May 26, 2014

Noticing an issue with the Temperature Sensor

To make sure that your vehicle is operating in the best condition possible, make sure to go to regular maintenances. By having the vehicle inspected on a regular basis, this can help to ensure that it is working the best that it can be. If parts are starting to wear out, they can be replaced before a much larger starts to form. If you notice an issue between visits it is recommended to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. One issue that might start to form is a problem with the coolant temperature sensor. This is an important part that will enable the control unit to send alerts if there is an issue with the engine. This could mean that the engine is overheating, or if the temperature is rising in the system. If the sensor becomes damaged, it is important to bring the vehicle in and have it replaced as soon as possible. The function of the Coolant Temperature Sensor The coolant temperature sensor operates based on the difference in temperature that it will encounter. As the temperature of the engine changes, the potential difference output of the device will also change. This is then measured by the control unit of the engine. As the temperature rises, the resistance of the coolant in the vehicle will drop. The voltage output is then sent to the electronic control unit of the vehicle. This constantly measures the resistance for the coolant in the vehicle. When the coolant temperature sensor constantly monitors the coolant resistance, it will send the information to the control unit of the engine. Where the Coolant Temperature Sensor is located The coolant temperature sensor is usually in close proximity of the thermostat of the cooling system for the vehicle. There may also be two temperature sensors in some vehicles. One will send information from the engine system to the control unit. The other will send information from the control unit to the dashboard. If there are two sensors, one of them is the coolant temperature sensor. The other one is for sending the information to the dashboard of the vehicle. Signs the Coolant Temperature Sensor might be bad One of the most common signs to know if the sensor might be bad is if it does not function properly. This is usually shown by the engine overheating on a regular basis. The coolant might be leaking and result in the temperature sensor malfunctioning. In most vehicles, a bad coolant temperature system will result in the check engine light illuminating on the dashboard of the vehicle. Another sign is if the vehicle uses more gasoline than normal. Black smoke may also come out from the exhaust pipe. This can mean that the coolant temperature sensor in the vehicle is defective. It is always best to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. If a new sensor is needed, we can alert you to the issue. This can help keep the vehicle running safely and efficiently.
May 19, 2014

Be prepared for upcoming summer driving

As summer gets closer, now is a great time to inspect the vehicle over. This can help the vehicle to run at top efficiency during the summer months. It is also recommended to inspect the vehicle after the harsh weather of winter. Parts may have started to wear and may need replacing. The windshield wipers may also need attention. Through the winter they work excessively to clear away ice, snow, frost, and other road grime. The blades will start to rip, tear, and wear down with time. To have the best visibility possible, the windshield wipers should be inspected and replaced if needed. This can help to make you summer driving pleasant. If you are unsure if the wipers should be replaced, or what kind to get, bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the wipers for you as well as any other issue with the vehicle you may have noticed while driving. Regular Maintenance is important The most important thing to do for the vehicle is to go to regular maintenances. This can help ensure that parts and components of the vehicle are working, as they should be. If you notice any strange noises the vehicle makes, be sure to schedule an appointment. This could indicate an issue. Parts could be wearing on one another. It may also mean that parts are starting to slip and become damaged, like belts. Any smells you notice can also be an indication of a problem. It could mean that there is a leak or damage done to an area of the vehicle. To ensure it is running the best it can be, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This can help to determine if there are issues with the vehicle. When recommended, we can replace these parts of the vehicle. With regular maintenances, you can help to ensure that the vehicle runs at its peak performance. Inspect the Tires of the Vehicle The tires should also be inspected on a regular basis. The air pressure will need to be checked. They can also be more prone to blowing out when they rotate. Under inflated tires can lead to poor fuel efficiency. This is because the vehicle will have to use more power to make up for the poor tires. If the tires are over inflated, they can be more likely to pick up sharp objects or debris. The over inflated tires also have less contact on the surface of the road. This can make for an uncomfortable ride when traveling. The tread will also have to be inspected. This helps to provide enough grip to the road when you travel. The Battery should also be checked Now is also a good time to inspect the battery of your vehicle. The battery can become weak over the winter because of the cold temperatures. Make sure to inspect the posts and terminals of the battery. They should be free of any build up of dirt or other debris. If you notice that the vehicle is becoming harder to start, bring it in. We can inspect the battery to see if a new one is recommended.
May 16, 2014

