December 29, 2014

Early Warning Signs of Poor Tires

To help keep your vehicle operating on the road properly, you will want to have regular maintenance inspections done for it. This is beneficial because the vehicle will then perform like it was designed to do. It can also help prolong the life of the tires. The tires on the vehicle play a crucial role for the overall safety of the vehicle. These are the only parts of the vehicle that contact it to the surface of the road. They also help to improve the handling and stability of the vehicle when you drive. The tires will help with the steering and braking. The best way to help ensure they are in the best condition is to perform a quick check. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in. This way we can inspect the tires for any issues that might be starting to form. We can then advise you on the best options you have to repair them. Maintenance Tips for the Tires The easiest way to inspect the tires is to give it a visual inspection. This is a quick and efficient way to notice if something is different with the tires. Modern radial tires bulge slightly, which makes them look a little under inflated, even though they are not. At least once a month, make sure to use a tire gauge and check the pressure in all four tires. Also remember to check the spare tire. This is important because you will have to rely on the spare tire if something happens to one of the regular ones. If you are not sure of how much air the tires should have, make sure to check the vehicle owner’s manual. You can also check the inside of the driver doorjamb to see the amount. Signs of Poor Tires By visually inspecting the tires, you may start to notice some early warning signs of the tires needing attention. Also check to see if there are cracks or cuts in the sidewalls of the tire. Along with this, make sure to notice if the tires have any cracks or cuts in the sidewalls. The tread will also need to be inspected. This can be as easy as using a coin. Place a penny upside down in the tread of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it means the tread is low. Poor tread wear could mean that the inflation is bad, the wheels are poorly aligned, or the tires are damaged. You may also start to notice if the tires are developing bulges or blisters. If you notice these on the sidewall, make sure to have the tire replaced as soon as possible. This could indicate where a weak spot is on the tire and where it might be starting to fail. Under Inflated Tires can Have an Issue Tires that are under inflated might start to cause issues as well. As tires lose air through the rubber or valve, it can lead to poor tread wear. If you notice that the tires are lower, make sure to test the air pressure. Air pressure loss as much as four pounds per square inch can affect the handling of the vehicle when you drive. It can also lead to poor fuel efficiency. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the tires for you.
December 28, 2014

Ways to Improve the Fuel Efficiency of Your Vehicle

When driving your vehicle, it is important to keep it in ideal condition. This way the vehicle can be safe and reliable when you drive. To keep your vehicle running, you will need to supply it with fuel. There are some tips you can do to help reduce the amount of fuel you use. This can improve the fuel mileage when you drive. Changing a few driving habits will help you to cut down on fuel costs each time you fill up. Knowing What Speed you should Drive The best way to improve mileage is to change some driving habits that you might have. Aggressive driving wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage on the highway by up to thirty three percent. Every vehicle differs on the best speed for fuel efficiency, but generally gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above fifty miles per hour. Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra one hundred pounds in your vehicle could reduce your mileage by up to two percent, which can add up in a hurry. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight. Excess weight affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones. Idling can use a quarter to a half-gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked. It only takes a few seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle. Turning your engine on and off excessively, however, may increase starter wear. Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save on fuel. Also, when you use overdrive gearing, the engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear. Going to Regular Maintenances Fixing a vehicle that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of four percent. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as forty percent. You can improve your gas mileage by up to three percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under inflated tires will make your vehicle work harder to complete the same trip. It can lower gas mileage by point three percent for every one pound per square inch drop in pressure of all four tires. You can improve your gas mileage by one to two percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. Planning Trips and Driving Destinations Planning trips to combine errands saves you time and money. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Trip planning ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed-up and efficient, and it can reduce the distance you travel. Some ideas for your daily commute are to stagger your work hours to avoid peak rush hours and drive your most fuel efficient vehicle.
December 27, 2014

