September 27, 2017

Remember to Inspect your Vehicle

  It is important to go to regularly scheduled maintenances for your vehicle. This can help ensure that it is working as well as possible. It also means it is working efficiently each and every time you drive. Keeping your vehicle well maintained can help prevent larger and more expensive issues in the future. It can also help prevent damage and unnecessary wear to parts of the vehicle.       The windshield wiper blades should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure they can clean the windshield properly and effectively. It is also recommended that the wipers be replaced each fall. The wipers generally take more abuse in the fall and winter. This is because there is more road grime that may be splashed up on your windshield. It is also important to check and make sure the windshield washer fluid is topped off. When you will need to use it, the washer fluid will be full and able to help clean off the windshield.       While you may inspect the other tires regularly, the spare tire may be overlooked. Make sure that the spare tire is properly inflated. The correct amount can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. The spare tire should also be free of any cuts, cracks, or bulges on the surface or sidewalls. By inspecting the spare tire over, you can help assure it will be ready for use, if and when you need it. Spare tires on trucks and SUV’s may be suspended underneath the vehicle on a cable. The cable should also be inspected to make sure it can work freely incase you need to access the spare tire. You can also bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the spare tire and the components to make sure they are working properly.       In the fall, the windshield washer fluid should be replaced with a solvent that is suited for use in cold weather. The other fluids in your vehicle should be inspected to make sure they are at the correct level according to the reservoirs. If you notice a fluid that is down to almost empty, or one that you have to refill frequently, it could be leaking somewhere. Make sure to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect and find the leak in the vehicle.       Many electrical issues that the vehicle may have could be coming from a poorly charged battery. Any ignition issues may be caused from a loose or corroded battery connection. When you inspect the battery, make sure it is clean from any corrosion or debris that may have stuck among the terminals. Make sure the posts are completely cleaned and that everything is connected securely. With any issue you notice, make sure to bring the vehicle in, so we can inspect it for you.
September 20, 2017

When the Windshield Wipers should be Replaced

    When driving, one of the most important things is the visibility you have. This is to help you avoid an accident or hitting something. While it might be easy to opt for the lost cost windshield wipers and parts, this could end up costing you more in the future. Cheaper parts would have to be replaced more frequently. You would also run the risk that they war out and do not provide you with the best visibility when they operate. Make sure to notice the signs that the windshield wipers could be going out. This can help you to have the cleanest window possible when you drive.       The blades of a windshield wiper are important components that hold the wiper in place. Though drivers tend to pay very little attention to the blades in the windshield wipers, research shows that the more efficient the wipers are, the safer you are in the vehicle. This is because of a clear and unobstructed field of vision. There are different factors that affect the performance and the shelf life of the blades. A few of them include the slope of the wiper, which makes blades more exposed to air and incoming moisture. Also the squeegee effect that is caused due to the spring tension in the blade arms, which can be prevented by using optimum windshield wiper fluid. The material of the blade and the claws that hold the blade and transmit pressure are important to inspect as well.       No matter where you live, it is important to replace your windshield wiper from time to time. It is recommended to change the windshield wipers at least once every six months. Typically, people will change them at the start of fall and at the beginning of spring. While you replace your windshield wipers, do not forget to buy the latest technology wipers that have wonderful performance and are branded. Bring the vehicle in, and we can recommend the right kind of windshield wiper.       When you are looking to shop for your windshield wiper replacements, you must also keep in mind about performing a diligent check on the other system components. Recommended checks in your vehicle include the levels of the windshield wiper fluid, windshield water pump and hoses, rear wiper equipments, front side and headlight wiper replacements, wiper motor efficiency, and others. If you ever notice an issue with the windshield wipers, it is best to schedule an appointment, so we can inspect them for you.  
September 14, 2017

