Wheel Alignment

January 21, 2016

Proper Inspections can Improve the Longevity of the Vehicle

              To help make sure your vehicle is always in the best condition possible, bring it in so we can inspect the parts and components for you. If there is anything that should be repaired or replaced, we can recommend what should be done. By having proper maintenance done on your vehicle, you can help to improve the longevity of it. If you notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle between visits, make sure to schedule an appointment so the issue can be resolved as soon as possible. Ignoring an issue can lead to further damage, as well as time, money, and stress.   One thing to never forget is regular oil changes. The oil is important because it will lubricate the parts of the engine. This will help them to work efficiently with one another and at top performance levels. Without oil, the parts will start to have strain against one another and cause friction. This can lead to damage to parts of the engine. If the oil is completely used up, it can lead to engine failure. If you are not sure how often to have the oil changed, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the correct schedule so the vehicle can be well maintained.   Also take some time and inspect each tire on the vehicle. The air pressure should be at the correct amount indicated in the vehicle owner’s manual. This way they can rotate efficiently when you drive. Also check the tread wear on each tire. The tread is important because it will help to grip the surface of the road when you drive. This is beneficial for roads that are wet or slick. If you notice that the tread wear is uneven, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. If the tread is uneven, we may recommend an alignment or tire rotation for the vehicle. You can also check the tread yourself by using just a penny. Place the penny upside down in the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tire should be replaced. This can help you to have a pleasant driving experience.    
December 26, 2014

Increase the Safety of Your Vehicle by having Maintenances Done

The vehicle that you drive will not only allow you to get from one point to another. It will also allow you to be able to get there as safely as possible. This is the reason why you will need to make sure that you are able to understand the different elements of your vehicle which will provide the safety that you need. The right kind of help makes sure that you will be able to not only get safety in your vehicle. You will also be able to make sure that you are getting the help that you will need to maintain good performance in your vehicle. The rods in your vehicle will help in making sure that you are getting the power that you need to have. Make sure that you stay safe by using the seat belts every time you drive. No matter how far you drive, rather a few feet or few miles, you should always wear your seatbelts. You will also be able to use the speedometer so that you will be able to maintain a speed that makes sense for where you are driving. You can also bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for you so you have the best safety available. Seat Belts should Always be Worn Every time you get into your vehicle, you will need to use your seat belt. If you are sitting in the front seat, it is important that this is going over one shoulder and across the waist. Any time these shoulder harness belts are used, it is important that they are not put behind the body as they are going to be unsafe that way. If a child is too small to use these kinds of seat belts, they are either in the wrong seat or they need to have a device like a car seat in order to help in adjusting the placement of the seat belt across their body. Know the Speed you Are Driving Paying attention to speedometers while driving your vehicle can help you do more than to just avoid a ticket. The speed limits in certain areas are designed to help you drive safely. Making sure that you are using the speedometer to maintain these speeds will allow you to stay safe. You might be able to stay on the road as a sharp turn or an unexpected stop sign approaches. This will help you to be able to maintain control of your vehicle at all times. Going the posted speed will also reduce the chance that you get a speeding ticket. Stay Safe when you Drive Another thing which will allow you to maintain better control over your vehicle is good steering and suspension systems. These allow you to not only go in the direction you are trying to go in. The suspension system can get loose which means that you will bounce after going over a bump or groove in the road. Getting this tightened up or replaced will increase your safety as you are driving.
November 10, 2014

