April 29, 2016

The Light Bulbs of the Vehicle

            The lights on your vehicle are important because they allow you the best visibility possible when you drive. They also increase the safety because it will allow others to see you on the road. Since you are the one driving, you might not know when your bulbs need replacing. This is especially true for the taillights. You can find out by pulling the vehicle into a dimly lit area or garage, turn on your lights and see if you can see both headlights light up. It is just as important to check your high beams as well. If neither of them turns on or if you cannot tell a difference between the high and low beams then this is an indicator that your bulbs might be burnt out or almost there.   Knowing what bulb you need for your vehicle is important. The size and type of bulb your car takes is dependent on the specifics of your car. The year of your car was made is important to the bulb size as well as the model of car. If you are unsure of either of these, then check your owner’s manual for the appropriate year and model. LED (light emitting diodes) lighting is more advanced that HID lighting. This type of bulb is extremely bright and long lasting. If you are not sure what type of bulb you need, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can recommend one for you.   You may notice when it is time to replace the lights on your vehicle. Over time your headlights can begin to look foggy from dirt and grime that has built up. This can also make it more difficult to see as your headlights are dimmed. Making sure that the lights on your car are working properly is essential. Regularly performing a light inspection on your vehicle will help you to catch any problems there might be with your lights. With proper lights, you can increase your visibility and safety on the road.
April 22, 2016

When an Alignment is Needed

                  A vehicle that pulls to one side or the other while you are driving is most likely a sign that the vehicle needs an alignment check. If you notice the vehicle pulling to one side, make sure to test it on several types of roads. Find a smooth and straight road and drive in a line. While doing this, make sure to observe your steering. If you have to move the steering wheel significantly to remain in a straight line, the vehicle is pulling and will probably need to have an alignment done.   Vehicles that need alignment repairs have tires with uneven wear. Typically one side of the tire will be more worn than the other side. Also make sure to measure the tread depth on each of the tires. This is done at the two edges of the tire, as well as looking at the tread in the center. By looking at the wear on the tire and tread, you will be able to tell if uneven wear has occurred. Poor alignment may cause the steering wheel to vibrate when you are driving. This can occur at any speed you travel at. An alignment may be needed if the steering wheel does not return to the center position after making a turn. Make sure to test both left and right turns and observe the position that the steering wheel moves back at. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.
April 14, 2016

Inspect the Belts and Hoses on your Vehicle

                  It is always important to bring your vehicle in for an inspection. This way we can inspect the parts and components for your vehicle. We can also check under the hood to ensure the belts and hoses are in proper condition. Without belts and hoses, the vehicle cannot operate.   If you notice any squealing or odd noises from under the hood, it could mean that the belts or hoses have become loose. Belts can become worn out with time and will need to be replaced. The same is true for the hoses, as they may develop a hole and start to leak when the vehicle operates. If a belt slips, it can do a significant amount of damage to the vehicle.   The hoses should also be checked on a regular basis. The hoses can start to wear down with age. There may also be an issue if there is a puncture mark in them. This can cause them to leak. The vehicle will not be able to run at top performance levels or efficiency. If you notice a fluid needs to be replaced more often, make sure to bring it in. Catching an issue at the first sign can help reduce the chance of further damage in the future. By bringing your vehicle in for regular inspections, you can help prevent an unexpected breakdown. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in, we can advise you on a maintenance schedule. This can help you to have a safe and reliable ride.
April 8, 2016

What to Know when you Encounter a Pothole

              When the weather becomes warmer out, you may start to notice more potholes in the road. Potholes are formed when water goes into the ground. Once there, the cold temperatures cause it to freeze, which also results in expansion that shifts the pavement around. Later on, the combination of the thawing water and vehicles running over the spot result in the pavement being pushed down into the hole caused by the freezing and thawing, thus forming a pothole.   While there are some potholes you can see easily and miss, there are many others that are lurking in areas you are not able to see. When spring arrives beware of puddles. Even if you are driving on roads that do not have them often, potholes can hide quite nicely in puddles, resulting in that jarring, and potentially damaging, hit when your wheel finds one. The best way to avoid this is to drive a bit more cautiously and pay attention.   While it is best to go over potholes slowly, you should avoid braking right before you hit one. This will likely cause your vehicle to nosedive right as you hit it, which can increase the amount of damage that can occur. You should also make sure to let off of your brakes right before your tire comes in contact with the hole as well. This will help your vehicle absorb more of the blow, rather than the brunt being solely on the tire and brake.   If you hit a pothole, check for damage as soon as possible. A bent rim or damage to the tire can happen without you being aware of it. Additionally, if you notice your vehicle is pulling to one direction or the other right after, you have likely damaged the suspension. Make sure to bring it in, and we can check the issue. Ignoring the problem will only lead to further damage on the vehicle. By having the vehicle inspected, you can get back to an enjoyable driving experience.