April 28, 2014

Be aware of any Potholes on the Road

Each spring, numerous potholes start to appear on the roads and highways. If you constantly hit a pothole, you can be doing damage to your vehicle. Try to avoid a pothole when you can do so safely. If you have to hit a pothole, make sure to slow down before you reach it. Slowing down as you run over the pothole can only cause damage to the vehicle. By hitting a pothole, you may be doing more damage to the vehicle than you realize. The tires and wheels can visually be checked for any damage they are in. The potholes can also do damage to the steering, suspension, and alignment systems on the vehicle. This can be more difficult to see unless you know what to look for. If you hit a pothole when you are driving, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible to have it inspected. A professional is always the best to make sure the vehicle is still in a good operating condition. Potholes can cause a loss of control with the vehicle By hitting a pothole you run the risk of losing control of the vehicle. The vehicle may also be affected so it sways when making turns. Hitting potholes on a regular basis can also lead to the vehicle excessively bouncing on rough roads. This is because hitting the potholes may cause damage to the steering and suspension systems. It is important to keep these systems in the best condition possible. These can help with the safety of the vehicle. They are also the key systems to keep the vehicle stable and handling as well as possible. If you hit potholes on a regular basis, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it to make sure it is still operating at the most efficient level possible. Notice if the vehicle pulls in one direction or another After hitting a pothole you might notice if the vehicle pulls in one direction or the other. This can be a sign that the tires are not wearing evenly anymore. Sometimes it could also mean there is an issue with the alignment. If this is ignored, it can lead to difficult driving. It also has an increase in safety issues. Making sure the wheels are aligned properly can help to improve the life and longevity of the tires. It can also improve the handling of the vehicle when you drive. Potholes can cause issues with the condition of the tires Always make sure to inspect the tires on a regular basis. By hitting potholes, the tires may start to lose air pressure more quickly. This may be caused by any damaged they have received. There might also be signs of bulges or blisters in the sidewalls of the tires. If you are unsure about the condition of the tires, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help to improve the safety of the vehicle, as well as the overall comfort when you drive. Even if no damage has been done, it is important to have the vehicle inspected.
April 21, 2014

Ways to help Prolong the Life of the Engine

One of the most important parts of the vehicle is the engine. Without the engine, the vehicle would not be able to operate. The engine is also a major expense to replace with a new engine, so it is important to keep the engine in the best condition possible. Proper maintenance can help to extend the life of the engine as well. It can also help to prevent other nearby parts from wearing down sooner than they should. If this is ignored, it can result in other parts wearing out sooner than they should as well. Make sure to also drive with care. Driving over the speed limit and ramming or jamming the vehicle can lead to issues. It can even increase the chance of engine damage. This could result in a costly repair bill as well when it is fixed. Make sure to have the Oil Changed when recommended One of the most important things you can do for the overall efficiency of the vehicle is to have the oil changed when it is recommended. The oil is needed to help lubricate parts of the engine. If there is a lack of oil, parts will start to wear against each other. This can cause unnecessary friction and strain as well. The old and dirty oil can be removed from the vehicle. It will then be replaced with new clean oil. When the oil is changed, we can also inspect the oil filter for the vehicle. This will need to be changed and replaced on occasion. The oil filter is designed to capture dirt and other contaminants that are in the oil. Over time the filter will become clogged. This will no longer allow it to be efficient. The dirt and other pollutants would make their way to the engine and other parts. It can then increase the chance for damage to parts of the engine. By changing the oil regularly, you can help to ensure the cleanest oil possible is able to lubricate the engine and parts. Notice any usual sounds that come from the engine When driving, make sure to notice any sounds that might come from under the hood. If there is a squealing noise, it could mean that a belt is loose. It is important to have this looked at as soon as you can. If a belt snaps, other parts of the engine could be affected. Other noises like a screeching or other sounds could indicate parts are wearing incorrectly. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. Regular maintenance is beneficial Having the vehicle in for regular maintenance is important. This is because we can look at parts and areas that you may not be aware of. This can help to ensure the vehicle is able to operate at the best efficiency level possible when you drive. Maintenances can also help to improve the fuel mileage when you drive. This is because the parts will be able to work together and correctly with one another. It can also help to provide an enjoyable ride for you and your passengers.
April 14, 2014

