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.

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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.

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When the Transmission Makes an Odd Noise

Noticing a transmission noise while driving can cause enough of a worry to lead you to assume the worst. However, if you are aware of the types of problems that can arise with the transmission, you will find it easier to determine what repair work is required. Make sure to bring the vehicle in at any noise that you hear. This way we can inspect the vehicle, under the hood, or transmission, depending on the noise that is being heard. By catching an issue early on, you can help reduce the chance of costly repair bills in the future.

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Inspecting the Air Pressure During Winter

Having the tires at the proper air pressure amount can add several benefits for your vehicle when traveling. Going to regular scheduled maintenances is important. We can inspect parts of the vehicle, such as the tires, to ensure that they are in proper working condition. It is important to have the tires looked at if the tire is going low often. This could be a sign there is an air leak in it somewhere.

By having the correct amount of air in the tires, you can help to improve the handling on the road when you drive. If the tires are over inflated, there will be less contact on the surface of the road. This can lead to poor stability when you drive. It could also mean that the tires would be more prone to pick up sharp objects or debris that might be in the road. Tires that are under inflated have the risk of blowing out. It could also cause the tires to wear unevenly. If the tires are not properly inflated, not only do they have the risk of a driving hazard, but it also could also lead to a high repair bill. This is because the tires may wear out long before they typically should.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Keep your Vehicle in Great Condition

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With school starting, now is a great time to have your vehicle properly inspected. If parts are starting to show signs of wear and tear, make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible.

The tires should be inspected regularly. Since the tires are the only part that will make direct contact with the surface of the road, it is important to have them inspected. The proper inflation will help the tires to rotate and wear evenly. If you notice that the air pressure is low on a regular basis, there could be a leak on the tire. If a tire is over inflated it has a great chance to pick up sharp objects on the road. When a tire is under inflated, it may be more prone to blowing out. It is important to remember to check the spare tire along with the regular ones as well. This way it will be ready to use incase you need it.

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The Belts and Hoses for Your Car

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If you hear a squealing or other noise coming from under the hood, it may be a loose or damaged belt. If a belt slips or breaks, waiting to have it fixed could possibly cause damage to your vehicle. If the belt comes off at any time, it can cause your engine to lock up, which can be a major issue and expense. While belts break down with heat, mileage, and age, it is a good idea to have regularly scheduled maintenance done to make sure all the belts are in good working order. If you are not sure how often to have your vehicle inspected, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the vehicle for you.

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