Summer Driving Tips

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.
May 31, 2017

Driving with Care

  As summer gets closer, now is a great time to inspect the vehicle over. This can help the vehicle to run at top efficiency during the summer months. It is also recommended to inspect the vehicle after the harsh weather of winter. Parts may have started to wear and may need replacing. The windshield wipers may also need attention. Through the winter they work excessively to clear away ice, snow, frost, and other road grime. The blades will start to rip, tear, and wear down with time. To have the best visibility possible, the windshield wipers should be inspected and replaced if needed. This can help to make your summer driving pleasant.     The most important thing to do for the vehicle is to go to regular maintenances. This can help ensure that parts and components of the vehicle are working, as they should be. If you notice any strange noises the vehicle makes, be sure to schedule an appointment. This could indicate an issue. Parts could be wearing on one another. It may also mean that parts are starting to slip and become damaged, like belts. Any smells you notice can also be an indication of a problem. It could mean that there is a leak or damage done to an area of the vehicle. To ensure it is running the best it can be, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This can help to determine if there are issues with the vehicle. When recommended, we can replace these parts of the vehicle. With regular maintenances, you can help to ensure that the vehicle runs at its peak performance.     The tires should also be inspected on a regular basis. The air pressure will need to be checked. They can also be more prone to blowing out when they rotate. Under inflated tires can lead to poor fuel efficiency. This is because the vehicle will have to use more power to make up for the poor tires. If the tires are over inflated, they can be more likely to pick up sharp objects or debris. The over inflated tires also have less contact on the surface of the road. This can make for an uncomfortable ride when traveling. The tread will also have to be inspected, because the tread will help to provide enough grip to the road when you travel.     Now is also a good time to inspect the battery of your vehicle. The battery can become weak over the winter because of the cold temperatures. Make sure to inspect the posts and terminals of the battery. They should be free of any build up of dirt or other debris. If you notice that the vehicle is becoming harder to start, bring it in. We can inspect the battery to see if a new one is recommended. By having a clean battery, you can have a more efficient vehicle.
August 22, 2016

Tips to Maintain the Vehicle in Summer

  Make sure to inspect the vehicle regularly. The battery should be inspected visually for corrosion or any other buildup of debris regularly. The surface of the battery should be clean and free from any dirt buildup. The connection points and posts should also be free of corrosion or rust. This can decrease the power it is able to supply your vehicle.   Driving frequently can be tough on the brake system of the vehicle. The brakes will begin to wear down, and may become less efficient. You may notice that it may take longer to slow down and stop when you apply the brake pedal. This could be from the brake pads being worn down. Make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible, so we can examine the brake system. Noticing any noises or feeling vibrations in the brake pedal could be a signal something is wearing with the brake system.   Contaminants can often get caught in the air filter of the vehicle. This is typical in the summer and fall months. The filter should be checked regularly and replaced as needed. If you notice debris built up in the filter, it may be a good time to change it. The air filter helps to prevent the debris contaminants from getting into your vehicle when you drive.   The tires should be checked regularly to ensure the proper amount of air pressure is in it. Make sure the tires are inflated to the recommended level according to the vehicle owner’s manual. Properly inflated tires can be beneficial for fuel mileage and safety. If you notice a tire is getting low often, bring it in so we can inspect the tire for you.
August 5, 2016

What Squealing Brakes could Mean

  If the brakes start to make a squealing noise, it could be caused by the brake pads. The brake pad has a steel backing that also has friction material attached to it. When you apply the brakes, it will produce hydraulic pressure that will cause the brake pads to clamp down on the rotors. This will then create the friction needed. When the friction of the pads works against the rotors, it will help to slow and stop the vehicle. When the material on the brake pads wears down, it is an indication that it is time to change the brake pads. When the brake pad is worn down, a small steel spring clip can make contact with the rotor. This will then make the high-pitched squeal that you might hear.   The brakes squealing can also occur when the brake calipers stick when the brakes are applied. This is because the brake pad is in constant contact with the brake rotor. This will produce an excessive amount of friction and heat. The brake pads will overheat and start to harden. This will result in the rotors becoming glazed. The squealing sound you hear could be a result of the harder surfaces having a connection with one another. This can then result in a reduction of braking power as the brakes squeal. The brake pads should be replaced, and the brake rotors should be inspected for any damage they might have.   No matter what sound you might hear when you apply the brakes, it is important to bring the vehicle in for an inspection. Since the brakes are what allow you to stop, it is important to keep them in the best condition possible.