May 31, 2017

Careful Driving Tips

  When you drive, make sure you drive with care. One of the most important things you can do is to go to regular maintenances with the vehicle. This can help to improve the parts and components of the vehicle. If an issue has formed, we can help to alert you to this. Ignoring a problem is one of the worst things you can do. This will allow the issue to get worse. It can also lead to other parts wearing sooner than they should. Ignoring the first sign of an issue can result in a costly repair bill when it needs to be fixed. By going to regular maintenances, we can inspect the vehicle for any signs of an issue. If you notice a problem between visits, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. This can help keep the vehicle working in the best condition possible. It can also help to prolong the life of the vehicle.     To help improve the safety when you drive, you will need the visibility to be the best it can be. The windshield and other windows should be clean. Make sure to remove any dirt or build up of debris or road grime. Always make sure that the windshield washer fluid is topped off. This allows you to wash the windshield to remove the build up of grime. It is also recommended to put extra washer fluid in your vehicle. This way if you run out of washer fluid and are not in a place where you can get more, you can have extra fluid in the vehicle that you can replace in the reservoir. Make sure the windshield washer blades are also in good condition. They should be free from any rips or tears on them. If you notice smudge or smear marks, it is an indication that the blades are bad. It is recommended you replace the wiper blades when you start to notice an issue. This can help to improve your visibility when you drive.     The lights are important for the vehicle. Not only do the lights help you to see, but it also helps others to see where you are. The lights are especially important for any night driving you might do, or if the weather becomes worse. Any time you have to use the windshield wipers, the lights should be on as well. Also make sure to check the lights regularly. They should be inspected to make sure they are aimed correctly. This can help improve the visibility of what is ahead of you on the road. Also make sure all the lights and turn signals are working. If one is not, bring it in and we can replace the bulb or fuse for you.     The windshield should be inspected for any issues on it. If there are cracks or divots on the windshield, it should be replaced as soon as you can. If a divot or crack lines up, it could impair your visibility when you drive. If you are unsure if it is time to replace the windshield, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. By making sure the vehicle is operating efficiently, you can have a safe and reliable ride.
May 22, 2017

What the Warning Lights Mean for your Vehicle

  Maintaining your vehicle is very important. This can help to ensure you have the safest and most reliable ride possible when you drive. If a part has been damaged and continues to operate, it may lead to damage to other parts of the vehicle. This can be more hazardous to drive, and also result in a costly repair bill. When driving, if you ever notice a warning light illuminating on the dashboard, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. This is especially important if the warning light will start flashing. If the warning light starts to blink, it may indicate that there is a more serious issue with part of your vehicle.     The check engine light is not as simple as it may seem. If the light comes on, it could mean one of many things. The first thing you should do if you notice the light on is to make sure that the gas cap is tightened. Many new vehicles have a pressurized fuel system. They also have a vapor recovery loop. This can result in the check engine light coming on. That is because after filling up with fuel, the gas cap may not be twisted on until it clicks. This will mean that the fuel system is not sealed off. After checking the gas cap, the light should turn off. If it does not, there could be an issue with the engine or surrounding parts.     The electrical system light is sometimes confused with a battery issue, because it looks like a picture of a battery. It is normal for the light to come on and go off when you start the engine of the vehicle. If the light comes on and stays on, it could mean the electrical charging system is no longer working properly. If the alternator becomes faulty or damaged, it could result in this warning light illuminating. It could also be caused from a drive belt snapping. The parts of the vehicle will not be able to do their job any longer, and may cause further damage to your vehicle. The longer you drive, the more the vehicle will use up the remaining power in the battery. This can lead to the engine eventually dying. If the light comes on, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.     If the check engine light illuminates, it may indicate that you are getting close to a scheduled maintenance interval. It could mean that oil temperatures, engine temperatures, or other issues may be and indicator of stress on your vehicle. If you notice this light flashing, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect what the issue may be.    
May 10, 2017

Remember to Inspect the Lights on your Vehicle

      It is important to have the lights on your vehicle inspected regularly. If you have a blinker that goes out, it could be dangerous for everyone. If this happens, vehicles around you will not know when you are turning, which can lead to an accident. If you have both taillights or both headlights go out at the same time other drivers on the road are impaired and it is unsafe for all parties. Making sure your lights are working properly can save your life as well as those around you.       Light-emitting diode, or LED lights, can offer several advantages for your driving safety. LED bulbs provide higher visibility at night, which will help ensure better safety for everyone involved. They often double or triple the range of standard lights used. LED lights are built with several light bulb systems rather than the single bulb in other fixtures. LED lights also help to make vehicles easier to spot in the dark by drivers that are following behind them.   From a safety standpoint alone, LED lights greatly improve overall night driving. These lights also require only a minimum amount of energy to function, which creates less strain on the electrical system. Unlike traditional incandescent counterparts, LED lights are less susceptible to breaking because they do not have the filament and the heat they produce is at a higher concentration. The initial cost for LED lights is slightly higher, but in the long run the cost pays for itself. They last longer which means you will have to replace the bulbs less often.       Besides LED bulbs, you can use Halogen bulbs for your vehicle’s lights. The halogen bulb’s tungsten filament is contained inside an atmospheric vacuum so it burns at a much higher temperature than others. It also generates a whiter light, which is also brighter. The filament is also strengthened because of the bromine and iodine that are inside the bulb. Halogen bulbs perform at a higher and consistent output throughout their lives. By bringing your vehicle in, you can get an expert opinion of which type of bulb is right for your vehicle. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.
May 1, 2017

Driving Safely this Spring

    One of the most important things you can do is to go to regular maintenances with the vehicle. This can help to improve the parts and components of the vehicle. If an issue has formed, we can help to alert you to this. Ignoring a problem is one of the worst things you can do. This will allow the issue to get worse. It can also lead to other parts wearing sooner than they should. Ignoring the first sign of an issue can result in a costly repair bill when it needs to be fixed. By going to regular maintenances, we can inspect the vehicle for any signs of an issue. If you notice a problem between visits, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can.       The windshield and other windows should be clean. Make sure to remove any dirt or build up of debris or road grime. Always make sure that the windshield washer fluid is topped off. This allows you to wash the windshield to remove the build up of grime. It is also recommended to put extra washer fluid in your vehicle. This way if you run out of washer fluid and are not in a place where you can get more, you can have extra fluid in the vehicle that you can replace in the reservoir. Make sure the windshield washer blades are also in good condition. They should be free from any rips or tears on them. If you notice smudge or smear marks, it is an indication that the blades are bad. It is recommended you replace the wiper blades when you start to notice an issue. This can help to improve your visibility when you drive.       The lights are important for the vehicle. Not only do the lights help you to see, but it also helps others to see where you are. The lights are especially important for any night driving you might do, or if the weather becomes worse. Any time you have to use the windshield wipers, the lights should be on as well. Also make sure to check the lights regularly. They should be inspected to make sure they are aimed correctly. This can help improve the visibility of what is ahead of you on the road. Also make sure all the lights and turn signals are working. If one is not, bring it in and we can replace the bulb or fuse for you.       The windshield should be inspected for any issues on it. If there are cracks or divots on the windshield, it should be replaced as soon as you can. If a divot or crack lines up, it could impair your visibility when you drive. A damaged windshield also has the chance to disguise debris or obstructions that are on the road when you drive. If you notice an issue between inspections, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you.