Inspect the Vehicle Regularly

Vehicle Inspection, Dale Feste Automotive, Hopkins MN

Vehicle Inspection

The battery should be inspected visually for corrosion or any other buildup of debris regularly. The surface of the battery should be clean and free from any dirt buildup. The connection points and posts should also be free of corrosion or rust. This can decrease the power it is able to supply your vehicle. It is also recommended to have the battery professionally tested to see if it is able to hold the charge effectively.

As the hours of daylight start to shorten, make sure that the lights on your vehicle are working properly. You can clean off the lights by using a sponge or car cleaning cloth with a car cleaner. This way you can scrub and wipe away the buildup of road grime that has collected on the headlights and taillights from the previous months. By cleaning the lights, you can help to ensure you have the brightest and clearest beams possible when driving. Having good quality lights can help your visibility when you drive. The lights on the vehicle are also important to help other drivers see you. This can help to reduce the chance of an accident if you need to stop in an emergency situation. read more

Keeping the Windshield Clean

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Why should you keep your Windshield Clean

Keeping the windshield clean and clear can help provide you with the best visibility possible when you are driving. Knowing what is ahead on the road can allow ample time for you to react to the situation. If you notice a crack or divot in the windshield, it is recommended to have it repaired as soon as possible. This can help make sure you have a clear and straight view of the road ahead of you.

One of the single cheapest ways to make sure your windshield stays in good shape is to replace your wiper blades often. Most blades aren’t hard to snap off and replace, nor are they expensive. An inspection of the wiper blades also is easy. Run your hand along one at a time and feel along for holes in the edge or torn pieces of rubber that could mean that the windshield wiper is ineffective. If it leaves significant streaks during a rainstorm or does not appear to be hugging the contour of the glass, than it might be time to look into a replacement windshield wiper blade for the vehicle. read more

What is Dry Rot on the Tires

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Dry Rot

Tire dry rot refers to the cracking and splitting that can occur in the sidewalls or treads of rubber tires as the rubber ages and becomes brittle. It is also known as sidewall cracking. Ozone and ultraviolet light are the primary environmental causes of tire dry rot. Tire manufacturers blend chemical ingredients into the tire during the manufacturing process in an effort to combat dry rot caused by ozone and UV exposure. Carbon black is added to the rubber to protect the tires from UV light. Waxes are added to the rubber during tire manufacturing to protect the tire against damage from ozone. If the vehicle is left to sit, the tires may develop dry rot. Make sure to check the tires regularly for any issues they might have. read more

Keeping the Tires in Proper Condition

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Keeping Your Tires in Proper Condition

It is a good idea to check your tire pressure on a consistent basis. Once a month or is a good rule. Some more recent model vehicles have a built in computer that do this for you. A warning will show up when a tire is low on air pressure, and which one is the culprit. You can also purchase an air pressure gauge and keep it in your glove department. Besides checking the air pressure, you can also bring it in and we can inspect the air pressure for you. Proper air pressure in the tires can help them to rotate, as they should. It can also improve the fuel efficiency for the vehicle when you drive. read more

Windshield Protection and Maintenance for your Vehicle

Keeping the windshield in the best condition possible is important. It is the part that will help you to notice other objects and drivers that are around you. The windshield will help to keep you and your passengers safe when traveling. Keeping the windshield clean and clear can help provide you with the best visibility possible when you are driving. Knowing what is ahead on the road can allow ample time for you to react to the situation. If you notice a crack or divot in the windshield, it is recommended to have it repaired as soon as possible. read more

Checking the Belts and Hoses

Your engine relies on many different parts in order to generate power as well as making sure that the power is translated into the ability to drive. The best way to make sure that you are getting everything that you will need from your engine is to make sure things like belts and hoses are being checked regularly. These can get worn out very quickly through regular use of the engine. It is important to know what you are looking for as well as how to replace these. With the right kind of help, your engine will be able to operate correctly at all times. You will notice an improvement immediately in performance whenever you do. There are a few things, which your engine relies heavily on belts and hoses to operate correctly. Among the different things that rely on hoses is the carburetor. Additional belts will include the belt to the alternator that will generate the energy that the engine will need in order to provide electricity throughout the car while you are driving. read more

Noticing Noises with your Vehicle

A vehicle is made up of several moving parts and components that work as a system. This helps to allow the vehicle to operate effectively. The parts of the vehicle require regular maintenance, lubrication, and replacement when they become old and worn. Any strange noise could mean that there may be something wrong with the vehicle. By noticing odd noises in the vehicle, you can help to keep the vehicle operating in the best condition possible. If you notice an issue, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help to prevent further issues from occurring. It can also help reduce the chance of other parts failing as well. If an issue is caught quickly, you can help reduce time, money, and stress. read more

Inspecting the Tires on your Vehicle

There are several things that you will need to check on the tires, and will only take a few minutes. This way you can ensure that the tires are in the best condition possible for when you drive. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you. If there is an issue, we can advise you on the options you have so they are repaired and fixed.

 

The tread is an important part on each tire of the vehicle. Without the tread, the tire would not be able to grip the surface of the road as you drive. When the roads are wet or slick, the tread is what helps the vehicle to drive straight and under control. You can also test the tread depth by just using a penny. All you need to do is place the penny upside down in one of the tread grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is not sufficient enough. If you notice that the tread is worn significantly different on each tire, having the tires rotated can be beneficial. If you notice that the vehicle pulls or sways in one direction or the other, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the tires for you. read more

Some of the Most Overlooked things on your Vehicle

To help keep your vehicle working in the best condition possible, make sure to bring it in for regular maintenances. If you notice anything out of the normal between regular visits, make sure to contact us. This can help prevent a larger issue from forming in the future. By catching an issue at the first sign, you can also help prevent a costly repair bill when it needs to be fixed.

The power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your important power steering parts are protected from detrimental corrosion. read more

Reasons why a Battery Loses Charge

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On occasion, your vehicle’s battery will suddenly lose charge. Sometimes it will gradually begin to weaken and have signs that will be noticeable. Having the battery inspected can help you to know the condition it is in. That way you can help to avoid a possible dead battery when you need it the most. If your vehicle’s battery is starting to lose power, it may be from a number of things. It is important to go to scheduled maintenances regularly so we can inspect it for you. In between visits, you may start to notice how your vehicle is handling or sounds. read more