July 28, 2014

Changing the Light Bulbs is important

The headlights on your vehicle play an important role in terms of the overall safety and performance of your vehicle. The headlights help provide better visibility while driving not only at night, but also during the day and while experiencing rainy or foggy conditions. When it comes time to replace your headlight bulbs you can start by lifting the hood and taking off the headlight cover. Then you will take off the old light bulb and replace it with the new one and replace the headlight cover. After the replacement of the new bulbs has been done check to make sure both headlights are working properly. Your taillights should not go unnoticed either. These should be inspected too for not only your safety but for others as well. Also, check your blinker lights to make sure they are properly working. These bulbs can be replaced just as easily as your headlights can. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the lights for you. We can also change the lens if that is needed. Signs that the Headlight Bulbs may need replacing Since you are the one driving, you might not know when your bulbs need replacing. This is especially true for the taillights. You can find out by pulling the vehicle into a dimly lit area or garage, turn on your lights and see if you can see both headlights light up. It is just as important to check your high beams as well. If neither of them turns on or if you cannot tell a difference between the high and low beams then this is an indicator that your bulbs might be burnt out or almost there. By checking your light bulbs this way, it is safer because you are not driving down the road at night and not being able to see when it is too late. Different types of Light Bulbs The size and type of bulb your car takes is dependent on the specifics of your car. The year of your car was made is important to the bulb size as well as the model of car. If you are unsure of either of these, then check your owner’s manual for the appropriate year and model. Picking out the right bulb is important too. LED (light emitting diodes) lighting is more advanced that HID lighting. This type of bulb is extremely bright and very long lasting. Caring for the Light Bulbs Over time your headlights can begin to look foggy from dirt and grime that has built up. This can also make it more difficult to see as your headlights are dimmed. You can rub the outside cover with toothpaste and a cloth until the dirt comes off. If that does not work then you might have to take off the headlight cover completely and wipe them clean. Making sure that the lights on your car are working properly is essential. Regularly performing a light inspection on your vehicle will help you to catch any problems there might be with your lights. Proper lights can help keep you safe while on the road.
July 21, 2014

Know how to Drive on Wet Roads

Typically, you will experience rainy conditions at some point during the year and it is important to know how to drive and handle your vehicle in such situations. Driving in such circumstances can be dangerous but there are certain things you can do to prevent something bad happening. Things to consider are the tread on the tire, type of tire, and how you drive in these conditions in general. If you notice anything that is out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect it and check the tires to ensure they are in the best condition possible. Why the Tread on the Tires are important The tread on your tires is extremely important. Tread helps your tires adhere to the road, especially during the rain. After a lot of time spent driving down the road, the tread on your tires can start to wear away. You will then need to invest in a new set of tires. If you are unsure if you are in the market for new tires the first thing you should check is your tread depth. Do this by using a tread depth gage or you can also use a penny. Ideally, the tread should be one sixteenth of an inch deep. Without proper tire tread, driving in any conditions can be dangerous and you are more prone to a flat or blown tire. To avoid this consider checking your tire tread once a month. Improve the Traction with good tires When the tires are wet they can skid or hydroplane when the surface of the road is wet, or has accumulated a film of water. The tires cannot channel the water away through the treads, causing the tires to lose traction. However, there are precautions you can take to keep yourself safe during wet conditions. One thing you should never do is drive on wet surfaces with bald tires. When the tread on your tires is worn down it cannot grip to the road as well. If the roads are wet then you should reduce your speed. Also make sure to extend the normal safe distance between you and other vehicles. Since it is harder to slow down and stop during these conditions, keep in mind the three-second rule to brake effectively. Avoid using your cruise control in wet weather. If your tires lose traction while driving, it is possible the vehicle will accelerate because the computer reads a reduction in rpm, making for an even more dangerous situation. Know how to drive if the roads become wet Typically, wider tires will perform better in wet conditions when compared to more narrow tires. The performance can also depend on the tread pattern. Wide tires can easily trap water underneath while driving down the road making efficient water removal channels also known as sipes. Narrow tires can get away with having fewer sipes because they are not as inclined to trap water underneath. Since they have a higher contact pressure and can move the water out of the way. You can also bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. We can also recommend what the best type of tires should be for the vehicle. This can help improve the safety and reliability of it.
July 14, 2014

