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

Signs that the Brakes should be Inspected

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Brake Inspection

Why do you need a brake inspection? The braking system is the most important safety feature for your vehicle. The ability to stop quickly and safely is crucial. Part of the brake system also include the brake pads and brake rotors. The friction and heat that occur every time the brakes are applied can gradually start to shorten the lifespan of these parts. It is required to have periodic replacement of these parts in order to keep the braking system in your vehicle functioning properly. You can help maintain the braking system by going to regular scheduled maintenances. 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

The Importance of Safety Inspections

 

To help keep your vehicle in the best condition possible, make sure to go to regular maintenance inspections. This is important because not only can you improve the safety on the vehicle, but it can also be more reliable when you drive. If you notice something out of the norm when you are driving, it is recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This can also help prevent further issues from occurring to parts of the vehicle. It can reduce the chance for a costly repair bill in the future as well. Noticing an issue is important so it is fixed in a timely manner. Ignoring the problem can cause further damage to the part, as well as other nearby areas of the vehicle. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in for maintenance, we can help to recommend a schedule that is best for your vehicle. read more

Inspecting the Lights on your Vehicle

The lights play an important part for your vehicle. This is what helps you to see when you are driving. If the lights are poor, you increase your chance for an accident. This is because you will not notice where or what might be in the road ahead. By inspecting the lights regularly, you can determine what is ahead of you. If you notice that the lights are dim or no longer aligned properly, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it properly.

 

By having properly working lights, it can also improve the visibility when you are driving. This alerts you to those that are around you, as well as what might be in the road up ahead. By seeing what is ahead of you, it can help to reduce the chance of an accident from occurring. Also make sure that you clean off the windshield of your vehicle so you can see properly. read more

Knowing when to Change the Oil

 

When you have the vehicle inspected on a regular basis, you can help prevent any further issues in the future. Ignoring an issue will cause the part to wear down faster than it typically should. It can also do damage to other nearby parts of the vehicle.

An oil change is recommended for your vehicle because it will help to improve the moving parts of the engine. It will help to prevent strain and stress on them. If the oil is not in good condition, the moving parts will start to cause friction with one another. It is not recommended to operate a vehicle that does not have oil in it because of the potential damage it can cause. Having a vehicle without any oil will reduce the efficiency and performance of it. 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

Signs that the Battery is Going Dead

The battery is important for your vehicle because it supplies the power to it. Without the battery, your vehicle will not even start. Also, the engine will not even turn over. Sometimes your battery will just need to be charged. Other times the battery may need to be replaced, because with time and age, the battery has worn out.

The most obvious sign that your battery may be encountering issues is if the battery light illuminates on your dashboard. Most vehicles have a light on the dashboard that will turn on as the battery is becoming faulty or going bad. As the battery nears the end of power it has, the dashboard light will be on constantly, or even be flashing. The battery warning light does not always indicate a battery that is dying. It does however appear when there is a problem with the battery. When this turns on, you should bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect the vehicle as well as the battery. read more