June 23, 2014

Checking the Tread Wear on the Tires

The tires are important for your vehicle because they are the only piece that will have a direct contact with the surface of the road. Without the tires, you will not be able to reach your destination. There are some important things that you will need to check on the tires. This can help them last as long as possible, as well as improve the efficiency of the vehicle. If the tires are in poor condition, it may end up costing you more in the long run. One of the first things you should check is the air pressure. This is important because it helps to ensure the tires are inflated properly so they can rotate. If the tires are under inflated, it can lead to poor fuel efficiency. It can also increase the chance for the tire to blow out. If the tire is over inflated it increase the possibility of picking up sharp objects or debris that might be on the road. It can also cause an uncomfortable ride because less of the surface of the tire will have contact with the road when you are driving. This can also result in a bumpier ride when traveling. Another important thing to check is the tread of the tires. If you are unsure of the condition of the tires, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect it for you so that you can help to have the best efficiency possible when you drive. It can also help to provide a pleasant driving experience for you and your passengers. Why the Tread is Important for the Tires The tread is an important part for the tires. It helps to grip the surface of the road when you drive. If the roads are wet or slick, the tread can help prevent the tires from sliding or hydroplaning. Having the proper tread can help improve the stability and handling of the vehicle. If you notice the vehicle is becoming more difficult to control, there may be an issue with the tires. It is always best to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it as soon as possible. This can help prevent further issues from forming. By having the tires inspected, it can help improve the life of them as well. How to check the Tread When inspecting the tires, make sure to check the tread of them as well. This can be quick and easy, all you need is a penny. Place the penny upside down so Lincoln’s head is toward the surface of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, there is not enough tread. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tire thoroughly for any issues. Good Tread can improve the Efficiency of the vehicle The tread can help benefit the vehicle in several ways. If the tires have the correct amount of tread, they will travel, as they should. Poor tread will increase the fuel and power that is used for the vehicle. This is because they need the extra power to allow the tires to operate correctly. If you notice poor fuel efficiency, bring it in and we can inspect the tires for you.
June 19, 2014

The Brake System should be Inspected

A way to help keep the vehicle operating at top performance levels is to make sure it is maintained properly. One part that will need to be inspected regularly is the brake system. This system is important because it allows the vehicle to slow down or stop when you need it to. Proper brakes can also decrease the chance of an accident, like a collision or rear-ending another vehicle. If anytime between visits you notice something out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This can help to ensure that the vehicle is safe and reliable for when you need to drive it. This can also make for a pleasant driving experience for you and your passengers. The Brakes Need Maintenance The brake system can benefit on your vehicle with a regular maintenance check just like having regular oil changes helps the engine. They can even be done at the same time. Getting the brakes checked every 3,000 miles might be a little much, unless you have a commute where you are heavy on the brakes and stuck in traffic often. Then it might be a good idea to check on the wear and tear of all the parts and make sure they still look good and will keep you safe, even while sitting in a traffic jam. Having the brakes maintained can also help the parts to last as long as they should. What Gets checked with a Brake inspection Having the brakes checked works best when the tires are completely off and the mechanic can actually see, touch and measure the brake pads. It is possible to estimate the brake pads with the tires on, but a more accurate estimate of their life is when the tires are off. Checking the brakes can happen each time the tires get rotated, when you get new tires put on or if there is going to be a tire alignment. If you notice an issue, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Inspect the Brake Pads and Brake Rotors The technician will check the brake pads and how much thickness is left on each one. In theory, the pads should all be worn evenly, but in reality, this might not always happen. Therefore, all 4 brake pads should be checked. If one is lower than the others, then they should all be changed at the same time. Besides the brake pads, we will inspect the rotors and the calipers that work the braking system. Even though the brake pads see the most amount of work and get used up, the other parts sometimes need frequent checking too. When the brake pads are replaced, sometimes the rotors will also need replacing. If the brake pads got too low, then it could cause wearing on the other parts behind it. When those parts get bent, they need to be replaced so that they will hold the brake pads correctly and be positioned over the wheels to stop the vehicle correctly every time you step on the brake pedal.
June 16, 2014

Is a New Muffler Needed for your vehicle?

