November 26, 2014

Inspect the Tires Regularly this Winter

The tires are one of the most important parts of a vehicle and allow it to transport you to your destination. While the vehicle can run with many of its other systems failing or broken, without tires the car has no traction on the ground and will quickly stop dead, unable to run. This is why it is crucial that you maintain your tires, watching for tread wear, rotating them regularly, and making sure the pressure is optimum at all times. Since few people have the tools required to more than change a flat, it is very important to watch the condition of the tires. When things start to degrade, as they eventually will with tires, you can catch it and bring the vehicle in for us to inspect. Checking the Air Pressure is Important Maintaining proper tire pressure is one of the few jobs you can do on your own. Check the air pressure and inflate it to the proper amount. The air pressure can affect the fuel efficiency, performance and the smoothness of the ride, and maintaining proper tire pressure can greatly improve the longevity of your vehicle. To check the air pressure all you need is a small tool called a pressure gauge, available for only a few dollars in most locations. The gauge reads in pounds per square inch, and the recommended amount for a tire can also be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. If your gauge reads more than the recommended you can merely let some air out, while if it reads less then you can stop at most gas stations to inflate the tires properly. An Alignment is Beneficial The longer you drive a vehicle around, the more maintenance is required. This bodes particularly true for the tires. The more you drive your vehicle, the more the alignment shifts. This means that they turn at specific angles that are not recommended by the manufacturer. Since this it is important that you make appointments to get your tires rotated and aligned regularly. If you are unsure how often to bring the vehicle in, make sure to contact us. We will also be able to set up a schedule when the tires should be aligned. This will help them to wear efficiently as well as extending their life. Other Tire Maintenances that Should be Done There are many things that can go wrong with the tires, and it is crucial to your own safety and those around you, to notice these things. It is good practice to check your tires regularly when you leave the vehicle, even if you merely nudge them with the toe of your shoe to see if they are getting flat. This should be done as well during long trips or after a long period of disuse. Furthermore the treads on the tires wear off with time, and when this happens they have significantly less traction on the road, which can be a huge safety risk since it means brakes will not apply normally. If you notice this, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the tires for you.
November 25, 2014

Remember to Check the Brake System this Winter

Your vehicle should be safe at all times. To help accomplish this, make sure the vehicle is brought in for regular maintenances. We can then check the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure everything is working the way that is should be. If there is an issue with a part, we can have it repair or replaced so you can get back to safe driving. One of the most important systems in a vehicle in terms of safety and the lives of those around you is the brake system. The brakes consist of many different parts, all of which should be checked and maintained on a regular basis. Having your brakes become unresponsive while driving is a very terrifying experience and requires quick adaptation to prevent any form of accident. Since so many things can go wrong, you need to be able to figure out what systems still work and how they can be used. How the Brakes Work for Your Vehicle When applying the brakes, you will want to slow down or stop the moving vehicle. You may not take in consideration how the brakes actually work. When you step on that pedal, however, it pressurizes a master cylinder in the engine, which will then apply pressure to hydraulic pistons located at each tire of the vehicle. The fluid pressure in these pistons pushes the brake pads downward against the tires, which creates friction. The friction then slows the tires and, with the tires stopping, the entire vehicle stops as well. You can see how there are several places for things to go wrong between when the foot is applied to when the vehicle stops. Signs of Poor Brakes There are three main problems that occur more frequently than others in terms of brakes, and they each feel different, which help to identify the issues. First, the brake fluid used to apply pressure to the hydraulic pistons can leak, meaning there is nothing to apply the brake pads to the tire. This can usually be identified when the brake pedal has to be applied with increasing pressure to get any response. Secondly, the brake pads themselves can wear out, requiring a replacement to be added. This can be noticed why you apply the brakes and they take longer than normal to respond. Finally the treads of the tires themselves can be worn off. This affects the brakes in the sense that it causes the tires to have less traction. It will then become more difficult to stop or slam on the brakes. Brake Inspections are Important One of the most important things you can do to ensure the safety of your brakes is to have them inspected. We will look at the brake system to ensure all parts are working at top performance levels. This will help decrease any brake issue when you least expect it. If you notice the brakes are becoming less responsive and are taking slower to stop the vehicle, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. The brakes can be inspected so you can have a pleasant driving experience.
November 10, 2014

