June 27, 2016

Why the Lights should be Inspected

  Every once in a while, you are going to have to have your headlights changed There are certain warning signs to look out for that will help you determine when your headlights must be changed. When driving at night without lights, one of two things can happen to you. You can get pulled over by a cop, and get a get an expensive ticket. You could also have an accident because the visibility is so poor.   You may start to notice that the headlights start to dim a little as time goes on. However, some people do notice that it gets a little harder to see at night even with high beams. This is a sign that you may need to have your headlights changed. They will not just go out like brake lights in most cases. If there is an issue with how dim the lights are, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect them for you.   Not only do good headlights help you to see, but it also helps others to see where you are. This can help prevent an accident when you are driving at night. The blinkers are equally important because it can alert people to which way you would be turning. This can also help prevent them from running into you. By having the lights inspected, you can improve the safety and reliability of your vehicle when you drive.
June 20, 2016

How the Summer Affects the Battery

  In the summer, make sure to remember to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. This way we can inspect the parts to ensure they are wearing correctly. If there is an issue with your vehicle, we can repair it as soon as possible for the safety and reliability of it. One part that is forgotten about is the battery. Heat will affect a battery more than the cold temperatures of winter. If you ever notice an issue with your vehicle, battery, or how the vehicle starts, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can test the battery for you. Excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes damaging to the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate. This will lead to the battery failing over time. To improve the life of the battery, try these tips: Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging. Always replace a battery with one that is rated at least as high as the one originally specified. Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Check the battery for corrosion. As corrosion accumulates on battery terminals it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow. By bringing the vehicle in at the first sign of an issue, you can help save money in the long run, as well as a costly repair bill.  
June 10, 2016

Inspect your Vehicle for Summer Driving

  Having your vehicle in the best operating condition is important. During the summer heat, you will also want the air conditioner to be working correctly. This will allow you to stay cool and comfortable in the vehicle. By keeping your vehicle well maintained and brought in regularly, you can help prevent the chance for an issue to occur. You can also avoid any costly repair bills as well.   A vehicle’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning system, keeps the interior cabin comfortable in any season by providing the right temperature and humidity level. A thorough inspection should be performed annually in order to ensure it is working at top efficiency levels.   When the vehicle is inspected to see how the air conditioner is working, we can also check the tires and top off the fluids of the vehicle. The tires will need to be checked for proper inflation and tread wear. If you are not sure if the tires have the correct tread on them, you can test them quick with just a penny. Place the penny upside down in one of the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tires should be replaced. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.