Car Tune Up

October 9, 2017

Battery Maintenance tips for your vehicle

  To help ensure your vehicle is reliable and safe, be sure to inspect the battery on it. This is important because without the battery, your vehicle cannot go anywhere. It will not even be able to start. If you notice anything out of the norm with the battery or vehicle, it is best to bring it in as soon as you can. This can help to prevent an unexpected breakdown when you would least expect it. By going to regular maintenances we can also inspect the battery for you. This can alert you to if an issue is starting to form with it. If the battery goes dead completely, you will not be able to drive your vehicle to your destination. The age of the battery is also important. As they get older, the chance for the battery draining will increase. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can test the battery for you. This can help to know the exact condition it is in.     One way to help improve the condition of the battery is to make sure it is clean. The battery should be inspected to ensure there is not any buildup of grime or debris on it. This can lead to a poor connection between the battery and the rest of the vehicle. Check the posts and terminals of the battery as well. This can help to ensure they are as clean as possible. If you notice that there is rust or corrosion on them, it may be time to have the battery replaced. If you notice any damage or issues with the battery, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. We can then inspect the battery for you.     Another way to determine if the battery has an issue is by how your vehicle starts. If it becomes difficult to start, it could mean the battery is losing power. Poor starting could also be a sign of a bad alternator. If the vehicle does not start at all, a new battery may be needed. It is best to have a professional inspect it. We can then look at the battery and other parts to make sure they are efficient and effective. If one part starts to wear out, it can do damage to other nearby parts of the vehicle.    
June 9, 2016

Keep your Vehicle Long Lasting

  You will want to keep your vehicle in the best condition possible this summer. If you neglect your vehicle, it could mean higher costs and repair bills in the future. By following a routine maintenance schedule, you can help prevent issues from developing and causing damage to your vehicle. There are also some maintenance procedures that you can do in order to keep your operating at top performance levels. Make sure to check all the fluids in your vehicle, including the engine oil, power steering, brake, and transmission fluid. You will want to make sure that the belts and hoses are also in great condition. Make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, or loose. If they are showing any signs of wear, it is important to have them replaced quickly so you avoid any damage or breakdown. Check the battery as well. It should be clean and corrosion free. If you notice it is dirty and covered in corrosion, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. The brake system should also be inspected. This will include the brake linings, rotors and drums. Along with the brakes, the tires should be checked to ensure they have proper air pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. If you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to maintain a safe and reliable ride this summer.
May 20, 2016

Odors to notice for your vehicle

  By recognizing any smells, you can help reduce the chance for a serious and costly issue for your vehicle. If you notice anything out of the norm for your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it. Any particular smell, especially one that smells like something burning, should not be ignored.   Burning Rubber Smell   If you notice the smell of rubber burning, it could mean a drive belt is slipping. The smell may also mean that a loose hose might be rubbing against rotating accessory drive pulleys. If this smell occurs, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. This way you can help to prevent any further damage to other parts of your vehicle.   The Smell of Hot Oil   Noticing the smell of hot oil could mean an issue with leaking oil. The oil could be leaking onto the exhaust system of the vehicle. Besides the smell, you may notice oil on the pavement after being parked there for a length of time. There may also be smoke that comes from under the hood in the engine area. You will also find yourself having to add oil more frequently than usual. If this is ignored, it can cause damage to parts under the hood, and possibly the engine.   A Gasoline smell   Smelling gasoline when driving or right after parking is likely the sign of a fuel leak. The leak can be in any part of the fuel system. The leak can occur in the fuel injector line or also the fuel tank. Any smell of fuel can have the risk of a possible fire hazard.   A smell that is sweet   If you detect a smell that is a little sweet, your vehicle may be leaking coolant. The coolant can leak from any component related to the cooling system. If you check this at home, make sure to not open the radiator cap after your vehicle has been driven. The liquid can be hot and might cause burns if you check it before it has had the chance to cool down.   Rotten eggs smell   A rotten egg smell coming from your vehicle could mean a problem with the catalytic converter. The issue may be caused by it not converting the hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide properly. It can also be the result of the engine running poorly and being overloaded. No matter what issue you notice, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
April 25, 2016

Change the Air Filter for the vehicle

    Since you will be in the vehicle quite a bit, it is important to keep it operating at top performance. 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.   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. The air filter 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.   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. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.    
March 27, 2015

Safety Inspections for Spring

The winter months can take a toll on your vehicles parts and components. With spring approaching, it is the perfect time to have one of our technicians inspect all aspects of your vehicle that you might have neglected during those cold, icy winter months. Doing general vehicle maintenance is important after such brutal weather because the cold can cause different components of your vehicle to crack and break. This can cause you major headaches if these problems are not caught. Regular vehicle maintenance should continue during the spring too to ensure top performance of your vehicle. What should be Done During a Safety Inspection Driving conditions are significantly improved during the spring when compared to the winter months. However, it is still important to perform key vehicle inspections. A spring vehicle inspection will begin with checking for proper tire inflation. Heat causes things to expand, which can hinder your tire’s air pressure. At the same time, tires should be evaluated for sufficient tread. In most parts of the country, springtime often means for frequent rain showers, making it critically important to have well-functioning wiper blades and sufficient quantities of washer fluid. Your wiper blades should not be ragged or improperly installed. Often times the ice during the winter months can cause your wiper blades to fall apart. Purchasing high quality wiper blades is beneficial in that it often results in better contact with the windshield surface and therefore makes for a clearing windshield. Don’t Forget to Check these on your Vehicle Often times small things are overlooked that are potentially the most important aspects of a vehicle inspection. It is important to check to make sure that your headlights are shinning bright as possible and illuminating the road. The headlights will alert other drivers so they can see you. You should pay close attention to your antifreeze and oil levels. Check for holes and faulty filters to prevent leaks. Testing your battery is one of the final steps to an inspection. Test your battery and alternator to avoid an unexpected loss of power. This test is simple and can be done with the proper equipment available through your local mechanic. Early spring is a good time to check the air conditioning components in your vehicle. Doing this before summer arrives allows you to get in your car and escape the brutal heat of summer. The salt used on the roads during icy conditions can eat away and corrode the metal of your vehicle. A thorough cleaning at a car wash should be done to prevent any damage to the frame of your car. A Safety Kit is Beneficial After a thorough spring safety inspection, do not forget to check your backseat. Every vehicle should always contain an emergency kit regardless of the season it is outside. A safety kit should include a flashlight, batteries, blankets, non-perishable snacks and drinking water. With your inspection done and an emergency kit in place, both you and your vehicle should be ready for the spring weather ahead.