July 28, 2017

5 ways to find out if the tire is leaking air

        If you check the air pressure regularly, you can notice when there may be a distinct drop in the tire. The amount of air in the tire should be what is recommended in you vehicles owner’s manual. If you find that you have to re-inflate the tire more frequently, it is time to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the tire. After we inspect the tire, we can present you with the options you have so the tire can hold the air again.       Make sure to carefully examine the entire tread of your tire. Also inspect the sidewalls of the tire. When you inspect the tire, look for any cuts, cracks, splits, or objects that may have become embedded in the tread or the side of the tire. If you notice any marks or cracks on the tire, take a white china marker and circle any of these possible trouble spots. Bring your vehicle in and we can look at the tires and the areas circled to see what the issue may be.       While you re-inflate the tire, listen for a high-pitched hiss that signals air leaving the tire at any trouble spots. You can also feel for any air leaving the tire. This is especially noticeable where the leak is large. Having to re-inflate the tire on a frequent basis may indicate there are multiple leaks, or the leak is large. At the first sign of a leak, it is best to bring your vehicle in so the small issue can be fixed before it becomes a larger issue or repair bill.       If you notice low tires and are unaware of where the leak may be coming from, try using bubbles. Take any kind of spray cleaner or window cleaner and spray around the tire. You should cover 1/6 of the circumference at a time. Where the bubbles start showing is a sign of an air leak. You can also circle the areas where the bubbles are with a china marker.       It is recommended to bring your vehicle in on a regular basis for scheduled maintenances. Between visits, you may notice issues with your tires. Bring your vehicle in if you notice anything wrong with the tires. Also, check the air pressure regularly at home for your vehicle. This way, you may be able to catch slow and small leaks before it becomes something much larger.
July 25, 2017

Keeping the Windshield Clean

    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 on 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 an issue with the windshield, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the windshield for you.
July 19, 2017

Why Belts and Hoses are Important for the Vehicle

  When you inspect your vehicle, it is important to check the belts and hoses as well to make sure they are in good working order. The belts help the engine to run smoothly so the power can be dispersed throughout the vehicle. They also help to have your vehicle operate efficiently and effectively. Sometimes you may be able to see an issue with the belts, but it is always best to bring in your vehicle so we can look at everything. The hoses should also be inspected in your vehicle, as there are several of them. These hoses transport fluid to different areas of your vehicle in order to power it.     The hoses are important to your vehicle, as they assist in your vehicle running well. A hose that leaks can result in your engine overheating or other issues if you choose to ignore it. Hoses work together with the belts to keep the vehicle running efficiently and maintaining proper operating temperature. Make sure the hoses are securely connected to prevent any leaks or other serious issues. The belts are also important to your vehicle, as the timing belt allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. If this belt breaks, the engine will stop working completely. This also can cause major damage to your vehicle’s engine.       Having your vehicle in regularly for scheduled maintenance can help to determine when and if the hoses need replacing and keep the hoses in as good as condition as possible. With age, the hoses can become hard and brittle due to exposure to the heat. Hoses can also split, blister, or crack. If you notice this, the hoses need to be replaced as soon as possible.       You may notice signs that your vehicle’s belts may need to be inspected or replaced soon. If you hear a squealing or other noise coming from under the hood, it may be a loose or damaged belt. If a belt slips or breaks, waiting to have it fixed could possibly cause damage to your vehicle. A damaged belt can cause your power steering to stop working. If the belt comes off at any time, it can cause your engine to lock up, which can be a major issue and expense. While belts break down with heat, mileage, and age, it is a good idea to have regularly scheduled maintenance done to make sure all the belts are in good working order.
July 7, 2017

Indicators of Transmission Problems

      The transmission of your vehicle takes a lot of use over time and will eventually start to show signs of an issue. While any transmission repair may be expensive, it is important to notice anything that may seem out of the norm. Make sure to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for what the issue may be. We can then advise you on what your options might be.       As you are driving, you may start to notice the smell of something burning. This may be an indication that the transmission is overheating. The transmission fluid not only helps to keep the moving parts of the transmission properly lubricated, but it helps prevent the unit from burning up. A common cause of the smell can be from low transmission fluid. When this happens, this can mean there is a leak or dirty fluid that needs to be changed.         Noticing any noises while your vehicle is in neutral could mean an issue with the transmission. Sometimes a quick and easy fix can be replacing the transmission fluid. The vehicle owner’s manual will provide the best kind of transmission fluid needed for your vehicle. If there are noises while your vehicle is in neutral, it could mean that some parts may be in need of replacing.       An easy sign to know that your transmission may need attention is if you notice any leaking transmission fluid. The transmission fluid helps to maintain your vehicle’s shifting capabilities. If you check the transmission fluid, it should be bright red in color. If the fluid is dark in color, you should bring your vehicle in so we can have it replaced. Unlike the oil, the transmission does not consume or burn off any fluid during operation. If you notice that the transmission fluid is low or empty, there is probably a leak somewhere in the system.       If the check engine light comes on, it may be an early indication that there is an issue with the transmission. Granted, there may be other reasons why the check engine light comes on rather than with the transmission. It is important to make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible if you notice the light on, especially if it is blinking.       Transmissions are designed to go to the correct gear every time. A way to notice you may have an issue is if they hesitate or refuse to get in the correct gear. The vehicle should shift quickly into gear, but if you notice any hesitations or swaying feeling, there could be an issue with the transmission. If you notice an issue with the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.