Pressure for the Tires Should be Checked Often

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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. read more

Back to School is a good time for Car Maintenance to be Done

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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. read more

Noises from your Vehicle when you drive

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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. read more

Driving on the Roads this Spring

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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. read more

Remember to Turn on your Lights

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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. read more

What do the Dashboard Lights Mean?

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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. read more

Remember Car Maintenance in the Winter

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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. read more

Transmission Issues to Look for

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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. read more

Deicing your Vehicle in the Winter

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In the winter it is inevitable that you will have to remove ice, snow, and frost from your winndshield. You will want to make sure that you clear the windshield, side windows, rear windshield, and side mirrors. In order to start your vehicle so you can start to warm it up, and warm up the windshield, you will want to make sure you can get in your vehicle. You may need to have a lock de-icer to get in. Lock de-icer is simply a specific concentration of isopropyl alcohol. It’s the same chemical compound found in rubbing alcohol, for example, but at a much stronger concentration. Lock de-icer, is at least 98 percent isopropyl alcohol, while rubbing alcohol is typically between 50 and 70 percent strength. That potent alcoholic liquid works by lowering the freezing point of water. Lock de-icer is designed to act as a fail-safe to open your doors when the small key hole cover flap meant to keep moisture out of locks and prevent them from freezing up doesn’t do the trick. 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