October 24, 2017

Knowing when the Brakes are Going Out

Knowing when the brakes are going out is important for your vehicle. When your car starts creating abnormal sounds, feelings or smells, start investigating the issue sooner rather than letting the condition worsen. Waiting will only lead to more expensive parts wearing out and requiring replacement. Also pay attention to sounds, smells and sensations signal brake problems. Screeching, grinding, squealing, rubbing and other eardrum piercing noises are common indicators that your brake pads & shoes require inspection. This should be addressed before worn pads cause damage to other parts, which could result in more expensive repairs. Vibration and pulsation in the pedal or your steering wheel can also indicate an issue with the brakes. If you ignore the issue, the rotors might get warped from the metal on metal rubbing, potentially costing you a lot more in repair. Pressing down farther to complete braking functions. This symptom is not as prevalent as it used to be, but if you’re pressing down farther than usual on your brake pedal to stop your car, requiring more pressure and time to perform the same stopping function, you have entered the first stage and sign of brake pad wear. Also be aware of the warning light for the brakes. If this comes on, make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. When the light illuminates, you should bring your vehicle in for an inspection. If the light starts to blink, make sure to pull over when it is safe to do so, and turn off your vehicle. If you continue to drive with the light blinking, you could be doing more harm to your vehicle and parts. Another recommendation is to bring your vehicle in regularly for maintenance inspections. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us and we can remind you of the correct schedule.  
October 12, 2017

Preparing your Vehicle this Fall

  Getting your vehicle prepared for the fall season is a good way to help keep it maintained. Inspecting and topping off all the fluids, checking the tires, and going to scheduled maintenances can all help for your vehicle to operate at the most efficient way possible. This can also help for the vehicle to last as long as possible. Inspecting your vehicle regularly can be essential to make sure your vehicle is in great condition, which is beneficial for the comfort and safety of your drive.     Make sure to inspect and top off any fluids that may need it. By inspecting the fluids regularly, you will notice if any are leaking. If you noticing this, bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for where the issue may be. Also, we can fix it before it becomes something much larger. Also make sure to check the oil, as this is a vital part to make the vehicle run. Low oil or no oil can lead to other parts becoming damaged and failing, such as the engine. The oil should be checked regularly for the proper color, smell, as well as the amount recommended. It is also a good idea to carry an extra quart of oil in your vehicle too, incase you start to run low. Windshield wiper fluid should not be overlooked either. This fluid is essential to help keep the windshield clean and clear of any dirt and debris that collects during everyday driving.     Another important part of your vehicle is to inspect are the tires. This is because the tires are the only piece of the vehicle that has contact to the road’s surface. For a smooth ride, you will want to make sure the wheels are aligned. This way, they are all at the correct angels so they can travel on the road efficiently. If the wheels are no longer aligned properly, they will create resistance as they travel. This will sometimes lead to vibrations as you drive. Also, the gas mileage may start to decline in your vehicle, as it will begin to use more energy to power the wheels.       Going to regular scheduled maintenances can help keep your vehicle in top performance. We can inspect your vehicle over and notice if there are any issues existing, or beginning to form. If you notice anything that may be out of the norm with your vehicle, bring it in. Also, make sure to bring it to our attention and we can look for what and where the issue might be. That way it can be repaired or replaced before it becomes a larger issue and repair bill.    
October 6, 2017

It is Important to Check the Fluids

  The brake fluid is part of your vehicle’s brake line system. If the brake fluid is leaking, or too much air gets in the brake like, it can affect the vehicle’s ability to stop. Brake fluid amounts can be seen through a plastic reservoir, which makes it easy to see the amount that is needed. If you notice the level is lower and needs some added in, there is a good chance there is a leak somewhere in the brake line. The coolant in your vehicle is a heat transfer fluid. It cycles around the engine and collects heat as it returns to the radiator. Once it is there, it is then transferred to the air. The coolant helps to keep your engine from overheating. Make sure to check the coolant level when the engine is cool, otherwise the coolant is hot and may cause burns. The power steering fluid is able to help make the turning of your vehicle easier. When your vehicle is working at proper levels, the power steering fluid increases the ability for the steering to direct the tires. If the fluid is low, you may experience issues with your power steering such as unusual tightness when you turn. If you notice you have to replace the fluid, there could be a leak somewhere. The transmission fluid should also be checked regularly to make sure the proper amount is in there. The transmission fluid cools and lubricates the inner parts of the transmission, ensuring that the transmission runs at an optimal level.     One of the most common fluids to forget about, until you need it, is the windshield wiper fluid. This fluid is important because it provides a fast way of clearing the windshield off of dust, bug residue, road grime, and other particles as you drive. The windshield wiper fluid is basically liquid soap. It is also very easy to maintain, and add to the reservoir if it is low. This way you are able to see the best you can while driving.     The motor oil is the most important fluid in all vehicles with combustion engines. The oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine’s crankcase. This can help prevent the high heat and friction that results during engine operation from destroying the pistons, valves, and other components. Without oil in your vehicle, the engine will seize up shortly, causing your vehicle to be unusable and be a costly repair bill. It is important to check the oil regularly so the level of oil is maintained at the recommended level.