Checking Fluids

June 27, 2017

Why the Fluids should be Checked

  When owning a vehicle, you will want to make sure it is kept in the best condition possible. This can help to provide you with a safer and more reliable vehicle. If you notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, always make sure to contact us. This can help to provide you with a safe driving experience when you travel. Besides having us inspect the vehicle, there are small inspections you can do yourself. This includes checking the fluids in the vehicle. Having the right amount of the fluids can help the vehicle operate efficiently and at top performance.   In order for the vehicle to run efficiently, make sure that the parts and components of it are inspected on a regular basis. These parts require various fluids to keep them running smoothly and coolly. Without regular fluid checks, the fluids in your vehicle can become dirty, lose viscosity, or depleted completely. When your automobile is low on fluids, a variety of mechanical issues can occur. These mechanical issues may result in thousands of dollars in repairs or even safety issues, which may increase the likelihood of an accident occurring. Checking and replacing the fluids in your vehicle is a very simple process. If you notice that you have to refill a fluid often, it could be a sign there is a leak in the system.   The most crucial fluid in your automobile is engine oil. The engine oil is a highly viscous fluid that is distributed slowly throughout the components of the engine to keep the engine running smoothly. An engine is made out of quickly moving mechanical parts. Without oil, these parts would cause friction to build up which can damage parts and cause the engine to reach a dangerously high temperature. Engine oil can quickly become dirty and lose its viscosity, which is why it is so important to have your engine oil completely replaced every six months.   Engine coolant is a fluid in your vehicle that can lower the temperature of your engine and prevent your vehicle from overheating. All machines generate heat because of friction and the combustive process that makes the machine operate. The engine coolant in your vehicle is able to lower the temperature of the engine to prevent damage from occurring.   There are many other fluids in your vehicle that should be replaced on a regular basis. Transmission fluid is a fluid that is designed specifically to improve the function of the transmission. Without this fluid, the transmission life may be greatly shortened. Transmission repairs are some of the most expensive automobile repairs. Windshield fluid is another fluid that should be checked regularly. It can remove dirt, debris, and even ice from your windshield to improve visibility. If you are unsure how much of each fluid your vehicle should have, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct amount. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle.  
March 27, 2015

Spring Cleaning for Your Vehicle

  As the temperature outside begins to rise, many components on your vehicle can change, making routine maintenance especially important. Your tires are one of the most important features on your vehicle and so they require close attention. The tires are the only part that will have direct contact with the surface of the road. If the tires are starting to wear down, it can cause the vehicle to have poor fuel mileage and efficiency. This is because the vehicle will have to use more fuel and power to have the vehicle run properly. Get the Tires Ready for Spring Often the tires are one of the most overlooked parts of a vehicle, but one of the most important. An under-inflated or over-inflated, worn down tire can be extremely dangerous, particularly in warm weather. As temperatures rise, tire pressure changes with the rising temperatures. All models run differently when it comes to the appropriate amount of tire pressure. Consult your owner’s manual to see what your tire pressure would be and check it with a hand pressure gauge to ensure the correct amount. Next, check for any bulging in the sidewalls of the tire. If any bulging is overlooked, heat and pressure can eventually allow for the tire to blow. Having an over-inflated tire makes for less contact with the road and can lead to hydroplaning in wet conditions. You should also check the tread on your tires. If your tread is worn, you should take your vehicle to one of our technicians. Have the tires replaced as well as adjusted for proper alignment and balance. Make sure the Tires are Right for the Season When it comes time to replace the tires, it is important you choose the right ones for your vehicle and the type of driving you do. If you do more highway driving, high performance tires should be your focus. High performance tires use a softer rubber compound for increased traction, keeping you on the road when you are cornering at high speeds. If you live on gravel roads you may want to consider sport tires, because they allow for a more comfortable ride and provide you with better traction on uneven ground. Choosing the correct tires for your vehicle is imperative in that it accounts for the main part of your vehicle’s performance, efficiency and safety. Increase the Life of the Tires on your Vehicle Purchasing tires can become costly, which is why you should take caution year round to get more mileage out of them. You can start by making sure your tire pressure is consistent with what your owner’s manual says is right for your vehicle. When maintaining proper air pressure in your tires your car will run more smoothly and handle better, making for a safe ride. Do not forget to check your tires regularly for cuts, cracks and holes. By taking these precautions, not only will your vehicle handle better, but also it will improve your gas mileage and not pose a danger each time you get behind the wheel.
February 23, 2015

