August 25, 2017

What to Inspect on the Vehicle Regularly

    Inspecting your vehicle on a regular basis is important. One part to check often are the tires, including the spare tire. The first thing to check is the air pressure. The correct amount can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. Under inflated and over inflated tires can cause poor fuel efficiency with the vehicle. Check the tread of the tires as well. The tread is what helps to grip the surface of the road as you drive. With poor tread, it may become more difficult to handle the vehicle.     If you notice that a fluid has to be replaced constantly, it could mean there is a leak somewhere. The windshield washer fluid should also be checked. This can help to provide you with a clean windshield if dirt and debris appears on it. The correct amount of these fluids should be up to the line that is indicated on each reservoir.     Another important part of the vehicle to inspect is the brakes. If the brakes are wearing, it can become a hazard and risk to you and those around you. If you feel the brake pedal vibrating or too spongy, make sure to bring the vehicle in.     Regular oil changes should also be done. This can help to ensure that new clean oil will lubricate parts of the engine when it operates. Over time the oil will become contaminated with dirt and pollutants. This can then do damage to moving parts of the vehicle.
August 18, 2017

Signs that can Indicate Poor Brakes

    Noticing a high-pitched squealing sound when you apply the brakes could mean that the brakes need to be replaced or inspected. Many manufactures have wear indicators that are in the brakes and designed to produce a sound to notify the driver that brake work may need to be done. The squealing could also be from a build-up of brake dust from the brake pads being worn down. The brake pads could be glazed over from high heat or rust. There could also be a grinding noise when you apply pressure to the brake pedal. It could mean that the pads were not replaced in a timely manor and something is rubbing against the brake rotors wrong. The brake pads may be coming into rough and uneven contact with the brake rotors. It could also mean that the brake calipers or pistons may be rubbing against the brake rotors.     When applying the brake pedal, you should feel a firm response that will increase the further you press down on it. A brake pedal that is mushy and can be pressed all the way to the floor may indicate an issue with the brakes. It could mean there is also a leak or a gap in the brake lines that allows air to enter. This can diminish braking power for the pedal. Also notice any vibrations you may feel when you apply the brake pedal. This could mean that the brake rotor is worn or even warped. In order to brake effectively, the brake pads and brake rotors should come into contact cleanly with the entire surface.     If the brake warning light illuminates on the dashboard, make sure to bring the vehicle in. The computer diagnostic system of the vehicle can display warning signs for areas of the vehicle, and it could mean that the brakes have an issue with them. Sometimes a fuse can go out and cause the light to come on. It is always best to inspect the vehicle before further issues can occur.
August 15, 2017

Reasons why the Check Engine Light might Illuminate

  One of the most dreaded lights to see illuminate on the dashboard is the check engine light. Sometimes the reason for this light coming on may be an issue that is not related to the engine. Going to regular scheduled maintenances can help prevent possible issues with your vehicle. Some reasons can be a quick and easy fix, while other reasons may include parts being repaired or replaced.   If the gas cap is loose fitting or missing, vapors can escape from the fuel tank. When this happens, the check engine light may illuminate on your dashboard. It is usually the most common cause for the light turning on, especially if your vehicle is well maintained. It is also the cheapest fix for why a check engine light turns on. If the gas cap is on tight, but the light keeps coming on, it is best to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the vehicle and fuel cap thoroughly.   The oxygen sensor for your vehicle measures the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust. It also helps to measure the amount of fuel in the tank of your vehicle. This information is then transferred back to your vehicle’s computer system. If it is not working properly, the light can illuminate on the dashboard. The gas mileage can also begin to drop because your vehicle’s computer system is getting incorrect information for it.   The spark plugs are an important piece for your vehicle. The spark plugs ignite the fuel inside the engine. If the spark plugs are misfiring, the fuel mileage will drop in your vehicle. In some cases, you may even lose power to the engine. This can also have the potential to damage the catalytic converter. This is why it is important that anytime the check engine light comes on, you bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. That way the issue can be found and fixed before other parts of the vehicle become damaged.   The airflow sensor monitors the amount of air that the engine gets. This can then determine how much fuel is delivered. If the air flow sensor is not working properly, you may notice that the engine has less power. You may also notice or feel that your vehicle surges during any acceleration when driving. Another sign of poor airflow sensors is if you notice a decrease in gas mileage for your vehicle.   The catalytic converter is part of the exhaust system for your vehicle. It converts the harmful gases caused by engine combustion into less harmful emissions. Typically, catalytic converters do not fail unless related parts, like spark plugs, also fail. Bringing your vehicle in so it can be inspected is the best way to determine what the issue with your vehicle may be.
August 3, 2017

Change the Air Filter for the vehicle

      During the summer you spend a lot of time in your vehicle while traveling. This can be on road trips, or even vacations. 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.       Having the air filter inspected is important. This 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. This can make for a pleasant and enjoyable ride. If you notice poor air in the vehicle, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can.           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. By bringing the vehicle in, we can help to advise you on when the filter may need to be changed. If the air filter becomes clogged, it will decrease the engine performance.         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. By inspecting the air filter, this can help make for pleasant air for you and your passengers when you are in the vehicle.