December 21, 2016

Importance of the Battery

To help keep the vehicle operating at top efficiency, make sure that the battery is inspected regularly. One of the most important parts is the battery. The battery is essential in order for your vehicle to run. The alternator will help by charging the battery. This will allow it to work properly. Without either of these two components you would not be able to drive or start your vehicle. The battery provides electricity to start the engine, ignite the fuel, operate the lights, and other mechanisms. Batteries are lead-acid based and come in a variety of voltages, depending on what your car specifically needs according to the owner’s manual for your vehicle.   There are some tips you can do to help prolong the life of the battery. Turning off all of the electronics and other devices such as, headlights, radio, and GPS device before shutting off the vehicle. This helps your battery to not drain or run the risk of damaging the electrical system if you start your car with these items turned on. Also check for any loose cables on your battery and inspect the brackets thoroughly. Damaged brackets can allow the battery to move and vibrate and can cause damage to surrounding parts. The batteries utilize different materials that make up the component. Nickel, magnesium, cobalt, and silicon tubes are all used to improve overall performance. The anode is rich in lithium ions and the chemical reaction between the electrolyte and anode cause the ions to move to the cathode. This process causes the electric current that makes the vehicle move. The cathode is made up of different lithium iron phosphates, which are what increase the electric performance and range of the vehicle. Lastly, the electrolyte in a battery is a chemical catalyst. Without these components the different electrolytes and elements would not be able to work together to create the motion of the vehicle. Battery issues are one of the leading causes of vehicle breakdowns. There are things you can do to avoid frequent breakdowns and keep the engine working efficiently. When a battery is not used for a long period of time it loses electrical charge, eventually leading to a discharged battery. If you have a vehicle that sits or is not used, it is recommended to start it and drive it at least once a week to help prolong the battery.  
December 12, 2016

What Should be Inspected on the Tires?

  To help improve the overall efficiency of your vehicle, make sure that it is brought in for regular maintenances. This can also help increase the safety and reliability for it as well. When inspecting the vehicle, make sure to check the fluid levels. This also includes the oil. Having the proper amount of oil is important because it helps to lubricate the moving parts of the engine. The oil should also be changed on a regular basis. This helps to ensure the new clean oil moves through the engine. The clean oil can reduce the amount of strain and friction the moving parts have against one another. If you are unsure how often to change the oil, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on a schedule that works for your vehicle. This can also help to save you money in the long run.   One thing to check on the tires is the tread amount. This can be done quickly by using a penny and placing it upside down in the groove of the tires. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread has worn away. This can make it difficult and dangerous to drive on wet or slick roads. The tread will help to grip the surface of the road, and allow better control of the vehicle. If you notice any uneven wearing on the tires, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. We can inspect the tires and recommend what the best solution is. If the tires are wearing unevenly, an alignment or rotation might be needed. This can help to preserve the life of the tires as long as possible.   When inspecting the tires, also remember to check the air pressure. This helps to keep the vehicle driving safely and comfortably. If you are unsure what the correct air pressure should be at, consult the vehicle owner’s manual. Tires that are under inflated will wear down at a quicker rate than regular tires would. They can also be more prone to blowing out. Tires that are over inflated will have less contact with the surface of the road. This can cause an uncomfortable and bumpy ride when you are driving. Tires that are not inflated correctly will cause the vehicle to have poor mileage. This is because the vehicle would need to use more fuel to correct the tires. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you.   The spare tire should also be inspected on the vehicle. This should be done at the same time that you check the regular tires. Make sure to check the tread and air pressure on the tires. The condition of the spare tire is important because you will have to rely on it incase a regular tire goes flat. If the spare tire is in good working condition, it can help to save you time, money, and stress in the long run.
December 2, 2016

The Windshield Wipers should be Inspected

To help keep your vehicle maintained and performing properly, it is important to inspect it on a regular basis. This is beneficial because you can make sure that all parts and components are working properly and the way that they should be. One part to remember to inspect is the windshield wipers. This can help improve your visibility as you drive. Having properly working windshield wipers can also increase your safety when you drive. Having the vehicle be as safe as possible is important for you and your passengers. Vehicles also require additional expenses such as automobile insurance and fuel. With all of these expenses, vehicle maintenance sometimes takes a back seat to other costs. However, vehicle maintenance can improve your vehicle’s safety and extend the life of your vehicle. One of the easiest types of vehicle maintenance to perform is checking your windshield wipers and windshield wiper fluid. By taking a few minutes to inspect this, you can improve your safety significantly. Making sure there is enough fluid is important because it can clean the windshield for you. If road grime or dirt collect on the windshield, the washer fluid is important to have it removed. If you notice that the windshield wipers are chattering or skipping when they operate, make sure to have them replaced. Having windshield wipers that work correctly will help clear off the windshield more efficiently.   All modern vehicles are equipped with a thick and well-designed windshield that will protect drivers from the elements. A windshield is made of glass, so it is not impermeable to damage. Sometimes, other drivers can kick up debris or fragments of the road that can cause damage to the windshield. If your windshield cracks or splinters, it is important to repair this damage immediately. A single crack in a windshield can be easily replaced, but one crack weakens the entire pane of glass. If your windshield is shattered, the cost of repair or the replacement cost will be much more than the cost to fix a single crack.   Your windshield is equipped with specially designed wipers, which can be used to remove precipitation from the surface of the glass. Driving in the snow can be difficult, but driving with poor visibility is almost impossible. Driving in snow can dramatically reduce visibility if your windshield wipers are not maintained and replaced regularly. Windshield wipers are made of a combination of metal and rubber. The rubber that is designed to whisk water away can deteriorate over time. Having the windshield wipers replaced when it is recommended can help them to clean the windshield effectively. This can improve your safety and visibility when you drive.
November 21, 2016

5 Things for Proper Maintenance

  If you are not sure how often to come in for make sure to contact us and we can advise you on an appropriate schedule. Having proper inspections can help with the safety and dependability of the vehicle. Maintenance programs can help reduce the amount of time you spend having repairs done on the vehicle. Between visits, you can inspect parts of the vehicle yourself. If you notice an issue any part of the vehicle, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it. This can help reduce the chance of a costly repair bill in the future. Regular maintenance can decrease time, money, and stress in the long run. It can also get you back to a pleasant driving experience.   Check the Fluids   When you inspect the vehicle, also remember to top off the fluids. This includes the engine oil, power steering, brake fluid, and the transmission fluid as well. The windshield washer fluid should be inspected when you top off the fluids as well. This can help ensure that the vehicle is operating at top performance levels when you drive. If you notice you have to top off a fluid more often then normal, it could be a sign of a leak. Make sure to schedule an appointment so the issue is resolved.   Belts and Hoses   When you check the hoses and belts, make sure they are not cracked or brittle. They should also not be showing signs of excessive wear or being loose. If the belt is cracked, it is best to have it replaced as soon as possible. This can help to prevent a further issue from forming.   The Battery   When inspecting the vehicle, also remember to check the battery. The terminals and posts should be clear from any corrosion or rust build up on them. Also make sure that the connection is clean and tight. This can help to power the vehicle efficiently.   Brake System   When you inspect the brake system, also make sure to check the brake pads and brake rotors. This can help reduce the chance of further wear and tear to these parts. If you hear any odd noises from the brake system, it is important to have it inspected as soon as possible.   Exhaust System   Another area to inspect is the exhaust system of your vehicle. Make sure to check for any leaks or damage that might have occurred. Also check to make sure the parts are attached properly. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous if they are not corrected immediately. If there is an odd noise or odd color of exhaust, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This can help allow for a safe ride again.