July 28, 2014

Brake Repair is important to keep your vehicle efficient

Properly maintaining your brakes is one of the most important aspects of taking care of your vehicle. Without proper brakes, you will be unable to slow down and stop. This could increase the chance of a dangerous situation occurring. By noticing the behavior and handling of your vehicle, you can catch brake problems before they become too costly and more importantly, too dangerous. It is also recommended to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This can help improve the safety and reliability when you drive. If you notice anything between regular inspections, make sure to contact us. This way we can help identify a problem before it becomes much worse. Noticing signs of a Brake issue While driving your vehicle it is recommended that you occasionally turn off the radio and listen to your vehicle. A different sound the vehicle gives off is typically the easiest way to detect a problem within the components. If a grinding sound is coming from any corner of your vehicle while you are braking or if there is a rough feel coming from the brake pedal, then it is likely that your brakes need to be looked at. Shimming or shaking is also a sign for a problem. It is important to take care of this problem early on because putting off such repair will lead to additional problems such as broken or damaged rotors, brake pads, or loss of pressure in your brake fluid lines. Make sure to inspect the Brake Pads Your brake pads are a part of your braking system that provides friction to give us the stopping power we need. Brake pads are designed to wear out and will then need to be replaced. The brake rotors on the other hand are more costly if they go out. Your brake pads are located between the caliper and the rotor. Your braking system uses friction, which changes kinetic energy from the moving vehicle into heat energy. Brake pads have to have a high enough coefficient of friction to convert the energy of the moving vehicle into heat. Do not forget to check the Brake Rotors A brake rotor is a flat piece of steel that is attached to a rod.  It is held in place on the inside of your wheel. On each side of the rotor is where your brake pads are located. When you apply the brake pedal, the pads compress around the rotor causing it to slow down or stop the vehicle. Rotors are very thick because they need to dissipate the heat that is caused by the friction of the brake pads. If the brake pads start to become worn thin, metal-on-metal contact will start.  This can start your steering wheel shimming while you brake. Vehicles that sit a long period of time are likely to develop rust around the body of the car as well as around the rotor. Overlooking problems within your braking system cannot only be dangerous but expensive. If you notice an issues, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.
July 21, 2014

Know how the Braking System works

When driving, you will want the vehicle to be as safe as possible. To help achieve this, make sure to bring your vehicle in for regularly scheduled maintenances. We can inspect the vehicle to help ensure it is operating at top performance levels. Part of the inspection also includes looking at the brake system. This is important because the brakes help to slow down your vehicle and allow it to stop when you need to. The braking system of the vehicle is made up of several components that assists the vehicle in slowing down and stopping. When you step on the brake pedal, your master cylinder starts working. The master cylinder contains the brake fluid, which travels to the wheel’s braking unit where it is forced into a caliper. Calipers consist of two components that press against a piston. Attached to each wheel is a rotor. The rotor is pinched when the brake is applied, thus slowing the vehicle down. Your brake pad is there to support the friction that comes in contact with your rotor. It converts the motion of the rotor into heat energy through friction. The friction slows down the rotor. If you ever notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. What an Anti-Lock brake system means An anti-lock braking system, also known as ABS, is designed in modern vehicles to assist in quicker stops.  Anti-lock brakes can also help prevent the vehicle from skidding uncontrollably when the brake is applied quickly from a high speed. With regular brakes you usually have to pump the brake off and on when coming to a stop to retain greater control of the vehicle. However, ABS brakes pump the brake for you at a rapid speed when the brake is deployed. Many have probably seen the ABS light on the dashboard from one time or another. If this light appears, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This can improve your safety because the brake system will be inspected. Know what a Hydraulic brake system is Hydraulic braking systems are powerful and are needed in all types of vehicles. This type of braking system involves a master cylinder, hydraulic fluid, and hydraulic lines. The hydraulic system is also made up of individual brake lines that radiate out of the brakes from the master cylinder. These brake lines are made out of high-quality steel that are resistant to corrosion and built to withstand high pressure. Make sure the Brake Fluid is topped off Brake fluid is used inside the brakes of the vehicle. The fluid helps to decrease the amount of pressure on the actual brake mechanisms, which reduces wear and tear on the gears. The brake fluid works by lubricating the hydraulic brake gears and reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the actual hardware. It is important to ensure that you have the proper amount of brake fluid at all times. Without brake fluid, the brakes can wear out quickly. Make sure and check the fluid levels regularly to ensure a safe and reliable ride.
July 14, 2014

