January 27, 2014

How to tell if New Brakes are needed for your Vehicle

The brakes are one of the most important parts of your vehicle. It is essential to have them maintained on a regular schedule so they are in the best condition possible. Between visits, you may notice an issue with them. If this is the case, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it. There may be some signs that you notice if the brakes need to be repaired or replaced. Issues with the Brake Pedal One way to notice if the brakes are beginning to wear is based on the brake pedal. If the brake pedal practically hits the floor before slowing down, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. It could mean that the brake pads have worn out and may need replacing. If you notice any noises such as grinding or squeaking, it could also indicate an issue with the brakes. The hydraulic system could also be failing. If you notice anything unusual, bring your vehicle in as soon as you can. Another issue you might notice is if the brakes stop hard when you apply the brake pedal lightly. If this happens, it could mean that the rotors have worn unevenly or that there is an issue with the brake fluid. Either way, it is recommended to have your vehicle inspected to ensure the safety of it. A Pulsating Brake Pedal may be a sign that there is an issue When the brake pedal is applied, you may notice it pulsating if there is an issue. It could mean that the rotors are warped. The brake pads may be compressing against it at an uneven level. The brake rotors can warp when they are under extreme prolonged stress. This could include driving down steep roads or making frequent stops. The added friction can generate heat that will then change the shape of the metal rotor. Bring the vehicle in at the first sign of this and we can let you know if parts of the brake system should be repaired or replaced. Noticing if the Vehicle pulls in one Directions If the vehicle starts to pull in one direction or the other when you apply the brakes, there could be an issue. It could mean the brake pads or brake hose might have an issue with it. A pulling vehicle could also mean there is an issue with the tires. This could include poorly inflated tires, poor alignment of the tires, or an issue with the suspension. Since there are several options for why the vehicle might pull in one direction, it is recommended to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. We can also help to advise you on how the problem can be resolved. Noises that you might hear while driving Hearing any noises from the brakes when they are applied is an indication that there is an issue with them. A high-pitched squealing noise could mean you are hearing a metal on metal sound. This could mean that the brake pads have worn through completely and are then making contact with the brake rotors. We can inspect the vehicle so the brake system is the best it can be.
January 20, 2014

The Importance of Regular Maintenances for your vehicle

Since owning a vehicle is a large investment, it is wise to make sure you maintain it. Going to regularly scheduled maintenances can help you have the vehicle last as long as possible. It can assist in extending the road life of the vehicle and tires. Vehicles that are well maintained can also have better fuel efficiency. This can help save you money on repair bills, as well as at the pump. By bringing your vehicle in, we can set up a schedule for when various components and parts will need to be changed or repaired. Some maintenance items need to be done more frequently than others do. Having a well maintained vehicle can help save you time, money, and stress. It can also help provide a more pleasant driving experience. Maintaining the Tires of your Vehicle Another important part of the vehicle to maintain is the tires. The tires should be inspected regularly in the winter to help ensure the adequate amount of air pressure is in them. In the winter, the tires can lose as much as a pound of air pressure for every decrease of ten degrees in temperature. The tires should also be balanced and rotated regularly. This can help to prevent uneven wearing of the tires. It can also help to prevent problems like bald or flat spots. The tires should also be inspected to see when an alignment is needed. This can help prolong the length of the tires, as well as allow better fuel efficiency for your vehicle. The Belts should be inspected When the vehicle is maintained, the belts and hoses should also be looked at. The timing belt should be inspected for any wear or damage it might have. If the timing belt breaks, it could cause severe damage to valves, pistons, or even the engine. The hoses and surrounding components should also be inspected. The hose clamps should be checked to ensure they are not rusted or damaged. Inspect the Brakes of the vehicle Make sure to bring your vehicle in for scheduled maintenances for the brakes. The brake system is one of the most important systems of your vehicle. It allows you to stop safely when traveling. The brake pads and brake rotors will also be inspected to see what condition they are in. If you notice anything out of the norm between visits, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as you possible. This way you can help to ensure a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive. Inspect and change the fluids The fluids should also be inspected to ensure they are at the appropriate level they should be at. This also includes the oil. One of the easiest maintenances for your vehicle is to have the oil and oil filter changed. Having the oil changed is crucial for helping the engine and other moving parts operate as efficiently as possible. It can help prevent the build up of debris and contaminants that might pass through and become an issue for the engine.
January 13, 2014

