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.  
July 19, 2016

Don’t Ignore an Electrical Issue

  There are several systems that make up your vehicle. One of the systems is the electrical system. Not only does it help control the electrical components in the vehicle, like the radio and GPS, but it also controls parts that are under the hood. The battery is the center of the electrical system. The battery is the most important part of the electrical system. The electrical system is made up of a web of connected wires, fuses, and relay systems. The wiring carries the current supplied by the car battery and directs it to various components. The alternator is responsible for powering the accessories – radio, lights, horn, etc. the car battery supplies the initial charge that allows the car to be started and then the alternator takes over the job of supplying a constant electrical feed.   When a light bulb burns out, a fuse blows, or a circuit is defective, the circuit loses its continuity and stops functioning, it could mean there is an issue with the electrical system. The battery supplies the current for the electrical circuits, and if there is not a sufficient charge, it can be caused by a defective battery, voltage regulator, or alternator. Low voltage can also be caused by poor connections to the battery. Often the electrical problems may be intermittent. This might be caused by loose or corroded connections by the vehicle heating up or cooling down. It may also be the result of vibrations or moisture that are present. Another indication could be if the lights start to dim when they are on.   Checking that the battery has good connections and is free of corrosion is one of the first places you can start. You may be able to isolate the problem by starting your vehicle and listen for a slow start. You can also switch on the windshield wipers, horn, and headlights to indicate where the problem is. It is likely that a wire is faulty and not providing full power. If you notice an issue with the lights and battery of your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in. We can inspect the parts and components for you to ensure they are operating correctly. This can help you to have a safe and reliable ride this summer.
July 12, 2016

What the Hoses do for your Vehicle

  To help keep your vehicle lasting as long as possible, it is recommended to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. Between visits, you can inspect some parts yourself, like the tires, belts, hoses, and oil levels. There are several hoses in your vehicle, all of which transport fluid to a different area of your vehicle. Always make sure to inspect the hoses themselves, as well as the connecting ends of the hoses for any leaks.   If a hose is leaking, it can result in an overheated engine or other issues if it is ignored. The hoses work together with the belts to keep your vehicle running efficiently and also maintaining the proper operating temperature. If your engine overheats it can cause serious damage, as well as damage to other components under the hood. By keeping the hoses maintained and making sure they are connected securely, you can help prevent engine issues and other problems in the future.   Your vehicle’s hoses are important to keep it running correctly and efficiently. Even if you inspect them at home, it is always good for us to look at them to make sure they are working correctly and in good shape with no damage to them. With age, rubber hoses can become hard and brittle. This happens with exposure to heat and can cause the hoses to split, blister, or even leak. If this occurs, you will need to have them replaced as soon as possible.   Check for any hardening or softening of the hose, which can be done by pinching the hose. If a hose feels rock hard or mushy it should be replaced as soon as possible. Other signs to look for are visible cracks, leaking, blistering, or other damage on the outside of the hose. If you notice that your hoses are leaking, we suggest that you should replace them immediately before further damage can occur to other parts of your vehicle. By having the hoses inspected for your vehicle, you can improve the reliability when you drive this summer.
July 6, 2016

The Brake System of Your Vehicle

  By checking your brake system regularly, you can help prevent an accident or serious situation created by poor performing brakes. If you are in between scheduled maintenances, you may notice signs that the brakes may need attention soon. Some of the signs can be when you apply the brake pedal it is spongy. It can also be the opposite and be hard when you press on it. There might even be a loud noise or grinding that comes from the brake pedal when you apply it.   The most important part of your vehicle is the brake system. This is the part of the vehicle that will provide stopping power so you and everyone around you can remain as safe as possible. Proper working brakes are important because you will be able to stop when you need to, even if it is a sudden stop, and can possibly avoid an accident.   If you notice that the brake pedal is too hard of soft when you apply it, make sure to schedule an appointment. This can indicate that there is an issue with the brake line, and it should be inspected as soon as possible. By having regular maintenance inspections, you can help your vehicle to be safe and reliable.