September 26, 2016

Knowing the Anti-Lock Brake System in your Vehicle

  There are many different safety features that your vehicle will come equipped with. Among the best safety systems your vehicle comes standard with are the brakes. Modern vehicles include the ability to provide safe stopping power by providing anti-lock systems. These will prevent your brakes from locking up whenever you engage them in an emergency. This will help in making sure that you will not slide on the asphalt instead of coming to an abrupt halt.   To get the best brake service, it is important to make sure that a few things are being checked on each time you bring your vehicle in for any kind of repair. Among the things that should be checked is the brake fluid as part of the fluid checks. We can also check the brake pads for wear. Additionally, the computer should be read to see if there are any diagnostic codes which alert to possible problems with the anti-lock systems. This will help in making sure that not only will current problems be taken care of. Additionally, it will help in making sure that future problems will be prevented.   A very important part to the anti-lock systems is the ability for the brakes to function at all. This requires that the fluid is at a level which will allow the brake to engage. This is something which can be checked easily at every inspection of your vehicle. While this is not a typical fluid, which is checked at every service visit, it is a lot easier for us to check now with the onset of onboard computers. We will be able to know if the fluid is being depleted without even having to take a physical look at the actual reservoir. Since these can sometimes be wrong, a visual inspection is normally in order.   Even if the brakes are clamping properly, the vehicle will have a hard time stopping if the pads are worn out. It is important to make sure that the pads are being checked regularly. These are a minor repair which can be taken care of easily as long as they are caught in time. We have a gauge that will let us know what the effective life is on your brake pads. If we feel that your brakes will not make it until your next service visit, it is important that they are replaced to prevent problems. If you ever notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the vehicle for you.    
September 15, 2016

The Cooling System of your Vehicle

  To help keep the efficiency and performance at the best level possible, make sure to bring your vehicle in regularly for inspections. Part of the inspection may include the cooling system of the vehicle. The engine creates a lot of heat while you are driving. It is important that this heat is removed immediately. If it is not than there can be problems in oil degradation and possible overheating of your vehicle. This is why it is important that you are not only maintaining your cooling system, but that you understand the different components which have a lot to do with the cooling of your engine. This will help in making sure that you are able to maintain a cool engine at all times.   Among the things that you will need to know about includes the radiator. The water pump is an integral part that you should know about. Additionally, you should know about the hoses and connections which help to maintain the temperature of your engine. This will help in making sure that you will be able to understand whenever there is a problem with the cooling system. You will also be able to make sure that you are keeping an eye out for these different elements in order to maintain a cool engine.   The water pump is one of the most important parts of your cooling system. It is responsible for moving the coolant throughout your engine. Without this, there is no way that the engine will be able to maintain its temperature. If there is a problem in which your engine is overheating, it could be very well that the pump has malfunctioned in some way.   The radiator is where the coolant goes after it has been through the engine. This is a large grate which allows air to move through it. There is a fan which blows against the radiator along with the air flow that you will be able to get from driving your car. As air moves over the grates, it removes the heat from the coolant and whisks it away. If there is a problem with your radiator, it can cause the coolant to not be able to flow through it. Of course, these problems could also cause problems in which air will not be able to flow through the radiator to cool the coolant.   There are two hoses that are connected to the radiator which are responsible for bring in the coolant and drawing it out. The upper hose and the lower hose are integral to the operation of the cooling system. Without them, the flow of coolant will cease. This is why if there is a problem with one of the hoses, it will need to be replaced as fast as possible. There is also a line which will allow hot air to escape from the radiator and to the exhaust. This will allow the hot air a place that it can go to. If the engine is overheating, make sure to contact us so we can schedule an appointment. This can help keep your vehicle lasting as long as possible, as well as being safe.  
September 8, 2016

What the Warning Lights mean for your Vehicle

  One sign that the vehicle might have developed a problem is any warning lights that illuminate on the dashboard. If one comes on, it is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This can help to prevent further issues from occurring. If the warning lights start to blink, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. This can help to prevent a series issue from forming.   One of the more difficult lights to locate the issue is the check engine light. This is connected to sensors all over the vehicle. It includes the engine, fuel, and emissions systems as well. When the light illuminates, it could mean one of several things. The first thing you should check is the gas cap. Most vehicles have a pressurized fuel system and vapor recovery loop. If you do not twist the gas cap until it clicks, the fuel system is not sealed. This will not allow it to pressurize and result in the light coming on.   The service engine light may illuminate, as you are getting closer to a regular maintenance inspection. This can indicate when the engine temperatures, oil temperatures, or air temperatures are less than ideal. It can also come on when it is time for an oil change, reminding you when it should be changed.   This light will look like a car battery. If the light illuminates it could mean that the electrical charging system is no longer working properly. If the alternator becomes faulty, it will not be able to run efficiently. The same is true for if the drive belt snaps. If the light comes on, the longer you drive, the more battery power will be used up. Eventually, the engine will die. To help prevent an issue, make sure to go to regularly schedule maintenances.   When the brake warning light comes on, it is an indication that there is something wrong with the braking system. If the light comes on, notice any smell of burning brake dust. Bring the vehicle in as soon as possible to help prevent a further issue from forming. No matter what light illuminates, the warning lights should be taken seriously and inspected for the issue.
September 1, 2016

Inspections help keep the Vehicle Lasting

  One of the most important things to do to have a well working vehicle is to have it maintained and inspected on a regular basis. This way you can ensure that all the parts and components are working correctly with one another. If you are not sure of when to bring your vehicle in for regular inspections, contact us and we can advise you on a schedule.   The tires should be inspected between visits. These are important because they help to keep the vehicle driving smoothly. If you notice the vehicle pulls in one direction or the other, the tires may have poor alignment. Make sure to schedule an appointment and we can test and fix the alignment for you. We can also check the air pressure in the tires. If air runs out of a tire often, it may need to be replaced.   No matter what the issue is with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. By doing so, you can help prevent further issues from occurring with the vehicle. You will also be able to save on time, money, and stress in the long run. Bring the vehicle in and alert us to what the issue with your vehicle is, as well as what you were doing when the issue happened. This can help us to pinpoint the source of the issue. Catching an issue at the first sign can help reduce the chances that it will turn into a much larger problem in the future. Having a well maintained vehicle will help improve the safety and reliability of it in the long run.