November 25, 2015

Make sure the Headlights are working Properly

              The headlights are an important part for your vehicle to your safety. Headlights serve the purpose of illuminating the road ahead to provide visibility for you as well as reducing the chance for an accident because t allows you to see the road ahead of you. If you notice there is an issue with the headlights, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect them for you. The most common type of headlight today uses incandescent light bulbs. The filament used in these bulbs evaporates over time and burn out just like any bulb does, leading for replacement every so often. With newer technology, the halogen bulb is starting to emerge in newer vehicle makes and models. These bulbs are similar to traditional incandescent bulbs in that they both require a tungsten filament. However, the halogen bulb uses a thinner filament that offers a brighter white light and the bulb is filled with halogen gas that extends the life of the filament. You should also check the fog lights on your vehicle. The fog lights are designed to be aimed low at the road to maximize visibility in fog, rain, or snow. Since fog lights are angled toward the road at an angle, the light is thrown across the road in front of you and not straight ahead of you where it can be reflected back. This allows you to see better when it is foggy out. It is important to inspect the headlight on your vehicle regularly. This is because they can become cloudy overtime and diffuse the beams of your headlights. This impairs your visibility and makes it difficult for other cars to spot you. When replacing your headlights it is best to replace them in pairs, that way one of your headlights is not bright and the other is dim. This is not only important for safety, but also for maximum illumination on the road. If you notice an issue with the headlights, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect them for you. This can help improve your visibility and safety on the road.  
November 11, 2015

Know the Brake System

  Owning a vehicle is a big investment, so it is important to keep the vehicle in the best condition possible. Make sure to bring the vehicle in on a regular basis so we can inspect it. By having proper maintenance done, you can help ensure that the parts and components are working at top performance levels as you drive. If you notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can.   Ceramic brake pads and Metallic brake pads differ slightly. The Ceramic brake pads are made from ceramic and copper fibers blended together, while Metallic brake pads are made with metal fibers in the braking compound. Ceramic pads tend to be quieter, create less dust, and are gentler on brake rotors than Metallic pads. When the brake pads are not warmed up, Metallic pads do offer a better grip and more stopping power than Ceramic pads.   You can tell when the brakes should be replaced based on their ability to stop. If your vehicle is slow to stop when you step on the brakes, chances are the brakes are wearing out. Also, if you apply the brakes and the pedal is pushed almost down to the floor, it might indicate worn brake pads. It could also be a problem with the hydraulic system, such as air in the line, or an air leak or brake fluid leak. Another indication that the brakes should be replaced is a squealing noise when the brakes are applied. Noisy brakes are very serious and means it should be looked at as soon as possible. The rotors should also be looked at to insure a proper and working brake system. If there are deep, circular shaped marks and grooves in the brake rotors, they may need to be replaced. The lack of maintenance can result in the brake pad being worn down, resulting in the deep grooves on the rotors. Make sure to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the parts and components for you.    
November 4, 2015

Know what the Brake Warning Light Means

                Keeping your vehicle properly maintained is important. Part of this includes knowing what the warning lights mean. When you first start your vehicle, all the lights should come on as part of a bulb check that happens. These lights then go out after a few seconds. If the light does not go out, then there may be an issue. The emergency brake may be on, and to resolve it you release the brake. There may also be the possibility that you have lost brake pressure in half of the brake system.   If the light is on and the emergency brake is released, try to pull over to a stop at a safe and convenient time. If the brake system has failed completely, you will have to use the emergency brake for braking. If the light still remains illuminated, it may mean the pressure on one side of the brake system is lower than on the other. There could be a leak in one part of the brake system, which impairs the ability for it to hold pressure. The hydraulic fluid could also be low if the light remains on. Either way, the vehicle should be inspected with the brake system before you drive it again.   The primary function of the brake warning light is to indicate that the parking brake is applied. Every time the parking brake is used, the brake warning light will come on. This serves as a reminder to disengage it when the vehicle is in motion. If you fail to disengage the brake, it could result in an issue that causes early deterioration of the brake pads and linings that are connected to the brakes. Another reason why the light would illuminate is an indication of the level of brake fluid that is present in the braking system. The brake warning light will come on in the instance of an empty or low brake fluid level in the master cylinder. If this happens, it should be checked once the warning light is illuminated. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the brake system of your vehicle.