March 15, 2018

Brake Repair is Needed if there is an Issue

  When you drive, you will have to have brake repair done. When the vehicle starts to have issues, you will to schedule an appointment. Brake repair is one of the most important things you can do for your vehicle. Over time the brakes will wear down and will need to be repaired or replaced. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in for brake repair, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the brakes thoroughly to ensure that they are in the best condition they can be at. How the Pedal reacts One sign of poor brakes is how the pedal reacts. The brake pedal might be too soft or too hard when you apply it. You may also notice that the vehicle takes longer to slow down and stop completely. Brake repair will help with ensuring the brakes are in the best condition. This way you will not need to worry about how they will handle. Brake Repair when you Hear Noises If there were a screeching or grinding noise, then the brakes would benefit from an inspection. The screeching noise can be caused by metal on metal friction. As a part begins to wear down, it will result in the metal causing friction with part of the brake system. If you hear a noise, take note of when it happened.When it is common, make sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can check it. If you ignore an odd noise, it can cause further damage and issues with your vehicle.   You can also be aware of any puddles under your vehicle. Brake fluid that leaks will need to be inspected right away. Without brake fluid, your brakes will fail. A complete brake repair will then be needed. No matter what issue you notice with the vehicle or brakes, make sure to contact us. Fixing a problem when you notice it helps save time in the future.
March 2, 2018

Clearing off the Windshield and Vehicle before you Drive

  In the winter you will want to make sure that your vehicle is cleared off completely before you drive. The best way to do this, and the most effective way is to first start your vehicle. Turn on the defrost for your vehicle, front and rear windshield, and turn the heat on high. If you notice an issue with the defroster or heater of your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment and bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Use a brush to wipe off all the snow from the car, making sure the front grill is clear. You will want to make sure the snow and any ice chunks are removed from the hood and roof of your vehicle. When you drive, the snow can blow onto the windshield and cause poor visibility or freeze on the windshield. It could also blow and impair the visibility of other drivers on the road as well. As the engine warms the car from the inside, get scraping from the outside. Don’t wipe windows with your hands – your mitts will leave greasy smudges. Scrape not only just an area you can see from, but the entire windshield and side windows on the vehicle. You will also want to check the side mirrors to ensure they are free from ice and snow. You will need to use them to check for vehicles beside or behind you. As you clear off the windshield, remember to never use boiling water on glass. The rapid expansion and contraction of the ice can cause the screen to crack. Instead, keep the defroster running, and scrape the ice, snow, or frost off with a scraper. It’s worth waiting an extra few minutes to make sure your car is safe to drive before you head out in the icy weather.
February 20, 2018

Dashboard Warning Lights and What they Mean

Vehicles are filled with electronics and packed with sensors to monitor both how your vehicle is behaving and to make our motoring life easier. But when something does go wrong, it can be a difficult task trying to work out exactly what that warning light flashing away on your dashboard is trying to tell you. It is important to know what the car dashboard warning lights actually mean, though, not least because they can pre-empt a breakdown or full-on failure, potentially saving you from an expensive repair bill and meaning you stay safer on the road. Your vehicle’s brakes are arguably the most important feature on your car, so if there’s a warning light flashing on your dash highlighting there’s something wrong with the braking system, it’s best to get it checked out right away. This could mean there is an issue with the brake system, so make sure to adjust your driving accordingly. If your engine warning light is illuminated, often it’ll be accompanied by some unusual symptoms – these could include a lack of power, as the car has gone into safe mode to protect itself; an intermittent stuttering as you press the accelerator, caused by a misfire; or another fault which could alter the normal response from the engine. Sometimes this can be down to something as small as a faulty electrical sensor, although sometimes it can be a larger mechanical issue. If your car’s power steering warning light – often known as the EPAS light – is illuminated, it means there could be something wrong with the steering system. If the system fails, the steering could go heavy, meaning more effort will be needed to make the car change direction. If the light starts blinking, make sure to pull the vehicle over as soon as possible and turn it off. This can help prevent further damage to the vehicle. You should see your battery charge warning light when you first turn your car on, but if it doesn’t go out a few seconds after the engine starts, there could be a problem with your car’s electrical system. This could be to do with a faulty alternator, faulty battery, a bad connection or damaged cabling somewhere in the engine bay. If your car isn’t charging its battery when moving, then you could eventually run out of electrical power. No matter what light you see illuminate, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
February 12, 2018

How the Cold Temperatures Affect your Car

  The winter is probably the worst time of year to experience car trouble. Winter poses quite a few problems for vehicles. It is important to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. You might have noticed a correlation between temperatures dropping and the tire pressure light coming on. When the temperature undergoes fluctuations, tire pressure can change. Gasses expand when heated and contract when temperatures decline—so your pressure can increase in the summer and decrease in the winter. For every 10 degrees of temperature drop, your tires will lose 1 pound of pressure. When you wake up to an especially cold morning, it isn’t out of the norm that you might need to fill your tires.   Adequate inflation is necessary for maximum handling, traction, and durability as designed by the tire manufacturer. Basically, if you want your tire to do its job properly, you need to do yours by ensuring it’s inflated properly. After all, it’s the air pressure that supports your vehicle’s weight and not the tire itself. It’s best to keep an eye on your tire pressure throughout the winter. You should check the pressure in the morning before the tire has been run, before the temperature rises, and before it’s exposed to direct sunlight, as these might give you a false reading. Additionally, the act of driving affects tire temperature; tire pressure can increase by up to 5 psi in the first 20-30 minutes of driving before finally stabilizing.   Additionally, low temperatures can affect your tires’ rubber. The cold has a tendency of making rubber products more rigid and brittle, and tires aren’t necessarily the exception to this. Some ultra-high-performance summer tires run the risk of losing grip and cracking in cold weather. Tires can begin losing elasticity around 45 degrees. Make sure to check the tires regularly, so you can rest assured they are at the amount needed to drive on.  
February 1, 2018

Strange Noises from Your Vehicle

If you notice some unusual noises from your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you. An odd noise that is heard often can mean there is an issue with the vehicle. By having the issue looked at as soon as possible, you can help reduce the chance of further damage being done to your vehicle in the long run. The sound of a loud squeak coming from under the hood of your car is often due to slippage of a worn or damaged accessory belt. The squeaking is caused by aging belts becoming loose and losing traction. Sometimes you can even see that the sides of old belts have become shiny glazed. Squeaky belts may need to be replaced, so if this noise is coming from under the hood of your vehicle, it may be the belts.   If your car produces a hissing noise when it is running, it may be a vacuum leak, meaning a vacuum line may be damaged. This issue may also cause your check engine light to go on. Hearing a hissing noise from under your car’s hood may be an indication that it’s time to bring the vehicle in so we can properly inspect it for you.   A squeal coming from any of your wheels can be a brake pad issue. Brake pads wear down through usage, and today’s pads are designed with a band of metal that becomes exposed at the end of a pad’s life cycle. When these metal tabs come into contact with your rotors, you hear that squealing noise, which is a high-pitched reminder that it’s time to get your brake pads inspected, and likely replaced.   Worn brake pads, if not fixed, will eventually wear away completely, and the sound of metal on metal will result in a horrible grinding noise. This also means that along with your brake pads, your brake rotors may need repair or replacement. The brakes are an important part of your vehicle, so do not delay when it comes to having them repaired. If you notice any odd noise or sound from your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.