How Winter can Affect Your Vehicle this Year

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Your vehicle’s exhaust system is an important part and should be checked at least once a year. When winter comes, you have to be careful of damages to your exhaust system from icy road conditions. If something in the road causes damage, you will need to get a muffler and exhaust repair quickly to avoid any dangerous effects from harmful gases getting inside your car. The exhaust system and muffler are typically mounted on the bottom rear of most vehicles. At any time, especially during winter driving conditions, these can be damaged by potholes, large bumps, as well as debris in the road such as ice chunks. Driving on frequent short trips is the worst thing you can do for your exhaust system in the cold weather. read more

Winter Driving tips to Be Safe

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Winter driving is different than the rest of the year. When you drive in the winter, you will have to be more aware of the roads and surroundings than you do other times of the year. Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. Also remember to never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. Before you drive, make sure that the tires are properly inflated, and not over or under inflated. You will also want the gas tank to be at least half full. This helps to ensure your vehicle is ready to drive when you need it, and you have plenty of gas to reach your destination when driving in the winter. Another important thing when driving in the winter is not to use your cruise control if the roads or weather are anything less than ideal. If you drive on slick roads that are wet, ice, slush, or snow covered, you will want to slow down to a speed your are comfortable with, while also being able to control the vehicle. 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

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

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

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. read more

Signs a New Transmission is Needed

Everyone relies heavily on their vehicle, but an unexpected repair can be a major inconvenience as we as cost. Regular maintenance and inspections are necessary to ensure that your vehicle is running correctly and efficiently.

The transmission generates power to your tires. It also controls how much of that power is available at anytime. It is mostly responsible for adapting how much power gets to the drive wheels, which are important for starting the vehicle, stopping, and also traveling at all speeds. A transmission keeps the engine’s output optimally matched to the speed and the load conditions of your vehicle. Connected to the transmission is the torque converter. This assists in the flow of the engine’s torque into the transmission. The transmission fluid cleans, cools, lubricates, transmits force and pressure, and protects the transmission from buildup of any kind. read more

The Importance of the Windshield Wipers

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While windshield wipers might not be one of the first things you think of when you think of parts of your car, but they are still a very important component. When driving in poor weather or rainy conditions it can result in reduced visibility. To ensure that you can see properly, make sure to have the windshield wipers replaced when they start to show signs of wear. Since the windshield wiper blades are inexpensive, having them replaced is a good idea. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the wipers for you. We can also check to make sure that the windshield wiper fluid is also topped off. This is beneficial because the fluid can clear off the windshield if you get road grime or dirt on it. read more

Improve the Visibility with Proper Windshield Wipers

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Windshield wipers help to clear off your windshield if it is raining out, or clearing off substances that seem to get stuck to it. This could be road grime, dirt, or insects that hit your vehicle. To help get the best visibility possible, make sure that you inspect the windshield wipers on a regular basis. When checking the windshield wipers, make sure you know what size you need for your vehicle. Also make sure to check the windshield wiper fluid. This is beneficial because the fluid can work with the wipers in order to remove any debris or grime that could be on the windshield of your vehicle. read more

Improving the Visibility when you Drive

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When you own a vehicle, you will want to keep it in the best condition you possibly can. This should include bringing the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in, make sure to contact us and we can provide you with the schedule. Between visits make sure to check the oil for an adequate amount and inspect the tires. If you notice any issues with the vehicle it is important that you contact us so we can inspect the vehicle as soon as possible. Besides keeping the vehicle operating at top performance levels, you will want to make sure that as a driver, you can see out of all the windows. Having proper visibility can make your driving experience safer and more pleasant. read more