November 13, 2017

Importance of Tire Inspections for your Vehicle

  When you own a vehicle, always remember the importance of tire inspections. The tires are important because they are the only contact between your vehicle and the road. Although tires today have become safer, they still remain a major source of accidents due to tire blowouts, tread separation, and any other issues that might occur. Tires need constant attention, periodic checks and proper maintenance for proper handling, better fuel economy, and extended tire life. Knowing the importance of tire inspections should also include checking the air pressure regularly and frequently. An important point to be kept in mind is that it is not tires that support the vehicle’s weight, but the air pressure inside. Most of us rely on visual inspection of tires to know if it is properly inflated or not, but to visually notice under inflation, it requires inflation pressure to reduce to about 50 % of recommended inflation pressure. Under inflated tires not only increases safety risk, but it also increases fuel consumption as rolling resistance increases. If you think that over inflating it so that you get more time before the next air refill, you are mistaken, over inflation equally increases tire damage. So the aim is to inflate it to the recommended pressure. However visual inspection of tires for cuts, bulges, tread wear, and inflation is recommended. This should be done on a daily basis, or at least once a week. If you not sure of the condition of the tires, make sure to contact us and we can inspect the tires for you. Catching an issue at the first sign can help you prevent further damage in the long run. The importance of tire inspections will help your vehicle to be safe and reliable. Having a good set of tires will also help improve fuel efficiency as well.
November 3, 2017

Coolant Flush Benefits for your Vehicle

  The radiator on your car plays an important role throughout the year. It helps keep the engine cool while you’re driving or even when the car is idling, and it also prevents the engine from freezing up during winter when your car is sitting parked. Over time, however, this car part can dirty: the antifreeze or combination of water and antifreeze inside it may become contaminated with impurities that make keeping the engine cool and running difficult. Driving habits, the type of antifreeze you use, and extreme outside temperatures will help determine how often your radiator needs to be flushed. During a coolant flush, old antifreeze is pushed out, along with any contaminants that may harm your radiator or your engine. This simple maintenance step can greatly improve the life of your car and offers many benefits. Over time, scale deposits and rust can build up in your radiator. Coolant flushes in remove these deposits as the old antifreeze and water are pushed out. By getting rid of the scale deposits and rust inside the radiator, you reduce the chances of radiator damage and engine overheating. New antifreeze is then poured in and contains additives that help prevent rust from forming on the inside of the radiator again. One of the most beneficial reasons behind a coolant flush is the removal of old contaminants that may be present in the car’s existing coolant. These contaminants are dangerous to the car’s system, as they cause the coolant to lose its anti-corrosive properties. This can lead to rust buildup and radiator corrosion over time if it is not taken care of. A coolant flush gets rid of the contaminants. If you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. This will help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.