August 22, 2016

Regular Maintenance in the Summer

  You should always be aware what condition your vehicle is in. If you notice any sounds or odd noises, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. Squealing or squeaking noises are typically a sign of an issue. If they are ignored, it could lead to further issues in the long run. Grinding noises should also be taken seriously. This could indicate an issue with the brake system of your vehicle. It could mean that the brake pads have worn down and now affect the brake rotors. If this is ignored, it could end up in a costly repair bill.   The tires should have proper air pressure in them. This recommended amount can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. The right amount can also be found on the inside of the driver’s door. It is important to check the air pressure regularly, especially in the winter. When checking the air pressure, also make sure to check the condition of the tires. Make sure they are free from any cracks or puncture marks in the sidewall or tread. This can help to prevent an air leak from happening. Also be sure to check the tread. The tread of the tires is important because it is what helps to grip the road. If the tire has poor tread, it could result in poor handling of the vehicle.   Having a vehicle properly maintained can save you money in the long run. This is because the vehicle can be inspected thoroughly for any damages or issues it might have. Maintaining the vehicle can help prevent larger issues or costly repair bills from happening. Catching an issue at the first sign can help you prevent further problems in the long run.
August 15, 2016

Tips for Maintaining the Battery

  One way to improve the condition of the battery is to make sure it is clean. The battery should be inspected to ensure there is not any buildup of grime or debris on it. This can lead to a poor connection between the battery and the rest of the vehicle. Check the posts and terminals of the battery as well. This can help to ensure they are as clean as possible. If you notice that there is rust or corrosion on them, it may be time to have the battery replaced.   Another way to determine if the battery has an issue is by how your vehicle starts. If it becomes difficult to start, it could mean the battery is losing power. Poor starting could also be a sign of a bad alternator. If the vehicle does not start at all, a new battery may be needed. We can then look at the battery and other parts to make sure they are efficient and effective. If one part starts to wear out, it can do damage to other nearby parts of the vehicle.   If you notice that the vehicle is difficult to start, it could mean there is an issue with the battery. Make sure to schedule an appointment and we can inspect the battery for you. If a new one is needed, we can recommend the right one for you. No matter what issue you may notice, catching it at the first sign can help save you a costly repair bill in the long run.  
August 5, 2016

Signs the Brakes Need an Inspection

    As you apply your brakes, you may begin to notice some signs that they need to be repaired or replaced. You may begin to hear noises like grinding or high pitched squealing, or even notice the brake pedal vibrates or is really spongy.   While applying the brakes you may hear a squealing or grinding noise. You may even feel a vibration against the pedal when you apply the brakes. If this is the case, you should have your vehicle taken in to have the brake system inspected. The noise you hear is a metal on metal sound that serves as a warning about the brake pads. When the brake pads get worn down to the wear indicator level, they will also make the squealing noise. If the brake pads are not replaced shortly, then each time you apply the brakes you are wearing the material off, leaving them in an unsafe condition.   You may feel the brakes grabbing or pulling to one side or another when you apply them. The brake pedal may vibrate slightly or obviously, depending on the severity of it. In some cases to get the brakes to work, you may notice that the brake pedal almost needs to be touching the floorboards. Usually, the front brakes wear out before the rear brakes do. You can replace the linings of the front brakes only, as long as the rear brakes are in good condition. Although sometimes both front and rear brakes may need to be replaced. Make sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible when you notice an issue with the brakes. By having the brakes inspected, you can help to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive this summer.