Why the Suspension is Important



One of the many benefits of having a vehicle is that it will allow you to drive just about anywhere. Getting great comfort is also important in making sure that you will be able to enjoy driving in your vehicle. A lot of what will allow you to have great comfort includes the ability to have a good suspension system installed in your vehicle. This will help to absorb the different bumps that you will encounter as well as making sure that you will be able to stay on course easier while you are driving on rough terrain. The kind of suspension you will need will depend on a few different factors. The majority of people need to have tight suspension systems because of the hard, smooth streets that they drive on. Those who drive off road will need slightly looser suspension. Getting the right kind of suspension is possible by bringing your vehicle in. This can help you to be able to get the most out of your vehicle when driving on any terrain. You will also be able to notice better fuel efficiency whenever you are using the right kind of suspension system in your vehicle.



One of the best ways to keep the suspension in the best condition is to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenances. This is important because we can check the suspension for how it is wearing. If parts need to be repaired or replaced, this can be done in a timely manner so you can get back to a comfortable driving experience. Good suspension will help make sure that your vehicle will be able to stay as close to the ground as possible. It will help in making sure that you will be able to get better aerodynamic resistance from your vehicle. You will also notice that it is possible for you to be able to get the kind of help needed so that whenever you encounter bumps at great speeds, it will not cause your steering and suspension to be completely out of control. You will be able to maintain control even at the highest speeds this way.



If you prefer to drive off road, you will need to make sure that you are using loose suspension. This will help in making sure that you will be able to absorb all of the shock of going over large obstacles as well as the shock of dropping back to the ground afterwards. This will help make sure that your vehicle will not be ratcheted in several different directions at once simply because you are going over rough terrain.



If you go between street and off road driving by using an SUV, it is important to have the ability to switch between suspension systems. The system will tighten up or loosen the suspension depending on where you are driving. Some will allow you to control conditions like rough terrain, street, and sand. Others will simply allow you to switch between street and off road. Make sure that you are getting all of the options that you will need in order to maintain the best control over your vehicle while you are driving. The more control you have, the safer your vehicle will be.



Inspecting the Lights on your Vehicle



To help keep your vehicle safe, it is important to follow the recommended maintenance schedule. One of the areas includes the lights. This will be the headlights, taillights, and blinkers of the vehicle. These are important because not only do they help your visibility, but it can also help others to see where you at or which direction you are turning. Also make sure the light is still operating. It is easier than you might think to smash a headlight or taillight on your vehicle. You might reverse into a parking space in the dark and not see a pillar or rail sticking out ready to crunch into your taillight. If you notice any issues with the lights, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can repair the light for you.




If the headlight or taillight is not operating correctly, knowing if it should be replaced completely can be determined on the condition. It will depend how badly the light has been smashed or damaged. The same applies to the actual casing around the bulb. If half of it is missing and the other half is in tiny shards, you are not going to be able to do a proper repair job. However, you might occasionally get lucky and find that the taillight is merely scratched or cracked. If this is the case a minor repair job may be all that is needed to repair it sufficiently.




Another important thing to think about if you do have a smashed headlight or taillight is that it will reduce your level of safety on the road today. The headlights allow you to see, as well as oncoming traffic and people to see you. The taillights are also important because drivers that are approaching you will be able to see where you are. This will increase the overall safety of your vehicle. The turn signals are also important because those around you will know what direction you will be turning. This can help prevent an accident if someone tries to pass you on the side you are turning. The same is true for anyone who tries to turn in front of you while you are turning.




In the end, it does not matter how the headlight or taillight got broken in the first place. It is important to get it mended as soon as you possibly can. You should certainly try and get it fixed before you head out onto the road. This will reduce the chance of being stopped by a cop, but also increase the safety of the vehicle. Always remember to bring your vehicle in if you notice any sign of an issue. This can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Driving with Care this Spring


With the snow and ice are off the roads, a new issue is now present. Potholes can become a nuisance and a problem during the spring and summer. The potholes can cause damage to all areas of the vehicle as well. It is also important to go to regular maintenances based on a schedule. If you are unsure how often the parts should be inspected, we can help to recommend a schedule for you. Also remember to avoid any jackrabbit starts or fast stops. If you accelerate too quickly, it can cause fuel to burn. This can result in poor fuel efficiency for the vehicle when you drive it. Also, by slamming on the brakes you can cause more strain to the brake system and lines.



