July 28, 2017

6 ways to help prevent a flat tire on your vehicle

    Checking the air pressure in the tires should be done regularly as well. Check your vehicles owner’s manual to be sure the tires are inflated to the correct pressure recommended. When the tires are overinflated the vehicle is more difficult to handle. It will also ride rougher if the tires are overinflated. They are more prone to pick up sharp objects that are on the road that can puncture the tire. When the tires are underinflated they wear more quickly and unevenly.     It is important to regularly check the tires to make sure they are in good condition. Part of this also includes making sure they are wearing evenly. The tire tread can wear unevenly from quick stars and short stops. Making sure to slow to a stop and start can help to prevent this for your tires. If you notice that the tires are wearing unevenly, bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it over. Regular tire rotations are recommended so the tires can wear evenly.     While inspecting your tires for wear, also check the tread for your tire. Checking the tread is quick, easy, and only requires a penny. Take the penny and place it with Lincoln’s head down. If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered, the tires are fine. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too shallow and will need to be replaced soon.     Over time the breaks will wear and may need adjusting. This can be caused from age and miles that the vehicle has. The brakes should be checked regularly to help prevent excess wear on the wheels. If the brakes begin to wear down, it may start to cause the tires to wear unevenly. By brining your vehicle in, we can inspect the brakes and tires for you to make sure they are in good working order.     The spare tire for your vehicle is intended for temporary use only. If you do get a flat tire and need to use the spare tire, avoid having to drive on it for an extended distance and speeds. It is recommended that for safe driving on a spare tire, you should drive a distance of fifty miles. It is also recommended you go a maximum speed of fifty miles per hour while driving.     Rough roads can increase the chance of wear and tear on the tires. Potholes and uneven roads can encourage a bubble or blister to form in the walls of the tires. If at all possible, avoid roads that are near constructions sites. If you travel near these, your tires have the chance to pick up sharp objects like nails, screws, and other sharp debris.
July 25, 2017

Knowing When to Replace the Windshield Wipers

    When driving, one of the most important things is the visibility you have. This is to help you avoid an accident or hitting something. While it might be easy to opt for the lost cost windshield wipers and parts, this could end up costing you more in the future. Cheaper parts would have to be replaced more frequently. You would also run the risk that they wear out and do not provide you with the best visibility when they operate. Make sure to notice the signs that the windshield wipers could be going out.   The blades of a windshield wiper are important components that hold the wiper in place. Though drivers tend to pay very little attention to the blades in the windshield wipers, research shows that the more efficient the wipers are, the safer you are in the automobile. This is because of a clear and unobstructed field of vision. There are different factors that affect the performance and the shelf life of the blades. A few of them include the slope of the wiper, which makes blades more exposed to air and incoming moisture. Also the squeegee effect that is caused due to the spring tension in the blade arms, which can be prevented by using optimum windshield wiper fluid. The material of the blade and the claws that hold the blade and transmit pressure are important to inspect as well.   No matter where you live, it is important to replace your windshield wiper from time to time. It is recommended to change the windshield wipers at least once every six months. Typically, people will change them at the start of fall and at the beginning of spring. While you replace your windshield wipers, do not forget to buy the latest technology wipers that have wonderful performance and are branded. Bring the vehicle in, and we can recommend the right kind of windshield wiper.   Recommended checks in your vehicle include the levels of the windshield wiper fluid, windshield water pump and hoses, rear wiper equipments, front side and headlight wiper replacements, wiper motor efficiency, and others. It is always better to consult us and to perform a complete auto repair with the wiper replacements. This can help ensure that the parts are working efficiently and effectively so you can see well. Checking the windshield wipers will help to improve the visibility when you drive this summer.
July 19, 2017

Why the Belts are Important for the Vehicle

      Making sure your vehicle’s belts are in good working condition is important. These belts help the vehicle to operate efficiently and effectively. They help the engine to run smoothly so the power can be distributed throughout the vehicle. While sometimes you can see if there is an issue with the belts, other times you may not be able to notice anything. It is always best to bring your vehicle in so we can take a look at everything with it, that way we can help to prevent issues that may occur down the road. By going to your regularly scheduled visits you can make sure your vehicle is maintained properly so if a belt shows cracking or wear, it is minor in convenience and cost.           There are several things that belts do to serve your vehicle. The timing belt allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. It opens and closes the valves in a synchronized movement with the engine’s pistons. If the timing belt happens to break, the engine will stop working completely. This usually causes major damage to the engine. The serpentine belt powers the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, and several others. When the serpentine belt breaks, all of the parts that the engine power will stop. This is a serious problem as it can cause your engine to overheat and become damaged. It is important to know that anytime you have an odd noise that comes from under your hood, you should take it in immediately to have it inspected for any issues that might be going on.           If you notice that there is a squealing or other noise coming from under the hood, it is always best to call us or stop in. If a belt slips or breaks, waiting can possibly cause damage to your vehicle. Your power steering can stop working if a belt slips or breaks. Also, your engine can lock up if the belt comes off at any point in time. If you notice the belt squealing, especially on the fan or air conditioner, you should get your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can check where the issue is. Belts can also break down with excessive heat, mileage, or age.          
July 7, 2017

Transmission Issues to Be Aware of for Your Vehicle

  A vehicle is supposed to run smoothly and without any shaking, or jerking, and there is not supposed to be any grinding sounds. These all suggest that there is a problem with the gears. Manual transmissions commonly indicate problems by making a grinding noise or feeling when you shift into a gear. If the grinding occurs after engaging the clutch and shifting, this can be sign that the clutch may need to be replaced or adjusted. Automatic transmissions act a little differently. Instead of making a grinding noise, you will likely feel it take some time to wiggle into gear at first instead of the typical smooth transitions. As the problem gets worse, the transitions into the next gear become more jarring and involve more shaking. There are a few other reasons for grinding or shaking, but the appropriate course of action is still to have it inspected and serviced.   Any burning smell coming from your vehicle is a cause for concern. Overheating transmission fluid is one of the causes of a burning smell. Transmission fluid helps keep the parts lubricated and cooled so that they don’t get worn out and damaged. If the fluid breaks down, the system runs too hot which it results in increased friction and corrosive activity as well as the build up of additional sludge and debris. If this is not taken care of, the transmission will eventually damage itself enough to break down completely. The end result is an expensive replacement. Common causes include low fluid level or using the incorrect brand or type of fluid.   If the vehicle will not shift after engaging the clutch and trying to move the stick, take a look at the fluid to make sure that it is at the right level. Other causes include using the incorrect thickness of fluid and the clutch linkage or shift cables needing adjustment. The source of the problem could also be the vehicle’s computer system. If you have already inspected the fluid, you can try resetting it. To do this, detach the battery and let it stand for thirty minutes. Then, reattach and allow the system to reset itself.   The check engine light located on the dashboard is a great early indicator that something is about to go wrong with your vehicle, and in particular with your transmission. There are sensors placed in many areas of the engine that alert the computer if it senses unusual activity coming from a particular process. The sensors on a transmission can pick up on the slightest jerks and vibrations than you are not able to see or feel. If the light illuminates, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. Also remember to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible with anything out of the norm that you might notice.