Keeping the vehicle up to date on regular maintenance is important. This will allow it to be safe and reliable when you drive it. Make sure that you always follow the recommended inspections. Between maintenance, be aware of anything that is out of the norm for the vehicle. With any issues, they will need to be inspected as soon as possible. Ignoring a problem will only end up causing further issues. If there is a grinding noise, it can mean that parts are starting to wear against each other, like the brake pads and rotors. By having us inspect the vehicle, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run.
Air pressure should always be checked and maintained regularly. You will want to check the air in the tires frequently, especially when the weather becomes cooler out. As the temperatures drop, air leaks will start to increase for the tires. Remember to check the air pressure amount in each tire after it has sat for some time. Checking it after driving can result in a false reading for you. This can increase the chance of tire problems and an unexpected breakdown as well.
Pressure inspections for the tires
The air pressure for the tires can be found on the inside doorjamb for the driver’s door. You will want to take note if the recommendation for psi is all tires, or just the front or just the rear. Make sure then that the tires are filled up to that amount. Tires that are over inflated can run the chance of picking up sharp objects on the road. If the tires are lower than they should be, then they could blow when driving. Besides the regular tires, also take the time to check the spare tire of your vehicle. This is important incase you have an issue with one of the other tires.
When the kids head back to school, remember that now is a good time to have the vehicle inspected bumper to bumper. No matter if you are driving your kids to school, or maybe you have a young driver in the family, you will want the car in the best condition possible. Following regular maintenance intervals is important for the longevity of the vehicle. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us.
Changing Oil before the Start of the School Year
Having the oil changed is an important part of making sure the vehicle runs efficiently. When the oil is changed, fresh clean oil will be in the engine to help it operate. You can check in the owner’s manual, or contact us for when the oil should be changed for your vehicle. If the oil starts to look like sludge, make sure that you schedule an appointment for an oil change. At the same time, we can change the oil filter for your vehicle as well. The oil filter can collect any dirt or other pollutants as it passes through the filter of your vehicle.
Problems that you Notice
The noises should always be taken seriously. The vehicle you own should always be properly maintained, especially if you hear noises. By following the vehicle owner’s manual, you will know when to bring your vehicle in, so it can be inspected. A full bumper to bumper inspection will help ensure the parts and components are working efficiently. If there is any noises, we can fix and resolve it, before the issue becomes a larger problem. Ignoring an issue can also lead to a more expensive repair bill that could have been prevented. We would also be glad to recommend a proper maintenance schedule for your vehicle. Things like tire rotations, oil changes, and fluid flushes are all important. You should also be aware of any issues between visits as well. This can include any odd noises that you might hear.
The roads can start to deteriorate and have issues as the spring weather arrives. This is because of the freezing and thawing that the roads go through over a few months. The result can be potholes that you will want to avoid or drive around if at all possible. You cannot always determine how deep or shallow a pothole may be. If it is really deep, it can do damage to the tires and front end of your vehicle as you drive over it. Slow down if you see an upcoming pothole so you can go over it more carefully.
When driving in the winter, make sure to have the lights on when the weather is less than ideal. This is important no matter what the weather is. If it is raining, sleeting, snowing, or even windy, you will want to have the headlights on. You will improve the visibility as you drive, as well as helping others to see where you are at on the road. Without the lights on, you will increase the chance of an accident occurring. If other drivers cannot see you, then they might rear end or crash into you.
Your vehicle is important to get you to and from your destination. Keeping it maintained regularly will help reduce issues that could have been prevented. Sometimes, you may notice that the dashboard warning lights for the vehicle might turn on. It might be one, or it might be a couple different ones. Knowing what to do will help decrease further damage to your vehicle, and reduce stress as well. The owner’s manual for your vehicle will mention what each of the lights mean. You can also contact us and we can inspect the vehicle for you if one of the warning lights illuminates.
In the winter you will want to remember to have your vehicle inspected on a regular basis. Doing so will help increase the safety and reliability of it. We can also advise you when certain maintenance tasks should be done for your vehicle as well. The oil will need to be changed on a regular basis. Also make sure that the tires are rotated regularly as well. Besides a rotation, the tires will need to be aligned. This will help them to be as efficient as possible. When there is an issue with one or more tire, you will notice an issue when driving. The vehicle may pull in one direction or the other.
The transmission is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. If the car will not shift after engaging the clutch and trying to move the stick, take a look at the fluid to make sure that it is at the right level. Other causes include using the incorrect thickness of fluid and the clutch linkage or shift cables needing adjustment. The source of the problem could also be the vehicle’s computer system.
Check Engine Light
The check engine light located on your car’s dashboard is a great early indicator that something is wrong with your vehicle. While the light turns on for a number of reasons other than transmission issues, it very important not to ignore this helpful warning sign. There are sensors placed in many areas of a car’s engine that alert the computer if it senses unusual activity coming from a particular process. The sensors on a transmission can pick up on the slightest jerks and vibrations than you are not able to see or feel.