August 30, 2013

Why Emission testing is important for your vehicle

Having an emission test done on your vehicle is important for you, your vehicle, and the environment as well.  The emission test is a standard test that allows comparable measurements of exhaust emission for the different types of engines, as well as different types of vehicles. When this test is done, you will be able to know how much pollution your vehicle is producing. The pollutants that are produced are a concern because they factor into your health and the air quality around you. By helping to control the pollutants produced from your vehicle, you can help to improve the air around overall, as well as buildings and other structures in the area. It is always important to do anything you can to have a safe and reliable vehicle. What is purpose for Emission Testing? The emission test will check for levels of hazardous materials that escape from the engine of your vehicle. The goal of an emissions test is to help reduce the amount of pollutants that are harmful to the environment. The emission test also focuses on improving the overall air quality. This is because a standard combustion engine can release numerous pollutants into the environment. Some of these are harmful to humans and animals. The particulates are soot byproducts of fuel that can lead to respiratory issues. The carbon dioxide that is emitted is a greenhouse gas that can contribute to global warming, as well as harming the environment. Why you should have the emissions tested on your vehicle By having an emissions test done on your vehicle, it will be able to run more efficient and be safer for you and your family in the long run. Emission tests can help have the air you breathe be the cleanest possible. You can also help to prevent some harmful pollutants from getting into the environment. Most of these pollutants are resulted from unburned or partially burned fuel that passes through the combustion system of your vehicle’s engine. The other pollutants produced are naturally occurring chemical reactions. These occur from the temperature and the air mixing when your vehicle is in operation. The benefits of Emission Testing for your vehicle Having your vehicle’s emissions tested can offer several benefits for you. It can determine if your vehicle is producing or releasing pollutants, and how much into the environment. This can help with your health, as pollutants may sometimes lead to reparatory issues such as asthma or allergies. It will also help reduce smog, which are pollutants that are released into the atmosphere. Beside you and the atmosphere, emission tests can help to benefit buildings and structures as well. Some pollutants may lead to damage or destruction of buildings and structures. Your vehicle will then be able to run cleaner and safer for you and everyone around you. So it is always best to take your vehicle in to get tested to make sure it is running as clean as it can be.
August 28, 2013

Help to keep your tires looking like new with the repair they need

You may remember to check your vehicle over as part of general maintenance, but also remember to check the tires. The tires are usually one of the most forgotten about components of your vehicle. Before each and every road trip you make, always make sure to take the time to inspect your tires before leaving. They should be properly inflated to the correct pressure, and check the tires for possible tread wear. A quick pre-trip tire inspection can help insure a trouble free road trip. Why tire repair is needed for your vehicle The tires take the majority of the force when you hit bumps, objects, or potholes in the road. Even the smallest of potholes can create a large problem. Also, you can reduce the chance of damaging your tires by avoiding debris that is in the road. Hitting something large can cause the sides of your tires to bulge. If you notice a bulge, it is important to bring it in, because a bulge that goes ignored can cause a blowout if it is not repaired. Even if you run over a small object, you should inspect your tires for possible damage, just to be sure. Signs that your tires need repairing Checking your tread depth is an easy process. The tread should never fall below 1/16 of an inch in depth. Taking a penny and placing it in the tread can determine the tread condition. Take the penny so the top of Lincoln’s head is showing, and place it so the top of Lincoln’s head is in the tire’s tread. If any part of the head is covered by the tread, you still have adequate tread on your tire. If you can see the top of his head, which means the tire tread has worn down, you should get the tires replaced soon. Also make sure to look for cracks or cuts that are distinct enough to be visible. Also remember to look for bulges or blisters that may form on the outer surface of the tire. This may lead to a blow out when you are traveling, something we should always try to avoid. Make sure to care for your tires properly Always make sure to check the tire pressure on a regular basis. In addition, also make sure to check it before you travel long distances. This is a quick and easy check that can reduce the chance for tire stress and any irregular wear. You can also help to expand the life of your tires by having good driving habits. Avoid fast starts, stops, and turns while you are driving. It also helps to not speed because excessive heat is generated at higher speeds when you drive, and will increase the rate of tire wear. Tires are your contact with the road while driving. Make sure they are in as good as condition as possible for your driving comfort and safety.
August 15, 2013

