Auto Repair

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.
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.  
January 19, 2018

Tips for Driving in the Winter

Slowing down is the most important thing to do when driving on ice and snow. High speeds make it both easy to lose control and difficult to stop. In many cases, much slower speeds are necessary. You can slide off of the road on certain types of more treacherous icing – like black ice – at 10mph or less. If you’re fishtailing or sliding at all, it means you are going too fast for the conditions.   You will also want to pay attention to the weather. This includes where you are leaving from, where you are headed, and any roads or areas you are driving. This can help you to be aware of what the roads will be like, and how you should drive. Brake application is a common trigger of slides that result in a loss of vehicle control. ABS (antilock brakes) do not work well on ice and snow, and often will lock up your wheels regardless. Sliding wheels are uncontrollable, that is, steering input will not change the vehicle’s direction if the wheels are sliding. If you’re fishtailing or sliding, it usually means you are going too fast. Reduce your speed so you won’t need to worry about this! Most high-speed slides are difficult to correct successfully. If you’re caught off guard and begin sliding, turn your wheels in the direction that the rear of your car is sliding. It helps to look with your eyes where you want the car to go, and turn the steering wheel in that direction. It is easy to steer too far, causing the car to slide in the other direction. You will also want to make sure that your vehicle has a winter survival kit, so incase you are in an accident, you will have plenty of things to keep you warm, signal for help, and something to eat or a bottle of water to drink.
January 9, 2018

Having an Efficient Battery this Winter

  One way to keep your battery in the best condition possible is to make sure to go to regularly scheduled maintenances. We can inspect the battery on a routine basis to ensure it is in the best operating condition possible. By having the battery inspected, you can help reduce the chance of your vehicle not starting when you may need it. No matter if you need your vehicle for a daily commute or emergency situation, you will always want it to have a trouble free start.     Check the battery for any cracks or puncture marks on it. If the battery case is cracked, it may cause the battery to leak. If the battery begins to leak, it may need to be replaced sooner than expected. If you notice any damage on the battery, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for any issues. We can advise you with what your options are to repair the battery, or if a new battery may be needed. Also check the terminals of the battery to ensure they are not broken or damaged. If the terminals are damaged it may affect how the battery supplies the power to your vehicle. You may experience the battery losing its charge when you may need it.     When you inspect the battery, also make sure it is clean. Any dirt or debris that you find on the battery should be removed. A buildup of dirt, leaves, or other debris can result in the battery being inefficient when it needs to hold a charge. The buildup can also cause damage if it is on the terminals. Also make sure the battery is free of any corrosion buildup on it. Corrosion can lead to a poor connection with the battery.   In the winter the colder temperatures are harder on the battery. Make sure to turn off everything before starting your vehicle. This way all the power from the battery will go to making sure the vehicle starts. If you have the radio, lights, GPS, heater, and windshield wipers all working, the vehicle will be harder to start. Also remember to warm the vehicle up a few minutes to ensure that the oil will properly lubricate the engine. If you notice an issue, scheduling an appointment with us is recommended.