July 28, 2015

Repairing your Vehicle when Needed

No matter what kind of repair that you need, from transmission to water pump to steering and suspension to air conditioning service, having to get your car repaired can mean that you have to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Taking the time to ask questions and ask for advice is one way that you can take some of the fear and stress from your auto repairs, however. Know what Repairs will Be Needed Ask about your repairs that are needed. If they seem to only be able to talk in car jargon that is completely over your head, ask them to give it to you in terms that you can understand. If you are still not comfortable with the repairs that are being suggested, you may want to go elsewhere. You want to have a mechanic that you can trust and that you can understand in what exactly they are doing to your car. This person may take you some time to find, but you deserve to understand what is wrong with your car and how they are planning to fix it. This can help prevent further damage and repairs in the future that might be needed. The Prices can vary Depending on the Issue Ask for an estimate. You want to know how much a repair is going to cost to allow you to determine if you can afford it and how much you are going to have to spend. A written estimate is the best, as this can allow you to go to another car repair shop to see if you can get a better price and be able to save some money. Mechanics vary in prices and this can help you to afford your repairs even if you are on a strict budget. It is Important for the Longevity of the Vehicle Buying a car brings with it many responsibilities, including auto repairs. While you hope that you do not have to make any repairs, it is certain that if you have a car for any period of time that you will have to repair something on your car. By asking questions, you determine if a particular mechanic or technician is the best choice for you and for your needs. This can ensure that you are able to get the most from the money that you pay for repairs and get quality work. These questions can ensure that you are able to get maximum use and mileage from your car now and in the future. If you notice an issue with your car, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This way we can inspect the parts and components for you so it is operating as best as it can. By having the vehicle inspected, you can help increase the life of the vehicle, as well as the fuel efficiency. Having a vehicle that lasts and is reliable is important for the safety for you and your passengers when you drive.
July 16, 2015

What To Look for with New Tires

When it is time to purchase new tires for your car there are several things to keep in mind. You should think about where you drive. Tires are designed for specific results such as comfortable ride, durability, sport handling or traction in rain or snow. If you do not think you fall into any one of those categories, then you should consider an all-season tire. It is also best to replace your tires with those of the same brand, design and size since that is what your vehicle was most likely made to handle. Sometimes you might not need to purchase all four tires at the same time because all tires wear differently. To keep the same amount of wear and tear on all tires you should have them rotated every three months. Where to Purchase the Tires New tires can be purchase at many different locations including car dealerships, gas stations, and discount stores. While prices will vary at each location it is best to do some comparison shopping. Some stores figure an instillation price into the tires and some do not. So, if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself then looking for this incentive might be to your advantage. For help purchasing new tires look for a sales representative for assistance to make sure you are getting the correct tire for your vehicle type. If you do not want to spend the money on brand new tires then looking at used tires is also an option. When doing this make sure to look at the tire tread and inspect the tires for holes or punctures. Signs the Tires are Poor With age the polyester bands on your tires can begin to go bad and start creating problems. Sometimes the tread of the tire develops a defect that cannot be balanced out causing your vehicle to vibrate. If any vibration is noted and cannot be fixed when with a realignment then purchasing new tires should be on your list. Noticing a constant humming sound that changes with speed is a sign of chopped tread. Chopped tread is a sign of a lack of rotation or failing suspension. One of the most obvious signs is wobbling. This typically happens at low speeds and you will physically feel the car bounce up and down and you may notice the steering wheel moving. A lack of wet traction is another sign of bad tires. When driving in wet conditions your traction lessens potentially causing for hydroplaning to occur. If this is the case then your tires need to be replaced immediately. Improve the Longevity of Your Tires Since tires can be a considerable investment, they can last for up to 85,000 miles, depending on what type and quality you purchase. To get the full benefit from your new tires you want to practice good maintenance. Regularly checking the tread, tire pressure and rotating them on a routine schedule is best and will help you achieve maximum life from your new tires. With proper care, your new tires should be able to last you awhile. If you notice a leak get the hole patched immediately and you should be able to drive several more miles on that tire before it needs replacing as long as the leak does not come back.
July 9, 2015

