December 20, 2016

Why the Battery is Important

  The way the vehicle is powered is from the electric energy that the battery creates. With a poor battery, your vehicle starts to become unreliable. There are signs that the battery may need to be recharged or replaced fairly soon. If there are slow starts, you may want to bring it in so we can test the charge power of the battery. It is important to note that when the battery is not being used, is can still lose energy. Even without the battery being used, it will self discharge over time. The rate of the battery discharging can vary based on the temperature it is kept at. By using your vehicle on a regular basis you can help preserve the life and condition of the battery.   The most important part for the battery is to supply power to start your vehicle, and keep it in operation. If the battery is low or weak, it will not be able to provide enough power to the starter. This is an issue because the engine will not have enough power to start, and you will need to have the battery jumped or repaired in order to drive.   The battery also powers the electronics and accessories in your vehicle. The interior lights, headlights, radio, and other accessories all run off power that the battery supplies. If you notice the battery becoming weak, turn off as many accessories as you can so you can help the battery power the vehicle. The battery also powers the control module that operates your vehicle. If the battery voltage drops too low, it can cause issues and problems with the vehicle’s electronic components.   You can help preserve the life of your battery by simply keeping it clean. Visually inspect the battery on a regular basis. While looking at it, make sure to check for any signs of corrosion. If it has corrosion, it can eventually lead to a weak battery. It may also cause the battery to wear out quicker than it should. Also check for any dirt or debris buildup that may be on the battery or terminals. This can affect the connection of the battery supplying the power.   The frequency of which you start your vehicle can affect it too. The more times each day the vehicle is started, the shorter the battery’s life will be. Try to make trips all at once, rather than several short drives. It is better to drive longer distances than shorter ones. Also make sure to bring your vehicle in, and we can inspect the battery on a regular schedule to ensure it is in the best condition possible.
December 12, 2016

What to Inspect on the Tires

  The tires are an important part of the vehicle. They are the only part that provides a direct connection between the surface of the road and your vehicle. It is important to make sure the tires are maintained the best that they can be. This can help you to reach your destination as safe as possible. The vehicle should be brought in for regular inspections when it is recommended. This can help to keep the tires in the best condition possible.   Tread Wear   When inspecting the tires, make sure to check the tread on them as well. The tread is important because it is what helps to grip the road when you drive. This can help to improve the handling and stability when you drive. If the road is wet, the tires can hydroplane if the tread is low on them. You can check the amount of tread on the tire by using a penny. Place the penny upside down in one of the tire groves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then there is not enough tread. You can also notice if the tread is wearing evenly around the tire. If you notice an issue with the tread, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. It is also recommended to check the spare tire as well to make sure it can be driven on if needed.   Air Pressure   The air pressure should be checked on a regular basis. This can help to make sure the tires operate efficiently when they rotate. Tires that are under inflated can lead to poor fuel efficiency. They can also be more prone to blowing out when the vehicle is driven. Over inflated tires have less contact to the surface of the road. This can cause the vehicle to drive uncomfortably. It could also result in bumps or jostles as you drive. Tires that are over inflated can be more likely to pick up sharp objects that are in the road.   Condition of the Tires   Another way to help improve the life of the tires is to have them rotated and aligned when it is recommended. Having the tires aligned can help to make sure they wear evenly around. If the tires are poorly aligned, it can cause extra strain on the vehicle when it operates. This is because it would have to make up for the misaligned tires. The tires should also be rotated so they can last as long as possible. Bring your vehicle in, and we can check to see if an alignment or rotation should be done for the tires.
December 2, 2016

Improve the Fuel Efficiency

  A vehicle that is checked regularly can increase the chance that it will run at top performance levels. It can also help to use 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. 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. If you are not sure of the correct air pressure, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you.   Aligning the tires 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. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can check the alignment. Another factor is 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. Over time these things can add up and cost you more at the pump.