Do not Forget About the Windshield Wipers this Winter

As winter approaches, new challenges will arise for drivers. During the winter, snow becomes a real issue for visibility. Just because your current windshield wiper blades make do with the water, does not mean they will remove the snow properly. If your windshield wipers do not currently work even for the water, they will certainly not work for the snow. If you are unsure about the condition of the windshield wipers, make sure to contact us and we can inspect them for you. Windshield Wiper Blade Options When looking to get a new set of windshield wipers, there are several to choose from. Always make sure that they can fit your vehicle and remove the snow and grime efficiently. There are a few types of windshield wiper blades, and they are made of a variety of materials. However not are equal when it comes to the winter. The best types of windshield wiper replacements for the winter are known as contoured blades. These are blades that hug the windshield of your vehicle. This is important, as regular windshield wiper blades do not do this, and can potentially leave a lot of snow on your vehicle while you are driving. While it may seem small at first, the snow can accumulate quickly. Make sure to pick a size windshield wiper that fits your vehicle. This can ensure that they clean the windshield correctly, and your visibility can improve. If you are unsure what type or kind of windshield wipers are needed, bring the vehicle in and we can advise you on the options you have. The Windshield Wiper Fluid should be Full You may not use your windshield wiper fluid as much during the winter, but you will most likely use it in occurrences where grime and dirt has accumulated on the windshield. Overtime, dirt from the snow will cause the windshield to become dirty as well. This is an even bigger problem in the city, where dirty gets mixed with snow frequently due to the plow services and other drivers. You will want to make sure that when you change your windshield wiper blades, the windshield wiper fluid is filled and works. It is also recommended to carry extra windshield washer fluid in your vehicle, incase it runs out at an when you are driving. Winter Tips to Maintain the Windshield Wipers It is important to have good windshield wiper blades in the winter, and it is also important to use them properly and safely. The first way is to avoid driving in heavy weather. This means weather where snow is literally storming down. This can reduce visibility greatly even if you have great windshield wiper blades, as the snow falling will be much heavier and in far greater quantities. This is sometimes too much for the blades and the motors in the vehicle that run them are designed to handle. Always make sure to scrape off any ice on windshield before turning on your blades to clear. This will help avoid any damage to your blades. Also be sure to clear any ice from the blades themselves before driving. This can help you to have a pleasant driving experience, as well as good visibility.
November 4, 2014

Regular Inspections can Improve the Efficiency of the Vehicle

As the seasons start to change, now is a great time to have your vehicle inspected. This is an important task that should be done to ensure the correct performance of your vehicle. If you are not sure of how often these maintenances should be done, make sure to contact us and we can set up a schedule that is beneficial for you and your vehicle. Knowing the correct schedule can help keep your vehicle on the road longer. It will also be able to provide a reliable ride when you need to drive. Inspect the Tires on the Vehicle When you inspect the tires, make sure you check the overall condition that they are in. this is important because if the tires are in poor condition, you will not be able to travel at top performance levels. Checking the tires should be done on a regular basis. Notice what condition they are in. If there are puncture marks or divots in them, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. We can inspect the tires thoroughly so they are in a safe condition. Also make sure to check the tread on the tires. The tread is important because it helps to grip the road as you drive. This is especially true for anytime the roads are wet or snow covered. Having the proper amount of tread can help you maintain control and handling of the vehicle. Check the Windshield Wipers so the are Efficient Windshield wipers have to handle the brunt of snow, frost, precipitation, and other problems with respect to winter temperatures. The slope of the windshield is also assuming varying patterns thanks to the streamlining of vehicle structures to achieve faster speeds. Thus, ensure that your windshield wiper components are durable and last throughout winter without failure. Another concern when it comes to windshield wipers is that the wiper fluid is frozen all the time. Of course, you can get it back to normal with springs and lever pushes, but doing that every day is an excruciating task. Instead, we urge you to opt for the windshield wiper fluids specially designed to spray fluid on the windshield even in minus temperatures without being frozen in the process. We can also help recommend which fluid would be right for your vehicle. Check the Battery in the Vehicle Electrical systems are also known to perform lowly in winter courtesy the low temperatures and the intense problems that snow precipitation offers them. You also must ensure that the coolant is up to the mark and functions well in the low temperatures. The electrical of your automobile must be optimized to function with efficiently even when the temperatures are low. Whether it is the actuator linkages, the alternator outputs, or the battery lights, ask your mechanic to carry out a thorough test on all of them. We also recommend a winter safety kit to be included in the car, for possible use during the event of a snow blockage or stoppage on the road.