General Tire Maintenance is Important

Your vehicle is one of the largest investments you will make, so it is important to keep it as well maintained as possible. The tires should be inspected regularly to ensure the condition of them. You should inspect them at least once a week, especially in the winter. Also make sure to bring your vehicle in for regularly scheduled maintenances. This way we can also inspect the tires for how they are wearing. If tires need to be repaired or replaced, we can advise you on the options you have. In some instances, aligning or balancing the tires may need to be done. This can also help prevent issues from happening to other parts of the vehicle. This can help to save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Air Pressure should be at the proper amount The air pressure should be inspected regularly. This is because the tire can lose one pound of air pressure when the temperature drops ten degrees. Make sure the tires are filled to the correct amount of air pressure recommended. This can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual, as well as inside the driver’s door. This way you can help to prevent tires that are over inflated or under inflated. Having properly inflated tires can also help extend the life of them. This is because they will wear correctly when the vehicle operates. The fuel efficiency of your vehicle can also improve with the correct air pressure. If tires are over or under inflated, the vehicle will use more fuel to try and correct them. Also, you can help to save on damage of the rims of the tires. Under inflated tires can eventually cause damage to the rims, which will result in them needing to be replaced. Inspect the Tires for the condition they are in The tires should be inspected for what condition they are in. Check the sidewalls and tread of the tires. Check for any cracks or punctures that may be present. Over time, tires may develop dry rot and will need to be replaced. Checking the tires can help to ensure that there are not any nails or sharp objects in them. The tread should be checked to make sure the proper amount is there. If you notice any flat or bald spots, there may be an issue with how the tires are rotating. Tires that are unaligned or unbalanced may lead to issues with how they are wearing. We can inspect the tires for you to help increase the chance that they will be reliable for you when you are driving. Don’t forget to check the Spare Tire  While inspecting the tires, also remember to check the spare tire. The spare tire is often forgotten about until it is needed. It is one of the most important parts of the vehicle because it can help you get to a place to have the regular tire fixed. The spare tire should have the tread, sidewall, and air pressure checked. It is recommended to do all of this at the same time that you inspect the regular tires.
January 6, 2014

How to Help Keep the Tires Lasting as long as Possible

When purchasing tires, you will want to make sure they last as long as possible. This can also help improve the safety of your vehicle. Always make sure to have them properly maintained. This can help to improve the efficiency of your vehicle and mileage as well. Always make sure the tires have the proper amount of air pressure in them. This is so the vehicle can perform at top efficiency. The proper air pressure amount can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. Also make sure the wheels are aligned according to the recommended schedule. If the tires are out of alignment, it could increase rubbing and friction during operation. The tires should be balanced properly in order to prevent any vibrations or bouncing when driving. Unnecessary vibrations with the tires can lead to them needing to be replaced sooner than they should. Also, rotating the tires on a regular basis can help even out the wear and tear of the tires. It can also help to reduce the chance of bald spots occurring on the tires. This way, the tires can last as long as they should. Proper Air Pressure should be maintained Having the air pressure checked on a regular basis can help to ensure the tires are able to rotate efficiently. If the air pressure is too low, it could cause the tires to blow out. If the tires have too much air pressure, then they are prone to picking up sharp objects that might be in the road. In the winter, it is important to check the air pressure more frequently than you would in the summer. Make sure to have the Wheels Aligned Having the wheels aligned can make a difference in the life span of the tires and other components of the vehicle. If they are unaligned, there could be excessive rubbing, wear, and frictions that can cause damage to the tires. It can also shorten the lifespan of the tires as well. Make sure to have the wheels aligned based on the recommended schedule. If you are ever unsure, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. Balancing the Tires can help prevent poor handling When the wheels are not properly balanced, it can affect how the vehicle handles and rides. Poor handling can result from an imbalance between sets of tires. A professional should always balance the tires, that way we can make sure they are also properly aligned. We can also check the condition of the tires, as well as the tread. If we locate an issue, we can help to advise you on the options you have to fix it. The Tires should be rotated regularly Rotating the tires is an important maintenance task. This is something you should do based on the regular recommended schedule. You can have the tires rotated when a wheel alignment is done also. When the tires and components are rotated on a regular schedule, they experience more even wear patters. This can help the tires to stay in the best condition possible, as long as they should.