November 25, 2015

Improving Visibility with a Clean Windshield

    Having the best visibility possible when you drive is important. This will help you to see those in front of you as well as around you when you drive. The windshield should be inspected on a regular basis. If there is a crack or divot in the windshield, it could interfere with your driving. This is because it could mask a hazard that might be further ahead on the road. It is also important to make sure that all the windows and even side mirrors are cleaned off. By improving the visibility around your vehicle, you can increase the safety as well.   When you drive at nigh, your driving habit will probably change some. One thing to be aware of is the speed that you will be driving at. You should slow down when driving at night because you will not be able to see further distances than you typically would. This can make any object or hazard in the road harder to see. It will also make for less time for you to come to a stop or to swerve in order to avoid it. Your speed should also be reduced because animals are more likely to appear on the roads at night. Always drive at a speed that you feel comfortable at, and that you can handle the vehicle.   Along with inspecting the windshield, also make sure to check the windshield wipers. The wipers should be free from any cracks or rips. If you notice any damage to them, make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible. This can help you to clear the windshield clearly and efficiently when you drive. If you notice any smear or smudge marks, make sure that the windshield wipers are replaced. This can be a sign that they are worn out. Also check the level of the windshield washer fluid. This should be topped off on a regular basis, and before any long road trip you might take. The wiper fluid works together with the windshield wipers to clean the window effectively. Without the washer fluid, the grime and other dirt will smear and make it harder to see. If you notice that the fluid level is low more often bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for a sign of a leak.
November 11, 2015

Keep the Tires Lasting Longer

  Keeping your vehicle in ideal condition is important. One part that you may forget about until there is an issue are the tires. The tires are important because they are the only part that touches the surface of the road. Good tires will also help you to have a comfortable ride. There are steps you can take to avoid premature tire wear. As a result, your tires will last longer, thus saving you both time and money.   There are a few things that can lead to premature wear of the tires. Neglecting to rotate your tires when needed can cause premature wear. There are a few benefits of regular tire rotation. This will increase the comfort and longevity of the tires and vehicle. If you are not sure how often to have the tires aligned, contact us and we can set up a schedule. Another reason for poor tires is if the air pressure is incorrect. Tires that are over or under inflated can cause trouble. Check the air pressure every time you fill up your vehicle to ensure they are not over inflated or under inflated.   Improper balance can cause the tire to wobble, thus leading to improper wear. This is often accompanied by steering wheel vibration. If you believe one or more tire needs balanced, it is important to address this concern without delay. Premature tire wear is something you want to avoid. Instead, you want to do whatever it takes to ensure that your tires last a long time. If you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible so we can inspect the tires for you.  
November 4, 2015

Signs of Poor Brakes

  The brakes are one of the most crucial parts to the vehicle. This helps prevent an accident because they are able to slow down and stop your vehicle. There can be some obvious signs that the brakes need servicing. This could include the brake light illuminating on the dashboard of your vehicle. Another sign could be that the vehicle is taking longer to stop than it should. If you notice anything that is out of the ordinary with your brakes, make sure to bring it in for a brake inspection as soon as possible.   A hydraulic system filled with brake fluid will trigger a set of padded clamps that are the calipers. This will then cause them to squeeze together on a disc that is the brake rotor. The friction that occurs between the pads and the rotor will eventually stop the vehicle. With age and miles, the pads will begin to wear thin, and become less effective at slowing and stopping the vehicle.   Any strange noise such as a squealing, squeaking, or grinding noise could mean a repair is needed. These noises can indicate that you may need to have the brake pads replaced. Hearing a grinding noise could indicate that the brake pads have worn through completely. The noise is a result of the metal of the calipers grinding against the metal of the rotors as you apply the brakes. Also notice if the brake pedal is mushy and goes to almost the floor. It could indicate worn brake pads or an issue with the hydraulic system. There may be air in the brake link or a brake fluid leak. If the brake pedal grabs immediately with the slightest touch, there could also be an issue with the brake system. The rotors may have worn unevenly or the brake fluid has become contaminated.