September 27, 2017

The Benefits of Regular Maintenance

          One of the biggest benefits for having regular maintenance done is that it can help improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. A vehicle that is well maintained can run better. By following the schedule to change the oil, the engine can run as it is designed to do. Parts of the engine can become lubricated which can also help it to run smoothly. Having the proper oil in your vehicle can also help to lower maintenance costs.       A vehicle that is properly maintained can help ensure that the parts and components are working the way that they should be. This will reduce the amount of strain and stress they cause, which also decreases the amount of fuel that would be used. If you notice that the fuel mileage is poor, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. Also make sure to inspect the tires on the vehicle. Make sure they are at the proper air pressure. This helps improve the fuel efficiency, as well as improve the comfort level when you drive. The tread should also be checked. A good amount of tread can help you to grip and handle the vehicle better as you drive.         Another benefit of having the vehicle maintained is that you can improve the safety level. We can inspect the parts thoroughly to ensure that everything is as safe as it should be. This can help prevent an unexpected breakdown when you would least expect it. The tires can be inspected to help reduce the chance that they go flat at an inconvenient time. If you notice the vehicle pulling in one direction or another, bring it in as soon as you can. This could indicate an issue with the tires or alignment.  
September 20, 2017

Why the Windshield is an Important part of the Vehicle

  Visibility on the road is a crucial part of driving safe. The windshield is also important because it keeps out trash, leaves, and other debris from the road that would otherwise end up coming in your vehicle. Keeping your windshield free from cracks and dings, as well as making sure your wipers function properly can go a long way to prevent accidents and keep you safe on the road. Also make sure to inspect the wipers regularly. If you notice any rips or cracks, make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible. By following some simple windshield maintenance tips, you can help keep a clear view of the road, and improve the visibility when you drive.     Be sure to always have plenty of windshield washer fluid so there is not a chance of running out at an inopportune time when you are driving. A buildup of leaves, dirt, and other road debris can stick to the windshield as you drive. Using the wiper blades and washer fluid can help to clear it away, leaving a nice clean windshield for you to look out of. The washer fluid should always be filled up to the line indicated on the reservoir. This should be inspected on a regular basis, as well as before you travel on a road trip. It is also recommended that you bring along extra washer fluid, incase you run out at an inconvenient time.     Worn out and old wiper blades should be replaced when you first notice any wear on them. Also have them replaced if they start to chatter against the windshield of your vehicle. Worn wipers are not only ineffective, but they can also cause damage to the glass of the windshield. Do not use the wipers on a dry windshield, especially if the windshield wipers are worn. This is because it will scratch the glass as they operate. If the windshield becomes damaged, it will make it difficult to see out of as you drive. It is recommended that you replace the windshield wipers at least once a year.     If you notice any damage on the windshield, make sure to get it repaired as soon as you can. A small crack or ding in the windshield may impair your visibility when you are driving. Also, small chips and cracks can quickly turn into a much larger obstruction that distracts you from seeing clearly. Any damage to the windshield should be take care of immediately. Fixing a dent or small crack in the windshield will not only help you to see well as you drive, but it is also a lot less expensive than replacing the entire windshield. Being able to see the road clearly is an important factor in keeping you and your passengers safe as you drive.
September 14, 2017

Signs the Battery is Failing

  The battery is dependent on three main components to work efficiently. The battery relies on the alternator, starter, and the battery terminals. The battery should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure it is clean and free of any debris or corrosion. An old battery can affect the vehicle in negative ways that could slowly add up to a costly repair bill. That is why at the first sign of an issue, bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the battery and the connecting components. The battery will need to work harder as the temperatures get colder, so it is important to have it in an optimal condition now.     If you try and start your vehicle and it does not start, it may be the battery. Another way to tell the battery is the issue is if the vehicle does not even crank, or that the lights do not illuminate. If the vehicle does not have enough power to work the lights, crank, or turn over, it may be a combination of the battery and alternator issue.     If your vehicle starts fine, but then dies after awhile, there could be an irregular problem. This is a sign that the battery terminals are loose, broken, corroded, or calcified. Inspect the battery to see if you notice anything. The connections should have a firm secure fit onto the battery posts. Even if the terminals are slightly loose, it could still cause a big enough problem to affect the vehicle negatively.  
September 7, 2017

Tips for Proper Car Care

    There are several things you will need to check on a regular basis. This will help keep the vehicle in a reliable condition for you and your passengers. Make sure to schedule an appointment for your vehicle. We can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle so they are in the best condition possible. The battery connections should be kept clean, tight, and free of corrosion. Extreme weather is hard on batteries, so it is recommended to check the battery and charging system. There can be some signs that the battery might be starting to fail. If you notice the vehicle is becoming more difficult to start, bring the vehicle in so we can test the battery. Check that the heater, defroster, and windshield wiper blades are operating properly. The heating performance is critical for interior comfort in the vehicle. The defroster should be working efficiently to improve the safety and visibility when you drive. Now is also a great time to check the windshield wipers. If the wiper blades are torn, cracked, or do not properly clean your windshield, they should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir. The tires will also need to be inspected. This includes the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop. Another thing that needs to be checked on the vehicle is the brake system. This will include the brake rotors and brake pads. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.