Auto Repair Shoreview MN

March 10, 2014

Checking the Fluids in your Vehicle

  One of the most important things you can do to help maintain the vehicle is to check the fluids. These help the vehicle to operate at peak performance. Without having the proper fluids in the vehicle, parts will start to wear sooner than they should. This can also result in a costly repair bill for the parts of your vehicle. If you are ever unsure of how much of each fluid should be in the vehicle, make sure to bring it in. We can help to recommend to you the level that each fluid should be at. By catching an issue early on, you can help to prevent a larger issue or more costly repair bill in the long run.   Going to Regular Maintenances is important   In order to help keep the vehicle at top efficiency, make sure to go to regularly scheduled maintenances. This way all parts and components can be inspected to see the condition they are in. Checking these are important because you can make sure that the parts are working effectively. If you notice an issue with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This can help to prevent further issues from forming. It can also help to keep the fluids up at the level recommended by the manufacturer. Also remember to inspect the tires to ensure they are in proper condition needed for driving on the winter roads. Having the right amount of tread is important to help them grip the road. This can improve the handling of your vehicle when driving on icy or wet roads.   Top off the fluids before traveling   Make sure to check the fluids before traveling. A line on each reservoir can indicate the correct amount you need of each fluid. By keeping the fluids at the proper amount, you can help to ensure that all parts of the vehicle will be working when they need to be. If you notice that you have to fill these fluids more frequently than normal, there could be a leak somewhere in the system. Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for any issues that it might have. Fixing a leak early on can help to prevent issues with parts of the vehicle that could result in a costly repair bill.   Do not forget about the Oil   Another important fluid to check on the vehicle is the oil. Make sure to go to regular oil changes that are scheduled for the vehicle. Having new clean oil in the vehicle can help to lubricate the parts and components properly. It can help to have the engine run efficiently as well. Without oil, metal on metal parts can start to wear down quicker. It can also produce friction that will lead to issues in the vehicle. Having the oil changed can help to make sure the parts will be able to be efficient when operating. If you notice that the oil is getting low and you have to replace it often, there could be a leak. Make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can diagnose the issue. This can help to make sure you have a safe and reliable vehicle again.
March 5, 2014

Why Inspecting the Air Pressure is more Important than you might think

When the tires are inspected, one of the most important things to do is to check the air pressure as well. Having the tires at the proper air pressure amount can add several benefits for your vehicle when traveling. Going to regular scheduled maintenances is important. We can inspect parts of the vehicle, such as the tires, to ensure that they are in proper working condition. This can help them to work effectively and efficiently. We can inspect the air pressure of the tires anytime you feel they might be losing air. It is important to have the tires looked at if the tire is going low often. This could be a sign there is an air leak in it somewhere. Provides better Handling on the Road By having the correct amount of air in the tires, you can help to improve the handling on the road when you drive. If the tires are over inflated, there will be less contact on the surface of the road. This can lead to poor stability when you drive. It could also mean that the tires would be more prone to pick up sharp objects or debris that might be in the road. Tires that are under inflated have the risk of blowing out. It could also cause the tires to wear unevenly. This will mean that the tires will have to be replaced sooner than normal. If the tires are not properly inflated, not only do they have the risk of a driving hazard, but it also could also lead to a high repair bill. This is because the tires may wear out long before they typically should. Improves the Fuel Efficiency of the Vehicle Having properly inflated tires can help to improve the fuel efficiency for the vehicle. This is because the tires will be able to rotate as needed. If the tires are under inflated or over inflated, more power and fuel is spent to have them rotate correctly. If you are unsure of what the correct air pressure should be for the tires, consult the vehicle owner’s manual. This can help to provide you the correct information. It can help to make sure you have a reliable and efficient vehicle for when you will need it. Along with improving the fuel efficiency, it can help to improve the efficiency of other nearby parts of the tires. These parts will not have to work as hard or long if the tire is at the proper air pressure level. Also check the Spare Tire when inspecting the other tires When you check the tires for the proper air pressure, also make sure to check the spare tire. The spare tire is an important part of the vehicle, but it is often forgot about. In order to have a properly working spare tire, make sure to check and maintain it like you do with the regular tires. Besides checking the air pressure, also make sure to check the tread and tire wear on it. If the tire is in bad condition, make sure to find a replacement as soon as possible.
February 24, 2014

Ways to help increase the Safety when driving

Driving safe is important no matter what time of the year it is. There are some tips you can do in order to increase the safety of your vehicle. Some things can be part of regular maintenance for the vehicle. Other things could include simple tips, like changing your driving habits. You will want to drive as safe as possible when traveling. This is beneficial to you, your passengers, and those around you. Having the vehicle properly maintained can help extend the life of the vehicle. It can also help to ensure that all the parts and components are working as efficiently as they should. Go to Regular Maintenances By going to regular scheduled maintenances, you can help to preserve the life of the vehicle. It is also important because frequent inspections of the parts can help to have them last as long as possible. If a part is starting to wear out, it can be replaced as soon as possible. This is important because an issue caught early enough can help decrease the chance of it becoming a larger problem. Also by noticing an issue early on, you can help to reduce the chance of a costly repair bill. As parts begin to wear and are damaged, they will start to cause damage to other parts of the vehicle as well. This could end up costing more as a repair bill. These worn parts can also lead to an unexpected failure with the vehicle. Drive according to the Road Conditions Another way to increase the safety this winter is to drive at the posted speed limits. Not only does this help for safety reasons, but it can also help to benefit the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. You should also take into account the conditions of the road that you will be traveling on. If the roads are snow or ice covered, you should slow down while driving. Typically you should have three seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you. When the roads are in less than ideal conditions, make sure to increase that distance. This can help incase the vehicle ahead of you has to slam on the brakes. By keeping a safe distance, you can have the proper amount of time needed to stop safely. Distance is also important incase the vehicle swerves quickly in front of you to avoid an object. This way you will have adequate amount of space to notice and react to the hazard. Make sure to have proper visibility The amount you can see out of your vehicle is important. Make sure to clear off all windows and mirrors before you drive. This way you not only can see in front and behind you, but you will also be able to see out of the sides of your vehicle. The side mirrors are also important because they help your visibility for what is to the side and behind the vehicle. Also check the windshield wipers and lights on your vehicle. The lights can help others to see where you are as well. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it.