Potholes are a big issue in the spring. This is because the roads are no longer frozen and damaged from the winter. Hitting a pothole at high speeds can do damage to the tires, suspension, alignment, and other parts of the vehicle. It is important to try and avoid them if possible. If you do have to hit a pothole, slow down as much as you can before hitting the pothole. Sometimes hitting a pothole could cause your vehicle to swerve into another lane.


Having the vehicle maintained is important for the overall efficiency of it. If the vehicle is not maintained, it could cause parts to wear and become damaged. When an issue is ignored, it can lead to further damage for parts of the vehicle. If you notice any problems the vehicle might have between visits, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help prevent larger issues from forming. It can also help to prevent a costly repair bill when it comes time to fix it.


Driving at the recommended speed is also important. This can help to save on any unnecessary wear and tear on the vehicle. Taking corners sharply and at a high speed can cause them to wear quicker. It can also result in uneven tire wear with time. Slamming on the brakes can also cause strain and stress on parts of the brake system. If you accelerate quickly out of a stop it can waste more fuel as well. By changing the speed and driving habits, you can help to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.

Changing the Oil and Oil Filter

There are hundreds of moving parts in your vehicle’s engine. The oil that is in your engine serves as two jobs for your vehicle. It can reduce the amount of friction by putting a layer of oil between all these moving parts. It also helps to cool the parts of the engine as it circulates through. Without oil in your engine, these moving parts create so much heat that they will eventually melt together and cause your engine to lock up. The filter will also need to be changed occasionally, as that too will collect dirt and debris over time.







Changing your vehicle’s oil helps keep the internal parts of the engine lubricated and cool. It also keeps the moving parts from grinding against each other which then causes wear and damage to them. By taking your vehicle in for its regular appointments, your mechanic will let you know when you need your next oil change. Without frequent oil changes, dirt and sludge can build up in the engine. This is an issue, as the old dirty oil will not lubricate the moving parts of your vehicle as well as new fresh oil will. The dirty oil can lead to serious damage to parts of your vehicle. It may even lead to you replacing the engine if things get severe enough.



Oil changes are important to help keep your vehicle properly lubricated and in good working order. Without this, moving parts will begin to wear down as the friction increases. If you do not have your oil changed regularly, this may cause engine damage as the oil becomes thick and sticky. This old oil then clings to moving engine parts and instead of lubricating the parts it will then destroys them. By having scheduled oil changes, you can help avoid these problems. If you do not change your oil on a regular basis, you can run the risk of running low or circulating dirty oil through the engine. Running low on oil can leave the engine parts grinding together without lubrication which can lead to them fusing together, wearing down, jamming, or even your engine seizing.



Having the oil filter changed is just as important as the oil changed. When you bring in your vehicle we will be able to tell you when your filter needs to be changed. It usually does not have to be changed as frequently as the oil itself does. The oil filter holds all the excess sludge and grim that the oil catches while lubricating the engine. It sifts out the solid particles while allowing the oil to flow unrestricted through the engine. Changing the filter is vital to the vehicle’s maintenance because without a new filter, the engine oil will pass through the old filter, making it less effective and dirty.

Spring Care starts with the Brakes


It is important to inspect your vehicle regularly for any issues that it might have. One part to check is the brake system. The brakes are what allow you to slow down and stop when you need to. If the brakes are in less than ideal condition, then it could increase the chance for an accident to occur. Make sure to bring the vehicle in regularly so we can inspect them for you. If there is an issue that is starting to form, we can advise you on the options you have. This can help make the vehicle safe and reliable when you need to drive it.


It is the best to have the tires off so you can actually get in there and measure how much is left on the brake pad. The brakes are measured by a device and are usually reported on when they have 75%, 40% and less than 25% of the pad left. It is best to replace the pads once they get below twenty five percent. This is because they can wear out fast once they get to that point. Once the brake pads are worn down, then other things can happen including wear on the rotors or calipers.


