April 21, 2017

The Importance of the Oil

    There are two main factors you will need to consider whenever looking at the frequency that you will need to change your oil. You will need to consider whether you are using regular motor oil or synthetic oil. You will also need to pay attention to the way that you drive your vehicle. While there is a basic formula, there are also many ways that you will be able to get more from your oil based on your specific needs as a driver. This will help you to be able to get better performance as well as making sure that you will be able to get a longer engine life.     The standard for using regular oil is to replace it every 3,000 miles or every three months. The thing to remember is that the engine will not be able to use old oil because it will seize up in a few different ways. The dirt from the oil can cause vital parts to not be able to function properly. It can also cause the engine to develop leaks which will burn and smoke. Always make sure that you are logging when your last oil change was so that you will be able to get new oil as soon as it is needed.     Those who use synthetic oil may not know that they are actually getting a product that will last twice as long. The standards include 6,000 miles and six months. This is because the quality of the oil is higher and it does not have the tendency for breaking down as fast as regular oil does. This is the only kind of oil, which can be used in some vehicles. High performance engines will not be able to use regular oil because it has too low of a smoke point. Since high performance engines are hotter, they require the synthetic oil.     Keep in mind that the harder you drive your vehicle, the more it will be necessary for you to change the oil. Those driving every day in traffic will need to get their oil changed more often. The effect that the weather and the driving have on the oil is to cause the oil to break down even faster than normal. Naturally, the oil will have to suit the climate in in order to make sure that the engine is performing correctly. You can bring the vehicle in and we can help recommend what type of oil is beneficial for your vehicle.    
April 17, 2017

Issues with the Brake System

  One of most important parts of the vehicle is the brake system. Make sure to go to regular maintenances for the vehicle. The brakes can be inspected regularly for how they are wearing. If they are in poor condition, parts of the brake system can be replaced. This can help to make for a safe and reliable ride when you drive. There could be some signs that the brakes are starting to wear out. If you notice any of these signs, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help to prevent a further issue from forming in the future.     When driving, you might be able to notice some beginning issues of something that is wrong with the brake system. One of the most common signs could be any squealing or screeching noise you hear when you apply the brake pedal on your vehicle. This can indicate that the brake line is being worn, and might be less reliable than it once was. If you hear any odd noises, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. This can help to prevent any further issues from occurring. It can also help to increase the safety when you drive.     Another way to notice if there is an issue with the brakes is if there are vibrations against the brake pedal when you apply it. This could mean that the brake pads have been worn through and it is starting to wear onto the brake rotors. If the brake rotors go out, it could cause an accident when you are driving. Make sure to make an appointment to bring the vehicle in if you notice any type of vibrating pedal. We can inspect the brake line, as well as the brake pads and brake rotors. Having it inspected at the first sign of an issue can help to save you time, money, and stress in the long run.     There may also be some other indications of a brake problem. If you notice that the brake pedal is spongy when you press down, it could mean that the brakes are starting to wear and go out. If you smell anything out of the norm, it could be caused by friction of the parts. These parts could start to wear against one another and cause heat when they do. This will result in a burning smell. Having the brakes regularly maintained can help to prevent larger issues in the future when you drive.
April 10, 2017

Inspecting the Tires on your Vehicle

  In addition to maintaining proper inflation pressure, regularly inspect the tire tread and sidewalls for irregular tread wear, cracking, scrapes, bulges, cuts, snags, foreign objects or other damage resulting from use. Remove any stones, glass, foreign objects that are embedded in the tread to prevent further damage. Even minor damage can lead to further injury and eventual tire failure. Tires with excessive cracking on the tread or sidewalls should be removed from service. This is typically caused by under inflation, over loading, improper storage, and/or improper long-term parking.   You should check the tire tread and sidewall areas during monthly inflation pressure checks, looking for uneven or irregular tread wear or other conditions as noted above. It is recommended that tires, including the spare, be periodically inspected by a tire service professional during routine maintenance intervals such as oil changes and tire rotations. Check the Tires for: Uneven tread wear – This can include more wear on one tread edge than the other, a rippled pattern of high and low wear, or exposed steel wire. Uneven wear can be caused by problems such as under inflation, vehicle misalignment and improper balancing. Shallow tread – Well worn or bald tires can result in hydroplaning, loss of traction and are more likely to be damaged by potholes and other road hazards. To help you see when the tread is worn out, tires have a built in “tread wear indicators.” These are narrow bars of smooth rubber that run across the tread. When the tread is even with the bars, a tire is worn down to 1/16 inch and the tire must be replaced immediately. You can also try the penny test: place a penny in the tire’s most worn groove with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tire should be replaced. Troublemakers – Check for small stones, pieces of glass, bits of metal and other foreign objects that might be wedged into the tread and carefully remove them. They can cause serious problems if they are pushed farther into your tire as you drive. Damaged areas – Cracks, cuts, splits, punctures, holes and bulges in the tread or on the sidewalls of the tire can indicate serious problems, and the tire may need to be replaced. Valve caps – Those little caps on your tire’s valve stem keep moisture and dirt out, so make sure they are on all your tires. If you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. This way we can inspect the vehicle and tires, so you can have a safe and reliable ride when you drive.