October 24, 2016

Why Oil is Needed for Your Vehicle

The oil is needed for your vehicle because it lubricates the engines and moving parts of it. Over time the oil will get old and need to be changed. It is important to contact us and we can recommend an oil change schedule for your vehicle based on your vehicle and where you drive. Without oil, your vehicle will not operate properly, and the engine will eventually seize up. If you notice any signs of a leak, make sure to bring the vehicle in. If the oil is leaking it can cost more than normal because you will have to refill it often. It can also cause the parts to wear against one another and need to be replaced sooner than they typically should. Make sure to check the oil in your vehicle regularly and before any long trip you might go on. This can help keep the vehicle at top performance levels. It is also recommended to have an extra quart or two of oil in the back seat of your car. This way if the oil light comes on, you are able to top it off without the worry of trying to find a place to purchase the oil.   When the oil is changed, the oil filter should also be inspected. If it is clogged, it should be replaced to help ensure the efficiency of your vehicle. An oil filter will typically be replaced on every other oil change. The filter will help collect the pollutants and dirt as the oil passes through the filter. This prevents these particles from damaging the parts of the engine. No matter if you need an oil change, or want the vehicle to be inspected for general safety, bring it in so we can help provide you with a safe and reliable driving experience. This can also help keep your vehicle lasting as long as possible.
October 13, 2016

When you may need a New Set of Tires

Having a safe and reliable vehicle is important. The condition of tires plays a critical role in vehicle safety. Tires take a beating every time you drive, so it is vital that you know the signs that it is time to replace them. There are some warning indications that should not be ignored. Worn Tread If you want to avoid an unnecessary accident or breakdown, replace tires when tread reach 1/16 of an inch or less. You can easily measure tread depth with a penny, so check your tires frequently. Put Lincoln down, head-first all the way into the tread. If you can still see his entire head, there is not enough tread remaining on the tire. Tread Wear Indicators Visible New tires often have build-in tread wear indicator bars that make judging your tire condition easier. When tires are new, you probably will not notice the bars at all. As the tires wear with use, you will start to see flat rubber bars running opposite to the tread direction. When the tread becomes too worn for safety, you can clearly see one or two of these bars on the tires. Inspect Sidewalls Damage to a tire’s sidewall can result in leaks or failure, so it is important to perform visual inspections periodically, especially on older tires. Check for cracks, grooves, or what look like cuts on the sidewalls. If you find any damage, replace the tires to reduce the chance of an accident occurring with them. Blisters or Bulges These flaws tell you that a tire’s outer rubber surface is weakening, which means it is time for a replacement. These weak areas are more likely to give way when you are driving at high speeds. This can increase your chance of an accident occurring when you drive. Vibrations Vibrations in the wheel while you are driving can be caused by a number of problems, and worn tires are just one. Getting the source of the vibration diagnosed and resolved is important to your safety, and it can prolong the useful life of your tires too. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.  
October 5, 2016

A Clear Windshield is Needed for Increased Safety

  Having good visibility is essential for when you drive. Most decisions while driving are made based on a clear and unobstructed view of the road ahead. Windshield wipers have a squeegee effect to them. Each time the thin rubber blade moves across the windshield, the droplets of water are then pulled away from your field of vision while driving. Some wiper blades may look okay, but they do a poor job of wiping the window when they are used. Other wiper blades are in worse shape and need replacing because they are cracked, split, or torn. No matter what the appearance is, if the wipers are chattering, streaking, or failing to wipe cleanly and consistently, the wiper blades should be replaced as soon as possible.   Over time, windshield wiper blades will begin to deteriorate because of environmental factors. Exposure to sunlight and atmospheric pollution can cause the rubber to age and wear down. As the windshield wiper blades age, they lose the flexibility and are less likely to wipe away cleanly. They may also develop a permanent curvature that prevents full contact with the window. The sun can harden the rubber on the wiper. When the wipers are used, they will smudge and chatter because they will not be able to follow the curvature of the window.   Heavy use of the wipers can be hard on them. Dust, debris, and road grime will wear away at the edge of the blades that need to be smooth. As the edge begins to deteriorate, water will get under the blade and remain on the window. This results in poor visibility out the window. Any blade that is chattering or doing a poor job of wiping should be replaced. Also, if you notice the blade is cracked, torn, or has any other damage, you should have them replaced as soon as possible. An easy way to test your windshield wipers is to do so on a dry day. Turn on the windshield washer and if the wiper blades are not in good condition, there will be chattering or washer solvent left on the window. If there is any damage to the wiper blades, make sure to have them replaced so you are provided with the best vision possible.   Besides inspecting the windshield wipers, it is important to check the wiper fluid as well. Sometimes a nozzle may be plugged with dirt or debris. A hose may also become kinked or has come loose. While checking the fluid, make sure the spray hits the windshield where it should. If it does not, the nozzles may need to be adjusted. Also make sure the windshield washer pump delivers an adequate stream of solvent. If the stream is weak, the vehicle may have a weak washer pump. The hose may also be clogged, kinked, or loose. Another thing to look at is the windshield washer reservoir. Most have a screen to filter out debris that could clog or damage the pump. If the screen has become blocked by debris, it can obstruct the flow of solvent to the washers. If you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.