October 28, 2013

5 signs you may need new tires

Over time, tires become old and worn down. To help prevent the chance of tire failure, make sure to bring your vehicle in regularly so we can inspect the tires. We can let you know what condition they are in, and recommend when it would be necessary to get new tires. Between visits, you can notice if there are any issues with the tires. Keeping the tires in the best condition possible can help provide you with a safer and more reliable ride.   The Tread Depth   The tread on the tires should never get below one sixteenth of an inch in depth. You can measure how much tread is on the tire by using just a penny. Insert the penny into the tread so that Lincoln is upside down. If you can see Lincoln’s head, there is not enough tread on the tires. If this is the case, you should invest in some new tires so that they are able to have better traction with the road’s surface.   Noticing the Tread Indicator Bar   Newer tires have a convenience that the older manufactured tires do not have, a wear indicator bar. This bar is built into the tires themselves, and helps you to notice when the tread wears away. The bars are barely visible when the tires are new, but as the tires begin to wear, the bars will gradually begin to appear. They appear as flat, rubber bars that run perpendicular to the direction of the tread itself. If more than one or two of these bars are visible on a tire, it is an indication that the tread is getting low.   Cracks in the sidewall of the tire   There can also be issues in the sidewall of the tires as they begin to wear. Look for any cuts or cracks in the sidewalls that are distinct enough to be visible. It can be a sign that the tire is starting to develop a leak. Sometimes it may be a sign that the tire is getting closer to blowing out. If you notice any large cracks, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible.   Bulges or Blisters on the tire   Sometimes the outer surface of the tire will begin to weaken. This can result in a bulge or blister that extends outward from the rest of the surface. The weak spot can run the risk of having a sudden blow out if it is ignored. This can be hazardous to you, your passengers, and those around you when you drive.   Vibrations as you are driving   A certain amount of vibration is normal when driving, especially on poorly surfaced roads. You may begin to feel this even if you are driving on a smooth surfaced road. There can be numerous causes for the vibration feel, but one area to look at is the tire. The tires may be unbalanced or misaligned if you feel bumps while driving on smooth roads. Over time, the vibrations can also cause damage to the tires. Any time you feel something out of norm, make sure to bring your vehicle in so it can be inspected.
October 21, 2013

Having scheduled maintenances done for your vehicle is important

It is important to bring your vehicle in for regular scheduled maintenances. By doing so, you can help to keep your vehicle in the most reliable condition possible. Regular maintenances can also help to maintain the resale value of your vehicle. Maintenance schedules are developed by the manufacturer to recommend requirements for each particular model of vehicle. Going to scheduled maintenances can reduce the chance of a larger repair bill down the road. Finding an issue while it is small can be fixed more cost efficiently than if it grows into a much larger issue. This can help to leave your vehicle running at the most efficient and effective level possible. It can also make for a more enjoyable driving experience.   Why you should go to scheduled maintenances    Having maintenance done on your vehicle means keeping all the systems and features functioning as closely as possible to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Routine maintenance should be an ongoing process for the vehicle. It can also help your vehicle to start, run, and stop effectively. It can also maximize the amount of performance and reliability. Between visits you can inspect the vehicle to look for any signs of damage or wear. If you notice anything, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. This way, we can inspect it and advise you on what your options are to have it fixed.   Choosing to ignore scheduled maintenances can cost you money   If you neglect to go to regular scheduled maintenances, you may be doing more harm than you realize. One reason you might procrastinate going to scheduled maintenances is because of the cost. Unfortunately, if you do not bring your vehicle in for scheduled inspections, it may lead to a much higher repair bill. Sometimes signs like squeaking brakes may mean there is an issue with the brake system. If ignored, you might be running the risk for an accident. Small issues with your vehicle left unrepaired can lead to increased damage to your vehicle. Fixing one issue is much easier than fixing severe damage to other parts of your vehicle. By going to regular maintenances, you can help to have a more enjoyable drive with your vehicle.   Your vehicle can benefit from regular maintenances   Having regular maintenance done on your vehicle can benefit it in several ways. The tires are one of the most important parts to the vehicle. Always make sure to check for any signs of wear. If they look worn or damaged, make sure to get the tires replaced. The oil should be inspected and changed regularly. By having regular oil changes done, you can help to prevent making costly engine repairs later. The oil filter should also be changed regularly. The battery will be inspected to make sure it is firmly anchored in place. It should also be clear of any corrosion on the battery and terminal posts. The brakes will be inspected to make sure they are in the best operating condition possible.
October 14, 2013

