Remember to Check the Battery






When the vehicle’s battery is connected properly, it will be able to charge while the vehicle is in use. The alternator is the device that is used to charge the battery while the engine is still running. If the alternator begins to malfunction, the battery will drain. The battery will not charge for future use then. To ensure that the alternator will work properly, it is important to make sure the connection between the battery and the alternator is secure and clean.




One of the measurements of the battery’s power is cold amperage. The higher the cold amperage is, the easier the battery will be able to start the vehicle in cold conditions. If the cold amperage is too low, the battery will not be powerful enough to start the vehicle in cold conditions. It is always recommended to bring your battery in so it can be tested to see if it needs a charge or replacing. Also, a battery can drain out faster in the heat than it can in the cold. This is because the heat will react with the chemicals in the battery, causing it to wear out quicker. Making sure the battery is clean can help increase the chance of the battery working properly. Also make sure to have the terminals and connections cleaned so the battery is as efficient as possible.




Also remember to visually inspect the battery casing. This may be damaged because of an accident or not being sufficiently secured in the engine. If the battery casing becomes damaged, it may lead to toxic leaks of sulfuric acid or other chemicals. This will cause the battery to lose the charge quickly. If you notice any leaks or cracks, bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. Anytime you notice an issue with the battery or how the vehicle starts, it is important to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have a reliable vehicle when you travel.

Having a Reliable Vehicle when you Travel


Making sure that you are checking certain things before you go on trips will help you to get better gas mileage, engine performance and even better safety. You will surely be able to enjoy being able to have a better trip this way. There are many things that you should be doing along with getting the right gas for your trip. You will also need to make sure that you have the right amount of antifreeze. Making sure your tires are inflated correctly will allow you to avoid a tire blowing out or a flat as you are driving.




An engine that runs hot will cause numerous kinds of mechanical problems. You can prevent this by simply making sure that you are filling up the tank with the right amount of antifreeze. By not waiting for the indicator to tell you that you are low, you will be able to stop problems before they start. Make sure that you know where the reservoir is in your engine as well as how to tell how much is in there. By adding enough to top it off all the way to the fullest limit will help in making sure that you get better engine function.




A short tire inspection will make all of the difference when driving down the road. Make sure that you will be able to use a tire gauge so that you will be able to have the perfect pressure in your tires. If you are not sure what this is supposed to be, you can check on the inside panel of the driver’s side door. This will provide you with the information you are looking for. Also, make sure that you are checking the tires on the outside wall for marks or scratches.




To help improve the visibility when you drive, you should clean the windshield. Also make sure to check the windshield wipers to ensure they are in the best condition possible. These will help in making sure that you can remove more dirt and grime from your windshields. By topping off with the right amount of windshield washer fluid, you will be able to make sure that you are able to remove objects from your windshield as you are driving. Improving your visibility can help improve the safety of you and your passengers when you drive. If you notice something out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.




When a Wheel Alignment is Needed



If you drive down poorly maintained roads, drive through potholes, or even hit a curb, your alignment can be greatly affected. This can cause even the slightest, tiniest alignment issue, which can accelerate uneven tire wear. Make sure you have your alignment checked every 6,000 miles. If you are not sure how often to have your vehicle maintained, make sure to contact us so we can advise you on a correct schedule.


A wheel alignment ensures optimal drivability, because it will help your tires last longer, your vehicle drive smoother, ultimately keeping your wheels pointed in the right direction. Your vehicle will require less energy to keep going, potentially saving a ton of fuel depending on how much alignment was required. When your vehicle rolled off the manufacturer assembly line, it came preset with special angles that position your tires correctly. In order for your vehicle to travel the way it is supposed to, it will need precise alignment. Poor alignment can lead to uneven tire wear, poor handling and shorter tire life.


Ideally, tires should wear evenly across the tread. If you are noticing excessive wear on the rear inside tires, you may need an alignment adjustment. Uneven tire wear can also result in poor fuel mileage and more pain at the gas pump. Poor alignment can shorten a tire’s life by thousands of miles and compromise very crucial steering and suspension parts. If you do not want to replace tires as often and enjoy the benefits of better fuel economy, have your alignment checked, at the very least, with every other oil change or at the first sign of uneven or premature tire wear.


