June 27, 2017

Why the Fluids should be Checked

  When owning a vehicle, you will want to make sure it is kept in the best condition possible. This can help to provide you with a safer and more reliable vehicle. If you notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, always make sure to contact us. This can help to provide you with a safe driving experience when you travel. Besides having us inspect the vehicle, there are small inspections you can do yourself. This includes checking the fluids in the vehicle. Having the right amount of the fluids can help the vehicle operate efficiently and at top performance.   In order for the vehicle to run efficiently, make sure that the parts and components of it are inspected on a regular basis. These parts require various fluids to keep them running smoothly and coolly. Without regular fluid checks, the fluids in your vehicle can become dirty, lose viscosity, or depleted completely. When your automobile is low on fluids, a variety of mechanical issues can occur. These mechanical issues may result in thousands of dollars in repairs or even safety issues, which may increase the likelihood of an accident occurring. Checking and replacing the fluids in your vehicle is a very simple process. If you notice that you have to refill a fluid often, it could be a sign there is a leak in the system.   The most crucial fluid in your automobile is engine oil. The engine oil is a highly viscous fluid that is distributed slowly throughout the components of the engine to keep the engine running smoothly. An engine is made out of quickly moving mechanical parts. Without oil, these parts would cause friction to build up which can damage parts and cause the engine to reach a dangerously high temperature. Engine oil can quickly become dirty and lose its viscosity, which is why it is so important to have your engine oil completely replaced every six months.   Engine coolant is a fluid in your vehicle that can lower the temperature of your engine and prevent your vehicle from overheating. All machines generate heat because of friction and the combustive process that makes the machine operate. The engine coolant in your vehicle is able to lower the temperature of the engine to prevent damage from occurring.   There are many other fluids in your vehicle that should be replaced on a regular basis. Transmission fluid is a fluid that is designed specifically to improve the function of the transmission. Without this fluid, the transmission life may be greatly shortened. Transmission repairs are some of the most expensive automobile repairs. Windshield fluid is another fluid that should be checked regularly. It can remove dirt, debris, and even ice from your windshield to improve visibility. If you are unsure how much of each fluid your vehicle should have, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct amount. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle.  
June 20, 2017

Signs the Battery is Weak

  The battery is an important part of your vehicle because without it, your vehicle does not even start. The battery is usually taken for granted until it begins to show signs of an issue. The battery for your vehicle should be inspected on a regular basis. You can also bring in your vehicle so we can inspect the battery for you. If the battery is not inspected regularly, it can wear out more quickly. There are some signs you can notice if your battery is starting to wear out.     When you start your vehicle and turn the ignition key, the battery will supply the power to the starter. From there it cranks the engine quickly for a few seconds until it turns over and starts. If you notice your vehicle is starting more slowly than usual, it may be a sign there is an issue with the battery. If this happens frequently, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the battery over and replace it if necessary. Another issue with a dead battery is that your vehicle will not start at all. You can jump-start your vehicle, but this is usually only a temporary fix. This is the sign of a failing battery, and it may need to be recharged or replaced.     If you cannot turn on the headlights or interior lights, your vehicle may have a decrease in accessory power. If the lights come on but appear dim, the battery may be starting to fail. If you notice the dim lights as you try to start it make sure to turn off all the accessories. This way all the power generated from the battery is being sent to start your vehicle. The battery having small amounts of power can be caused from several things. It is always best that if you notice dim lights on your vehicle and poor battery power, to bring your vehicle as soon as you can.     Sometimes you may be able to tell if the battery is bad by just looking at it. Make sure the terminals are not broke or damaged. Also make sure the terminals are clean. The battery’s connections should be clear of any dirt and dust buildup. Also make sure there is no corrosion on the battery anywhere. The corrosion can lead to battery failure. Make sure there are no cracks or ruptures in the battery case. This can lead to the battery leaking. Cracks, splits, and punctures in the battery will not only cause it to stop working, but it will also be safety concern. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
June 13, 2017

Why you Should not Forget about the Tires

  Your tires are the single most important piece of your vehicle. You simply cannot have the handling, fuel efficiency, and braking power that you need to have complete control over your vehicle without the proper tires. There are plenty of things to know about tires that many are unaware of.   Your tires have direct control over the fuel efficiency of your car. The air pressure in your tires is the one aspect that completely controls this efficiency. If your tires are under-inflated or over-inflated, they will cause your gas mileage to drop. The vehicle must work harder to handle the change in pressure on the road. The more work that the car must do, the more fuel it will burn. One of the best ways for you to stay safe on the road in bad weather is to have tires that exist to handle those conditions.   If you are trying to avoid new tires for as long as possible but want to be safe on the road, have your tires rotated. This helps to even out the wear and tear on your tires, helping to give them as long of a life as possible. If you are unsure if the tires should be rotated, make sure to contact us and we can inspect them for you.     Safety on the road is key for anyone who is operating a vehicle. Most people fail to realize that the air pressure in your tires controls more than fuel efficiency. Over-inflated or under-inflated tires can flatten or burst while driving. This creates an obviously unsafe scenario in which the driver can lose control on the road. If you want to be as safe on the road as possible, you need to regularly check the inflation of your tires and adjust the air pressure as necessary. Look to your owners manual for the proper tire inflation numbers for your tires and vehicle.     Tires are the key to your control on the road, the amount of gas that you burn, and your safety on the road. This is the reason why you should pay attention to the tires that you have on your vehicle and should work to care for those tires. If you fail to give proper attention to them, you will find that you ride is not as smooth and that you are not as safe on the road as you should be. If you notice something out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to make an appointment as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.
June 5, 2017

Make sure the Vehicle is Repaired Regularly

    In order to have your vehicle in the best condition possible, you will want to make sure it is maintained on a regular basis. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in, make sure to contact us. This way we can advise you on a schedule to ensure the parts and components are working, as they should be. Between inspections, if you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to contact us. This way you can help prevent a larger issue from forming. It can also help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.   All owners should have a regular auto repair schedule to ensure that all components of the vehicle are working, as they should be. An auto repair schedule also helps to catch any premature wear and tear on your vehicle. Be sure and check your oil, transmissions fluid, and fuel filter on a regular basis for any clogs or leaks. These filters keep the fluids running through the vehicle cleanly and without harmful contaminants. Having a dirty air filter is another aspect on auto repair you should not disregard. A dirty air filter will slow you down and force you to use more fuel. Always be sure and check your oil level during this process too. Your engine oil should be changed every three months or 3,000 miles for the best results or as directed by your owner’s manual.   While there are some things you can fix on the vehicle yourself, it is always best to have a professional do these. This way we can ensure the parts and components are working properly with one another when you drive. If you happened to notice a sign of a problem starting to form, make sure you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. This can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run when it would be time to repair or replace the part. Ignoring the issue can increase the chance that other parts will start to fail.   There are different types of oil for different situations. Older cars might use a thicker oil to help fill the gaps where thin oil may otherwise seep through and cause the oil to become lost. Do not ignore your fuel filter because it will become plugged up. If the plug continues, the filter may get to where it will not work anymore and you can end of up harmful substances in your fuel system. This will slow your vehicle down and even cause you to break down. You should also flush your cooling system instead of draining it once a year. If you ever notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.