April 29, 2016

The Electrical System of your Vehicle

  Maintaining your vehicle is important, as this will help keep it reliable. You will also want to notice if the vehicle is starting to act out of the norm. The vehicle’s electrical system consists of the battery, starter, and alternator. The battery provides the power to the starter. Then the alternator gives the battery energy it needs to power the vehicle. If one of the parts is not working properly, your vehicle will not start or may not run correctly.   The battery supplies a small amount of power to the starter motor. The starter then rotates and turns the crankshaft to begin the movement of the pistons in the engine. This process is what ensures the starter works. Sometimes it is difficult to determine when a starter will fail, so regular inspections help keep it working efficiently.   When the vehicle starts, the battery is the part that provides the vehicle’s electrical current. This electrical current includes the power to the ignition and fuel systems, which are responsible for creating the combustion necessary for the engine to function properly and efficiently. As you turn the key, the battery provides power to the starter that turns, and then the alternator gives the battery the energy needed to power the lights, wipers, and other accessories. If the battery is doing this on a regular basis, it may need to be recharged or replaced.   When the engine is running, the alternator helps to keep the battery charged. While you can start a vehicle with a faulty alternator, it will not be able to run for any extended period of time. If the alternator for your vehicle needs replacing, you may notice the electrical system performing oddly or erratically. The battery may even start to discharge, which will result in poor starts, or sometimes not starting at all. If you notice an issue with how the vehicle starts, schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you.
April 25, 2016

Change the Air Filter for the vehicle

    Since you will be in the vehicle quite a bit, it is important to keep it operating at top performance. Going to regular maintenances is one of the most important things that you can do. This can allow parts and components of the vehicle to be inspected to ensure they are operating efficiently and effectively. If there is an issue, we can alert you to what it is. We can also help to recommend a solution that is best for you and your vehicle. Between visits, also make sure to inspect the vehicle over. This can include things like checking the tires, fluids, and other areas of the vehicle. By doing this, you can help to prevent other issues from forming. The oil should be checked regularly. Without the oil, parts of the engine can cause extra strain and stress with one another. If the oil is gone completely, the engine can seize up.   There are several different places where the air filter is located, depending on your vehicle. Some vehicles allow it to be located and removed easily. Others may be more difficult to change. If you are unsure where the air filter is at, bring the vehicle in and we can advise you on the questions. The air filter can help improve the circulation of air in your vehicle. It can also improve the performance of the air conditioning system. With a proper air filter, it can also help to improve the quality of air that is then circulated throughout your vehicle and into the cabin.   The air filter for the vehicle is able to filtrate the air that would then go through the vehicle and cabin. It is attached to the outside air intake of the ventilation system of your vehicle. This helps to improve the air quality and also to filter out any pollution that circulates in the air. Sometimes the air filter is confused with an internal combustion air filter. The internal combustion air filter is the filter that is located under the hood of the vehicle. This prevents particles from getting into the engine. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.    
April 14, 2016

Inspecting the Hoses of the Vehicle

    When you inspect the vehicle, remember to look under the hood. This way you can check the oil, hoses, belts, and other fluids. The vehicle requires multiple fluids to run efficient and properly. There are several hoses in your vehicle, all of which transport fluid to a different area of your vehicle. Always make sure to inspect the hoses themselves, as well as the connecting ends of the hoses for any leaks.     A leaking hose can result in an overheated engine or other issues if it is ignored. The hoses work together with the belts to keep your vehicle running efficiently and also maintaining the proper operating temperature. If your engine overheats it can cause serious damage, as well as damage to other components under the hood. By keeping the hoses maintained and making sure they are connected securely, you can help prevent engine issues and other problems down the road.   Your vehicle’s hoses are important to keep it running correctly and efficiently. By having your vehicle in regularly for scheduled maintenance, the hoses can be inspected to make sure they do not need replacing. With age, rubber hoses can become hard and brittle. This happens with exposure to heat and can cause the hoses to split, blister, or even leak. If this occurs, you will need to have them replaced as soon as possible.   Check for any hardening or softening of the hoses, which can be done by pinching them. If a hose feels rock hard or mushy it should be replaced as soon as possible. Other signs to look for are visible cracks, leaking, blistering, or other damage on the outside of the hose. We also look and feel for any areas of the hoses that are swollen or folded. If you notice that your hoses are leaking, you should replace them immediately before further damage can occur to other parts of your vehicle. Always make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the hoses for the vehicle. This will help to ensure it is operating efficiently this spring.
April 8, 2016

What to Know about Potholes

      In the spring, the roads may seem like they are clean and clear, but did you know there can be an increase in potholes? Potholes are formed when water makes its way into the ground. Once there, the cold winter temperatures cause it to freeze, which also results in expansion that shifts the pavement around. When the water thaws and vehicles running over the spot, it will result in the pavement being pushed down into the hole caused by the freezing and thawing, thus forming a pothole.     While it is best to go over potholes slowly, you should avoid braking right before you hit one. This will likely cause your vehicle to nosedive right as you hit it, which can increase the amount of damage that can occur. You should also make sure to let off of your brakes right before your tire comes in contact with the hole as well. This will help your vehicle absorb more of the blow, rather than the brunt being solely on the tire and brake.     If you do hit a pothole, make sure to check for damage as soon as you can. If you notice something, it is better to have the issue fixed before it becomes worse. Schedule an appointment with us and we can inspect the vehicle to ensure it is in the best driving condition possible.