March 31, 2017

Knowing when to Replace the Battery

  There can be some signs to look for if the battery starts to wear out. You can also bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the battery for you. That way you can help to ensure the vehicle will be as reliable as possible for when you might need to use it. By bringing the vehicle in at the first sign of an issue, you can help to prevent a larger issue from developing later.       Having the chemical reaction disrupted can affect how the battery will work. Vibrations from traveling over rough roads could lead to a poorly secured battery. The battery could shake loose or damage the plates and other components around it. Also, extreme cold temperatures can also lead to the battery dying because of a shortened life. It is important to also adjust some driving habits you may have. Since starting the vehicle takes a huge jolt of electricity, the charging system has to help to replenish the battery. Short commutes or short trips cause the battery harm because it is unable to get fully charged.     You might be able to notice a sign that the battery is starting to wear out. The most obvious sign of trouble is a dead battery. If you suspect that the battery is starting to go out, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. Sometimes the issue is with the electrical system or alternator. This can result in the battery providing less electricity than it should. We can inspect the vehicle and battery to make sure it is operating the best it can be. It is also recommended to inspect the battery itself. If it has corrosion or stains on the battery, it could mean that you have a leak. Check for any buildup of debris or other dirt around the terminals as well. You may also notice an issue with the battery if you smell a foul odor. A smell of sulfur could mean that the battery is overheating.       When it comes time to replace the battery, it can be a fairly simple and quick procedure. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can help to advise you on what type of batteries you can choose from. Knowing the age of the battery is important. Once it becomes older, the battery will be more likely to go out. When you bring the vehicle in, we can inspect the battery for what condition it is in.
March 22, 2017

Noticing Poor Alignment from the Tires

  One thing to be aware of for your vehicle is the alignment of the tires. If you hit a large pothole or bump in the road, it can cause the wheels to go out of balance. If this happens, careful calibration will be needed in order to make sure the vehicle is aligned properly. Having a vehicle that is not aligned can also cause problems with the steering. Anything that is out of the norm should be taken care of as soon as possible to help prevent further issues from forming. We can inspect the alignment and steering of the vehicle so it works efficiently and at top performance when you drive.     An alignment on most vehicles involves only the front end of the vehicle. However, it is possible to also have rear wheel adjustments. This would be referred to as a four-wheel alignment rather than the usual front-end alignment. Most often, the only adjustment that will be made is to the toe setting. It is possible for caster and camber adjustments to be made. However, this is usually a more difficult service to perform and is less likely to be needed. With modern diagnostic equipment, it is possible to get very precise measurements for a front-end alignment. A front-end alignment will be done routinely every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. Also, if you hit a particularly large pot hole or bumped a curb much harder than normal, an early check would be in order.     It is also important to know the difference between a wheel alignment and balancing the tires. Having the tires balanced is always done when you purchase new tires. A wheel alignment is not always need at the time. Balancing the tires help to reduce vibrations that you might feel. This could also be a sign of poor alignment, so make sure to bring your vehicle in at the first sign of these issues.     If you start to notice that your vehicle pulls to one side or the other, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the alignment. Another sign could be if you feel like you are fighting with the vehicle in order to keep it on the road. Over time, driving the vehicle that is out of alignment can cause the tires to have uneven wear. This can lead to the tires needing to be replaced sooner than they typically should.
March 20, 2017

Improving the Fuel Efficiency

  You can help to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle by changing a few driving habits you might have. One of the most important things is to try not to accelerate too fast out of a stop. This will increase the use of fuel and lead to wasted gas. It can also cause extra strain and wear on parts of the vehicle. The same is true for stopping. Slamming on the brakes can lead to premature wear and tear of the brake system. It is also unsafe because the brakes might go out, or you may hit an icy patch where you cannot stop.   Always make sure to know what the road conditions are, and adjust your driving accordingly. This can help with the safety of you, your passengers, and those around you. Also make sure to bring your vehicle in regularly for inspections. Between visits, if you notice an issue, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. Catching a problem early enough can help prevent a larger issue from happening. It can even help reduce the chance of a costly repair bill.   One of the best ways to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle is to pay attention to how you drive. Driving too fast can lead to fuel being wasted in the vehicle. Also accelerate and stop slowly. Jackrabbit starts and stops can also lead to wasted fuel. Instead, try to anticipate stop signs, stoplights, or traffic congestion. This can give you enough time to slowly come to a stop. It can also help to reduce the chance of hitting someone and causing an accident. Anticipating stops can also help to preserve the life of the brake system.   It is important to go to regular scheduled maintenances. This way we can inspect it to make sure that all parts and components are wearing correctly. If there is an issue, we can let you know what it is, and advise you on the options you have to fix it. It is always best to have a problem fixed when it is minor. This can help to prevent further wear and tear on other parts of the vehicle. It can also help to reduce the chance of a costly repair bill. Regular maintenances can also increase the longevity of your vehicle. This can help to provide you with an enjoyable driving experience.   The tires on the vehicle should also be checked on a regular basis. Making sure they have the proper amount of air pressure is important to the efficiency of the vehicle. Tires that are under inflated could blow out or lead to an accident. If the tires are over inflated, they will have less contact to the surface of the road. If you are not sure what condition the tires are in, you can bring the vehicle in and we can inspect them for you. This can help the tires to be in the best condition possible, allowing your vehicle to be efficient as well.
March 7, 2017

The Importance of Inspecting

  One way you can help to preserve the brakes is to adjust some driving habits you may have. This includes avoiding any last second braking. Also make sure to not drive too fast in hazardous areas and zones. The best thing you can do for the brakes is to keep them well maintained. Bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the brakes for you. Also, if you notice any issues with your vehicle or brakes, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible.     Almost all vehicles are equipped with devices that are attached to the brake pads. The devices will then cause a high-pitched squeaking or squealing sound when the pads come into contact with the rotor. If any contact is made between the brake pads and brake rotors, the noise will be permanent until the brakes are fixed. The device typically only makes contact with the rotor if the brake pads have worn off most of their thickness. This can help to alert you that there may be an issue with the brakes. Make sure to bring the vehicle in if you hear any noises from the brakes. Sometimes small rocks or debris can get inside the brakes to cause the noise.     If you feel a rocking motion when applying the brakes, there could be an issue with the brake system. It could sometimes feel like you are pumping the brakes when you are actually applying steady pressure to the brake pedal. Worn brake pads can cause this problem. Sometimes a rocking motion could mean an issue with the calipers or brake rotors. This could lead to the risk of the brakes failing.     Typically, vibrations are caused by worn brake pads. They are usually generated when the rotors have become damaged or warped. A master cylinder that is failing can also cause vibrations. This is because it is not allowing smooth pressure to be applied to the braking system. Noticing any vibrations when you are braking is an important sign to not overlook.     Look near and around the wheels of your vehicle for any fluid leaks it may have. Looking under the vehicle could help to indicate if and where leaking fluid may be. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check for any leaks or issues it may have. Having an issue inspected at the first sign can help prevent further damage in the long run.