Why Battery Inspections are Needed

 

In order for your vehicle to run, it needs a good working battery. The most important thing you can do for the battery is to use it. An idle battery can lose its charge and sulfate from the sulfuric acid inside the battery build up inside it. This weakens its ability to keep and maintain a charge. Even taking your vehicle out once a week will help keep the battery healthy, and will prevent it from dying unexpectedly. The battery is dependent on the alternator, starter, and battery terminals in order to work properly. A bad battery can affect your vehicle in negative ways that will add up to a costly repair bill if the battery is not inspected and maintained properly.

 

 

 

You will be able to notice issues of a bad battery. The most obvious one is a dead battery. You should always have it looked at because sometimes a weak alternator will cause the battery to appear like it is no longer able to hold its charge. You should always have the battery examined when you go in for scheduled tune-ups and oil changes. By testing the battery, you will have a better idea of when you might need to purchase a new one. You can also look at the battery itself. Corrosion or stains on the battery means you have a leak somewhere on it. You can also look for buildup around the terminals as well. Another way you can tell the battery is bad is the smell. If you notice a rotten egg or sulfuric smell, it is the smell of the battery overheating.

 

 

 

Maintaining your vehicle’s battery is something you should think about year round. While it is necessary to change the battery and replace one if it is a few years old, you should do all that you can to maintain the battery’s life to help save you money. You should try and get the most long lasting battery that you can buy for your vehicle. While they may cost more initially, they save you money in the long run by not replacing them as often. It is also important to prolong the life of the battery as long as you can. There are a few easy tips you can do to help this. You can make sure everything in your vehicle is turned off. Leaving your lights, stereo, and other equipment on while your car is not running can drain the life of your battery. Turning all of these off when you are not driving is a good way to extend the life of you battery, and should be done at all times. By doing this, you can keep the battery charged and it will save you stress, time, and money.

Check the Tires before Driving

 

When driving, you will want the parts and components to be in the best condition possible. The only part of your vehicle that makes direct contact with the surface of the road are the tires. It is important to inspect the tires on a regular basis. By doing so, you can ensure they are reliable and as safe as possible. Make sure to schedule a maintenance inspection with us so we can inspect the tires. If there is an issue with the tires, we can alert you to it. We can even inspect the spare tire so it will be ready to use incase you need it. There are some tasks that should be done regularly to ensure the condition of the tires.

 

Rotating

 

It is important to rotate the tires at regular intervals. By having the tires rotated on a schedule, you can help prevent uneven tire wear. The tread is important because it is what helps to grip the surface of the road when you drive. Having proper tread will allow you better control of the vehicle on icy or wet roads because of the traction. As the tires age, the tread will eventually begin to wear. If the tires are never rotated, then they will start to develop uneven tread wear. As you drive, the front tires may experience more stress than the back tires. This is because they are mostly responsible for steering and turning the vehicle. When you rotate the tires, the wear is then spread out evenly around them. This will help to extend the life of all the tires. Regular rotation of the tires will also increase the fuel economy. This helps the engine to run more efficiently when the tires have even tread wear. If you ignore the recommended tire rotation schedule, you can increase the chance that an issue may occur. Without the proper tread on the tires, they can hydroplane because of the poor traction.

 

Tread Depth

 

The tread of the tires should be inspected regularly as well. Measure the tread by placing a penny upside down in the groove of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too low. It is recommended to bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the tires. This can help you to have a comfortable and reliable ride.

 

 

 

 

Noises that Alert you to An Issue

To help keep your vehicle in the best condition possible, make sure it is brought in for regular maintenances. By having the vehicle inspected based on the recommended schedule, you can help prevent further issues from forming. If you ignore an issue, it can lead to time, money, and stress in the long run. Also, it can cause other parts of the vehicle to wear out sooner than they typically should. This will result in frequent replacements of parts of the vehicle.

 

 

One of the noises to pay attention to is from the brake system. If there are noises when you apply the brakes, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help prevent a safety issue when you are driving. Noises from the brake system could mean that the brake pads or brake rotors should be replaced. As the brake pads start to wear out, this will cause damage to the brake rotors. If you hear a squealing or screeching noise, it could mean that the brake pads have worn out. This will then result in the contact of the brake pad to the brake rotor.

 

 

Another way to determine if there is an issue with the vehicle is any sounds that come from under hood. Any strange noise is an indication that the vehicle should be inspected for the source of the problem. If there is a grinding or high pitched noise from under the hood, there could be an issue with the engine or transmission. It is always recommended to have a profession look at it so the problem can be resolved quickly.

 

 

If you hear noises coming from the tires, be sure to have them inspected as soon as you can. These noises could mean that the tire might need to be repaired or replaced. It could also be a sign that the tires should be aligned, rotated, or balanced. Some noises that come from the tires could also indicate an issue with the brake system. Anything that is out of the normal should be looked at immediately.

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.

 

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.

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.

Brake Inspections are Important for your Vehicle

 

When driving your vehicle, you will want to make sure it is as safe as possible. One way to help increase the safety of it is to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. Having the issue fixed at the first sign is important because it can help reduce problems in the future. This will help save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Part of inspecting your vehicle also includes checking the brake system. The brakes are an important part because it allows you to slow down, make safe turns, and also to stop. If you are unsure about your brakes, either look to see what type of shape they are in, or call us to have them inspected.

 

When it comes to the brakes themselves, chances are one brand will not have better stopping power or abilities than another. Certain brands may be preferable or more compatible with a certain vehicle model, but all brakes have to pass safety standards and inspections. If you are not sure what type of brakes are the best for your vehicle, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the options you have.

 

Since the brakes are one of the most important parts of the safety of your vehicle, make sure to have them checked on a regular basis. Since checking the brakes takes a small amount of time, this should be a high priority. It is one of the easiest ways to keep you and your passengers safe without doing a complete vehicle overhaul. It is more than worth the time and effort to have peace of mind. Besides, you can always learn how to check the basics yourself, that way you will know your brakes are ready and running at any moment, especially during rain or when planning to drive on rough terrain.

 

Maintaining and up keeping your brakes in proper working order is one of the cheapest and practical ways to ensure the safety of your vehicle. If you slam on your brakes often, it could cause them to wear out sooner than they typically should. By having the brakes checked regularly, we will be able to determine the overall condition they are in. Remember to check your brakes often, and they will thank you by remaining reliable and glitch free. This can provide you with a safe and pleasant driving experience. By having the vehicle inspected regularly, you can help notice any sign of an issue when it starts to form. This can help prevent further issues from forming in the long run.