March 25, 2016

Tips to Improve the Fuel Mileage of your Vehicle

    It is important to go to regularly scheduled maintenances for your vehicle. This can help to determine if parts or components of the vehicle need to be repaired or replaced. If there is an issue with the vehicle between visits, it is recommended you bring it in as soon as possible. This way the issue can be resolved before further damage is done to the part of the vehicle. This can reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown as well. By having the vehicle maintained, it can decrease the possibility of a costly repair bill in the future. Regular maintenances can also help to improve the fuel mileage for your vehicle.   To help improve the mileage, there are some steps you can do to help increase the fuel efficiency when you drive. Having added weight in your vehicle significantly decreases the fuel mileage. Always check your tire pressure and for proper tire inflation. Having an underinflated tire will result in poor fuel mileage because your vehicle has to work harder. Also make sure to watch the speed when you drive. All vehicles have an optimum fuel consumption speed, which is where the car can travel the farthest and use the least amount of fuel. Going too fast and changing your speed a lot can hinder your fuel mileage, it is best to set your cruise control. The cruise control helps to ensure that you are always going at a constant speed and are not risking going too fast. Keeping your speed steady will save you gallons of fuel and also make for a smoother more comfortable ride.   Hybrid cars use an electric motor which stores energy that would otherwise be wasted during braking or when driving downhill. Depending on the type of hybrid system used, hybrid cars can achieve as much as 200 miles per gallon or more. If you ever notice poor fuel mileage, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you. This can help you to have an enjoyable drive.
March 18, 2016

Proper Maintenance of the Engine

  When you own a vehicle, make sure to bring it in for proper maintenance inspections. Over time, parts will wear out and need to be repaired or replaced. The engine is also a part of the vehicle that can wear out. When driving, heat and friction will cause wear and tear on the components and systems. By replacing worn or faulty parts, regularly scheduled inspections can help you maintain the safety and performance of the vehicle. It will also help to achieve the best fuel mileage your vehicle can get.   When the engine is maintained, the fuel filter and PCV valve will be inspected and if it is damaged, they will be replaced. There will also be a replacement of all spark plugs and wires. Other various ignition components such as the distributor cap and rotor may be replaced if they are worn enough. The serpentine belts will also be inspected and will be replaced if necessary. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, the clutch may be adjusted depending what condition it is in. After we inspect it, other parts may be replaced after we see what the condition they are in.   You might notice an issue with your vehicle if it runs or ideal roughly. In other cases, the vehicle may even stall out when you stop. You will be able to notice an overall loss of power with your vehicle. Be aware of any noises that your vehicle may start to make. If the engine knocks when you are accelerating, or even after you turn the engine off, you may need to bring your vehicle in so we can look at it. The vehicle’s response, torque, or power may begin to deteriorate and you may notice the lack of it each time you drive. No matter what the issue is, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can locate the issue and get you back to a great driving experience.      
March 11, 2016

Signs of Brake Issues

  Having the brakes inspected on your vehicle is important. This is because without the brakes, your vehicle will not be able to slow down or stop. Driving with poor quality brakes can increase your chance that an accident would occur. Make sure to bring your vehicle in regularly so we can inspect the brakes and other parts of if it to ensure it is operating efficiently. If you notice an issue between inspections, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.   One of the most common issues you might notice with the brakes is if there is an odd noise. If the brakes constantly make noise, it is a sign that something more serious could be wrong. If squealing or screeching noises occur, this can be caused by contact of metal on metal parts. The brake pads may have worn down and need to be replaced. If you ignore fixing the brake pads, it could start to do damage to the brake rotors. This can end up being a time consuming repair. It could also have a costly repair bill the longer the issue goes on without being fixed.   Another indication can be an odor from the brakes when you apply them. This could smell like burning rubber. It could mean that a part is wearing incorrectly and might need to be replaced. If a part is damaged and ignored it can lead to other parts wearing down as well. Also be aware of any vibrations against the brake pedal when you apply it. This could be a sign that the brake rotors are starting to warp. After the brake pad wears down, it will have contact on the brake rotors incorrectly. This will result in vibrations from the brake pedal. If you notice that the brake pedal has become spongy, there also could be an issue in the brake line. It could also mean that the brakes are starting to go out. No matter what issue you notice with the vehicle and brakes, bring it in so we can inspect it for you.  
March 4, 2016

Remember to Inspect the Battery for your Vehicle

  One of the most important things you can do for your vehicle is keep it maintained. It should be brought in regularly for an inspection. We can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle. One part we can inspect is the battery. By doing so, you can help ensure efficient starts every time you get in your vehicle. Over time the battery will start to lose charge and will need to be replaced. This is because with age, the battery will naturally wear out and start to be less effective. Extreme temperatures and overcharging are the main reasons for a shortened battery life. Cold temperatures can increase the thickness of the oil, which makes the engine harder to turn over and results in the battery working harder as well. When the battery works harder in the cold temperatures, this can lead to slower starts of the vehicle. If the battery is overcharged, the voltage regulator may be defective. This will then allow for too high of a charging rate, and lead to the battery needing to be replaced sooner.   When charging the battery, make sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate. If the system is overcharging, it can damage the battery quickly. The same applies for undercharging the battery. If you are unsure of the correct rate it should be charged at, make sure to bring it in and we can advise you. This can also be helpful because there might be sides or components that you cannot see on the battery, that might be causing it to drain quicker. In some instances, a new battery may be needed. For the battery to work efficiently, it should be in a clean condition. The top of the battery should be clean. If there is any dirt buildup, make sure to wipe it away. Dirt can become a conductor and will drain the battery’s power. Corrosion should also be cleaned off of the battery. If it accumulates on the terminals, it then becomes an insulator. This will lead to poor current flow from the battery to your vehicle.   If you notice an issue with how the vehicle is starting, it is recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the battery, alternator, and starter for you. Having the vehicle inspected can help you to prevent further issues and damage in the long run. It can also help you to have an enjoyable ride as you drive.