Oil Changes

October 6, 2017

It is Important to Check the Fluids

  The brake fluid is part of your vehicle’s brake line system. If the brake fluid is leaking, or too much air gets in the brake like, it can affect the vehicle’s ability to stop. Brake fluid amounts can be seen through a plastic reservoir, which makes it easy to see the amount that is needed. If you notice the level is lower and needs some added in, there is a good chance there is a leak somewhere in the brake line. The coolant in your vehicle is a heat transfer fluid. It cycles around the engine and collects heat as it returns to the radiator. Once it is there, it is then transferred to the air. The coolant helps to keep your engine from overheating. Make sure to check the coolant level when the engine is cool, otherwise the coolant is hot and may cause burns. The power steering fluid is able to help make the turning of your vehicle easier. When your vehicle is working at proper levels, the power steering fluid increases the ability for the steering to direct the tires. If the fluid is low, you may experience issues with your power steering such as unusual tightness when you turn. If you notice you have to replace the fluid, there could be a leak somewhere. The transmission fluid should also be checked regularly to make sure the proper amount is in there. The transmission fluid cools and lubricates the inner parts of the transmission, ensuring that the transmission runs at an optimal level.     One of the most common fluids to forget about, until you need it, is the windshield wiper fluid. This fluid is important because it provides a fast way of clearing the windshield off of dust, bug residue, road grime, and other particles as you drive. The windshield wiper fluid is basically liquid soap. It is also very easy to maintain, and add to the reservoir if it is low. This way you are able to see the best you can while driving.     The motor oil is the most important fluid in all vehicles with combustion engines. The oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine’s crankcase. This can help prevent the high heat and friction that results during engine operation from destroying the pistons, valves, and other components. Without oil in your vehicle, the engine will seize up shortly, causing your vehicle to be unusable and be a costly repair bill. It is important to check the oil regularly so the level of oil is maintained at the recommended level.
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.    
October 14, 2016

Checking the Fluid Levels on your Vehicle

  Keeping your vehicle properly maintained is important. Vehicle fluids include brake fluid, engine oil, coolant, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, transmission fluid, and battery fluid. Fluid level information and the location of each fluid reservoir can be found in the owner’s manual for your particular vehicle.   Engine oil should be checked each time the vehicle is refueled. Most engines, but not all, have a dipstick to indicate the oil level. Typically the handle is yellow. You can check the oil yourself, or bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the oil and other fluid levels for you. If you check the oil yourself, make sure to turn off the engine, and then remove the dipstick. You will want to wipe off the end of the dipstick with a paper towel and place it back in. When you take out the dipstick, look at the level at the tip. The stick will have marks on it. The “add” mark typically indicates one quart low. If an engine is leaking oil then the price of repairs can vary depending on which repair is needed and the make and model of the vehicle.   Most other fluids will either have a dipstick, similar to engine oil, or a transparent reservoir. If the fluid is in a transparent reservoir, then there will be marks on the reservoir that indicate the acceptable level of that particular fluid. The major exception is the transmission fluid. The transmission fluid may or may not have a dipstick and it will not be in a transparent reservoir.   The following items are important to remember when checking the other fluids in your vehicle. Low brake fluid indicates a problem that should be checked as soon as possible. Never open the cooling system/radiator cap if the engine is hot. A low coolant level indicates a possible leak, which needs to be checked soon. Adding more coolant will not resolve an overheating problem with the engine. Low power steering fluid is an indication of a leak that should be investigated.   The most common interval for changing oil on modern vehicles is every 5,000 miles. Refer to the owner’s manual for your specific vehicle and for fluids other than the oil. The owner’s manual will have a maintenance chart that every vehicle owner can use to be sure the correct maintenance is performed at the right time. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the vehicle for you.  
March 25, 2016

Ways to Improve Fuel Efficiency

                  There are several things you should inspect on your vehicle. By doing so, you can help improve the fuel efficiency as you drive. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in, make sure to contact us and we can advise you how often the vehicle should be brought in. By changing a few driving habits, you can be changing the gas mileage you get.   You can help improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle by simply changing a few driving habits. The most effective change is to accelerate slowly and to brake over a longer distance. Speeding, braking, and rapid acceleration all lead to wasting gas. You should also use cruise control when acceptable. This helps keep driving speeds at a steady and constant moderate pace. If you try to anticipate stoplights and signs, you will get better gas mileage. It is also important to slow down when driving. Gas mileage decreases once you go above 60 miles per hour.   By keeping your vehicle maintained properly, you can also help with fuel efficiency of it. Having it in for a regularly scheduled maintenance check up will help ensure your vehicle is running the best it can. Be sure to check the tire pressure of your vehicle and by keeping your tires properly inflated it can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. Also checking the alignment of your wheels is important as well. Uneven tire wear can lower gas mileage and the tires will wear out more quickly.   Also lighten your load when you travel and carry with you only the necessities. For every extra 250 pounds that you haul, the car loses about one mile per gallon in fuel. Also reducing anything that causes drag with your vehicle, such as luggage racks and bike racks will help you get better mileage. When you are done filling your vehicle, make sure your gas cap is on tight. Improperly sealed gas caps will let fuel vaporize and lower your fuel efficiency. If you ever notice the fuel efficiency is poor, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.