April 29, 2015

What the Tires should be Inspected for

When you inspect your vehicle, there are several things you need to check. Part of the inspection should include the tires. They are the most important part because they are the only part that will make direct contact with the surface of the road. There are several things that you will need to check on the tires, and will only take a few minutes. This way you can ensure that the tires are in the best condition possible for when you drive. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. If there is an issue, we can advise you on the options you have so they are repaired and fixed. If you ever notice that the vehicle has poor handling or control, make sure to contact us to bring the vehicle in, as this could be an issue with the tires on the vehicle. Check the Tread on each Tire The tread is an important part on each tire of the vehicle. Without the tread, the tire would not be able to grip the surface of the road as you drive. When the roads are wet or slick, the tread is what helps the vehicle to drive straight and under control. If you notice that the vehicle pulls or sways in one direction or the other, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the tires for you. You can also test the tread depth by just using a penny. All you need to do is place the penny upside down in one of the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is not sufficient enough. If you notice that the tread is worn significantly different on each tire, having the tires rotated can be beneficial. By bringing the vehicle in, we can also inspect the tires to see if a rotation would be beneficial. The Air Pressure should be at the Correct Amount When you inspect the tread of the tires, also check the air pressure amount on them. Having the correct amount of air pressure will help keep the tires rotating efficiently and effectively. The recommended amount of air pressure can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. It can also be found on the inside doorjamb of the driver’s door. By having the tires properly inflated, then the vehicle will have better fuel mileage. Tires that are over inflated or under inflated will not have the proper contact with the surface of the road. This will cause the vehicle to use more fuel and power in order to have the tires rotate properly. If you notice that the vehicle has a bouncy ride to it, it could mean the tires are over inflated. This because the tires have less contact with the surface of the road when you drive. Also remember to inspect the spare tire in your vehicle. If any tire looks damaged or worn, it is recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can get the vehicle back into ideal driving conditions for you.
April 16, 2015

Signs that New Tires Might be Needed

Before you drive your vehicle, make sure to inspect several parts of your vehicle. Topping off the fluid levels and checking the oil level is important. Also make sure that you take a few minutes and inspect the tires on your vehicle. The tires should be free from any cracks, puncture marks, or bulges that it might have. If you notice something that is out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can, so we can inspect it for you. If a repair is needed, we can advise you on the options that you have. You need to be aware of three things when deciding if you need new tires: tread wear, exposure to the elements, and the tire age. Tread Wear is Important You can inspect the tread of the tire in a few quick minutes. All you need is a penny. With this easy test, a penny can buy you peace of mind when it comes to your tires and safety. Place a penny head first into several tread grooves across the tire. If you always see the top of Lincoln’s head, your treads are shallow and worn. If this is the case, your tires need to be replaced. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 1/16 of an inch of tread depth remaining. This means you probably do not need new tires. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tread on the tires. The most important reason to worry about tread wear is safety. When your tire treads is worn, your vehicle may respond poorly in adverse weather conditions like rain and snow. With good treads your car will grip the road better. Also, having insufficient tread is considered illegal in many states. Also, worn treads can make other parts of your car wear prematurely. Exposure to the Elements Exposure to heat and the sun’s ultraviolet rays may cause structural changes to your tires. These changes are not usually a concern in moderate climates. If you park outside, try not to have the vehicle in direct sunlight. This can dry out the tires and cause dry rot. Learn how to properly store your vehicle if you are not going to drive it for several months or longer. This can help keep the vehicle lasting as long as possible when you drive. Tire Age is Important You should know how old the tires are on your vehicle. Regardless of tread wear, vehicle manufacturers generally recommend you replace your tires at six years. Most tire manufacturers recommend you replace your tires at ten years. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations on your specific tires. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can recommend when new tires may be needed for your vehicle. When it is time to change your tires, make sure to know all your options for what tires would be the best for your vehicle. We can also recommend tires to fit your vehicle, budget, and driving style.
April 8, 2015

