May 27, 2016

Having the Wires or Fuses Replaced

              Having your vehicle in top condition is important. One area that should be checked is the electrical system of the vehicle. If you notice that an electric component is not longer working, a few things could cause it. It could be a burned out fuse that just needs replacement. Checking the wires will show what type of problem you might have going on in the vehicle. If you notice the interior lights are dim or the radio clock no longer illuminates, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it.   The cause of your missing lights on the dash might be because of something besides a blown fuse. You could have wires shorting out, they could have the plastic casing worn off and they are touching something they should not be or you could even have the wires chewed off. This could be caused by mice and other various critters like to get inside the warm cars sitting in garages and chew away at things they are not supposed to. When the wires are chewed apart or else missing their plastic, sometimes those wires can be replaced and repaired.   If you notice an issue with your vehicle, it is important to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. If there is an issue, we can advise you on the best way to have it fixed. This can allow you to have a pleasant driving experience.  
May 20, 2016

The Steering and Suspension of Your Vehicle

                    Part of keeping the vehicle maintained is to bring it in for a regular inspection based on the recommended schedule. If you are unsure how often this should be, make sure to contact us. By maintaining the vehicle regularly, you can help keep the parts and components working efficiently. It is important to remember that if you notice anything out of the norm between visits, you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. This can increase the safety and reliability of the vehicle when you drive.   The power steering is what helps turn the wheels of the vehicle, when you turn the steering wheel. When you move the steering wheel of your vehicle, a micro processing chain of action takes place. This sends information from the steering wheel, to the wheels on the vehicle. This information is the speed, and the direction of the turn. Once this information is sent, a sensor determines how much power assist you will need to complete the turn. All of this happens in a tiny fraction of a second that seems completely instantaneous.   With poor suspension, your drive down the road will feel different. For instance if you were driving down a bumpy road, your car would jostle up and down. It would also not move well to the contours of the road, causing serious steering issues. The suspension helps your vehicle to turn properly and without incident, stay in contact with the road, and absorb or isolate the shocks of poor road conditions. All of these allow you to drive. If the vehicle becomes too hard to steer or turn, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the steering and other parts for you.
May 13, 2016

New Safety Features for your Vehicle

              Next to computers, the technological advancements for today‚Äôs new cars are a close second. Many of these focus on driver & passenger safety. The seatbelt and airbag are two of the greatest safety advancements, but neither are as technologically advanced as today’s features that incorporate lasers, radars, cameras, and more. Here are five new features that combine safety with technology.   Backup Camera With a backup camera, pedestrians, vehicles or any other unseen object is immediately revealed. It is also beneficial because parallel parking is made much easier with a clear view to the rear. This allows you to back up without the worry of hitting something or someone.   Forward Collision Alert and Prevention These camera or radar based systems can save you from rear-ending the driver ahead of you if they stop suddenly. They also prevent you from hitting other things that decide to get in front of your car. If danger is sensed, the driver is alerted via an audible and visual warning or a vibration in the steering wheel. More advanced systems can apply the brakes if a collision is imminent.   Lane Departure Warning These systems also use specialized sensors to monitor the road ahead. If the car drifts from its lane, the driver is alerted via audible, visual or tactile warning, similar to forward-collision alerts. Higher-end systems have the ability to steer the car back into its intended lane.   Blind Spot Warning Even with properly adjusted mirrors, you may not always know if there is a car driving in your blind spot. With blind spot warning lights near the side mirrors automatically illuminate when a vehicle occupies either of your blind spots, adding an extra margin of safety to every lane change.   Android Auto or Apple CarPlay In properly equipped vehicles, Android and iPhone users now have easy access to their smartphone’s navigation, phone, entertainment, and texting abilities. These features are controlled via voice commands or through a vehicle screen displaying a simplified, phone-like interface. This allows better usability and a safer alternative to check your phone.
May 6, 2016

Signs New Windshield Wipers are Needed

              The windshield wipers help to clear away rain, snow, or any other debris that might be on the windshield. This can help improve the visibility as you drive. Part of making sure the wipers are able to work efficiently is also make sure the wiper fluid is in good condition.   Make sure to fill the wiper fluid reservoir so you will have it when you need to use the washer fluid. Doing this before any long trip you may take can help to ensure you will have enough. The wiper fluid also helps to wash away any debris or grime that may be on the windshield. The wipers should be checked regularly and replaced at least twice a year.   If you notice the windshield wipers smearing water in both directions, it may mean the wipers have worn. It may also indicate a dirty windshield with not enough water to clear it away effectively. You can use the washer fluid to clean the windshield and have the wipers clear it away. If smear marks still remain there, the wipers should be replaced as new blades can clear the windshield efficiently for you.   Another sign that the wipers need replacing is if you notice water that does not wipe away. The residue and grime that builds up on the windshield will cause water beads to stick to it. Cleaning the windshield thoroughly can help prevent this issue. If you hear the wipers vibrating or chatting against the windshield, it means that water is not getting wiped away efficiently. There could be an issue with a bent wiper arm, which makes the connection to the windshield less effective. The blade arms should be parallel to the glass. No matter what issue you notice from the windshield wipers, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the wipers for you.