Do not Forget About the Windshield Wipers this Winter

As winter approaches, new challenges will arise for drivers. During the winter, snow becomes a real issue for visibility. Just because your current windshield wiper blades make do with the water, does not mean they will remove the snow properly. If your windshield wipers do not currently work even for the water, they will certainly not work for the snow. If you are unsure about the condition of the windshield wipers, make sure to contact us and we can inspect them for you. Windshield Wiper Blade Options When looking to get a new set of windshield wipers, there are several to choose from. Always make sure that they can fit your vehicle and remove the snow and grime efficiently. There are a few types of windshield wiper blades, and they are made of a variety of materials. However not are equal when it comes to the winter. The best types of windshield wiper replacements for the winter are known as contoured blades. These are blades that hug the windshield of your vehicle. This is important, as regular windshield wiper blades do not do this, and can potentially leave a lot of snow on your vehicle while you are driving. While it may seem small at first, the snow can accumulate quickly. Make sure to pick a size windshield wiper that fits your vehicle. This can ensure that they clean the windshield correctly, and your visibility can improve. If you are unsure what type or kind of windshield wipers are needed, bring the vehicle in and we can advise you on the options you have. The Windshield Wiper Fluid should be Full You may not use your windshield wiper fluid as much during the winter, but you will most likely use it in occurrences where grime and dirt has accumulated on the windshield. Overtime, dirt from the snow will cause the windshield to become dirty as well. This is an even bigger problem in the city, where dirty gets mixed with snow frequently due to the plow services and other drivers. You will want to make sure that when you change your windshield wiper blades, the windshield wiper fluid is filled and works. It is also recommended to carry extra windshield washer fluid in your vehicle, incase it runs out at an when you are driving. Winter Tips to Maintain the Windshield Wipers It is important to have good windshield wiper blades in the winter, and it is also important to use them properly and safely. The first way is to avoid driving in heavy weather. This means weather where snow is literally storming down. This can reduce visibility greatly even if you have great windshield wiper blades, as the snow falling will be much heavier and in far greater quantities. This is sometimes too much for the blades and the motors in the vehicle that run them are designed to handle. Always make sure to scrape off any ice on windshield before turning on your blades to clear. This will help avoid any damage to your blades. Also be sure to clear any ice from the blades themselves before driving. This can help you to have a pleasant driving experience, as well as good visibility.
October 27, 2014

How to Improve the Fuel Efficiency for Your Vehicle

When you look at getting a new or used vehicle, one of the things you probably look for is what the fuel efficiency is for it. This is something that is important, as it always great to save money. Of course, even with the manufacturers making sure to provide cars with better efficiency, there are things that you can do to get more from every tank full of gas. By doing these tips, you can help improve the mileage of the vehicle. One of the ways to improve the fuel efficiency is to make sure the tires are aligned properly. By keeping the tires wearing evenly and correctly, you can help the vehicle travel efficiently. Also make sure you bring the vehicle in for scheduled visits in order to make sure that all parts of your engine are working together to provide you with the most efficiency possible for your money. Mufflers can Benefit the Vehicle The muffler is the exhaust portion of the engine. It is responsible for making sure that the engine is not as loud. It also helps in making sure that there is less pollution coming from your vehicle. The thing that will happen in a muffler that will cause the engine to not be as efficient as possible is that it will cause a backup of airflow if there is a problem in the muffler. If the exhaust cannot get out as fast as possible, it can create a problem in the combustion of the gasoline because not as much can get into the chamber as is needed. Maintaining an operation and adequate muffler for the engine will increase output and decrease waste. Get Better Mileage with Straight Wheels By getting an alignment every fourth time you replace your brake pads, you will be able to make sure that you are getting better fuel efficiency. This is possible because you will not be dragging half of your car. When your back wheels are faced in a different direction as the front wheels, it will cause your vehicle to literally drag your back half along trying to maintain the car on the right path. By straightening your wheels, it will relieve this strain on your engine and make better use of the fuel. Inspect the Camshaft for the Vehicle Any deposits in the camshafts will cause a decrease in performance and fuel efficiency. The combustion is the most important part of generating the power needed to drive your vehicle. If the camshaft is dirty than it will either misfire or it will completely seize up. Either way, there will be fuel which will either not be burned or will not be burned correctly. Using an engine cleaner will help you to be able to remove these deposits from your vehicle. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for any issues with the camshaft. We can then advise you on the best way so you can get back to a reliable ride again.