item providing the entire electrical current for the vehicle. This includes the current to the ignition and the fuel systems. These are responsible for creating the combustion necessary for the engine to function.   While the battery is able to supply the power to start your vehicle, the starter is the part that gets the engine to go. The battery supplies a small amount of power to the starter motor. The starter will then rotate the flywheel. This turns the crankshaft and begins the movement of the engine‚Äôs pistons. If you start to notice the vehicle is becoming difficult to start, or is slow to start, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the parts for you.   When the engine is running, the alternator keeps the battery charged and the electrical system going. Your vehicle can start with a faulty alternator, but it will not be able to run for a long length of time. If the alternator needs to be replaced, we can inspect it and recommend what will be needed. A complete electrical system inspection is important for the performance and efficiency of your vehicle when you drive.