Signs there could be an issue with the Alternator

The alternator is an important part for your vehicle. If the alternator starts to wear out, it can lead to further issues with the vehicle. One way to know there is a problem with the alternator is if a warning light illuminates on the dashboard. If the battery warning light illuminates, it means that the battery is not charging properly. The battery stores enough energy and power in order to start your vehicle. This helps to allow you to travel and drive your vehicle to the destination you want. In order to power the electrical system of the vehicle, it needs enough electricity to run through the engine. This is where the alternator comes in. The alternator helps to recharge the battery so there is enough power sent throughout your vehicle. If you notice any issues with how the vehicle starts, make sure to bring it in for an inspection as soon as you can. This can help keep the vehicle reliable. The Alternator is important for the vehicle Another way to notice if the alternator is starting to fail is the lack of power. If the alternator is not working the way it should, it will not have enough electricity to power all the items you may need or want. The radio, cooling fan motors, power windows, and others might start to be slow or unresponsive. If the alternator fails, this can become a problem. The vehicle cannot travel very far on just the battery power alone. The alternator could fail because of damage to other parts. The alternator is powered by the serpentine belt of the vehicle. This is usually two or three times faster than the engine. There are bearing, copper wire coils, and magnets that generate the electricity. This is subjected to extreme conditions and temperatures that can cause them to wear out over time. What to do if the Warning Light comes on If you notice the battery warning light coming on, make sure to bring the vehicle in. If the light starts to blink, be sure to pull over and turn the vehicle off as soon as it is safe to do so. The electrical system should be checked. The alternator could be failing and might need to be replaced. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. Regular Maintenances are important One of the best things you can do to help prolong the life of your vehicle is to go to regular maintenances. This can help to improve the efficiency of your vehicle as well. If there is an issue with the vehicle, it can be determined before the problem becomes worse. This can help to prevent further issues from happening with other parts of the vehicle. If an issue is ignored, over time it can do more wear and tear to the parts. This can increase the chance for a costly repair bill as well. If between visits you notice an issue with the vehicle, bring it in as soon as you can. This can help to prevent an unexpected breakdown, added stress, or a costly bill. It is recommended to follow the recommended maintenance schedule from the manufacturer.
May 15, 2014

Tips to Inspect the Tires

A way to help keep your vehicle maintained is to inspect the tires. The tires are an important part of the vehicle because they are the only part that will have contact with the surface of the road when you drive. The tires should be in the best condition possible. Good tires can help to improve the safety and reliability of the vehicle. Tires that are in good condition can also help to improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. This is because fuel will not be wasted to over correct the tires. Bringing the vehicle in for regular maintenances is important. We can inspect the tires for the condition they are in. It may also be necessary to have the tires aligned or rotated. This can help to prolong the life of them. The Air Pressure is important One of the most beneficial things to check on the tires is the air pressure. If you are unsure how much air should be in the tires, you can consult the owner’s manual for the vehicle. Tires that are under inflated or over inflated can lead to poor fuel efficiency of the vehicle. If the tires are under inflated it could also increase the chance that they blow out. Tires that are over inflated will have less contact with the surface of the road. This can make for uncomfortable driving. Over time it can also cause wear and tear to the suspension of the vehicle. Over inflated tires also have the increased chance of picking up sharp objects that might be on the surface of the road. If you notice that you have to fill the tires with air frequently, it could be a sign there is a leak. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. We can also help to locate if there is a leak or puncture mark on the tire. This can help to improve the reliability of the vehicle when you drive it. Check the Tread of the Tires The tread of the tires should also be inspected regularly. The tread is what helps to grip the surface of the road when you drive. If roads are wet, tires with poor tread can slide or slip. This can result in poor handling and control of the vehicle. If you notice that the tread is wearing unevenly around the tires, it may be necessary to have them aligned or rotated. This can help the tires to be used as long as possible and also extend the life of them. Check the condition of the Tires When inspecting the air pressure, also check the overall condition of the tires. They should be free from any cracks or puncture marks. If you notice a crack, make sure to have it inspected by a professional as soon as possible. Over time, air can begin to leak out of the tire. This could lead to an unexpected breakdown. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the condition of the tires for you.