November 13, 2017

Inspecting Tires Regularly is Recommended

When owning a vehicle, inspecting tires regularly is an important task to do. Since most tire damage and wear is a result of driving on tires that are improperly inflated, it is recommended checking your air pressure once a month at the very least. Maintaining proper tire pressure is important for many reasons other than reducing the potential of a flat tire or a blowout. In order to achieve optimum handling from your vehicle, from everyday driving to making emergency maneuvers, tire pressure needs to be at the proper inflation level. Even a tire that doesn’t appear to be low on air can result in reduced vehicle handling and excessive tread wear. Inspecting tires regularly can help determine when the tires will need more air. Tires that are not at the correct air pressure will also increase the rolling resistance of the vehicle. Under-inflated tires, for example, result in increased rolling resistance and therefore require more energy and fuel to move the vehicle, which negatively impacts fuel economy. Improper inflation puts unnecessary stress on your tires and can result in excessive or uneven wear. When this happens, it compromises the ability of the tires to perform, and often results in premature tire wear-and the necessity to replace them sooner than expected. When inspecting tires regularly, remember to check tire pressure by using an air pressure gauge. Consult your owner’s manual or the label inside the driver’s door jamb to find out what the recommended air pressure is for your vehicle. To check the air pressure, unscrew the cap from the tire’s valve stem and place the round end of the gauge over the stem. In addition to checking your air pressure, also look for signs of tire wear, such as cracks in the sidewall, or foreign objects embedded in the tire, such as nails or screws. Check the tread depth using a simple penny test. Take a penny and place it with President Lincoln’s head downward between the grooves of the tread at the top of the tire. As long as part of his head is obscured by the tread, you have the legal amount of tread remaining on your tires. Check the tread depth in several places on each tire to spot uneven tread wear. If you see the full head in some areas, then it’s time to purchase new tires.  
November 3, 2017

Benefits of Regular Coolant Flushes

  No matter what kind of vehicle you own, it will benefit from an annual coolant flush. A radiator is your car’s cooling system. Radiators hold water and a specially designed coolant, antifreeze. As the heart of cooling systems, they keep engines from overheating and engine blocks from warping, cracking or seizing with heat. If you are not sure when a coolant flush is needed, make sure to contact us so we can advise you on a schedule. If your radiator is clogged with rust, sediment or debris that occur naturally in a cooling system, it can’t do an effective job. Your engine could overheat, perform more and more poorly, even cost you more money in the long run. If you notice an issue with you your vehicle operates, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can check the issues. We can also inspect if a coolant flush would be needed for your vehicle. When the coolant is flushed, it helps keep your vehicle operating and running more efficiently. By having the coolant flushed, you can prevent rust and corrosion in the radiator and all metal parts of the engine, heater core and water lines. It keeps your radiator running longer, while also your engine. A coolant flush improves the performance and power of the vehicle, while also lubricating the water pump. A coolant flush reduces the chances of blown head gaskets in your engine block. The fresh antifreeze lubricates vital seals in the cooling system. If you do notice any issue with your vehicle, it is always recommended to bring it in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you to ensure the parts are always working efficiently when you drive.