4 reasons why Wheel Alignment is important for your vehicle

Many do not realize it, but having a wheel alignment done on your vehicle is an important procedure. Proper alignment can benefit you and your vehicle. It is important to get the wheels aligned on a regular basis. If you are unsure how often this should be, bring it in and we can help advise you on how frequently this should be done for your vehicle. When the wheels are aligned, it ensures that they are perpendicular to the road for better traction. Also the wheels should be parallel to one another.   You can save on fuel   When the wheels are not aligned properly on your vehicle, there is uneven pressure on the tires. The tires pushing against each other cause the uneven pressure. When that happens, there is uneven friction for the vehicle. It also has more resistance from the surface of the road. The vehicle has to work even harder to move forward and it results in more fuel being burned. This can add up to more money spent at the pump. When the wheels are aligned properly, there is less resistance from the road’s surface. Aligned wheels result in not only a smoother drive, but also more savings at the fuel pump.   Tires can last longer with proper alignment   With proper wheel alignment, the tires on your vehicle can have the possibility to last longer. If the wheels are not aligned, there is more resistance to the road’s surface. This leads to more pressure on the rubber of the tires. More pressure can lead to wear and tear on the tires very quickly. This can result in the tires becoming bald on one side. Also, it means that the tires are uneven and it will take more power to rotate the uneven tires. Not only is it hazardous to drive on uneven tires, but it may also mean you need to purchase new tires sooner than expected.   Proper alignment provides you with more safety   It is important for your safety, as well as those around you to have properly aligned tires. If your vehicle is pulling to one side of the road or the other, you may need to have a wheel alignment done. If the roads become wet or icy, poorly aligned wheels may lead to an accident because they pull in a direction you least expect. If the wheels are aligned, the vehicle can handle properly as you drive. This can help with a pleasant driving experience as well as peace of mind.   It helps reduce strain on your vehicle   Having a vehicle with poorly aligned wheels can also lead to other issues with parts. It can cause the brake shaft to not work at optimal levels. Unaligned wheels can also lead to uneven braking. If the wheels are out of alignment, it can affect the suspension of your vehicle. This is because each part that makes up the suspension system will be affected with each bump or pothole you go over. It can also lead to premature wearing of the suspension system, which can result in a larger repair bill to repair or replace the parts.
October 7, 2013

Make sure to have the Brake System inspected

The brake system for your vehicle is one of the most important systems for your vehicle. The brakes help to slow down and stop the vehicle when you drive. If you notice an issue with the brakes, even a slight one, it should not be ignored. Each and every time you drive a vehicle with poor brakes, you are putting yourself and those around you at risk of an accident. Not being able to slow down or stop when needed is unsafe and dangerous. Going to regular scheduled maintenances can also help to keep the brake system in the most efficient condition possible.   The Brake Pads on your vehicle   The brake pads are typically the part of the brake system that wears out the quickest. The brake system involves the use of calipers that grip the brake rotor in order to stop the vehicle. The brake pads provide a cushion during this process, which helps reduce the wear and tear on the rotors. If you notice any change in the amount of pressure that is needed to slow down or stop your vehicle, the brake pads are probably worn out. Also, you may notice a slight vibration in the brake pedal when you apply it. If there is a squealing or squeaking noise when you apply the brakes, it may be a sign that the brake pads need to be replaced. If you notice anything out of the norm for the brake system, it is important to bring it in as soon as possible so the issue can be fixed.   The Brake Rotors should be inspected as well   If you do not maintain the brake pads, the brake rotors will wear out quicker than they should. Worn brake rotors can significantly affect the ability to slow down or stop when you need to. Sometimes you may need to pump the brakes while trying to slow down. This is because there is air in the brake system due to worn brake rotors. Poor brake rotors can also affect the ability to maintain control of your vehicle. If the brake rotors become warped, it may affect the suspension system with time. The warped brake rotors are generally caused by worn brake pads that are being used.   Don’t forget about the Brake Fluid   The brake fluid is part of a hydraulic system that causes compression of the fluid when the brakes are applied. This allows the calipers, with assistance from the brake pads, to grip the brake rotors and slow down the vehicle. Moisture can get into the brake lines and turn to steam when it is heated. The steam is not good for the brake fluid, and can affect the braking performance of your vehicle. If you notice your vehicle is not slowing down or stopping as well as it used to, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. We can inspect the brake system over for the issue, and advise you on your options you have. This way, your vehicle is running efficiently and safely.