September 30, 2014

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September 25, 2014

Signs of Poor Alignment for your Vehicle

To help keep your vehicle in the best condition possible is to have it maintained on a regular basis. This can help prevent further issues developing in the future when you drive. We can inspect the vehicle for any signs of parts that are becoming damaged with time. One thing to be aware of is the alignment. If you hit a large pothole or bump in the road, it can cause the wheels to go out of balance. If this happens, careful calibration will be needed in order to make sure the vehicle is aligned properly. Having a vehicle that is not aligned can also cause problems with the steering. Anything that is out of the norm should be taken care of as soon as possible to help prevent further issues from forming. We can inspect the alignment and steering of the vehicle so it works efficiently and at top performance when you drive. Knowing what an Alignment is An alignment on most vehicles involves only the front end of the vehicle. However, it is possible to also have rear wheel adjustments. This would be referred to as a four-wheel alignment rather than the usual front-end alignment. Most often, the only adjustment that will be made is to the toe setting. It is possible for caster and camber adjustments to be made. However, this is usually a more difficult service to perform and is less likely to be needed. With modern diagnostic equipment, it is possible to get very precise measurements for a front-end alignment. A front-end alignment will be done routinely every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. But, if you suspect an issue, do not wait for the regularly scheduled maintenance. Likewise if you hit a particularly large pot hole or bumped a curb much harder than normal, an early check would be in order. The Difference Between an Alignment and Balance It is also important to know the difference between a wheel alignment and balancing the tires. Having the tires balanced is always done when you purchase new tires. A wheel alignment is not always need at the time. We can help recommend an alignment check within 3,000 miles of purchasing new tires. Balancing the tires help to reduce vibrations that you might feel. This could also be a sign of poor alignment, so make sure to bring your vehicle in at the first sign of these issues. Signs that the Alignment needs Inspection If you start to notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the alignment. Another sign could be if you feel like you are fighting with the vehicle in order to keep it on the road. Over time, driving the vehicle that is out of alignment can cause the tires to have uneven wear. This can lead to the tires needing to be replaced sooner than they typically should. If you notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This can help provide a more comfortable and pleasant ride when you drive.
September 22, 2014

Suspension System Issues

Having the vehicle in the best condition possible is important for your safety, as well as the performance of the vehicle. Going to regular maintenances can also help to improve the efficiency of the parts for the vehicle. One system that might be overlooked is the suspension system. This help to provide a comfortable ride when you travel, especially over any bumps or rough roads you encounter. Having a suspension system that is effective can help reduce strain and stress to other parts of the vehicle when you drive. Having a Smooth Ride Struts are put on the car or truck frame in order to absorb the bumps and jolts that every vehicle takes when going down the road. After time, these parts will wear out and offer less cushion as you travel down the road. When the struts and shocks are completely worn out, your car might feel like it is bouncing down the road. An inspection on your car will tell if the shocks are worn out, if the struts are worn out and if there could possibly be something else wrong. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the suspension system for you. It could be a simple leak in one of the shocks or they got just be shot and need replacing. This can help the vehicle to be fixed as soon as possible to help provide a comfortable ride again. Less Jolting that Could Occur The shocks and struts on the car make for less bouncing and jolting on your body when you travel. Think of all the jolting that is taking place on the car parts itself. The engine, the brakes, the fluids, and everything on the vehicle jolt when you do. That wear and tear is hard on a vehicle and can do damage in several ways. Uncontrollable bouncing could wreak hoses and cause leaks or tears on them that are not noticeable until there is a larger problem. Jolting could cause engine parts to wiggle free and fall apart or even out of the engine. The jarring action could also cause the brakes to not work well or cause damage to the tires as you drive. The jolting of the vehicle may be more troublesome than just an unpleasant ride. If it causes your vehicle to fail in other ways, suddenly you have an expensive problem to fix. Not only do the struts or shocks need replacing, but other potentially expensive fixes on the car are needed in order to get it back on the road again where it can be safe. Take the time and have the suspension system evaluated for any problems and fix those problems before they become noticeable and affect other systems on your vehicle. Regular Maintenance is Important By going to recommended maintenances, you can help keep the vehicle operating efficiently and at top performance levels. If you ever notice an issue between visits, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This way we can inspect the vehicle for any problems that might be starting to form. With regular maintenance, you can increase the life of the vehicle while also improving your ride.
September 18, 2014