As we watch the odometers on our cars rise we can expect to replace parts due to general wear and tear, particularly tires and brakes. Mufflers are no exception. Although the life of a car can vary depending on care and environmental conditions, they are designed to last about ten years or 150,000 miles. The average life of a muffler is about 100,000 miles. This average is significantly decreased in geographic locations where roads are sprayed with a treatment to improve winter driving conditions as the salt used in the treatment increases the chance of corrosion. There is no doubt that a muffler will need to be replaced at some point of the car’s life. Driving a vehicle, which needs to have the muffler replaced, has economic as well as safety consequences. A vehicle with a bad muffler can use twice the gas it should. Deterioration of the exhaust system may occur over time, so you may not be aware of the subtle changes on a day-to-day basis. If you notice an issue with the muffler, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can so we can inspect it for you. Odd noises the vehicle might make First, start checking your muffler by starting the engine. Notice any loud noise it might make. Mufflers are part of the vehicle’s exhaust system, which is designed to optimize airflow. Flowing air that is disrupted will make noise and, if not corrected, the noise is likely to increase over time. Also pay close attention to where the noise coming from. Muffler noise will typically come from the middle to the rear of the vehicle. If the noise is coming from the front of the vehicle, the noise may be coming from something other than the muffler. Black Soot should be looked for Cars with bad mufflers will have black or blue exhaust smoke coming from the tailpipe when the engine is started. Looking in the exhaust system in the middle to rear of the car, inspect for black soot marks on the muffler. Black soot is indicative of a bad muffler that should be replaced. If you are unsure about an issue with the muffler, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. We can inspect the parts and the vehicle for you so it is running at top performance levels. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Noticing a strange smell Ask a friend or neighbor to weigh in their opinion as well as exhaust may inappropriately flow into the passenger areas, thus cars in need of new mufflers may smell slightly of smoke or gas. If you cannot smell anything but suspect there is an exhaust issue, note if passengers display allergy-type symptoms such as watery eyes and coughing. Excessive sleepiness may occur as well. Infants and elderly are especially susceptible to the toxins in the exhaust. Make sure to bring the vehicle in, and we can inspect the muffler for you.
June 13, 2014

The Cooling System of the Vehicle is Important

The engine creates a lot of heat while you are driving. It is important that this heat is removed immediately. If it is not than there can be problems in oil degradation and possible overheating of your vehicle. This is why it is important that you are maintaining your cooling system. This can help prevent damage to the engine, as well as other parts. If you notice that the vehicle overheats, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This can reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown. There are also some other things to notice when you drive. If you notice an issue, make sure to bring the vehicle in. Among these things are the radiator and water pump. The water pump is an integral part that you should know about. Also, check the hoses and connections that help to maintain the temperature of your engine. If you notice the vehicle overheats constantly, it could mean the thermostat or another part of the vehicle has an issue. If the vehicle is overheating, it will continue to damage to parts of the engine. The Water Pump should be checked The water pump is one of the most important parts of your cooling system. It is responsible for moving the coolant throughout your engine. Without this, there is no way that the engine will be able to maintain its temperature. These parts are fairly durable and seldom, if ever, need replacing. This is something to keep in mind though. If there is a problem in which your engine is overheating, it could be very well that the pump has malfunctioned in some way. This will cause you problems in which you will have to pay more to repair. Inspect the Radiator of the vehicle The radiator is where the coolant goes after it has been through the engine. This is a large grate which allows air to move through it. There is a fan which blows against the radiator along with the air flow that you will be able to get from driving your car. As air moves over the grates, it removes the heat from the coolant and moves it away. If there is a problem with your radiator, it can cause the coolant to not be able to flow through it. Bring the vehicle in and we can properly inspect it for you. This can help the vehicle to run at top performance levels again. Hoses and Connections should be inspected There are two hoses which are connected to the radiator which are responsible for bring in the coolant and drawing it out. The upper hose and the lower hose are integral to the operation of the cooling system. Without them, the flow of coolant will cease. This is why if there is a problem with one of the hoses, it will need to be replaced as fast as possible. There is also a line which will allow hot air to escape from the radiator and to the exhaust. This will allow the hot air a place that it can go to. This will help the vehicle to maintain a constant and regular temperature.