There are some noticeable signs that could indicate a misalignment. If the vehicle is pulling in one direction or the other, you may need to have the vehicle aligned. Also look for any signs of uneven tire wear. If you are unsure about your current alignment, please give us a call. Tire misalignment can be so subtle that you may not even realize it. Also remember to bring your vehicle in anytime you notice something out of the norm with it, as this can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle again.


Brake Inspections for your Vehicle


The brakes are essential to keeping your car safe on the road for not only yourself, but other motorists and people out on the roads. Luckily the brakes are easy to check and replace if there is ever an issue with them. If you notice an issue with how the brakes are working, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. This will help keep your vehicle working in the best condition possible when you drive. If the brake pedal starts to show any sign of a problem, the brakes should be inspected as soon as you can bring the vehicle in.



The brake pads are located near the tire, between the calipers, rotors and the actual rim of the tire. When you step on the brake pedal in the vehicle, it activates the bakes to squeeze against the inside of the tire rim and cause the tire to stop. The more you apply the brakes during your your daily travels, the faster the brake pads will wear down and need replacing in your vehicle. If you ever have a doubt as to the pads left on your car, we will be able to measure it and tell you a percentage of the brake pads that are left. Depending on this answer will determine how long you should go before scheduling a brake job with new parts.


Problems can develop in the brake pads just like anywhere else in the car. Since the brake pads and the braking system are exposed to the elements and road conditions more, they are prone to having more issues. A stone could get thrown up in there and cause a bend that makes the brake not work efficiently on one tire. Heavy use could bend the rotors or the calipers and require them to be changed. Then there could be a problem with the tire rim that causes a problem to develop somewhere along the brake line.


Some types of brake pads will last longer than others simply because of their composite. Also, some people drive differently than others. Whether it is foot on the brake or foot on the gas, where they are driving and how long it takes to get there, also affect how a brake pad will wear. Check to see what the average mileage is on the similar brake pads so you have an estimate of how long they will last. If there is even a question as to how long they will last, have them inspected. We can look and measure with a tool that tells what percent of the pad is left and when they should be changed.

Knowing what the Gaskets are








The engine in your vehicle is among the most important things you should pay attention to. If you notice anything unusual from the engine, you should bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. After all, without the engine, there is no possibility that you will be able to drive down the road. There are a few different things that you can do in order to accomplish this. Among the often ignored items that you need is gaskets. These provide a seal, which allows engines to not leak fluids and also helps in making sure that the engine will not release any kinds of vapors it needs to maintain pressure. If any lights illuminate on the dashboard when you drive, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can so we can check for the source of the issue. This may even include checking the gaskets in your vehicle. The kinds of gaskets you will need will depend on where you are using them. Those which hold in engine bearings will differ greatly from those being used near the cams. It is important make sure that you are not only buying the right kinds of gaskets. It is important to make sure that they are installed correctly. This will help in making sure that your engine will work properly at all times. It will also help to extend the life of your engine as long as possible.



When there is an issue, it is important to know what kind of gaskets you will need to replace them with. While many will be made out of a high grade rubber, there are others which are made from steel or aluminum. The idea is to get the gasket which will properly create the tight seal between the two components. This will help in making sure that the fluids are kept running from one location to another without any hassles. These work by forming to the two pieces which are being joined together and creating a tight seal which nothing will be able to pass through.



After purchasing the gaskets, make sure to schedule an appointment and bring the vehicle in so we can change them for you. Having them installed properly is important because if you have it off just slightly upon installation it can ruin the gasket and create a bad seal. Many will only be able to be used once. This means that any mistakes are highly costly. We can replace the gaskets so your vehicle is back to being safe and reliable again.



Another important part of the service for engines is to inspect the gaskets during certain service visits. Looking for any wear on a gasket or any signs that they are decreasing in quality. This will help in making sure that any problems which they might be encountering can be solved by replacing them as quickly as possible. The new gaskets will allow you to have the tight seal you noticed whenever you first bought the car. This will allow for a quieter engine and better performance.




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.