Inspect the Vehicle Regularly

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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

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

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

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

Driving Tips to Stay Safe

Make sure to check your vehicle often. Check the tires on a weekly basis. The air pressure should be at the amount that is recommended by the vehicle owner’s manual. Tires that are under inflated or over inflated could cause issues over time. Under inflated tires can lead to poor fuel efficiency with the vehicle. Over inflated tires can be more prone to pick up sharp objects and debris that might be in the road. Besides having regular maintenance done on the vehicle, there are some tips you can do to help improve your driving habits, as well as your safety this winter. read more

Make sure the Headlights are working Properly

The headlights are an important part for your vehicle to your safety. Headlights serve the purpose of illuminating the road ahead to provide visibility for you. It also helps to make you visible to others around you. Good headlights can help reduce the chance of an accident and allow you to see what is on the road ahead. This is beneficial if you are driving at night or if it is poor weather. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the headlights for you.

The most common type of headlight today uses incandescent light bulbs. These type of bulbs work like ones in average house lamps, but are very much more powerful. The filament used in these bulbs evaporates over time and burn out just like any bulb does, leading for replacement every so often. With newer technology, the halogen bulb is starting to emerge in newer vehicle makes and models. These bulbs are similar to traditional incandescent bulbs in that they both require a tungsten filament. However, the halogen bulb uses a thinner filament that offers a brighter white light and the bulb is filled with halogen gas that extends the life of the filament. read more

The Brake Warning Light on the Dashboard

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Keeping your vehicle in the best condition possible is important. If the brake warning light is illuminated all the time, it may mean the emergency parking brake is still engaged. The brake warning light remains on when the brake is applied as a reminder to the driver. Once the parking brake is released, the light should go off. If the light continues to stay on, there may be an issue somewhere. If it is not a parking brake issue, it may mean the hydraulic pressure has been lost in one side of the brake system. The light could also mean that the fluid level in the master cylinder is low because of a leak somewhere. read more

Importance of Inspecting the Tires

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Keeping your vehicle maintained is important. This can help you to keep it operating efficiently and at top performance levels. Make sure to notice if there are any issues that are starting to form on the vehicle, as this can help to prevent a larger and more serious issue from forming in the future. If other parts start to become damaged, it could end up costing more in a repair bill. Between regular visits, make sure to take the time and inspect some things on the vehicle yourself. This can help you to be aware if these parts, components, or tires are starting to fail. Having the tires in the best condition possible can provide several benefits for the vehicle. read more

Knowing if your Vehicle needs a Front-End Alignment

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The front-end alignment may be needed because ball joints, idler arms, and tie rods will all wear with use. This wear can eventually lead to one or both of the front axles being out of alignment when your vehicle travels down the road.

When the vehicle is driven in normal conditions, the tires should wear evenly across the entire tread. Tires that are too low on air pressure will wear out on the edges. This typically happens on both outer edges at the same time. Tires that have too much air pressure will be worn in the center of the tread. If the tire is out of alignment, it will wear out more on one side than the other. read more