Vehicle Safety Inspection

August 3, 2017

Preventing the Vehicle from Overheating

  Making sure your cooling system is working properly is key in maintaining a well working vehicle. The most important job of the cooling system is to keep the engine from overheating. It moves the heat away from the engine to the surrounding air to prevent your vehicle from overheating. Most of the vehicles on the road today use liquid to cool the engine. This is when the cooling system passes the fluid through the pipes and passageways in the engine, and absorbs the heat as it goes, that cools the engine. The heat then transfers from the fluid in your vehicle to the air at the radiator. Keeping the engine cool is a critical job for your vehicle.     The cooling system of your vehicle is highly important. This system will make sure your engine and other parts under the hood stay cool and will work as well as possible. If your engine overheats it can cause serious damage to your vehicle, and have a costly bill to have it repaired. Also, the engine in your vehicle will run the best at a fairly high temperature. When the engine is cold, the components will wear out faster and the engine is then less efficient and emits more pollution. Another job the cooling system does is to allow the engine to heat up as quickly as possible, then it helps to keep the engine at a constant temperature. Having the engine operating at the correct temperature will maximize the efficiency of it.     Keeping the cooling system maintained is important for your vehicle to run efficiently and smoothly. Checking the coolant level regularly and making sure the amount in there is correct, is absolutely essential for your vehicle. You should check this regularly to make sure the fluids are at the level they should be. If you notice the level is low, you should top it off. If you notice the levels are going down significantly and often, make sure to get your vehicle in as soon as possible to have it inspected for any possible problems it may have.     Most of the time if your vehicle is beginning to overheat, you may notice that the temperature gauge or warning light on your dashboard comes on. This is an indicator that your vehicle is overheating. Even a slight overheating can have a negative effect on your vehicle’s performance and the longevity of your engine. Overheating of your vehicle can be caused by several problems, one being low or worn out coolant. It is always best to have your cooling system inspected regularly rather than to deal with an unexpected failure or issue that could have been prevented by inspections.
July 25, 2017

Knowing When to Replace the Windshield Wipers

    When driving, one of the most important things is the visibility you have. This is to help you avoid an accident or hitting something. While it might be easy to opt for the lost cost windshield wipers and parts, this could end up costing you more in the future. Cheaper parts would have to be replaced more frequently. You would also run the risk that they wear out and do not provide you with the best visibility when they operate. Make sure to notice the signs that the windshield wipers could be going out.   The blades of a windshield wiper are important components that hold the wiper in place. Though drivers tend to pay very little attention to the blades in the windshield wipers, research shows that the more efficient the wipers are, the safer you are in the automobile. This is because of a clear and unobstructed field of vision. There are different factors that affect the performance and the shelf life of the blades. A few of them include the slope of the wiper, which makes blades more exposed to air and incoming moisture. Also the squeegee effect that is caused due to the spring tension in the blade arms, which can be prevented by using optimum windshield wiper fluid. The material of the blade and the claws that hold the blade and transmit pressure are important to inspect as well.   No matter where you live, it is important to replace your windshield wiper from time to time. It is recommended to change the windshield wipers at least once every six months. Typically, people will change them at the start of fall and at the beginning of spring. While you replace your windshield wipers, do not forget to buy the latest technology wipers that have wonderful performance and are branded. Bring the vehicle in, and we can recommend the right kind of windshield wiper.   Recommended checks in your vehicle include the levels of the windshield wiper fluid, windshield water pump and hoses, rear wiper equipments, front side and headlight wiper replacements, wiper motor efficiency, and others. It is always better to consult us and to perform a complete auto repair with the wiper replacements. This can help ensure that the parts are working efficiently and effectively so you can see well. Checking the windshield wipers will help to improve the visibility when you drive this summer.
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.
May 31, 2017

Driving with Care

  As summer gets closer, now is a great time to inspect the vehicle over. This can help the vehicle to run at top efficiency during the summer months. It is also recommended to inspect the vehicle after the harsh weather of winter. Parts may have started to wear and may need replacing. The windshield wipers may also need attention. Through the winter they work excessively to clear away ice, snow, frost, and other road grime. The blades will start to rip, tear, and wear down with time. To have the best visibility possible, the windshield wipers should be inspected and replaced if needed. This can help to make your summer driving pleasant.     The most important thing to do for the vehicle is to go to regular maintenances. This can help ensure that parts and components of the vehicle are working, as they should be. If you notice any strange noises the vehicle makes, be sure to schedule an appointment. This could indicate an issue. Parts could be wearing on one another. It may also mean that parts are starting to slip and become damaged, like belts. Any smells you notice can also be an indication of a problem. It could mean that there is a leak or damage done to an area of the vehicle. To ensure it is running the best it can be, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This can help to determine if there are issues with the vehicle. When recommended, we can replace these parts of the vehicle. With regular maintenances, you can help to ensure that the vehicle runs at its peak performance.     The tires should also be inspected on a regular basis. The air pressure will need to be checked. They can also be more prone to blowing out when they rotate. Under inflated tires can lead to poor fuel efficiency. This is because the vehicle will have to use more power to make up for the poor tires. If the tires are over inflated, they can be more likely to pick up sharp objects or debris. The over inflated tires also have less contact on the surface of the road. This can make for an uncomfortable ride when traveling. The tread will also have to be inspected, because the tread will help to provide enough grip to the road when you travel.     Now is also a good time to inspect the battery of your vehicle. The battery can become weak over the winter because of the cold temperatures. Make sure to inspect the posts and terminals of the battery. They should be free of any build up of dirt or other debris. If you notice that the vehicle is becoming harder to start, bring it in. We can inspect the battery to see if a new one is recommended. By having a clean battery, you can have a more efficient vehicle.