The Importance of a Radiator for your vehicle

Keeping the vehicle in the best condition possible is important for the safety of you and those around you. Going to regular maintenances can help to accomplish this. We can inspect the vehicle for any parts or components that might need to be replaced. This can help prevent a costly repair bill in the future. It can also reduce the chance of other nearby parts from failing as well when the part has an issue. One important part to check is the radiator under the hood. Radiators are heat exchangers used to transfer thermal energy from one part to another for the purpose of cooling and heating your vehicle. Most modern cars use aluminum radiators and are made by thin aluminum fins attached to aluminum tubes. The purpose of a Radiator A radiator is used to help keep the engine cool.  During operation, the engine’s moving parts create friction, which produces heat. The heat from the friction can be enough to cause damage to the engine if it is not cooled properly. The coolant will lose its heat into the atmosphere and is then pumped back into the engine where it absorbs and removes more of the engine’s heat. This can help keep the engine from overheating. Having the radiator maintained can also help to prevent a costly repair bill if the vehicle has a breakdown. Signs there is an issue with the Radiator As a radiator fails, it can create identifiable symptoms such that can help determine what the problem is. An overheating engine is one of the main signs of a failing radiator. A faulty radiator typically causes higher operating temperatures in the engine, causing it to overheat much more easily than normal. Another sign you can pay attention to is leaking coolant. If the radiator becomes cracked, coolant will drip out onto the ground leaving a greenish or yellow puddle. If your radiator has gone bad, rust or debris may contaminate the coolant fluid leaving it rusty or oil colored. Having a rusty radiator may also cause flaking in the coolant, which will eventually create a sludge that no longer will efficiently cool the engine. How to keep the Radiator maintained There are some things you can do to prevent your radiator from failing too soon. To prolong radiator life, first always do a maintenance check on your coolant level. Your vehicle expends a lot of energy in the form of heat and this can cause serious damage to part of your vehicle if your coolant level is low or gone completely. If you find that the fluid level is not where it should be, this could be an indicator that you have a leak. Although you cannot prevent your radiator from failing, you can take the necessary maintenance steps to keep it working as long as it should. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This way we can advise you on what should be fixed before further problems start to form.
July 10, 2014

Vehicle Safety Inspections are Important

The best thing you can do for your vehicle is to have it inspected on a regular basis. Doing general vehicle maintenance is important because it can help prevent unexpected breakdowns. This can cause you major headaches if these problems are not caught. Regular vehicle maintenance should continue all year to ensure top performance of your vehicle. If you ever notice anything out of the norm between visits, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This way we can notice if anything needs to be repaired or replaced on your vehicle. The benefits of a Safety Inspection A vehicle inspection will begin with checking for proper tire inflation. Heat causes things to expand, which can hinder your tire’s air pressure. At the same time, tires should be evaluated for sufficient tread.  Frequent rain showers and storms are common in the summer, making it critically important to have well-functioning wiper blades and sufficient quantities of washer fluid. Your wiper blades should not be ragged or improperly installed. Often times the ice during the winter months can cause your wiper blades to fall apart. It is recommended to have the wipers replaced when they start to wear out. Also make sure to check the brakes and brake fluid. This will ensure that your vehicle is coming to a stop, as it should. Overlooking this can bring danger to yourself and other drivers. Inspect your belts and hoses as they can also become worn and blistered over time. Remember to check all parts of the vehicle Often times small things are overlooked that are potentially the most important aspects of a vehicle inspection. It is important to check to make sure that your headlights are shinning bright as possible and illuminating the road. Headlights alert other drivers so they can see you. You should pay close attention to your antifreeze and oil levels. Check for holes and faulty filters to prevent leaks. Testing your battery is one of the final steps to an inspection. Test your battery and alternator to avoid an unexpected loss of power. Also make sure the air conditioner is working efficiently. If you notice it is not as cold as it used to be, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. If you notice any leaks from the fluid in your vehicle, it could indicate an issue with the hoses or reservoirs. If the issue is ignored, it will cause future stress and a costly repair bill. It can also do further damage on parts of the vehicle when you drive. Other things to remember After a thorough safety inspection, do not forget to check your backseat. Every vehicle should always contain an emergency kit regardless of the season it is outside. A safety kit should include a flashlight, batteries, blankets, non-perishable snacks and drinking water. With your inspection done and an emergency kit in place, both you and your vehicle should be ready to travel. This can help provide a pleasant and safe driving experience.