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.
November 15, 2016

Why the Check Engine Light Is On

When you own a vehicle, one thing you may encounter at one point or another is the check engine light illuminating. The light is supposed to mean to service engine soon, but other times it could mean something different. The best thing to do is bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it. We can inspect it for what the issue could be that is causing the light to turn on. Sometimes it could mean the gas cap needs to be on tighter, but it could also mean there might be something wrong with the engine. The most common reason that your check engine light comes on is because it is time for regular maintenance to be done. Some manufacturers will set the vehicle so that the light will turn on at regular intervals after being serviced. It will do this even when there is nothing mechanically wrong with the vehicle. After bringing the vehicle in for routine fluid checks and oil changes, we will be able to turn the light off so you can continue driving without the distraction of the check engine light. If the light is on, we can have it diagnosed based on the computer. Belts have a tendency to slip or loosen as they wear, causing mechanical problems including timing issues. When the computer registers these issues, it will indicate that it is time to replace the belts. Making sure that you bring the vehicle in to service the engine soon will reduce further issues from forming in the vehicle. Ignoring the problem of the check engine light will only make the problem worse. Whenever the temperature of the engine starts to rise past the normal range, it can send warning signals to the computer. The check engine light is a warning to let you know that there is a possibility of further problems you might be encountering with your vehicle so you will be able to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Often, the issue with possibly overheating can be alleviated by topping off coolants or repairing radiators. If the vehicle starts to overheat, make sure to pull over where it is safe and turn it off. This can help prevent further damage happening to parts of the vehicle and engine. If you notice the vehicle overheats quickly, make sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can get your vehicle back to being reliable again.  
November 3, 2016

Inspecting the Tires on your Vehicle

Inspecting your vehicle is important. Also remember to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance. Also remember to check the tires on the vehicle. The tires are important because they are the only part that makes direct contact with the surface of the road. If you notice that the tires are flat often, bring the vehicle in. We can check the tires to see if there is a leak or valve stem issue. Fixing an issue at the first sign can help prevent further damage and stress in the long run. When you check the tires, the first thing that should be done is to test the air pressure. If you are not sure how much the tires need, you can find the correct amount in the vehicle owner’s manual. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check the air pressure in each of the tires. Tires that are over inflated can be prone to pick up sharp objects on the road. If the tires are under inflated, they are more likely to have a blow out. Tires at the incorrect air pressure will provide an uncomfortable ride when you drive as well. The tires should also be checked to ensure there is enough tread on each one. All you have to do is take a penny and place it upside down in the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is getting low. Proper tread is important because it helps to grip the surface of the road and prevent slides and skids if the road is wet or slick. If there is uneven wear, it could mean the tires should be rotated or aligned. Schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. We can also advise you if an alignment or rotation would be needed. By bringing the vehicle in regularly, you can improve the efficiency and performance of the vehicle.