March 31, 2017

Tips to Keep the Battery Lasting as Long as Possible

  It is important to keep the battery in the most optimal condition possible. You may notice a poorly charged battery in your vehicle by the way it starts. The vehicle may start more slowly than usual or not start at all. The headlights may also start to go dimmer when you start the vehicle. There are some ways to help keep the battery in a good operating condition. It is also important to bring your vehicle in for regular scheduled maintenances.     One way to help prevent premature battery failure is be aware of the distance you travel with each trip. Lots of short trips can cause the battery to lose its charge more quickly than if you take longer road trips. This is because the battery does not fully recharge each time if you make several short trips in a row. Instead, try to turn all the small trips into a single larger trip. This can help save wear and tear on your vehicle as well as the battery.     If headlights or interior lights are left on for your vehicle, you may be doing more harm than you realize. This can cause the battery to drain and wear out quicker than it should. Whenever you turn off your vehicle, make sure the headlights get turned off as well. Also make sure the interior lights go off in your vehicle once you shut the door. This will help to reduce the chance the lights will cause the battery to lose charge over a length of time.     If you plan on storing your vehicle for a length of time without use, make sure to contact us so we can advise you on proper storage care. If the vehicle is inactive for long lengths of time, the battery will be strained and lose power. This may cause it to have a low charge when you try to start it the next time. Disconnecting the battery from the terminals can help reduce the amount of strain that is placed on the battery.       Any external device you have plugged into your vehicle can result in your battery having a low charge. These external devices like a GPS or cell phone being plugged into your vehicle can affect the lifespan of the battery. Always make sure to plug in devices that are absolutely necessary. This can help to preserve the life of the battery as long as possible.
March 22, 2017

The Importance of Wheel Alignments

  Proper wheel alignment is critical for optimal vehicle operation and handling. If the alignment is off even the slightest on the vehicle, it could cause extra wear to components and parts. Driving hazards could also become an issue in the long run. You can also face larger maintenance expenses because of tire replacements will be needed more frequently. When the tires are not aligned, the steering and handling components will have a shorter lifespan. This is because there will be uneven or excessive wear to them. It could also cause the tires to go flat or blow out while you are driving.     Depending on the road conditions and weather conditions, tires will wear out at different rates. It is important to check the tires often to ensure they are in the best condition possible. If you are unsure of the condition of the tires, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. We can help to inspect it and insure the tires are wearing evenly and correctly.   Poorly aligned tires can cause extra money at the pumps because the mileage will get worse. The tread will also start to diminish. This means the vehicle will not be able to grip and handle the road as properly as it should. It could also make for difficult travels on wet, icy, or slippery roads. Having the wheels aligned are important to ensure that the wheels are properly aligned and that the wear is not specific to one certain spot.
March 20, 2017

Efficient Fuel Mileage for your Vehicle

  Regular maintenance can help parts of the vehicle last as long as they should, as well as being efficient. The belts, hoses, tires, and fluids should always be checked. If you are unsure how often the vehicle should be brought in for a maintenance inspection, we can help to advise you on a schedule. This can help keep the vehicle running efficiently as well as being reliable.   The tires should be inspected thoroughly to make sure they are in the best condition possible. The air pressure should be checked so the tires are inflated to the proper level. The correct amount can be found in the owner’s manual for the vehicle. It can also be found on a sticker inside the door of the driver’s side. The tread should also be checked on the tires. If you notice the tires are wearing unevenly, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect them for you. If the tires are not wearing, as it should, an alignment or rotation might be recommended.   Making sure the fluids are topped off can help improve the efficiency of the vehicle. Make sure to follow the recommended schedule for changing the oil in the vehicle. This can help to keep moving parts of the vehicle and engine properly lubricated. Without the oil, parts will start to wear and cause stress with one another. This can put more strain on them that could require them to wear out sooner than they need to. It is also important that you are changing the fluids at the recommended intervals.   Having the air filter changed is also a great maintenance tip. Dirty air filters can affect how quickly the vehicle accelerates. By changing the filter at the recommended interval, you can help to improve the performance of your vehicle. Make sure to check the recommendation from the manufacture for how often the air filter should be changed. Also make sure to change it if it is dirty and clogged.   The belts and hoses should also be inspected for your vehicle. If these break, it could cause systems in the vehicle to fail. This could include the air conditioner compressor, alternator, power steering, or water pump. If a hose is cracked, it could cause leaking to occur for the coolant. This could cause the engine to overheat. If you notice an issue, make sure to have it inspected as soon as possible, as this can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.      
March 7, 2017

Warning Signs of Poor Brakes

  There are several indicators that your vehicle can provide when the brakes need to be repaired or serviced. The most common sign is the brake warning light illuminating. If the warning light is blinking, get the vehicle in as soon as you can. You may also notice a squishy or soft brake pedal when you apply it. This can also mean there is a delay in the brake system. There may also be an issue if you hear noises from the brakes.   When you press your foot against the brake pedal, it should progressively firm with the harder you press it. If the brake pedal feels soft or almost hits the floor, the issue should be inspected as soon as possible. Also make sure to notice any vibrations you might feel when applying the brake pedal. This can also be a sign of a serious brake problem.   Any loud noise such as squeals, squeaks, or grinding sounds could indicate a serious issue. The brakes may need to be adjusted or replaced. A grinding noise you might hear could indicate that the brake pads are worn and may need to be replaced. The brake rotors can sometimes be damaged or need replacing if the brake pads have worn down. This is because the metal on metal can cause damage.   Besides vibrations in the brake pedal and odd noises, there are some other signs to notice if you have an issue with the brake system. Look for any puddles of brake fluid that are under your vehicle. Also, notice if your vehicle pulls to one side or another when you apply the brakes. It could mean that there is an issue with the tires, but it could also mean a problem for the brakes. The brakes could be worn out and need replacing. If you notice that the vehicle is low on brake fluid often, it could be a sign of a leak somewhere. Bringing the vehicle in for regular scheduled maintenances is also recommended. By doing so, parts that are beginning to wear can be identified and fixed before a larger issue can occur. A small issue is also more cost efficient to fix than a larger issue. Regular maintenance can help save time, money, and stress. It can also help to provide you a safe and reliable ride again.