Careful Driving is Needed for Winter

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When the temperatures get colder, snow and ice will be inevitable. It is important that you make sure your vehicle will be ready to handle the winter weather conditions. The most important thing to remember is that you clean off the vehicle fully. Make sure that you clear off the entire vehicle before you drive. This should include the windshield, rear windshield, and all the side windows and mirrors. The hood and roof of the vehicle will also need to be free and clear of any snow. If you leave snow on it, there’s a good probability it can fly up and impair your visibility when you drive. It could also reduce the visibility for anyone beside or behind you. read more

Cold Temperatures Affect the Battery

The winter weather can cause issues for your vehicle over time. Colder temperatures will cause some parts to become hard and brittle. When you drive in winter, try not to hit anything too hard or too fast. This can end up damaging or breaking parts of your vehicle. Just because you see a snow drift, you should not assume that is soft and light weight snow. The temperatures can also affect the battery of your vehicle. It will have a harder time of charging up and starting your vehicle. There also might be situations where you start the vehicle, but you will not be able to keep it running. read more

Why the Brakes Need to be Inspected

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The brake system of your vehicle should be inspected regularly. Regular maintenance checks for your vehicle will help it to stay in the best condition possible. If you do not bring the vehicle in, you will not know what is wrong with the vehicle until it is too late. Noticing an issue at the first sign can help reduce further problems from forming with your vehicle. Anything out of the norm should always be taken seriously, and not ignored. This will help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run for your vehicle. read more

Making sure to Inspect your Car

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The vehicle you own is important and you will have to rely on it to get you to your destination. In order to keep it operating correctly, you will want to follow the recommended maintenance inspection schedule. Doing so will help ensure that the parts and components are working as they should be. If the vehicle is not inspected regularly, then there can be an issue with how it operates. This will then cause other areas to show signs of trouble along the way as well. Having proper maintenance done in a timely fashion can help improve the longevity and efficiency of your vehicle. read more

Having an Efficient Battery for the Winter

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Make sure to check the battery in your vehicle. When the temperatures drop, you will want your vehicle to be safe and reliable when you drive it. Part of this includes making sure that the battery for your vehicle works. No matter if you are on your way to work, school, or driving for fun, having your vehicle start is important. Make sure to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. By doing so, you can help ensure it is able to last as long as possible.

Inspecting the battery

Between regular inspections, you can inspect it on your vehicle yourself. Check to make sure the terminals are not dirty or have corrosion on them. Also make sure they are tight and can properly keep the current. If the terminal is loose or has corrosion, it may assist in the battery starting to fail. If you notice this, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can fix it for you as soon as possible. read more

Common Reasons for the Check Engine Light

The check engine light is part of a built in computerized system, so you should not ignore it. It is important to not confuse the check engine soon light with the service engine light because they have different meanings than the check engine light. The maintenance is required when a service engine soon light illuminates at a given mileage to let you know that a vehicle service is needed.

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The check engine light is now required to monitor a number of different emissions factors, including the exhaust that comes out of the engine. It can even monitor the exhaust again as it is exiting the catalytic converter. These newer systems are so precise that the check engine light may come on if the gas cap is not tight enough. Also the light will come on if there is a leak anywhere in the fuel system. read more

Inspecting Windshield Wipers Regularly

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When you inspect your vehicles windshield wipers on a regular basis, you can determine if there are any issues. Most drivers know to get regular oil changes and rotate their tires. You should also check and top off any other fluids on a regular basis, and make sure that the windshield wipers are in the best condition possible.

Windshield wipers are vital to car safety but are an often overlooked feature on cars.  When it rains or snows, you turn them on to help with visibility and then forget about them.  One of the worst things that can happen in poor driving conditions is to turn on wipers and have them do nothing.  Regular maintenance can seriously limit the probability of that happening. If you notice an issue with the windshield wipers, make sure to have them changed and replaced as soon as possible. read more

Inspect the Tires on your Vehicle this Winter

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Make sure to inspect the tires on your vehicle regularly this winter. The tread, air pressure, and overall condition are all things to check. A tire’s tread helps it to maintain traction with the road, especially in wet or icy conditions. The specific pattern of the tread determines the conditions for which the tire is best suited. The treads on rain tires are generally V-shaped, allowing them to quickly channel water away from the tire’s driving surface. The rubber on the driving surface of the tires wears off with use, which reduces tread depth over time. read more

Regular Vehicle Inspection

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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