Signs that the Vehicle Needs a New Battery

  The most obvious sign that your battery may be encountering issues is if the battery light illuminates on your dashboard. Most vehicles have a light on the dashboard that will turn on as the battery is becoming faulty or going bad. As the battery nears the end of power it has, the dashboard light will be on constantly, or even be flashing. The battery warning light does not always indicate a battery that is dying. It does however appear when there is a problem with the battery.   Another way you can notice if there might be an issue with the battery is by observing the electrical system of your vehicle. This includes the headlights, radio, fuel injection system, and the heating or air conditioning system. When the battery starts to go dead, all of these things will lessen in function when the vehicle is running. The more electrical items that are running the harder it will be to start your vehicle. It will also be hard to keep your vehicle running, as it may start to stall out. If you notice the headlights starting to become weaker, chances are the battery may be starting to drain.   If your vehicle does not start, or even has trouble starting, this may be related to the battery starting to go bad. When you turn the ignition to start the vehicle, you may hear a noise that sound like clicking or ticking. This can be a strong indication that the battery has been drained.   On average, most batteries last from two to five years. If you have had the same battery for more than five years, and your vehicle is starting to lose power, it is more than likely the battery. If your vehicle has been sitting for a long length of time, the battery may have worn out naturally. Not starting the engine can decrease the life span of the battery greatly. One way to know for sure is to have the battery tested to see if it is still viable. Make sure to bring the vehicle in at the first sign of an issue with the battery, that way it can help prevent further issues from forming in the long run.
September 7, 2017

Checking the Tires for Dry Rot

One issue that the tires could face is dry rot. Dry rot is a common problem affecting a sizable number of vehicle tires. If you are worried about your tires getting dry rot, there are a few things you can do in order to prevent or reduce the chance of this happening. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. If they need to be replaced, we can advise you on the options you have to ensure the tires are in good condition.   While a regular amount of sun exposure should not do any harm to your tires, excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays is among the most common causes of dry rot in car tires, as well as a number of other rubber-based objects. With that in mind, it is recommended that you park your vehicle in well-shaded areas whenever possible, particularly if it is warmer out or the summer. If you have no choice but to park your car in a sun-heavy area, you may want to invest in a car cover that protects the entire vehicle. This can protect the tires, paint, and interior of the vehicle.   In addition to being careful about where you park your vehicle, apply tire protector monthly to shield your tires from dry rot-causing ultraviolet rays. Purchase a water-based protector. Although application instructions may vary slightly depending on the brand, most protectors can be applied to tires with the aid of a cloth. Again, they are most effective when administered on a monthly basis.   No matter what issue your vehicle might have, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. By having the issue fixed at the first sign, you can help reduce the chance of further damage, as well as a costly repair bill. It is also important to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. No matter if it is something out of the norm that you hear, smell, or notice, the vehicle should be brought in for maintenance. This way we can inspect it and advise you on the options you have. By noticing an issue at the first sign, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run.  
September 1, 2017

What the Transmission does

        The transmission generates how much of that power is available at anytime. It is mostly responsible for adapting how much power gets to the drive wheels, which are important for starting the vehicle, stopping, and also traveling at all speeds. A transmission keeps the engine’s output optimally matched to the speed and the load conditions of your vehicle. Connected to the transmission is the torque converter. This assists in the flow of the engine’s torque into the transmission. The transmission fluid cleans, cools, lubricates, transmits force and pressure, and protects the transmission from buildup of any kind .              The best way to protect your transmission is to know the warning signs of an impending problem. If you notice any issue, you should have your vehicle in as soon as possible to have it examined for what is causing it and if it can be fixed. The most obvious sign is if your check engine light comes on, and stays on. A common sign is the transmission will not shift or while shifting, you can feel it slipping. Your transmission may also make noises, hums, or even sound like it is grinding.         Regular oil changes, fuel and air filter changes, and inspections all help to make sure your vehicle runs as smooth as possible without any problems. Regular oil changes help to prevent wear and tear on your vehicle. During maintenance inspections the mechanic has an opportunity to notice something that you may have missed, before it becomes a larger issue. Also make sure to notice any warning lights that might be turning on. This is usually a good indication that something is wrong. You can also help your transmission remain healthy by the way you drive. Avoiding sudden stops and rapid acceleration allows your transmission to operate smoothly and efficiently. If you notice an issue, bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.