Fuel efficiency

April 17, 2017

Inspect the Brake System of Your Vehicle

  One way to help keep the vehicle operating at top performance levels is to make sure it is maintained properly. The brake system is important because it allows the vehicle to slow down or stop when you need it to. Proper brakes can also decrease the chance of an accident, like a collision or rear-ending another vehicle. If anytime between visits you notice something out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. If you ignore any warning signs of a brake problem, you could be doing more harm than you realize. It is always recommended to bring your vehicle in at the first sign of an issue, no matter how small it might be.   Having the brakes checked works best when the tires are completely off and we can actually see, touch, and measure the brake pads. It is possible to estimate the brake pads with the tires on, but a more accurate estimate of their life is when the tires are off. Checking the brakes can happen each time the tires get rotated, when you get new tires put on or if there is going to be a tire alignment. If you notice an issue, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.   They brakes should be inspected because then we can notice if any issue is starting to form with them. The brakes are an important part of your vehicle because they allow you to slow down, turn a corner properly, and also stop the vehicle. With a proper working brake system, you will be able to stop when you need to. This will increase the safety of your vehicle because you can trust the brake system. If you notice that the brake pedal is spongy, or extremely hard, then bring the vehicle in. There could be an issue with the brake lines of your vehicle.   By bringing the vehicle in, we will check the brake pads and how much thickness is left on each one. If one is lower than the others, then they should all be changed at the same time. Besides the brake pads, we will inspect the rotors and the calipers that work the braking system. Even though the brake pads see the most amount of work and get used up, the other parts sometimes need frequent checking too. When the brake pads are replaced, sometimes the rotors will also need replacing. If the brake pads get too low, then it could cause wearing on the other parts behind it. Having us inspect the brake pads and brake rotors can help provide you with a safe and reliable vehicle.    
December 2, 2016

Improve the Fuel Efficiency

  A vehicle that is checked regularly can increase the chance that it will run at top performance levels. It can also help to use less fuel. Bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it over. If there are any parts that have worn or been damaged, we can repair or replace them accordingly. The easiest way to help get better fuel efficiency is to alter your driving habits. Try to avoid hard accelerations. Also drive at the posted speed limit. Driving faster can cause poor fuel efficiency with your vehicle. Driving at the speed limit can also help you be safer on the road.   One of the most important factors to improve fuel efficiency is having good quality tires. Having one tire that is below the recommended pressure can add a large amount of friction. It can also cause the vehicle to drag and cause poor fuel efficiency with it. Make sure to check the vehicle owner’s manual for the correct amount of tire pressure that is recommended. Also, the amount can be found on a sticker that is inside the driver’s door. If you are not sure of the correct air pressure, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you.   Aligning the tires can also help to contribute to better fuel efficiency. Aligning the vehicle is also often overlooked. Unless the tires are visibly worn at an uneven amount, it may be hard to notice if the tires are in correct alignment. Bumps in the road or hitting curbs can cause poor alignment.   Running over a pothole is usually the most common reason why the vehicle has bad alignment. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can check the alignment. Another factor is engine oil that is overdue for a change can cause an increase of friction for the vehicle. Also, it may lead to the increase of wear and tear. These things can result in reduced fuel efficiency for the vehicle. Spark plugs can also cause inefficient combustion that leads to wasting fuel. Over time these things can add up and cost you more at the pump.  
September 8, 2016

Warning Lights might indicate an Issue with your vehicle

  The best way to make sure your vehicle lasts as long as possible is to take it to regularly scheduled maintenances. It can also help to prevent wear and tear on other parts of the vehicle. By going to regular maintenances, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run. If you notice any warning lights illuminate between visits, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible.   If the Brake Warning Light Illuminates   One of the warning lights to be aware of is the brake warning light that is on the dashboard of your vehicle. If the light illuminates, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. You can also check in the owner’s manual to look up what the issue might mean. The light may also illuminate if there is an issue with the hand brake. This can be the issue if you notice the smell of burning brake dust. The light coming on could also indicate that the fluid if the master cylinder is low. If you notice the light coming on, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. If the brake light starts blinking, make sure to pull the vehicle over when you can find a safe spot away from traffic. A blinking light could indicate something more serious with your vehicle, like the brakes going out altogether. Warning Light for the Oil of the vehicle If the light comes on, it could indicate that the oil pressure is too low for your vehicle. Low oil pressure is a serious issue for the vehicle. If you continue to drive with the light on, the engine could eventually quit. A failed oil pump can also cause low oil pressure. A blocked oil filter or low oil levels in your vehicle could also cause the light to illuminate. If you notice this light coming on, it could also mean that oil is being burned.   Coolant Warning Light illuminating on the dashboard The light will come on when the coolant in the radiator is low and may need to be topped off. It is important to remember not to open the radiator cap when the engine is hot. The coolant system is pressurized and it could easily release pressure. This could lead to it spraying you with boiling coolant. It is best to inspect the coolant when the engine is cold. You can also bring in the vehicle and we can inspect it for you. If the coolant needs to be topped off, we can also add some to ensure your vehicle will be in an ideal driving condition and reliable again.
July 29, 2016

Get better Fuel Efficiency with your Vehicle

  A vehicle that is checked regularly can increase the chance that it will run at peak performance. It can also help consume less fuel. Bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it over. If there are any parts that have worn or been damaged, we can repair or replace them accordingly. This not only helps your vehicle, but it can also help to reduce time, worries, and stress. It can also help to prevent a costly repair bill.   The easiest way to help get better fuel efficiency is to alter your driving habits. Try to avoid hard accelerations. Also drive at the posted speed limit. Driving faster can cause poor fuel efficiency with your vehicle. Driving at the speed limit can also help you be safer on the road.   One of the most important factors to improve fuel efficiency is having good quality tires. Having one tire that is below the recommended pressure can add a large amount of friction. It can also cause the vehicle to drag and cause poor fuel efficiency with it. Make sure to check the vehicle owner’s manual for the correct amount of tire pressure that is recommended. Also, the amount can be found on a sticker that is inside the driver’s door. This can help to ensure you have the proper amount of air pressure for the tires to travel safely and efficiently.   The alignment for the wheels can also help to contribute to better fuel efficiency. Aligning the vehicle is also often overlooked. Unless the tires are visibly worn at an uneven amount, it may be hard to notice if the tires are in correct alignment. Bumps in the road or hitting curbs can cause poor alignment. Running over a pothole is usually the most common reason why the vehicle has bad alignment.   Engine oil that is overdue for a change can cause an increase of friction for the vehicle. Also, it may lead to the increase of wear and tear. These things can result in reduced fuel efficiency for the vehicle. Spark plugs can also cause inefficient combustion that leads to wasting fuel. If you do notice that your vehicle has poor fuel mileage, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the parts and components for you. This can help you to have an enjoyable ride this summer when you travel.