Inspecting the Tires

 

One of the first things you should check on the tires is the air pressure. If the tires are over inflated, they will be more prone to pick up sharp objects that could be on the surface of the road. They will also make the vehicle uncomfortable to drive in, because it will hit bumps harder than they should, because of the extra air in the tires.

 

 

Under inflated tires can also cause an issue because they will not have the proper contact with the surface of the road. They will also have a higher chance to blow out because of the poor air pressure. If you notice that air needs to be added often, it could indicate that there is a leak somewhere in the tires.

 

 

When you check the air pressure, also make sure that you inspect the tread wear on the tires. Knowing how much tread you need is quite easy. Just take a penny and place it upside down in the tread groove. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is too low. If this is the case, you will need new tires. If you notice that the tread is wearing unevenly, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires, and rotate them if needed. The tread is important because it helps grip the surface of the road when you drive. Having the adequate amount of tread can increase your handling and stability of the vehicle.

 

 

Along with the air pressure and the tread, make sure that the tires are free from damage to them. Check for any signs of cracks, puncture marks, or bulges for each tire. If there is damage to the tires, they will not be safe or reliable to drive on. If you notice that there is an issue to the tires, bring the vehicle in so we can inspect them. It is also important to remember to contact us if you notice any issue out of the norm with your vehicle. This can help to prevent further issues in the future with your vehicle.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

Tips for Saving Money on Fuel for your Vehicle

Since fuel is necessary in order for your vehicle to run, it makes sense to try and save as much money as you can each time you fill up at the pump. It is also important to make sure you have enough fuel in the vehicle to make it to your destination. In the winter it is recommended to keep the fuel tank at least half full. This is beneficial for if poor weather happens when you are on the road, or you need to drive somewhere late at night.

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One of the most important things you can do is to make sure to go to regular maintenances. This can help have parts and components of the vehicle inspected to ensure they are working effectively. By going to maintenances, issues with the parts can be identified. This can help to improve the longevity of the parts and vehicle as well.

 

Also make sure to inspect the tires on a regular basis. By making sure the tires are at the correct air pressure, the fuel efficiency can be improved by as much as three percent. While filling up your vehicle, make sure to inspect the gas cap. If it is missing or damaged, it can allow for gas to vaporize into the air.

 

Another way to help improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle is to accelerate slowly, and come to a stop slowly. When you accelerate slowly, it can decrease the chance of fuel being wasted. This can also help to avoid unnecessary wear and tear to parts of the vehicle. By slowly coming to a stop, you can help to avoid damage to the brake lines. When you drive, look ahead on the road. This can help to alert you to the amount of traffic ahead and you can anticipate stops that are in the road. It can then allow you to reduce your speed by coasting, rather than slamming on the brakes. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the parts and components for you.

5 Habits to Avoid with your Vehicle

Keeping your vehicle in proper working order is important. Remember to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. While neglecting your car may seem harmless in the short term, regular neglect and mistreatment will add up and will reduce your car’s lifespan. To keep your car running longer and stronger, avoid these five harmful habits.

Delaying regular maintenance

Regularly maintaining your car is vital to your car’s longevity. Regular maintenance includes oil and filter replacement, as well as transmission fluid, air filter and brake pad care. Every vehicle manufacturer specifies a different maintenance routine, which can be found in your owner’s manual.

Shifting while moving

The transmission is one of the most complex and expensive parts in your car and it is important to use is as it was intended. Be careful not to shift from drive to reverse or vice versa while the car is still moving. This “jerky” shifting places excess strain on the transmission’s internal gears and can instantly destroy it.

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Ignoring warning lights

When a warning indicator lights up on your dash panel, it is important to address the problem immediately. If you do not know what the light means, check your owner’s manual or call us. Dashboard warning lights can alert you to some very serious problems, such as a coolant leak, which can cause your engine to overheat. A simple preventative repair can often prevent a large problem down the line.

Poor Driving

We all know someone who accelerates wildly on every straightaway only to brake hard at a traffic light or stop sign. This type of driving will not destroy your car immediately, but will cause your engine, transmission and brake system to deteriorate much more quickly than intended. Cars that have been abused will have premature fluid leaks, broken seals, and mechanical problems.

Ignoring the Tires

Driving on bald tires is very risky. If a tire blows out while you are driving, you can lose control of your vehicle and have a serious accident. If you drive with bald tires in the rain, the risk of hydroplaning goes up tremendously. Also inspect the tires regularly for air pressure. If you notice an issue with the tires, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.

Back to School Tips

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For many parents, back-to-school time means carpools. Before hauling the kids around town, parents need to make sure their vehicles are operating in tip-top shape. By having the vehicle maintained, you can increase the reliability of it when you need to drive.

 

An oil change is a smart first step to prepare your vehicle for back-to-school driving. Your vehicle’s engine will likely be working overtime since most carpools require quick trips in heavily trafficked areas and extended idling. Changing your engine oil, replacing dirty air and lubricant filters and checking your tire pressure are important to keep your vehicle on the road, not on the side of it.

 

Seat belt use among high school students is lower than among other passengers. Make sure you wear you seat belt, and your passengers as well. This can keep everyone safe incase there is an accident. If there is damage to a seatbelt, make sure to have it repaired as soon as possible.

 

Some parents will be taking preschool children along when they drive older children to and from school. Make sure everyone is using proper seat restraints at all times. For infants, it is recommended you use infant-only or rear-facing convertible seats with harness straps at or below shoulder level. Toddlers should be placed in forward-facing seat with harness straps at or above shoulders. For young children, it is recommended to use a forward-facing, belt positioning booster seat with the lap belt fitting low and tight across the lap and the shoulder belt snug across the chest and shoulder. All children aged 12 and under should ride in the back seat with the safety belt fastened securely. Generally speaking, children should not graduate to the standard vehicle belts in the rear seat unless the belts fit properly across the thigh and snugly across the chest.

 

Remind your child to always use school crosswalks and sidewalks when they are walking. Also they should be alert to their surroundings. You should not ignore the crosswalks either. Children may not always stay on the sidewalk or within crosswalk lines, so you need to be extra careful while driving through school zones. Since a lot of morning traffic is comprised of parents driving children to school, you should also watch out for other vehicles slowing down or suddenly stopping to let children out. The sun may also impair visibility, so drive with caution.

 

As always, if you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to keep your vehicle safe and reliable when you drive this year. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in, contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule.

 

As you get ready for Back to School, don’t forget about your Vehicle!

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.

 

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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.