May 21, 2015

What to Know if you Have a Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle

When you invest in a vehicle, you will want to know all the options you have for it. One thing you may consider is if you are going to get a four wheel drive vehicle, or a two wheel drive. There are a lot of reasons why a person might want a four wheel drive vehicle over that of one just powered by two wheels. The person or the family might enjoy going off road for a little adventure in the sand or in the hills or else they might pull something behind. Four wheel drive will pull a boat or a camper a little bit better, especially if the engine is bigger. A four wheel drive vehicle will require a little bit different kind of operational system than if you were to just be driving around on two wheeled power. Taking that specialized system to a specialist is your best bet for having it maintained properly so that no problems exist in the future. Maintaining the Vehicle is Important No matter how many wheels power the car or truck you drive, it needs to have regular maintenance to make sure it is working correctly. The suspension system, the brakes, the tires themselves all need to be thoroughly checked in order to make sure all of the parts are operational and in good working order. An ASE master technician or a person trained specifically to work on four wheel drive vehicles is your best bet for getting the maintenance checks you need done properly. Maintenance could include brake fluid, getting the air adjusted in the tires or even checking that the tires have enough air in them, like any two wheeled drive vehicle would need. Two Wheel Drive versus Four Wheel Drive If you do not understand the difference between two wheel drive and four wheel drive, make sure to contact us. On the most basic level, having four wheel drive is exactly how it sounds. All four tires will turn and have force to move the vehicle forward. Standard cars only have two wheels to power through and therefore not enough power to get through a snowdrift, sand or even make it through slippery conditions as well. Four-wheel drive also offers a bit more stability when you are pulling heavy objects in a trailer behind you. Since there are more components required to get four wheel drive operational, the gas the engine uses will also be higher. That is why some SUVS and four-wheel drives are called gas guzzlers, mostly because they burn through it rather quickly. Signs there Could be an Issue with the Vehicle Since there are more parts to power four-wheel drive, it is a little more delicate to fix something when it goes wrong. Only hire someone who knows specifically what to do with four wheel drive vehicles when there is a problem. Trying to fix a problem on your own or hiring just anybody to do it could cause even more problems and be more expensive down the road. You can also contact us and we can inspect the vehicle for any issue that might be starting to form.
May 14, 2015

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May 14, 2015

Signs the Brakes Need to be Inspected

One of the most important parts of the vehicle is the entire brake system. Without the brakes, your vehicle will not slow down or even stop. This is important because it will improve the safety when you have to drive. The brakes are one such instrument on the car that you cannot go without, ever. In order to make sure your brakes and the brake pads are always in tip top shape, there are a few rules to follow. Those rules can vary a little bit depending on your style of driving and how much you drive each day, but there are still some basics that need to be followed for everyone, and that includes getting regular maintenance done on your vehicle to check out the brakes. Failing to get the brakes checked out often could lead to a disastrous accident on the road and you wouldn’t want that to happen. Regular Maintenance is Important For the person who drives to work each day through heavy traffic, the brakes are vital to keep from rear-ending the vehicle ahead of you. It might seem like you are on the brakes more than the gas pedal even some days. When this is the case, then it might be a smart idea to have the brakes checked every time you get the oil changed. The heavier you are on the brakes, or more frequently, the faster they will wear out on the vehicle. They could wear down far enough that there could be damage on the rotors or other parts even that could be costly or dangerous that you should fix. For the person who only drives to work a couple days a week or just to shuffle kids around to practice, then waiting 10,000 miles or even longer is acceptable. When the majority of the miles you do drive involve highway miles without a lot of brake usage, then you could even go a little bit longer. Check with us if you have questions on the duration of your brake pads. By contacting us we can inspect the brake system for you. Fix an Issue Before it Becomes Worse Once the brakes have begun to squeak once you apply the brake, the brake pads are probably already worn down quite a bit. The farther worn down they are, the more damage there could be done to the parts surrounding the brakes. The rotors and calipers are expensive to replace, so have them checked out before a problems occurs. Not only will it be cheaper, but it will be safer for you and all of the family members who travel in your vehicle. Know when to Bring your Vehicle in If you do notice a squeak or even that the brakes seem to not slow down your vehicle as fast as they used to, take them in for a check. If the brake pads appear to be worn, then new we can install ones easily in a matter of an hour or two. If the brake calipers or the rotors need to be adjusted, they will perform all of those services at the same time when the new brake pads are being installed. The entire braking system will be checked over and repaired before you go out on the road again.
May 1, 2015

Maintenance is and Important Task for your Vehicle

Whenever you own a vehicle, you want it to operate the best that it possibly can. As summer approaches, it is time to start thinking about the trips that you might be taking. This is the perfect time to analyze whether you have been doing all of the right things for your car the rest of the year. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This will help you to have a vehicle that will last you well beyond the summer. The importance of general inspections goes well beyond the fact that they will make sure that your oil has been changed. They will go further to make sure that you will be on the road and not caught on the side of the road while driving to your vacation destination. There are a few things to remember about these. The shop should be following the recommended maintenance checks including fluid checks. They should also be using any kinds of preventative maintenance to make sure that you will not have costly auto repair bills looming in your future. This will help to make sure your summer is the best that it can be. Preventing Costly Repairs One of the main focuses of the general inspection is to make sure that your vehicle is up to speed and will not end up in the shop due to regular driving conditions. The important thing is that the money you spend now at the beginning of the summer will help you to be able to get the most out of your summer. Naturally, you want to spend time at the beach rather than at the auto repair shop. These inspections will be much shorter than major repairs to your vehicle, and will cost you less in the long run. Remember Regular Maintenance Inspections Every vehicle comes with a maintenance schedule that is recommended for the proper function of the vehicle. Unfortunately many see this as an extravagance that they can live without to save money. What they may not realize is that they will actually spend more money in the long run if they do not stick to the inspection schedule. This includes paying more at the pump, paying for tows as your vehicle breaks down and paying for expensive repairs. Which Fluids Should Be Checked Whenever you go through the regular inspections, it is important that the fluids like oil, coolant as well as transmission fluid. These fluids are the lifeblood of the vehicle and they should be checked or changed every single time that you bring in your vehicle. The cleaner these fluids are, the better your vehicle will be able to operate. It is important to make sure that the right fluids are being used for summer driving as temperatures being high can have an effect on engine performance if the wrong fluids are being used. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check the fluids for you. If you notice there is a leak, contact us so we can look for the source of it. This will help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle this summer.