To help keep your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently, make sure to have it brought in for regular maintenances. If you notice anything between regular visits, make sure to schedule an appointment. Catching an issue at the first sign of a problem can help prevent further damage in the future. It can also reduce the chance of a costly repair bill when it needs to be fixed. One area we can inspect is the transmission. Without a transmission, the vehicle will not be able to run and transport you to where you need to go. In order to make sure the transmission is operating at the best level possible, make sure to notice any unusual noises or issues that come from under the hood.
With any moving part, it always runs better when there is lubrication. An engine needs oil, the brakes need fluid, the steering column needs fluid and the transmission needs fluid to run. If the fluids become low, the engine could quit working. It could also cause the tires to not steer properly and the pistons might lock up and quit working. Keeping an eye on the fluids and having them checked regularly can prevent any problems from happening unexpectedly.
Belts power parts of engines and they all work together to make the vehicle move forward. When a belt starts to show wear or develops a crack, it will stop working. Once it stops working or if it snaps, then you might be stranded on the side of the road. In order to keep the transmission working, check the belts in and around all of the engine components to make sure they look to be in great shape with no wear marks, cracks, or missing pieces.
Oil within the engine will pick up pieces of the engine, dirt, dust, and anything else that gets pushed around the inside of your engine. Oil goes in a light brown color, but it comes out jet black. It is black because it is dirty. This is why it is important to bring the vehicle in for regular oil changes. Clean oil will pull out dirt and debris, but when it is changed regularly and often, the dirt will not build up in the engine, but get flushed out with the dirty oil. A clean filter will capture dust and dirt when it is installed. We will also be able to check the oil filter when the oil is changed. This can help to keep it working effectively when the engine runs. Also be aware of issues that the vehicle may have between visits, and contact us as soon as you notice them.
As you are getting ready for the upcoming school year, now is a great time to bring your vehicle in for an inspection. This can help to ensure that all the parts and components are working, as they should be. By going to regular maintenances, you can help improve the efficiency and performance of your vehicle.
One of the most important things that you can do is to notice the dashboard lights that could illuminate. These help to alert you to issues that are happening with your vehicle. If the light comes on, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. If the light starts to blink, you should pull over on the side of the road or safe location. The warning lights and gauges are some of the best indicators of how well the vehicle is operating. If the temperature starts to rise, the gauge can alert you do this. If a light illuminates on the dashboard, it can help to determine what the issue with your vehicle could be.
There are some simple things you can do to help improve the efficiency of your vehicle. This can include checking the fluids, like the oil, and inspecting the tires. If the oil has become old, make sure to have it changed. This can help to provide new clean oil to parts of the engine. If you have to replace a fluid more often, make sure to bring it in. This could indicate that there is a leak somewhere in the system. When inspecting the tires, check the air pressure so it is at the correct amount. This can help the overall performance of the vehicle. The tread on the tires will also have to be looked at. The tread helps to grip the surface of the road when you drive. This improves the handling and stability of the vehicle.
When you are driving, an important thing to be aware of is any odd noises that the vehicle might make. Notice what speed you are driving at, and what you are doing. If you are turning, the noise could indicate a different issue than if you were driving straight ahead. If the noise comes from under the hood, a part may need to be replaced. You can schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you. This can help it to be safe and reliable when you drive.
If you are driving your vehicle and you start to notice an issue, it is important that you know what to do. By doing so, you can help prevent damage to the vehicle. The summer is a common time for your vehicle to overheat. That is why you should periodically check the vehicle’s temperature gauge while driving. Every gauge has a normal stopping point once the engine is warmed up, which is usually slightly below the midpoint line between cold and hot. If you notice your vehicle starting to overheat, there are a few steps you can do so that damage can be avoided.
One way to know if the engine is overheating is if you see steam pouring out from the hood. Older engines are prone to mild overheating on hot days, especially if the air conditioner is running. If the temperature gauge is increasing and you notice steam, find a safe place to stop and turn off the vehicle immediately. Idling the engine will only have it work harder, and cause more stress and damage to it.
When the vehicle is stopped, you will want to pop the hood to check the engine. It may be hotter than usual under there, so make sure to have the engine cool down before you proceed. You can check the coolant level of the vehicle to ensure there is the adequate amount. The coolant reservoir is in the area of the radiator. If the coolant is low or empty, it could mean there is a coolant leak somewhere. If the level is topped off, then there could be a change you have a faulty temperature gauge.
No matter what the issue might be with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. This way you can have a safe and reliable vehicle when you need to drive this summer.