The Brakes Should be Checked Regularly

The brakes are important to the safety and reliability of your vehicle. Without the brakes, your vehicle will not be able to slow down or stop. This can increase the chance for an accident when you drive. The brakes should be inspected by a professional on a regular basis. By doing this, the brakes will be checked for any problems or issues that might be starting to form. If there is an issue, the part can be replaced before further damage can be done to the vehicle. Knowing that the brakes are in good condition can help ease your mind and you can have a more pleasant driving experience when you travel. How to Check the Brakes The brakes are best checked when the tires have been removed from the vehicle. That means the vehicle should be placed up on a lift, the tires removed and then an inspection should take place. We can make an estimate with the tires on, but a more accurate reading of the brake pad level is done when the tires are removed and the brakes can be seen clearly. Removing the tires is the easy part of the task. We can check the brake pads, brake rotors, and the rest of the brake system to see what condition it is in. This can help increase your safety and reliability of the brakes when you drive. Notice an Issue with the Brakes Once the tires are removed, the brake pads can be measured. Depending on how thick they are determines what percentage of brake pad is left. Once the pads get down to only having twenty fiver percent or less left, you want to think about changing them. The less brake pad there is, the higher the chance of it snapping and having a brake failure. The thinner the brake pads are, the higher the chance that the rotors or calipers can be damaged as well. Keeping the brake pads replaced on time will prevent other costly repairs to the brake system. This can save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Check the Brake Pads The brake pads might be fine, but the other parts of the brake system that need to be inspected too. As the brake pads start to wear, they will eventually cause wear with the brake rotors. This could result in a costly repair bill if the issue is ignored. Since the brake pads are all around the tires, they get exposed to dirt, debris from the road, and the harsh weather conditions. The harsh conditions can wear away at the rotors or even get in between the parts and cause damage. An inspection will be able to spot any kind of damage so that you can have it cleaned out or replaced before any damage can be done to other parts. The other problem could be you get in an accident. Preventative repairs always cost less than to have something break and cause other problems to the vehicle.
September 16, 2014

The Importance of Checking the Fluids

To help keep the vehicle working in the best condition possible, the fluids will need to be inspected regularly. This helps to provide appropriate lubrication to moving parts of the vehicle as it operates. These fluids all serve different purposes, but if one starts to become low, it could affect the performance of your vehicle. It might not only affect the performance, but the safety of the vehicle could be in jeopardy, which could lead to an accident. It is important to keep the fluid levels up in your vehicle and to have them checked regularly to see if they are low or dirty. If they are, make sure to bring your vehicle in so we can replace the fluid when needed. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check the fluid levels for you. Check the Brake Fluid This is probably the most important fluid in the vehicle you drive. The brakes need fluid to keep the system running properly. Without fluid to make the discs open and close, the brakes would lock. If they lock up, you cannot drive or brake. Neither option is good when you are driving down the road at a high. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help prevent further issues or damage being done. Remember the Transmission Fluid Transmission fluid is what keeps the vehicle running down the road. If there is a leak in the transmission and the fluid gets low, your engine could seize up and you could be left stranded on the side of the road. The transmission fluid should be checked after 40,000 miles and then replaced if it is dirty or showing signs that it is dirty. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the fluid for you. Antifreeze is Important When you live in the north and have a brutally cold winter, you need a car that can still run. Anti-freeze will keep all of the fluids in your car from, well, freezing. The weather might be cold outside, but the anti-freeze will keep everything on the inside working. Make sure your anti-freeze is rated to what your lowest winter temperatures will be. Power Steering Fluid should be checked The power steering fluid is what will make your vehicle turn with ease. Power steering fluid or a leak of the fluid in your vehicle will also make it feel difficult to turn. The fluid keeps the steering column to turn with little effort from you as you drive. When it seems harder to turn the wheel, you might want to check and see if there is a slow leak with the fluid causing the problem. Do not forget the Windshield Wiper Fluid Also make sure you check the windshield wiper fluid. The wiper fluid is important because it helps to remove any dirt, bugs, or road grime that could splatter on the windshield. This improves your visibility as you drive so you are able to see the road ahead of you. It is also recommended to put extra washer fluid in the back of your vehicle incase you run out and are unable to get some.