August 22, 2016

Tips to Maintain the Vehicle in Summer

  Make sure to inspect the vehicle regularly. The battery should be inspected visually for corrosion or any other buildup of debris regularly. The surface of the battery should be clean and free from any dirt buildup. The connection points and posts should also be free of corrosion or rust. This can decrease the power it is able to supply your vehicle.   Driving frequently can be tough on the brake system of the vehicle. The brakes will begin to wear down, and may become less efficient. You may notice that it may take longer to slow down and stop when you apply the brake pedal. This could be from the brake pads being worn down. Make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible, so we can examine the brake system. Noticing any noises or feeling vibrations in the brake pedal could be a signal something is wearing with the brake system.   Contaminants can often get caught in the air filter of the vehicle. This is typical in the summer and fall months. The filter should be checked regularly and replaced as needed. If you notice debris built up in the filter, it may be a good time to change it. The air filter helps to prevent the debris contaminants from getting into your vehicle when you drive.   The tires should be checked regularly to ensure the proper amount of air pressure is in it. Make sure the tires are inflated to the recommended level according to the vehicle owner’s manual. Properly inflated tires can be beneficial for fuel mileage and safety. If you notice a tire is getting low often, bring it in so we can inspect the tire for you.
August 15, 2016

Signs of a Poor Battery

  When you own a vehicle, remember to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. Also be aware if there is anything out of the norm with your vehicle between visits. One part to inspect is the battery. If there is an issue with the battery, it may be due to poor battery terminals. These should be regularly inspected to make sure they are not broken or damaged. Also there should not be any corrosion on them. Corrosion on the terminals is commonly caused by electrolysis from the different metals on the terminals and battery cables. It can also occur when there is an imperfect seal between terminal posts and the plastic casing. This can allow sulfuric acid to build up on the terminal posts.   Dimming headlights on your vehicle may indicate a poor battery. You might notice if the headlights are dimmer than they used to be, especially driving at night. Another sign is if the headlights fade while the vehicle is being started, or just after it has started. If you notice dimmer headlights or if they are dimming as you travel, make sure to bring your vehicle in a soon as possible so we can inspect it over for any issues.   Another way to tell if the battery is dying is to turn the key in the ignition until the electrical accessories turn on. These include the radio or power windows. If the battery is running low, some or all of these accessories will be slow and sluggish. The windows will roll up or down slower than normal. If the accessories do not come on at all, the battery is completely dead and will need to be recharged or replaced. By coming in at the first sign of an issue, you can prevent further damage to the vehicle in the long run.
August 5, 2016

What Squealing Brakes could Mean

  If the brakes start to make a squealing noise, it could be caused by the brake pads. The brake pad has a steel backing that also has friction material attached to it. When you apply the brakes, it will produce hydraulic pressure that will cause the brake pads to clamp down on the rotors. This will then create the friction needed. When the friction of the pads works against the rotors, it will help to slow and stop the vehicle. When the material on the brake pads wears down, it is an indication that it is time to change the brake pads. When the brake pad is worn down, a small steel spring clip can make contact with the rotor. This will then make the high-pitched squeal that you might hear.   The brakes squealing can also occur when the brake calipers stick when the brakes are applied. This is because the brake pad is in constant contact with the brake rotor. This will produce an excessive amount of friction and heat. The brake pads will overheat and start to harden. This will result in the rotors becoming glazed. The squealing sound you hear could be a result of the harder surfaces having a connection with one another. This can then result in a reduction of braking power as the brakes squeal. The brake pads should be replaced, and the brake rotors should be inspected for any damage they might have.   No matter what sound you might hear when you apply the brakes, it is important to bring the vehicle in for an inspection. Since the brakes are what allow you to stop, it is important to keep them in the best condition possible.