The Importance of Fluids in the Vehicle

To keep your vehicle lasting as long as possible, make sure you keep the vehicle well maintained. This is the best way to make sure your vehicle is safe and reliable when you need it to be. Between visits it is important to check the fluid levels in your vehicle. Make sure the fluid levels are at the designated line on each reservoir. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the fluid levels for you. Engine Coolant is Important for Your Vehicle Engine coolant runs through your vehicle’s engine, absorbing and transferring heat to the radiator where it is cooled before being re-circulated. Coolant contains specially formulated chemical packages that inhibit rust and scale buildup, lubricate water pumps, help protect against freezing, and improve heat transfer. There are plenty of things that can cause your coolant to wear out. Not changing it frequently enough, running the engine in an overheated condition, and even just working the engine extremely hard can result in breakdown of the coolant’s chemical properties. This leaves the cooling system more susceptible to rust and scale buildup and freezing in the winter. In addition, the water pump can wear out from excessive friction and heat. Power Steering Fluid Should be Inspected Power steering fluid is hydraulic oil, just like transmission fluid. Your power steering system consists of a pump and fluid reservoir, lines, and a power steering gear. The pump creates hydraulic pressure from pumping the fluid, which powers the steering gear, making steering easy. On most vehicles, power steering fluid does not show up in the maintenance schedule, so there are no severe or normal service recommendations. Check it at every oil change, inspecting closely for evidence of metal flakes, indicating steering gear or pump wear, or a black or dark color, indicating overheating. Either condition calls for replacement of the fluid and inspection of the system. If the fluid appears to be overheated, the pump should be checked for internal wear. If you catch these problems early enough and replace the pump, you can usually circumvent replacing the steering gear later. Don’t Forget to check the Brake Fluid Check the brake fluid every oil change, inspecting closely for the proper level and signs that the fluid needs to be changed. Some manufacturers do suggest having the brake fluid completely changed every five to seven years. Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid used as a medium to generate the pressure needed to activate the brakes. When you press the brake pedal, the master cylinder pumps fluid through the system, which pushes the brake caliper pistons against the brake pads, which in turn make contact with the brake rotors and slow the vehicle. Brake fluid that is black in color has been overheated. If the brake fluid is dark in color, the brakes should be checked for a malfunction. Rust sediment is an indication that moisture has contaminated the brake fluid. By checking the fluid levels, you can help keep your vehicle lasting as long as possible.  
September 18, 2014

Tips to Keep the Vehicle Running Smoothly

The vehicle you purchase can be one of the largest investments you make in your life. It is important to keep the investment maintained and in the best condition possible. This can help it to last for as many years as it was designed to do. One of the best things to do is to bring the vehicle in to have it inspected by a professional. We can look for any signs of damage or wear that the parts might have. It is best to notice and fix an issue at the first sign of it, rather than wait until more damage might be done to the vehicle. This also allows time for a part to be ordered and replaced, rather than if it was urgent and the part broke completely. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for your safety. Checking the Fluid Levels Every vehicle requires several different fluids that serve to make the internal components operate smoothly and efficiently. Without this fluid, engine components and transmission components would stick and cause dangerous friction to build up. Other fluids such as wiper fluid help drivers to clean their windshields while driving to improve visibility and reduce the occurrence of accidents. Fluid replacement and fluid checks are easy to perform and do not cost very much money. This type of maintenance procedure can go a long way in extending the life of your vehicle. It can also help improve the efficiency as well. Inspect the Brakes and Tires Maintaining the tires and brakes of your vehicle is another very important maintenance task. Tire pressure must be regularly checked to prevent the occurrence of a dangerous blowout while driving. Checking and balancing tire pressure will also reduce the wear and tear that occurs on your vehicle’s wheels and axles. The brakes of your automobile should also be checked regularly and brake fluid levels should be monitored. Don’t Forget about Regular Maintenances When you invest in regular auto maintenance and auto service, you can lengthen the life of your vehicle and avoid the occurrence of pricey malfunctions that will cost exorbitant amounts of money to fix. Most vehicle maintenance services are relatively inexpensive because they do not take that long to complete. It is extremely wise to invest in regular maintenance rather than waiting for your car to break down and paying for auto repairs. If you are unsure of what the proper maintenance schedule should be, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can recommend the schedule for you. This can help provide a safe and reliable vehicle when you need to drive it. You can also check things between visits to help increase the efficiency of the vehicle. This includes checking the air pressure in the tires. If the tires are over inflated or under inflated, it can cause the vehicle to work harder and use more fuel to have them operate correctly. Properly inflated tires can also improve the comfort level when you drive.