Car Care Tips

August 20, 2015

Maintenance Tasks to Have Done with your Vehicle

Keeping your vehicle in the best condition possible is important. Whether you have a newer car or an older one, you want to put in the time and effort for proper automobile maintenance of all of the different systems. From air conditioning service to oil changes to tire pressure checks and more, when you take care of your car, you will be able to get more use from it and help yourself to spend less on repairs and on gas in the long run. The key is to schedule the right maintenance from our technicians that are certified to make sure that your car will last for as long as possible. By choosing ASE master technicians, you can ensure that you are able to keep your car running as efficiently as possible. We have certain standards that they have met to get this certification, which means that you are more likely to get quality service for your car. This gives you more value in the money that you are spending and can help you to feel more at peace with the person that you are using to keep your vehicle running efficiently. Inspect the Parts of the Vehicle When you want to keep your car and its systems working the way that they were designed, you want to be sure that you know how to check certain parts of the car that keep it working more efficiently. This includes the antifreeze level, oil level, and air filter, as well as other fluid checks and filter checks. Making sure that your car’s systems are working efficiently will allow for you to get the maximum gas mileage that you are looking for, as well as dependability that you need to be where you need to be. Follow the Correct Maintenance Schedule No matter what kind of car that you have, you want to be sure that you have follow the auto service maintenance checks that are recommended. Most car manufacturers have a recommended maintenance schedule and by following this, you will be able to keep the car running as efficiently as possible. Tires, windshield wipers, fluid checks, headlights, and more can all be part of your maintenance schedule to make sure that you are able to get the maximum mileage from your car and the dependability that you are looking for. If you own a car, you need to be a responsible owner and be sure that you get the maintenance and auto repair that your car needs. While this will cost you money now, it can save you a lot of money in the long run to ensure that you have a dependable car that will keep you going from work to home to fun. The more efficient that your car is, the better gas mileage that you will get as well, so be sure that you keep your car maintained for now and for the future for maximum value and dependability.
August 5, 2015

What you should do if the Check Engine Light Comes On

To help ensure that your vehicle is in the best condition possible, it is important to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. We can inspect the parts and components to ensure the efficiency of how they work. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on when the vehicle should be inspect, and what things should be inspected on it. If you ever notice an issue out of the norm, make sure to contact us. Having the issue checked at the first signs can help prevent further issues in the future. Make sure to Check the Engine in Your Vehicle If you notice the check engine light turn on, the first thing to do is not panic. If the engine light is not flashing, you have time to get it checked out. However, if it is flashing you should pull your vehicle over and get it to a mechanic right away. If you are close enough, you can try to take it to the shop that handles all your car maintenance. While there are many reasons for the light to come on, the most common reasons have to do with something else. One reason could be a cracked or improperly sealed gas cap. When it is not sealed properly, air gets into the fuel tank and messes up the fuel system. Your gas mileage will be reduced and harmful emissions will increase. Make sure that the gas cap is securely tightened and the light should go off. Another reason could be a malfunctioning oxygen sensor. This sensor monitors the amount of fuel that is burned as well as the unburned oxygen from the exhaust. When it is malfunctioning, it will adversely affect gas mileage. A large amount of cars will have between two and four of these sensors and the code reader will indicate which one needs to be replaced. A catalytic convertor is a unit is utilized to reduce gases from the vehicle exhaust. When faulty, it will cause a decrease in your gas mileage and your car will not accelerate when you lay on the gas pedal. If this is the issue, you could pay anywhere from $150 – $2,000 depending on where you reside due to state emission standards. Spark plugs initiate combustion in your engine. When not working properly, they misfire and you will feel a slight jolt in the car when you are accelerating. Depending on the placement of the spark plugs in your vehicle, this may or may not be a do-it-yourself fix. Another issue could be with the air flow sensor. This unit regulates the fuel-to-air ratio to the engine. A broken one will cause increased emissions, stalling and reduced gas mileage. If you know what you are doing and have time, you could do this repair yourself, but the majority of the cost is in the parts since the labor is relatively simple. You may just want to bring the vehicle in, so we can repair it for you.
July 28, 2015

