June 27, 2016

Understanding the Check Engine Light

    When you start your vehicle, you might notice the lights that illuminate on your dashboard. After a few seconds they will typically turn off. If a light comes on and stays on, you will need to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it. If you notice that the light is blinking, pull over to the side of the road and turn off the vehicle as soon as possible. A light that flashes could indicate something more serious is wrong with your vehicle.   While one of biggest reasons for the check engine to come on is a loose gas cap, you want to pull the vehicle over to double check. If the lights are still steady after the gas cap inspection, your engine is reportedly facing a bigger problem. The check engine lights are typically featured in red, yellow, amber, or orange, depending on the severity of the overhaul and the breakdown in your engine.   Some drivers choose to ignore any dashboard lights that illuminate. If you ignore the issue, you increase the chance that the vehicle could fail completely. No matter which dashboard light illuminates, you should bring the vehicle in for a proper inspection. Depending which light turns on, we will check that area first. When the check engine light comes on, we will inspect the quick fixes first, like making sure the fuel cap is tight. We will also check the connections like the wiring and belts. If they are loose, we can tighten them. If the light still stays on, then we can inspect the engine itself. By bringing in the vehicle, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run.
June 20, 2016

Before your Vacation, make sure to follow these Tips

  You might be excited for your summer vacation, but remember to take some time to have your vehicle inspected. The vehicle should be inspected so you can prevent any chance of an unexpected breakdown. Make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it. We can look at the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure they are working properly. If you ever notice anything that is out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can find the source of the issue for you.   To get ready for summer, here are some tips to follow:   1) The brake system should be inspected. Any odd noises or how the brake pedal reacts should be inspected. 2) Check the tires. Under inflated and worn tires will need immediate attention, as have a greater chance to blow out. 3) Check all the fluid levels and condition they are in. 4) The oil should be changed according to the recommended schedule. 5) Inspect belts and hoses for any cracks, wear, or lose connections. 6) Change the engine’s air filter. Over time it will plug up with dirt and grime that impacts mileage. 7) Inspect the windshield wipers and washer fluid. This will help you see better on the road. 8) We can test the radiator, coolant, and thermostat. Doing so will help prevent the vehicle from overheating. 9) More batteries fail from the heat of summer than the cold of winter, so bring the vehicle in and we can check the battery cable connections and test the battery. 10) Don’t forget to check the air conditioner belts, hoses, and temperature output, so you can stay cool all summer long.    
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.