Summer Tips for your Vehicle

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Getting ready for a summer vacation or road trip can be stressful with planning. Make sure to take some of the worry away by having your vehicle inspected on a regular basis. This will help ensure that the parts are working as they should be, and it can drive safely. In the summer, you will want to make sure that the air conditioner is at top performance. If you notice the interior of the vehicle is not cool, schedule an appointment with us so we can check the air conditioner. You will also want to make sure that the refrigerant is efficient as well. read more

Keeping your Car in the Best Condition

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When you own a vehicle, you will want it to last as long as possible. The best way to help ensure this is to make sure you bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. We will look at all the parts and components of the vehicle if there is an issue. If you do notice anything out of the norm of your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment and bring it in. By noticing an issue and fixing it as soon as possible, you can help prevent a costly repair bill as well.

Car Wash

After winter, you will want to get your car washed. This will help to remove any buildup of road grime, salt, and other pollutants. During the winter, the salt is put down in order to help remove the ice from the surface of the road. It can then get under your vehicle. As it sits there, it can start to eat away at the frame and cause rust to your vehicle. In order to keep everything in proper condition, having the car washed can help remove this. Also make sure to look for a car wash that has an undercarriage wash, so it removes the gunk from under the vehicle as well. read more

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