Repairing your Vehicle when Needed

No matter what kind of repair that you need, from transmission to water pump to steering and suspension to air conditioning service, having to get your car repaired can mean that you have to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Taking the time to ask questions and ask for advice is one way that you can take some of the fear and stress from your auto repairs, however. Know what Repairs will Be Needed Ask about your repairs that are needed. If they seem to only be able to talk in car jargon that is completely over your head, ask them to give it to you in terms that you can understand. If you are still not comfortable with the repairs that are being suggested, you may want to go elsewhere. You want to have a mechanic that you can trust and that you can understand in what exactly they are doing to your car. This person may take you some time to find, but you deserve to understand what is wrong with your car and how they are planning to fix it. This can help prevent further damage and repairs in the future that might be needed. The Prices can vary Depending on the Issue Ask for an estimate. You want to know how much a repair is going to cost to allow you to determine if you can afford it and how much you are going to have to spend. A written estimate is the best, as this can allow you to go to another car repair shop to see if you can get a better price and be able to save some money. Mechanics vary in prices and this can help you to afford your repairs even if you are on a strict budget. It is Important for the Longevity of the Vehicle Buying a car brings with it many responsibilities, including auto repairs. While you hope that you do not have to make any repairs, it is certain that if you have a car for any period of time that you will have to repair something on your car. By asking questions, you determine if a particular mechanic or technician is the best choice for you and for your needs. This can ensure that you are able to get the most from the money that you pay for repairs and get quality work. These questions can ensure that you are able to get maximum use and mileage from your car now and in the future. If you notice an issue with your car, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This way we can inspect the parts and components for you so it is operating as best as it can. By having the vehicle inspected, you can help increase the life of the vehicle, as well as the fuel efficiency. Having a vehicle that lasts and is reliable is important for the safety for you and your passengers when you drive.
July 3, 2015

The Air Bags are an Important Safety Feature

  The safety of your vehicle depends on a few different factors. Other than the seat belts in the car you will also be able to depend on the air bags to provide protection. These have gone well beyond just the air bags which are on the passenger side of the vehicle. You will be able to count on air bags which drape in front of the windows as well as those which are provided to shield you from the windshield. The more air bags you have in a vehicle, the easier it is to get the protection you need whenever you are in an accident. Here are a few of the things you should know about the air bags in your vehicle. Types of Air Bags for your Vehicle The glass which flies around in an accident is a major problem as it can cause cuts in the skin or it can also cause damage to eyes. When with the use of safety glass, this is still no guarantee that you will be free from harm whenever you are in an accident. Making sure that you are using curtain air bags will help to make sure that you are being protected from direct impact with the glass or with the frame of the car as well. These deploy from just above the frame of the door and in front of the windshield to offer protection to the driver. Front Dash Air Bags The air bags which are deployed in front of the driver and passenger are intended to prevent whiplash and also to stop people from being ejected form vehicles. These have helped to prevent many people from being killed on impact. It is important to make sure that when in an accident that you are not using your arm across the steering wheel at all. This will help to prevent any kinds of problems in which you will encounter a broken hand or a broken wrist. As long as you are keeping your hands at 10 and 2 on the wheel, you will have a better chance of preventing anything from being broken. If you are making sure to sit an arm’s length away from the steering wheel, it will help to ensure your safety should you happen to be in an accident. Other Types of Air Bags Air bags can be very expensive to replace. Many people have been getting around this cost by purchasing repacked air bags. These have been used and repacked after being inspected for damage. The air bag is pressurized and ready for use if you should get into another accident. The important thing to remember whenever buying these is that not all companies know what they are doing when packing these. There have been reports of improperly packed air bags deploying when they were not supposed to. By researching the companies you are buying from, you will have a better chance of getting the air bags which will operate correctly whenever they are needed. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for the safety for you and your passengers.