February 24, 2014

Warning Signs there is Trouble with the Exhaust

The exhaust system of the vehicle plays an important role in the proper operation and safety for the vehicle. Mufflers that are damaged can affect how the vehicle performs. Also, corroded pipes or holes in the system could cause issues for how the vehicle drives and performs. Knowing when there are first signs of issues with the vehicle can help to prevent further wear for other parts. It can also help decrease the chance for a costly repair bill. Some signs of exhaust problems could include fumes inside the passenger compartment of the vehicle. It can also cause a decrease in fuel efficiency of the vehicle. Another sign could be any unusual sounds or noises that come from the engine or muffler of the vehicle. This can be especially noticeable whenever the vehicle is running. Rough idling could also indicate an issue with the exhaust system. No matter what the symptom is, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it. Fuel Efficiency Decreases The exhaust system will vent the gasses from the engine so that the vapors are passed through the back of the vehicle effectively. If there is a start of an issue with the exhaust system, you may notice a decrease in fuel efficiency with your vehicle. The engine may also require more fuel in order to reach the proper pressure point. This could increase the amount you spend at the pumps each time. Fumes that might be Inside the Vehicle If there is an issue with the exhaust system, one of the warning signs could be that there is a fume leak. This could then start to leak into the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The fumes will have an unpleasant odor to them. If you notice fumes leaking, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it as soon as possible. Loud Sounds or Noises from the Vehicle If you notice any noise that is made by the exhaust, there may be damage to the system. When the baffling in the muffler gets worn down, the sound of the engine may get louder. It may also become more noticeable when the vehicle is operation. An inspection of the vehicle is recommended to ensure the safety of it. Odd Noises from the Mufflers Another warning sign of an exhaust problem could be an issue with the pipes or muffler of the vehicle. If there is a popping or hissing noise that is unusual, there could be an issue with the mufflers. If these noises are becoming more frequent, make an appointment to bring the vehicle in for an inspection. The Vehicle Idles Roughly Rough idling can be an indication that there is a problem with how the vehicle performs. If the vehicle does not idle properly, it will use more fuel than it should and become inefficient. Over time, rough idling could lead to more serious problems, as well as a costly repair bill.
February 17, 2014

Tips For Keeping The Tires in the Best Shape Possible

In order for the vehicle to operate as efficiently as possible, it needs a great set of tires. This can also help the safety and overall performance of the vehicle. It is also recommended that your vehicle have a tire rotation done for it based on a scheduled interval. This can help to prevent any excessive wear on specific areas of the tires. It is also important to keep the tires at the recommended air pressure. This can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. Regular inspections of the tires can also help to identify any damage, wear, or other issues. Catching an issue early on can help prevent a costly repair bill. It can also help to prevent the issue from turning into something much worse. A wheel alignment is also an important maintenance task for your vehicle. This should be done based on a recommended interval of the vehicle. Bring your vehicle in and we can help set up a schedule based on the vehicle and tires. Inspect the Tires on a Regular Basis Part of inspecting the tires includes checking the tread on each tire. This should be done regularly. The tread is important because it is what helps to grip and handle the road properly when you drive. If the tread is worn down, it can become unsafe to drive. It may also lead to an accident because there is a loss of control with the vehicle. If you notice the tread is low, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can so we can inspect it for you. We can also help to advise you on the choices you have so the vehicle can get back to working efficiently again. While inspecting the tread, also make sure to check the condition of the tries themselves. Any damage or excessive wear should be noticed as soon as possible. This is a hazard because it could lead to a blowout or other serious safety issue. Have a Wheel Alignment done when recommended Having a wheel alignment done can help to extend the life and safety of the tires of your vehicle. This maintenance can do more than just line up the wheels of the vehicle. It can also help line up other components of the vehicle to ensure proper operation and performance. If a wheel alignment is ignored, it could lead to excessive wear on parts and components. It can also cause the tires to wear out long before they should. Rotate the Tires based on a Schedule Another important maintenance to have done on the tires is to have them rotated on a regular basis. This can help for safe and secure performance for your vehicle. It can also help the handling of it as well. If the wheels are not properly rotated, some spots may start be worn quicker. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. We can also help to set up a schedule to have them rotated.
February 10, 2014