The importance of a scheduled auto tune-up

Your vehicle is one of the largest and most important investments you will make. It should then make sense why you should maintain it and bring your vehicle in for a regular scheduled tune-up. You can inspect your vehicle in between visits to make sure things like the tire’s air pressure and oil level are at the level they should be. There are some things however, that you will not be able to visually see or even notice. By bringing your vehicle in for regularly scheduled maintenance, we can inspect it thoroughly and notice any issues, big or small. Why you should bring your vehicle in regularly Bringing your vehicle in on a regular schedule is important. By doing this, you can extend your vehicle’s road life by having each part working as efficiently as possible. With well working parts, you can also maximize the fuel efficiency for your vehicle as well. This is important because a fuel-efficient vehicle is good for you at the pump and is also good for the environment. Benefits of an auto tune-up Car maintenance is necessary in order to keep your vehicle in good working order. If you ignore it and do not follow the proper upkeep recommendations, there is a good chance your vehicle will start to deteriorate. As your vehicle starts to get run down, you start to increase the chances of it breaking down unexpectedly. Another benefit for maintaining your vehicle is catching any problems early. This can also save you money by making a simple repair before it becomes serious and more expensive of a fix. Eventually your vehicle will wear over time and will need to be replace, but why not keep it in good working order as long as possible. This way you can travel and help to prevent unnecessary or untimely issues that may occur with your vehicle. If you don’t go to a scheduled visit, realize the consequences If you are procrastinating bringing your vehicle in for regular maintenance, you may be doing more harm than you realize. The most common reason why people do not take their vehicle in regularly is because they are worried about the cost. If you choose to ignore the regular visits, this can lead to a much higher expense down the road, actually being more expensive and time consuming of a repair. Instead of inspecting and repairing small parts here and there, by ignoring them, it might turn into a larger and more expensive repair. It can also lead to other parts becoming damaged as a result of not addressing the issue that might be wrong. Proper maintenance simply leads to a better operating and a safer vehicle. Over the life of your vehicle, you will enjoy a substantially less expensive operating cost with regular maintenance for your vehicle. Always make sure to take the time to bring your vehicle in regularly, as well as any time that you notice anything out of the ordinary with it.
August 13, 2013

Check the Brake System of your vehicle

Having your brake system inspected regularly should always be a priority and not overlooked. By checking your brake system regularly, you can help prevent an accident or serious situation created by poor performing brakes. If you are in between scheduled maintenances, you may notice signs that the brakes may need attention soon. Some of the signs can be when you apply the brake pedal it is spongy. It can also be the opposite and be hard when you press on it. There might even be a loud noise or grinding that comes from the brake pedal when you apply it. If you notice anything out of the norm for the brake system, it is important to bring it in so we can inspect it for your safety. Why it is important to check the Brake System The most important part of your vehicle is the brake system. This is the part of the vehicle that will provide stopping power so you and everyone around you can remain as safe as possible. Proper working brakes are important because you will be able to stop when you need to, even if it is a sudden stop, and can possibly avoid an accident. As soon as you notice an issue with your braking system, make sure to bring it in to ensure you the safest drive possible. Signs you need to have your brakes looked at In your everyday driving you may notice signs that your brakes may need to be repaired or replaced soon. You may notice a different feel or noise with your brake system. You may hear a squealing or grinding noise when you apply the brakes. There may even be vibrations against the pedal that you feel. If the brake pads get worn to the indicator level it will create a squealing noise. If this is ignored, you could be doing more damage and wear to the rotors, calipers, or wheel cylinders. These are more costly of a repair, so make sure to schedule routine maintenance for your brake system. You may also start to feel the brakes grabbing or pulling to one side or another. The brake pedal may also become spongy and almost touch the floorboards when you apply it. This is a sign that your brakes are wearing out and will need replacing very soon. Bring your vehicle in on a regular schedule for maintenance No matter the age of your vehicle, regularly scheduled maintenance is important for trouble-free driving for you and your vehicle. By bringing it in to have it inspected, we can look at the brakes and other important areas of your braking system. This way if there are any issues or problems, they can be addressed before they become a larger issue. An inspection for any leaks, cracks, or any other issues will be done. Also, we will check the brake fluid to make sure it is up at the correct level it should be for your vehicle. We can also help set up a maintenance plan that can work for you and help provide you with the safest drive possible.
August 7, 2013

Know Your Tires for Effective Tire Repair and Care

Summer is the time when people are taking road trips and doing other warm weather tasks. The easiest thing you can do to make your traveling and commuting trips safer is to take care of your tires. Tire care is one of the most important things you can do for your car, but not many people even notice their tires until they are stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. If you take time to take care of them, you will lessen your chances of that happening, your car will be safer, and the tires will last longer. Check Out Those Tires You should make it a point to inspect your tires on a regular basis. You should make sure that you check the tread pattern. A visual inspection of the tread will let you know if your car needs some adjustment to the tires or the alignment. If your tires are wearing unevenly, then you may need to have the tires rotated. If the wear is showing only along the outer side of the tire and not over the entire contact surface, then you may need a wheel alignment or an adjustment to your steering and suspension. You should also make sure to remove any debris that may be lodged between the treads and make sure that there is nothing sticking out of the tire. A tire will lose air pressure if there is something stuck in it, and if the air leakage is slow, you may not notice a problem until the tire deflates to the point where it affects your driving. Is the Pressure Right? You should also check your tire pressure regularly. If a tire has too much or too little air inside, it can compromise the safety of your vehicle. The vehicle will become difficult to control and cause you to have an accident. You can check the air pressure with a tire pressure gauge. These are commonly found in auto parts supply stores and some gas stations for a reasonable price. The air pressure inside the tire should match the recommendations of the manufacturer. The recommended level is normally posted on sticker located inside the driver side doorjamb, or you can find it in your owner’s manual. If you have too little air, you can add more. If you have too much air, you can use the gauge to release the excess. Watch the Road Even though you may be a careful driver and obey the speed limit, you should also be watching the road for obstacles like nails, large wood splinters, sharp edges, and other hazards. It is not enough to just look for potholes and navigating around railroad tracks. All of these things can affect the air pressure inside the tire, and you should make sure that your speed is allowing you to be able to maneuver safely around and over these things. Even if the railroad tracks are smooth, you should still slow down when driving over them. Jolts can knock your suspension out of alignment and can affect the alignment of your tires. When you take care of your tires, they will get you safely to all of your destinations and regular daily errands.