The Check Engine Light is Important

To help keep your vehicle in the best condition possible, make sure it is inspected on a regular basis. This can help notice any parts that are wearing out sooner than they should. Inspections are beneficial because we can notice parts that may need to be repaired or replaced. Most modern vehicles have what is known as an Electric Control Module (ECM). Throughout the engine components there are several sensors placed at various points to monitor the performance of the engine. When something is not performing up to standard, the ECM indicates a problem by lighting up the check engine light. If the light comes on, it is recommended to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This way we can look for the source of why the light is coming on. If the light starts blinking, make sure to pull over as soon as you can safely, and turn the vehicle off. If the light is blinking, it will indicate that something more severe is wrong with the vehicle. Driving it will only cause the further damage and a costly repair bill. Why the Check Engine Light will come on While there are several causes that result in the check engine light showing up on your dashboard, there are a few components you should always inspect. This could be the source of the issue with the vehicle. The oxygen sensors can be the one to blame if your check engine light comes on. An oxygen sensor is placed between the engine and the catalytic converter and its job is to make sure that the exhaust of the engine performs efficient combustion. Also, something as simple as overfilling the gas tank can trigger the light to come on. The spark plugs can begin to fail over time and result in the check engine light illumination on the dashboard. Look for the source of the issue When something triggers the check engine light, the ECM will store that information. It can then be located once you bring it in to us. We can locate why the light will illuminate for your vehicle. In severe cases of a check engine light, the light will either turn red or begin to flash if the problem in the engine is serious. If you notice either of those two signs, it is recommended to pull the vehicle over and consider having it towed, depending how far from home you are. Continuing to drive your vehicle in this condition is bad for your vehicle. It could also increase the chance for an accident. Make sure to go to Regular Maintenances It is also important to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenances. This can help prevent a serious problem from occurring. If you notice the check engine light on, you can tighten the gas cap. One of the easiest causes of a check engine light is a loose gas cap. A loose gas cap can trigger several emission related codes to the diagnostic system. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check the source of the problem for you. This can help provide a safe and reliable ride when you travel.
July 10, 2014

What Strange Noises with the Brakes could mean

Making sure the brakes are in the best condition possible is important. This is because you have to rely on the brakes to slow down and stop the vehicle when you need it to. It is important to be aware of when there might be an issue with the brake system. If at anytime something is out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in. This way we can inspect the brake system to ensure better safety. Different driving conditions can affect brake noise, including severe braking, dusty conditions, or even humidity. Certain high-pitched brake noise happens because the semi-metallic brake pads used on newer cars are harder. It’s a safer and longer-lasting alternative to the asbestos material it replaced.  A high-pitched squeal often happens on smaller cars and is heard in the first few stops when brakes are cold and damp. These harder pads that have more metal generally last longer since they’re stronger. If you are unsure what type of brake pads to get, make sure bring the vehicle in and we can advise you on the options. A Rattle noise from the Brake system Brake rattle is a common concern for drivers. Most often this will happen when you let up off of the pedal. This could result in the rattle sound you hear. Usually it sounds like the rattle made when shaking a can of spray paint. The most common cause of this noise is the brake pads. Brake pads can rattle sometimes due to heat expansion, especially if they were installed without anti-rattle shims. Keep in mind that this rattle should not be consistent and it should never happen while you have your foot on the brake pedal. If the rattle becomes more common, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. We can then inspect it for what issue may be causing it. If you notice the Brakes Grinding Brake grinding is always a serious problem, and should be dealt with immediately. There are two major causes of brake grinding. When your brakes are making a loud grinding sound when you press on the pedal, this is almost always caused by contact of the rotor disc with part of the caliper. This is usually because of extreme wear to the brake pads or rotors. If you wait until your brakes grind before bringing the vehicle in, it could result in a larger repair bill. They will require a much more expensive repair. Another reason the brakes may make a grinding sound is when a foreign object gets stuck somewhere in the caliper. When this happens, the brakes will usually make a consistent grinding or screeching sound when the vehicle is in motion. Make sure to go to Regular Maintenances Since the brakes are a vital part of your vehicle, it is important to have us perform an inspection for the brake system. By having us inspect it, we can make sure that a problem is resolved before further damage can develop. Regular inspections can help prevent the chance of a costly repair bill when the brake system is repaired. This can help provide a safe and reliable ride again.