November 21, 2016

5 Parts to Inspect Regularly

  Going to regular maintenances is one of the most important things you can do for the overall safety of your vehicle. This can help to determine if there are any problems on the vehicle. Noticing an issue at the first sign of it can help to save on time, money, and stress. This can help prevent the problem from turning into a much larger and more serious issue.   Tires   The tires on the vehicle should be inspected on a regular basis. The first thing to check is the air pressure. The correct amount can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. Under inflated and over inflated tires can cause poor fuel efficiency with the vehicle. Check the tread of the tires as well. The tread is what helps to grip the surface of the road as you drive. With poor tread, it may become more difficult to handle the vehicle.   Spare Tire   Along with inspecting the tires, also remember to check the spare tire. The air pressure and tread should be checked on the spare tire as well. It should also be inspected to make sure it is in the best condition possible. If a tire goes flat, you will have to rely on the spare tire to make sure you reach a location where the tire can be fixed.   Fluids   If you notice that a fluid has to be replaced constantly, it could mean there is a leak somewhere. The windshield washer fluid should also be checked. This can help to provide you with a clean windshield if dirt and debris appears on it. The correct amount of these fluids should be up to the line that is indicated on each reservoir.   Oil   Regular oil changes should also be done. This can help to ensure that new clean oil will lubricate parts of the engine when it operates. Over time the oil will become contaminated with dirt and pollutants. This can then do damage to moving parts of the vehicle.   Brakes   Another important part of the vehicle to inspect is the brakes. If the brakes are wearing, it can become a hazard and risk to you and those around you. If you feel the brake pedal vibrating or too spongy, make sure to bring the vehicle in.  
November 15, 2016

The Parts of the Electrical System for your Vehicle

  Starting a vehicle takes more than just the battery. The electrical system consists of the battery, starter, and alternator. The battery provides the power to the starter. Then the alternator gives the battery energy it needs to power the vehicle. If one of the parts is not working properly, your vehicle will not start or may not run correctly. If you notice the vehicle is having a hard time starting, or any other electrical issue, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it to ensure everything is working properly. If you choose to ignore the vehicle’s electrical system, a weak or dead battery can cause other issues for the electrical system parts.   Until the vehicle starts, the battery is the part that provides the vehicle’s electrical current. This electrical current includes the power to the ignition and fuel systems, which are responsible for creating the combustion necessary for the engine to function properly and efficiently. As you turn the key, the battery provides power to the starter that turns, and then the alternator gives the battery the energy needed to power the lights, wipers, and other accessories.   While the battery supplies the power to start your vehicle, the starter is what sends power to the engine. The battery supplies a small amount of power to the starter motor. The starter then rotates and turns the crankshaft to begin the movement of the pistons in the engine. This process is what ensures the starter works. Sometimes it is difficult to determine when a starter will fail. If you bring it in for regularly scheduled maintenances, we can help to recognize any warning signs of the starter going out.   When the engine is running, the alternator helps to keep the battery charged. The alternator also helps in keeping the electrical system for your vehicle powered. While you can start a vehicle with a faulty alternator, it will not be able to run for any extended period of time. If the alternator for your vehicle needs replacing, you may notice a few signs. You may start to notice the electrical system performing oddly or erratically. The battery may even start to discharge, which will result in poor starts, or sometimes not starting at all.   Over time, the engine will eventually start to lose power. By bringing your vehicle in, we can inspect it to make sure the alternator is generating the appropriate amount of current and voltage is should. This way, you can have an idea of the issue before the alternator fails completely.
November 3, 2016

Inspect the Brake Rotors for Wear

  When owning a vehicle, you will want to keep it in the best condition possible is important. You will want to make sure to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. This way your vehicle will be in the best operating condition possible. We can check the parts and components of the vehicle. If a part has worn or is starting to pose an issue, we can replace it. Also remember to contact us if you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle between regular maintenances. Catching an issue at the first sign can help save time, money, and stress in the long run. It will also improve the safety and decrease the chance for an unexpected breakdown.   One thing that should be checked is the brake system. The brake system is important because it slows down your vehicle and allows it to stop when needed. This includes the brake fluid, brake lines, brake rotors, and brake pads.   The brake rotors are an important component in the braking system of your vehicle. They are what the brake pads clamp down on in order to stop the wheels from spinning. Some brake rotors are made with holes drilled through them. These holes allow heat and liquids to drain away. The surface of some types of brake rotors are grooved which can also help dissipate the heat. The brake rotors can become scratched and damaged if you have a vehicle with worn out brake pads. Rotors can also become warped as well. It is important to have your brake pads inspected regularly so you can remain safe and avoid a majority of issues with the rotors. When the rotor becomes warped, excessive heat can cause an uneven expansion of the braking surface. You can normally tell when this happens because you will experience vibrations in the steering wheel when you brake. There are even times where the brake pedal will vibrate when you apply the brakes.   If you do a lot of in-city driving with stop and go traffic, you may need to have your rotors replaced sooner than if you drove at a constant speed. By driving in stop and go traffic, you are heating up the rotors more often. This also wears down both the brake pads and rotors quicker than if you were driving at one speed. When the rotor has worn too thinly, it can no longer dissipate the heat fast enough and this can result in a brake failure. Make sure to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance.