Vehicle Safety Inspection

May 1, 2017

Tips for Better Driving

  No matter the time of year, it is always important to drive as safe as possible. By doing so, you can help ensure your safety, as well as those around you. Being aware of your surroundings when you drive is important. You can notice any objects or debris that may be in the road you are traveling on. By seeing the obstruction ahead of time, you can prepare to slow down or stop your vehicle in a safe manor.   Vehicle Inspections   Make sure to go to regularly scheduled maintenances for your vehicle. Inspect the brakes because they need to be working properly in order to drive safely no matter what the weather may be. Windshield wipers are also a necessity, especially during rainy or snowy driving conditions. Without the wipers, your visibility may be reduced. Also make sure to check the windshield for any chips or cracks it may have. If you notice any, make sure to get the windshield fixed as soon as you can before it becomes more serious.   Remember the Spare   Keeping a spare tire in your vehicle can help incase you experience a flat tire while driving. Make sure that the tire is inflated to the correct pressure. The correct amount can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. Also inspect the spare tire for any punctures or marks it might have. You will want to ensure the spare tire is in good condition. The spare tire can help you reach a service station or other safe or convenient place to take your vehicle to.   Focus on Driving   Make sure to leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. You should make sure there is at least three seconds between you and that vehicle. Do not tailgate other vehicles or pass on the shoulders. Also make sure to obey stoplights or stop signs, even if no one else is around. When you are behind the wheel, the most important thing to do is to drive. Do not talk or text on your phone, apply makeup, eat, or play with the radio. Anything that distracts your from driving may increase your chance of an accident. If you have to do something like talk on the phone, make sure to pull over where it is safe to do so.   Notice other Drivers   It is important to not assume anything about the other drivers as not all drivers plan their actions ahead. Sometimes they may stop and at the last second decide to turn. Also be caution as you see a vehicle signaling to turn. Sometimes the blinker may be on and the drive does not notice. Always make sure to proceed with caution when approaching other vehicles, and to keep a safe distance.
March 20, 2017

Efficient Fuel Mileage for your Vehicle

  Regular maintenance can help parts of the vehicle last as long as they should, as well as being efficient. The belts, hoses, tires, and fluids should always be checked. If you are unsure how often the vehicle should be brought in for a maintenance inspection, we can help to advise you on a schedule. This can help keep the vehicle running efficiently as well as being reliable.   The tires should be inspected thoroughly to make sure they are in the best condition possible. The air pressure should be checked so the tires are inflated to the proper level. The correct amount can be found in the owner’s manual for the vehicle. It can also be found on a sticker inside the door of the driver’s side. The tread should also be checked on the tires. If you notice the tires are wearing unevenly, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect them for you. If the tires are not wearing, as it should, an alignment or rotation might be recommended.   Making sure the fluids are topped off can help improve the efficiency of the vehicle. Make sure to follow the recommended schedule for changing the oil in the vehicle. This can help to keep moving parts of the vehicle and engine properly lubricated. Without the oil, parts will start to wear and cause stress with one another. This can put more strain on them that could require them to wear out sooner than they need to. It is also important that you are changing the fluids at the recommended intervals.   Having the air filter changed is also a great maintenance tip. Dirty air filters can affect how quickly the vehicle accelerates. By changing the filter at the recommended interval, you can help to improve the performance of your vehicle. Make sure to check the recommendation from the manufacture for how often the air filter should be changed. Also make sure to change it if it is dirty and clogged.   The belts and hoses should also be inspected for your vehicle. If these break, it could cause systems in the vehicle to fail. This could include the air conditioner compressor, alternator, power steering, or water pump. If a hose is cracked, it could cause leaking to occur for the coolant. This could cause the engine to overheat. If you notice an issue, make sure to have it inspected as soon as possible, as this can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.      
February 9, 2017

Transmission Issues to be Aware of

  One part that is important to inspect is the transmission. Problems with the transmission are most often caused by neglect. This vital component should not be overlooked when it comes to proper care and maintenance. Depending on the make or model of the vehicle, the transmission assembly may vary according to design and function. If you notice any weird noises or odd smells from the vehicle, make sure to contact us as soon as you can. We can inspect the transmission to make sure it is operating efficiently.   Leaks could be caused by a variety of factors such as a loose filler tube, defective pan gasket, or a converter housing area leakage. Check your garage for red oil leaks to confirm the presence of a leak. It would be advisable to bring the vehicle in to have the system checked and repaired. Fluid leaks could be fixed by replacing the gasket, internal or external oil filters, or tightening the oil pan bolts to stop the leak. Remember to check fluid levels regularly, especially when a leak is evident, to prevent further damage to the transmission.   A buzzing or whirring noise when in operation is a common problem that occurs due to insufficient fluid levels, scored or broken gears or a defective torque converter. Any transmission noise that occurs while driving should be given attention immediately. It is advised to check the level of automatic transmission fluid before traveling or driving on daily commutes. Replenish the fluid when necessary to check if the noises heard are due to insufficient fluid levels in the crankcase.   If an unusual burnt smell is noticed upon checking the condition of the fluid, clogged fluid cooler lines could cause it. It could also be from a defective oil pump or low fluid level. Be wary that the presence of brownish fluid accompanied by a burnt smell could hint at serious transmission damage when left untreated. It would be best to replenish the level of fluid or have the system drained and flushed to correct the problem. The oil filter may be clogged as well, and will need replacement. Also remember to schedule an appointment anytime you notice an issue with the vehicle. By inspecting an issue at the first sign, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run, as well as providing a reliable drive.
January 4, 2017

The Importance of the Transmission

  The transmission of your vehicle is essential for proper function. It allows you to switch gears and run the vehicle. A transmission is an assembly of parts that allows power to be sent from a power source that drives the vehicle. Some transmissions use gears and a clutch to covert the speed of the vehicle. Transmissions are needed because it helps regulate the maximum RPM in which the engine can go without damaging the part and exploding. The RPM range depicts the amount and horsepower and torque needed for the vehicle to work properly. An automatic transmission is the simplest form of transmission in that there is no clutch pedal or gear shifting needed to operate the vehicle. However, transmissions are one of the most important and complex pieces of your vehicle. The automatic transmission’s primary job is to allow the engine to operate in a narrow range of speeds while providing a wide range of output speeds. Once the vehicle is put into drive, it is ready to be driven and no further shifting is needed. This is unless reverse or park is required, because manual transmissions change gears without driver input. Manual transmissions are more difficult to operate because of the clutch and gear operating system. Most manual vehicles use a five-speed transmission that applies one of five different gear ratios to the input shaft to produce a different RPM value. In order to know when you should shift gears, you should pay attention to the RPM on the dashboard. Once the RPM reaches a certain number that is when you will know to push down on the clutch and use the shifter to move the gear up or down. This allows the vehicle to stay at the appropriate RPM for the speed in which you are driving. If you notice any odd noises when the vehicle shifts gears, schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. If the transmission fluid is cloudy, muddy or has a burnt smell to it, this means that the fluid should be changed. If you feel vibrations or jerks when you are shifting gears, this can mean that your vehicle is low on transmission fluid and should be looked at. Any type of grinding noise coming from under the floorboards is a concern and can indicate a major problem. Also, when switching gears if you notice an unexpected delay this is yet another sign of a failing transmission. Bring the vehicle in, and you will know what the issue may be. This can help to save you time, money, and stress in the long run.