Having your brakes checked out can prevent accident s from happening. Even if you have had brakes put on recently, you will want them inspected to make sure there is adequate brake fluid inside and even that they are working properly. A brake may malfunction because it is stuck open or shut against the base of the tire, which can cause as accident just like having worn down brake pads can make it harder for your car to stop. Brakes are exposed to the elements such as rain, dirt, stones and debris on the road. Any of those items can get thrown up in to the tire and cause damage that in not seen unless it is inspected and looked at.


While you might not want to spend the time or the money to have your brakes checked out, consider what the alternative is. The brake pads might have worn down rapidly in the last two months because you did an extra amount of driving during that time. So, imagine your surprise when you try to stop at a stop sign and hear a metallic scraping sound. That might mean you have blown completely through the brake pad and are now working on the rotors and metal of the other brake parts. Once this happens, your repair bill will become higher. Getting the brake pads checked and replaced before they wear out completely might mean there will be much less expense involved later. Having the issue fixed now can help save you money in the long run.

Inspecting the Tires this Spring



From the winter, tires take a beating from potholes, bumpy, and icy roads. It is very important to have your tires inspected to see if they need repair or replacement in the spring. If they are in good condition you can be assured to have safe spring travels. It is important to check tires before each trip to make sure they are at least inflated. A complete inspection includes checking tire pressure, tread, and wear pattern. If the inflation is low, it may be due to a puncture in the tire.



Repairing a tire is great because it can be completed for a fraction of the cost to replace one. Even though there is financial savings in repair, it is not always the best choice. To determine if a repair is possible, you need to take a look at where the puncture area is. Only punctures in the tread area should be repaired. If a repair is beyond the tread area or on the sidewall then the tire should be replaced. For safety sake, do not make or allow a repair to those areas. The size of the repair is also important. Damage from a puncture should not be more than ¼ inch in diameter; otherwise it is unsafe to complete the repair. Do not get a tire repaired if the treads are less than one sixteenth of an inch. There is no sense in repairing a tire that should not be on the road in the first place. If the treads are less than 1/16 inch, then the tire is not safe for road use.


Also notice how your vehicle handles, if it pulls in one direction or the other, it can be a sign of an issue with the tires. Tires that are worn or have poor inflation can cause the vehicle to sway or pull in one direction when you drive. If you notice this, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This can help your vehicle to stay safe when you drive down the road.

Checking the Battery Regularly


Over time the battery will start to lose charge and will need to be replaced. This is because with age, the battery will naturally wear out and start to be less effective. Extreme temperatures and overcharging are the main reasons for a shortened battery life. If the battery is exposed to extreme heat, it causes the battery fluid to evaporate. This leads to internal structural damage of the battery.


Colder temperatures can increase the thickness of the oil. This makes the engine harder to turn over and results in the battery working harder as well. When the battery works harder in the cold temperatures, this can lead to slower starts of the vehicle. If the battery is overcharged, the voltage regulator may be defective. This will then allow for too high of a charging rate, and lead to the battery needing to be replaced sooner.


When charging the battery, make sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate. If the system is overcharging, it can damage the battery quickly. The same applies for undercharging the battery. We can inspect the battery as well as how it is recharging.


In order for the battery to work the most efficient way possible, it should be in a clean condition. The top of the battery should be clean. If there is any dirt buildup, make sure to wipe it away. Dirt can become a conductor and will drain the battery’s power. Corrosion should also be cleaned off of the battery. If it accumulates on the terminals, it then becomes an insulator. This will lead to poor current flow from the battery to your vehicle.


Sometimes a slow start for your vehicle may not necessarily mean it is the battery. We can examine the issue and locate the source of the problem. Scheduled maintenances are good practices to keep up to date on because it helps ensure a safe and reliable ride for when you travel. If you ever notice an issue with the vehicle starting or operating, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible.

Know when an Alignment is Needed

All vehicles at one time or another will need alignment in order to operate at a safe capacity. There is more to maintaining a vehicle than just getting the oil changed and the fluids refilled. Car repair is something that we all must have done at some point during the life of it. This is especially true when it comes to engine of the vehicle. Without a functional engine, the car would not operate on any level or capacity.