Common Issues With the Brake System

The brakes on your vehicle are highly important to your safety as you are driving. This is why it is so important that you are investing in good brake repair is something that you should be willing to do regularly. Keep in mind, the more often that you are repairing or replacing the small components of your brakes, the more common it is that you will run into fewer problems with your overall braking system. Make sure that your vehicle has the best brakes possible. This will help increase the safety and reliability of the vehicle when you drive. The best way that you will be able to get started is to make sure that you know how often you are supposed to have the brake pads replaced. It is also a good idea to know about caliper problems. Of course, the brake rotors are another part of the braking system, which will have to be replaced from time to time. Understanding these parts, the repairs that are necessary and why proper maintenance is important, will help you to have a safer ride. Signs that the Brake Pads should be Replaced Depending on the way you drive, will determine on the type of driving you do. The roads that you drive on also indicate the condition that the brakes will be in. If you tend to brake more often, it will wear out the brake pads faster. This is something that should be inspected whenever you notice an issue with how the brake system is working. A good idea is to make sure that you are having the brake pads inspected every other oil change that is performed. This will allow you to be able to make sure that you are replacing the brake pads rather than causing damage to the rest of the braking system. Replacing the Brake Rotors on the Vehicle The rotors are another part of the braking system which will wear out over time. This is because the brakes work by the brake pad rubbing against the rotor to slow the vehicle down. While these will not wear out very quickly, it will create a situation in which they will have to be checked on occasion. Making sure that you are having these replaced if they are rusty, cracked or worn will help in making sure that the brake pads will be able to do their job easier. It will also help in making sure that the brake pads will not wear out as fast Is there an issue with the Calipers? The calipers are a part of the brakes which should not cause you any problems. They are the parts of the brakes responsible for applying pressure to the brake pads so that they will push against the rotor and slow your car. Because they never come into contact with the rotor, there is no reason why they should last you for a long time. Only if you have neglected the replacement of the brake pads will you have any problems. This is because when the pads get worn out, the calipers will scrape against the rotor and will cause them to wear out and even to malfunction. Make sure to bring the vehicle at the sign of any issue with your vehicle. This can help get you back to a safe and reliable ride again.
December 26, 2014

Increase the Safety of Your Vehicle by having Maintenances Done

The vehicle that you drive will not only allow you to get from one point to another. It will also allow you to be able to get there as safely as possible. This is the reason why you will need to make sure that you are able to understand the different elements of your vehicle which will provide the safety that you need. The right kind of help makes sure that you will be able to not only get safety in your vehicle. You will also be able to make sure that you are getting the help that you will need to maintain good performance in your vehicle. The rods in your vehicle will help in making sure that you are getting the power that you need to have. Make sure that you stay safe by using the seat belts every time you drive. No matter how far you drive, rather a few feet or few miles, you should always wear your seatbelts. You will also be able to use the speedometer so that you will be able to maintain a speed that makes sense for where you are driving. You can also bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for you so you have the best safety available. Seat Belts should Always be Worn Every time you get into your vehicle, you will need to use your seat belt. If you are sitting in the front seat, it is important that this is going over one shoulder and across the waist. Any time these shoulder harness belts are used, it is important that they are not put behind the body as they are going to be unsafe that way. If a child is too small to use these kinds of seat belts, they are either in the wrong seat or they need to have a device like a car seat in order to help in adjusting the placement of the seat belt across their body. Know the Speed you Are Driving Paying attention to speedometers while driving your vehicle can help you do more than to just avoid a ticket. The speed limits in certain areas are designed to help you drive safely. Making sure that you are using the speedometer to maintain these speeds will allow you to stay safe. You might be able to stay on the road as a sharp turn or an unexpected stop sign approaches. This will help you to be able to maintain control of your vehicle at all times. Going the posted speed will also reduce the chance that you get a speeding ticket. Stay Safe when you Drive Another thing which will allow you to maintain better control over your vehicle is good steering and suspension systems. These allow you to not only go in the direction you are trying to go in. The suspension system can get loose which means that you will bounce after going over a bump or groove in the road. Getting this tightened up or replaced will increase your safety as you are driving.