Things to Check before your Vacation

Owning a vehicle is a big investment, but also a convenience factor. When a family owns an automobile, the do not have to rely on public transportation or worry about borrowing a vehicle from a friend or family member. Families with cars are far more likely to go on family vacations, spend quality recreational time with one another, and have successful and supportive jobs. Most families have a vehicle because of the great opportunities provided by the freedom to drive. However, owning a car can also be one big headache. In today’s economic times, money may be hard to come by, and often these expenses are difficult to pay each month. It is then important to keep the vehicle well maintained, so it can last as long as possible. Having the vehicle inspected can also help to increase the life and reliability of it because all the parts are working the best that they can be. Bring the Vehicle in for Regular Inspections Regular auto service, though, is actually a money saving venture. It may sound backwards, but with car ownership, you must spend money to save money. Usually, regular automotive repairs are not very expensive. These regular automotive repairs like checking tires, fluid checks, and a regular oil change will help to preserve the function of the vehicle as a whole. Furthermore, it is much easier to pay small fees every year than to deal with a large repair cost that comes unexpectedly. If you are not sure how often the vehicle should be inspected, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the proper schedule for you and your vehicle. This way, the vehicle can run at top performance levels and efficiently. Remember to Check the Oil and other Fluid Levels Fluid checks and a regular oil change should be performed once every three months or once every three thousand miles. Depending on how often you drive your car, the three thousand mile marker may come before three months have elapsed. A car undergoes a lot of wear and tear during regular driving. Dusty conditions, storms and extremely hot weather can all have a negative effect on a vehicle’s operation. By changing out fluids such as wiper fluid, coolant, brake fluid and engine oil, your vehicle will have a much longer lifespan. By checking the oil levels, you can help ensure the engine is properly lubricated as it works. The Tires should be Properly Inflated While other maintenance tasks might be required less frequently than fluid checks, these repairs should also be scheduled. Vehicle owners should get their tires checked once every year. Faulty tires are responsible for a large percentage of vehicle accidents every day. Tire maintenance is relatively inexpensive, but getting your tires rotated and balanced every year might prevent an unexpected flat tire that could lead to a bigger auto accident. When a flat tire occurs, many automobile owners must pay for towing fees and damage to the body of their vehicle. If you notice an issue with the tires, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.  
July 6, 2015

The Power for your Vehicle Comes from the Engine

  To help keep your vehicle operating, you will have to make sure the engine is inspected and maintained on a regular basis. Your vehicle has a lot of power as you are driving down the road. Those looking for more power will need to increase the engine capacity for the vehicle. This will allow you to have a more powerful engine as well as offering you the ability to go faster while you are driving your vehicle. The engine capacity comes from the width of the cylinders. This is because this will determine the amount of gasoline which can be used at any given time. The more gasoline which can be burned at any given time, the faster you will be able to drive your vehicle. Increasing the engine capacity is something you will not be able to do without professional tuning of your vehicle or by replacing the engine completely. Inspect the Cylinders The biggest consideration when looking for a powerful engine is how much gasoline each cylinder can hold when the camshafts have been opened completely. The denotation about the ability to burn gasoline at a certain rate is determined by the numbers like a five liter engine. This generally means that the engine can burn this amount of gasoline within a certain amount of time. The larger this number is, the more power the engine can deliver at any given time. You can Change Gears with a Good Transmission The transmissions in the vehicle are highly important to getting as much as possible from the engine capacity. This is because the less time you are spending in between gears, the easier it will be for you to get more power out of your engine. Making sure that your transmission is operating smoothly will help you to get from one gear to the next. If you are driving an automatic and you feel that the gears are sticking when they should be changing, you may need to have it serviced. Stick shifts encounter fewer problems with the transmissions because you have greater control over their operation. Check the Camshafts as well The camshafts play an integral role in the engine capacity. This is because only by having a camshaft which fits the cylinder will you be able to get the displacement you are looking for. If there are any leaks of other problems, it is possible that you will have a gasoline leak. This is why it is highly important that the inexperienced mechanic not be allowed to work on this kind of work. Making sure that there is a tight seal on the camshaft can help to produce all of the power that your engine is capable of. Always make sure that this is being looked at whenever you are having a complete engine overhaul and you will be able to maintain the engine capacity as long as possible. Make sure to bring the vehicle in, and we can make sure it is running at top performance levels.