Sometimes it is very easy to tell if your car is in need of alignment. In some cases, a car that needs to be aligned will shake on one or both sides while in motion. In addition, the shaking may be noticeable around the tire areas. Another way of testing the alignment of the vehicle is to take your hand off the steering wheel while the car is in motion. If the steering wheel shakes or pulls toward one side, it probably is in need of proper alignment. In many cases, even a new car may require an alignment, as it is very easy to damage the alignment of a car while driving. Simply hitting a pothole or a curb can alter the alignment of any vehicle as well.


To help keep the vehicle running in the best condition possible, make sure to bring it in for regular maintenances. We can help inspect it for any issues it may have. If you notice an issue with the handling or steering of the vehicle, it is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help prevent further issues from forming. It can also decrease the chance that parts will wear against one another and cause stress and strain to them. By going to scheduled maintenances, you can keep the vehicle lasting as long as possible.


Make Sure to Inspect your Vehicle this Spring

With the warmer temperatures, now is a great time to inspect your vehicle. Over the winter road grime and salt can build up on your vehicle, which can increase the chance of rust to form. Make sure to wash your car, and undercarriage, so that the grime and left over salt is removed.


You will also want to inspect the tires. With colder temperatures, the pressure can become lower over time. Under inflated tires can result in poor mileage when you drive the vehicle. Under inflated tires also have a greater chance of blowing out when they rotate. Over inflated tires will have less contact with the surface of the road. This can lead to poor handling and control of the vehicle. The tread of the tires is also critical. The tread is what helps to grip the road when you drive. Proper tread will improve the handling and stability of the road if it is wet or in a less than ideal condition. If the tread is low it can cause the vehicle to hydroplane on roads that have water on them.

You will also want to inspect the tread of your tires. You can do this by placing a penny upside down in the groove of the tread. If you are able to see the top of Lincoln’s head, then there is not enough tread to drive safely. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. A new set of tires might be recommended. We can also inspect them to see how the tread is wearing all the way around the tires. Proper rotations should be done in order to help keep the tires in the best condition possible. This can help to ensure they all are wearing as evenly as possible. You may also need to have them aligned, so make sure to schedule an appointment with us, so we can inspect them for you.


The windshield wipers should also be inspected. After the winter season is a good time to have them replaced. The harsh element of winter can cause the blades to rip and tear. This could lead to the wipers smearing or smudging the windshield as they operate. If you are not sure what type of wiper blades to invest in, contact us, and we can advise you on the options.

Getting Better Fuel Mileage for your Vehicle


A common way that fuel efficiency is lowered is because of stop and go traffic. Many driving habits can use up extra fuel and can actually be avoided. Some of these things can be fast starts or stops. Accelerating fast as the stoplight turns green can actually waste fuel. Instead, take your time accelerating. The same applies for stops. Slamming on the brakes can also cause the brake line to wear and may be damaged. Instead, try to predict the stoplights and slowly come to a stop. This can help with the fuel efficiency of your vehicle, as well as the condition of the brakes.



It is important to have the vehicle maintained on a regular basis. Not only does regular maintenance help for parts and components of the vehicle, but it also helps get better fuel efficiency. Regular maintenance can include replacing spark plugs, checking for leaks in the hoses, and tightening or replacing any belts. Other parts of the vehicle can be inspected as well. Between visits if you notice anything that is out of the norm with the vehicle, always make sure to bring it in.


Having the oil changed on a regular basis can help you to maximize the fuel efficiency the best it can. The vehicle can run smoother and also cleaner by using less fuel. New clean oil can help the engine and other moving parts work more effectively. This is because the oil will lubricate these parts. It is important to have the oil changed when recommended so it is less likely that dirty and polluted oil will run through the engine.



The tires should also be inspected. Make sure that the inflation is at the recommended amount that is in the vehicle owner’s manual. The recommended air pressure can also be on a sticker that is inside the driver’s door. Having tires with the correct air amount can help provide a smoother and more efficient ride. The air pressure should be inspected weekly in the winter. This is because the tires can lose pressure when the temperatures get colder. Also make sure that the tires are balanced. Tires that are not balanced can wear unevenly or even have excessive bouncing. This is an issue because it prevents full contact with the road and diminishes the fuel efficiency.


If you notice something out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible. This way the issue can be fixed before it turns into something worse. It will also help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.