Check the Tires before you Travel

Maintaining your vehicle is important to do year round. By having it maintained, the parts and components can be inspected regularly. If there is an issue with a part, it can be repaired and fixed in a timely manner. It is important to notice issues early on. This can help to prevent a larger and more serious issue from forming. If other parts start to become damaged, it could end up costing more in a repair bill. If other parts start to become damaged, it could also result in an unexpected breakdown when you are driving. Between regular visits, make sure to take the time and inspect some things on the vehicle yourself. This can help you to be aware if these parts and components are starting to fail. If you happen to notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in. This can help to prevent a more serious issue when you drive. It is also important to check the tires on a regular basis. Having the tires in the best condition possible can provide several benefits for the vehicle. Good Tires can help improve the Fuel Efficiency  Having the tires in the best condition possible can help improve the costs of the vehicle. The fuel efficiency of the vehicle can improve when the tires are in an ideal condition. This is because the vehicle will not have to waster power and fuel when it tries to correct the tires. It can also help with having them rotate properly. You can check the air pressure and condition the tires are in. If you notice that the fuel efficiency has become worse, check the tires to see what condition they are in. Make sure the Tires are properly Inflated One of the most important things to inspect for the tires is the air pressure. The correct amount of air pressure helps to make sure the tires rotate efficiently. If the air pressure is too low, it could cause a blowout. It could also result in poor fuel efficiency. If the tires are over inflated, it can also cause a problem. They would be more prone to pick up sharp objects that might be on the road. Over inflated tires will also have less contact with the surface of the road. If you are unsure of how much the tires should be inflated to, consult the vehicle owner’s manual. This will recommend what the correct air pressure should be. You can also find the correct amount on the inside of the driver’s door. We can also help to recommend the proper amount of air pressure for your vehicle and tires. The Tread should be ideal Besides the air pressure, the tread should be inspected as well. The correct amount of tire tread is important because it will help to grip the road. If the roads have become wet or slippery, having good treat can decrease how you slip and slide. With age and miles, the tread will start to wear down. When the tread is too low for safety, the tires should be replaced. This can help to provide a safe and reliable vehicle for you when you drive.
April 7, 2014

The Importance of checking the Tires on the Vehicle

One of the most important things you can check on the vehicle are the tires. It is critical to keep these in the best condition possible. This is because they are the only part to have contact between the vehicle and the surface of the road. Tires that are in good condition can also help to provide a comfortable ride. This can make for a more pleasant driving experience. If you are unsure what condition the tires are in, make sure to bring the vehicle in for an inspection. We will be able to check the overall condition of them. There are also some things you can inspect on the tires between visits. Check the Air Pressure frequently When inspecting the tires, make sure to inspect the air pressure. This is important because the correct amount of air pressure can help the vehicle to be efficient. If the tires are under inflated or over inflated, it can cause a wide variety of issues. By checking the air pressure, you can help to decrease the chance of these issues from happening. You can consult the vehicle owner’s manual, which will mention what the correct air pressure should be in the tires. Under inflated tires can lead to a blow out with time. They will also cause the vehicle to have poor mileage as you drive. If the tires are over inflated they could be more prone to picking up sharp objects on the road. Over inflated tires will also have less contact to the surface of the road. This can lead to a ride that is bumpier and less comfortable. If you notice that you have to fill the tire with air often, it could indicate that there is a leak somewhere. It is important to have this fixed as soon as possible. This can help to provide a flat tire when you would least expect it. The Tread should also be inspected Another important part of the tires is the tread. This is the pattern and grooves around the tire. It helps to grip the surface of the road when you drive. As the tread wears down, it can make handling the vehicle on wet roads more of a challenge. You can check the tread of the tires by using a penny. Place the penny in one of the grooves up side down. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, then it is time to have the tread replaced. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires and tread for you. Benefits of having good Tires By keeping the tires in the best condition possible, you can also help to have good fuel efficiency of the vehicle. If the tires are not aligned properly, it can cause the vehicle to waste more power and fuel in order to make up for it. The less strain and stress the vehicle has, the more fuel-efficient it will be. Rotating the tires can also help to benefit the life of them as well. This can help to ensure they wear evenly over time.