Parts to Inspect to Improve Fuel Efficiency

When you own a vehicle, there are several parts you will need to inspect. Among the many things that your vehicle will need in order to function properly is it will need fuel. The amount of fuel that it will need will depend on how well the engine is utilizing it. This is something that you will be able to have control over by making sure that you are investing in good maintenance for your vehicle. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance, make sure to contact us, and we can recommend a schedule for you. To get the best fuel efficiency, you will be able to use things like different driving functions in your vehicle. You will also be able to make sure that you are using less gas by maintaining your fuel injection system. Of course, making sure that you are paying attention to your tires will also help to ensure you are spending less at the pump. Know the Driving Functions of Four-Wheel Drive Many people are driving SUVs and crossovers that allow you the function of four-wheel drive. This is an important feature whenever you are driving off road so that you will be able to get more purchase on the ground you are driving on. Of course, it is not really designed to provide better fuel efficiency while on the regular streets. Make sure that you know only know when to use this function, but how to use it. It can help you to power through some rather difficult terrain with ease. The Fuel Injection System should be Inspected Fuel injection is a great way that you will be able to have more performance whenever you step on the gas pedal. You will need to make sure that you are getting everything that you will need so that you will be able to maintain your fuel injection as long as you are able to clean the nozzles and also to make sure that these are timed correctly. You can clean the nozzles whenever you are using a cleaning solution in your gas. If there are any deposits, this will help in removing them. Don’t Forget about the Tires Your fuel efficiency is highly dependent on your tires. Making sure that these are properly inflated as well as making sure that you are getting the right amount of tread will help you to retain contact with the ground, yet not having to worry about things like drag. If your tires are out of alignment or not inflated properly, this can create drag that will cause you to have to use more gas. This is why many will invest in high quality tires that will last over 30,000 miles on the vehicle. While you might pay more on the tires, they will last you long enough that it will be worth the extra money that you are paying. This can help provide a comfortable and pleasant ride.
April 1, 2015

The Safety Can Improve with Regular Maintenances

  Whenever you are driving your vehicle, there are certain things that you will need so that you will be able to enjoy better safety. There are other checks that can be performed in order to make sure that you are getting everything that you need in order to have a safer vehicle. The best way to keep the vehicle operating correctly is to have it brought in for regular maintenances. This can help improve the overall efficiency of the vehicle when you drive it. The lights, brakes, tires, and oil should all be inspected to ensure the best reliability from your vehicle. By having the vehicle maintained, it can help improve the performance with it as well. Having a well working vehicle can help to enjoy your driving experience. The Lights should be Inspected on the Vehicle Your brake lights are essential in allowing others to see what you are doing. They will be able to start slowing down as soon as you do. This will mean that whenever you are stepping on the brakes that people behind you will need to be able to see that you are doing so. This means that the wires that are used to provide electricity to the light as well as the light itself will need to be inspected whenever there is a problem. By maintaining these systems, you will not have to worry about being dangerous while you are driving. The lights are important because not only can it help you see the road ahead, it will help others to know where you are. The turn signals should also be checked because it will alert other drivers which direction you will be turning. Looking Over the Brake System Your brake system has many parts that should be inspected regularly. This includes the brake pads, which should be changed out regularly. As long as you are changing these regularly, you will not have to replace the rotors, clamps or other vital components of the brake system too quickly. This is why it is important that this is inspected every other oil change. They will be able to determine whether you will need to have the pads changed out. By checking it regularly, you will run less of a risk of developing greater brake problems in the future. It will help improve the safety of you and your passengers when you drive. Fix Issues at the First Sign The minor repairs that your vehicle needs will also help in making sure that you will be able to enjoy better safety as you are driving. Making sure that the belts and hoses are tight will help to improve engine performance. By having your exhaust system looked over whenever you are bringing your car in, you will also be able to make sure that you are getting everything that you will need for better performance. Having a vehicle that is properly maintained can help improve the safety and reliability of it when you drive.