Driving safe is important when you drive, no matter what time of the year it is. One of the most important things you can do is leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Ideally, you should leave at least three car lengths or three seconds between you and them. If they have to slam on the brakes suddenly, then you will have enough time to react accordingly. If the road or weather conditions are less than ideal, you will want to double the amount of space you leave. When an animal darts across the road, you will want to be able to leave space so you can apply the brakes if needed.
Potholes and rough roads take a big toll on vehicles. Especially the steering and suspension components. Hitting curbs, railroad tracks, or speed bumps can all cause damage. Potholes form when moisture seeps through small holes and cracks in the road surface. As temperatures rise and fall, the moisture expands and contracts due to thawing and freezing. This breaks up the pavement and, combined with the weight of passing cars, eventually chunks out, creating in a pothole.
There are some tips to help reduce the damage a pothole might cause. The tire is the most important cushion between a car and a pothole. Make sure tires have enough tread and are properly inflated by checking the doorjamb or owner’s manual, not the psi listed on the tire.
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.
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.
Check engine light
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.
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.
Owning a vehicle can be a big investment. It then makes sense for the vehicle to be taken care of properly. The best way to do this is bring the vehicle in for regular maintenances. We can check the parts and components of the vehicle to ensure they are working the best that they can. Making sure the parts are operating and wearing, as they should, will help you prolong the life of your vehicle, as well as working at top performance levels.
Besides going to regular maintenances, there are some parts you can check yourself. This is important because you can notice if a part is starting to fail. This can include the tires, hoses, belts, or even an increase in how fast the fluid levels go down. If you notice a fluid level that decreases more quickly than other fluid levels, it could mean that there is a leak in the system. Make sure to bring the vehicle in, and we can inspect the fluids and systems for you. Any odd sound or smell you notice should be taken seriously as well. If there is a grinding noise or screeching noise, it may mean that parts are wearing poorly with one another.
In the winter you will want a nice, warm vehicle to drive. If you notice an issue with the heat temperature or amount being produced, it could be caused by a poor heating core. This is a component of the engine that is part of the cooling system under the hood. The heater core allows the heater and defrost to function. Not only does it help to warm the vehicle internally, but it also helps to prevent the vehicle from overheating. If you notice the temperature gauge going up on the dashboard, one issue could be the heating core.
On occasion, your vehicle’s battery will suddenly lose charge. Sometimes it will gradually begin to weaken and have signs that will be noticeable. Having the battery inspected can help you to know the condition it is in. That way you can help to avoid a possible dead battery when you need it the most. If your vehicle’s battery is starting to lose power, it may be from a number of things. It is important to go to scheduled maintenances regularly so we can inspect it for you. In between visits, you may start to notice how your vehicle is handling or sounds.
One of the most important parts on your vehicle is your brake system. There are several signs you might notice if the brakes are starting to go out in your vehicle. The brakes my start to make odd noises or produce vibrations when the brake pedal is applied. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. This way the issue can be looked at and repaired before it gets worse.
The brakes may produce a squeal or squeaking noise. This is caused from unwanted movement of the brake components, sometimes causing friction. Make sure to have the brakes properly inspected on a regular basis. We can also check for corrosion, worn parts, or damaged components. If there is grinding noises, there could be an issue with the brake pads and rotors.
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.