Reasons Why the Vehicle might be Vibrating

While driving, you may notice that your vehicle starts to vibrate. This could lead to a more severe issue if you choose to ignore it now. Vibrations are only typical if you are driving down a rough road. If the road you are driving on is smooth and straight when you feel jostles and vibrations make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. We can inspect the vehicle and try to locate the source of the problem. The fix could be something cheap and relatively simple, like a tire rotation or balance. The problem may indicate something more costly like steering or suspension issues with the vehicle. By looking into the issue at the first sign of it, it can often save you from further wear and tear to other parts of your vehicle. It can also help to prevent a costly repair bill down the road. The Axles might have an Issue If you notice the vehicle vibrating as you drive it, there may be an issue with the axles. It is common to have a bent axle with even the slightest collision or mishap that might have happen. This could be the case if you notice that the vibrating picks up in intensity the faster that you drive. Another issue could be that the driveshaft will also need to be inspected. The driveshaft helps to transfer engine power to the rear axles and wheels of rear-wheel drive vehicles. If this is bent, it can lead to the vehicle shaking when it is driven. There could also be dirt and dust inside the rubber coverings around the drive axles. This can get in and do damage to the joints of the vehicle. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can locate the source of the issue. Problems with the Brakes If you notice bad vibrations that get worse when you apply the brakes, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This could indicate an issue with a warped brake rotor. The brake rotor is a silver disc shaped component on vehicles for the brake system. The rotor can get bent or warped with heavy wear and tear. It could also become damaged from overheating. More stopping than the rotor can handle typically causes this. Vibrations on the brake pedal as it is applied can also indicate a brake rotor issue. Poor brake rotors can lead to poor quality brakes. It is important to have this fixed as soon as possible, so you can help provide a safer ride. Make Sure to check the Tires The tires should also be inspected if you notice any vibrations. It could mean that the tires are out of alignment or balance. If you notice that the tread is wearing unevenly, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. While driving, make sure to watch out for potholes and poor road conditions these can be hazardous to your tires. It is always recommended to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
February 6, 2014

Benefits of Regular Maintenances

Going to regularly scheduled maintenances can help keep your vehicle lasting as long as it should. It can also help to save you money from costly repair bills from worn or damaged parts. We can inspect it to help provide a safe and reliable ride for you. If parts have been damaged, we can replace them so you can have a pleasant driving experience again. Regular maintenances can increase the efficiency of your vehicle. There can also be other benefits of having maintenances done. You can have vehicle that is more efficient, as well as a reliable one. Between visits, make sure to bring your vehicle in if you notice an issue. Any strange noise or sound could indicate a problem. We can inspect the vehicle to help provide you with a safe and reliable ride. Maintenances can save you money on Fuel Having several maintenance tasks done can help to increase the fuel economy and efficiency of your vehicle. Make sure to have the tires checked on a regular basis. Tires that are not properly inflated can lead to poor fuel efficiency. In the winter, every ten-degree decrease in temperature can lead to a pound of air pressure being lost in the tires. Tires that are not inflated to the correct amount can also lead to a blowout. If you are unsure how much air should be in the tires, the recommended amount is in the vehicle owner’s manual. Make sure the tires are filled to this amount to ensure the longevity of the tires. The tires should also be inspected to make sure they are aligned, balanced, and rotated as needed. The air filter should also be inspected on the vehicle. If it is clogged, it can negatively affect the fuel efficiency as much as twenty percent. Having the vehicle maintained can increase the reliability  Regular maintenances are important for the reliability of the vehicle. We can inspect it to make sure that the parts have not been worn or damaged. If they are repairable, we can fix them in a timely manner. This can help to make your vehicle more reliable in the long run. Maintenances performed on a schedule can help to diagnose any issues your vehicle may have. Make sure to bring your vehicle in, and we can inspect it thoroughly. That way any issues can be fixed before they turn into a larger problem and costly repair bill. Regular Scheduled Maintenances are important Having maintenances done regularly can help improve the life of the vehicle. We can inspect the tires to ensure they are properly inflated and are in good condition. The recommended tire pressure can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. This can help keep the tires lasting as long as they should. Tires that are not properly inflated can lead to blowouts, damage, and replacement. The brakes can be inspected so the will be as effective as possible when you apply the brake pedal. If you notice anything out of the norm between scheduled visits, bring your vehicle in as soon as possible.