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Car Care in the Fall

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A change of seasons means that you should inspect your vehicle for any issues or problems. Bring the vehicle in and we can do a bumper to bumper inspection of the vehicle for you. This will help your vehicle be ready for the fall weather, and even winter. If you are not sure what regular maintenance should be done for your vehicle, make sure to contact us. We can recommend and set up a schedule for your car. Depending how often you drive, and what roads you drive on, the frequency of some tasks might be different. If you put a lot of miles on your car, the oil will need to be changed on a more frequent basis. This will help your driving so you are safe on the road for you and your passengers.

Fall Inspections

As the weather changes, now is a good time to bring your vehicle in for an inspection. We can check all the belts and hoses of the vehicle to help ensure they are working efficiently and correctly. If a belt is starting to wear and fray, it may need to be replaced much sooner than later. A worn belt can break suddenly, causing several issues for your vehicle. If you notice a noise or thumping sound under the hood, it could be a belt going out. It is always in your best interest to bring the vehicle in, so we can inspect everything for you.

Check the Lights

You will also want to make sure that all the lights on your vehicle are working properly as well. These lights are important because other drivers will see them, and therefore see you and your vehicle. They will also be alerted to which direction you are planning on turning or switching lanes. This will improve the safety and the safety of those around you if the lights are properly working. If you are not sure if they are working correctly, you can always bring your vehicle in, so we can check the lights for you.

The Sound your Car Makes

When you drive, there is a lot you should pay attention to. One of the things is what sound or noises you might hear coming from your vehicle. These will be indications that something is wrong with your vehicle. Sometimes it can be something minor, while other times it can mean a larger more expensive fix. The best precaution you can take is to bring the vehicle in on a regular basis for proper maintenance inspections. This way we can inspect the vehicle. A bumper to bumper inspection will help locate any issue or problem that might be occurring for your vehicle. If you ignore these sounds, the problem with eventually get worse and lead to an expensive repair bill.

Brake Noises

A noise coming from your brakes will indicate an issue with them. This can include anything from needing a little more brake fluid, to a full brake job needing to be done. When you bring the vehicle in, we will be able to locate what the issue is. You might hear a clunk-clunk noise when you apply the brake pedal. Another noise that your brakes can make is a squealing noise. This happens when a part will start to wear on another. It is mostly caused by the brake pads and rotors. As the brake pads wear, there will be metal to metal connection with the rotors. This will then result in the squeal noise you hear coming from your brakes.

Grinding Noise

You might hear a grinding noise from your vehicle if there is an issue with power steering. As you turn the vehicle, you may find it more difficult to do so. There may also be a grinding noise or low rumble. This could mean that the power steering is going out, or that the fluid is low. Since this can be difficult to diagnose, it is always recommended that you bring your vehicle in. We can find the source of the issue, and make sure it is repaired as quickly as possible.

Proper Fluid Inspections for the Vehicle

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When you have a car, it is important to keep it up to date on maintenance. This will help it to be efficient, as well as improving the condition that it runs in. There can be several things to check for your vehicle. One thing that can be overlooked is each fluid under the hood. The various fluids help your vehicle in different ways. The transmission fluid will help the transmission to operate correctly. Brake fluid is needed to help keep the brakes responsive. If you ever need to know when each fluid should be changed, make sure to contact us and we can recommend a schedule for your vehicle.

Oil Changes

The oil is another thing that you should not overlook. The oil will need to be changed on a schedule. This is usually determined by the vehicle make and model, and how many miles you will put on it. If you drive a few hundred miles a day, you will need the oil changed sooner than if you were to drive twenty miles each day. Also, what type of roads you drive on is important as well. If you have to drive in stop and go traffic, your vehicle will wear differently than others. So make sure to follow the recommended oil changes that are needed for your vehicle.

Brake Fluid

Brake fluid will also need to be inspected regularly. Doing so can help the longevity of your brakes. It will also help increase the safety of the brake system as well. If it is gone, then the brakes will not be able to respond as they otherwise typically should. If you notice there is a delay in when the brakes respond, check it as well. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you to ensure everything is where it should be.

Proper Maintenance of the Brakes

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The brake system will need to be inspected and maintained regularly. This is the best way to help ensure that the vehicle and parts are in proper condition. If there is an issue, it should be replaced as soon as possible. This will help keep the vehicle lasting as long as it can. When an issue happens, you will want to make sure that it is taken care of and fixed. Ignoring it will continue to make the problem worse. It can also do damage to other parts of the vehicle as well. This can lead to further and costly repair bills.

Brakes with Odd Noises

Any noises or sounds you hear from the brakes can be a concern. These can range from squeaking to grinding. The noises usually occur when there is metal on metal friction. If this noise is ignored, then you will have more issues happen to nearby parts. The brake pads will wear thin as they are in use. This will then lead to the brake rotors starting to show signs of age and wear as well. The brake rotors should be looked at the same time the brake pads are to ensure that they are in the best condition they can be in.

Vehicle Pulls

Noticing if the vehicle pulls in one direction when you apply the brakes is important as well. This can determine if there is an issue. As the brakes start to wear, then the vehicle will handle poorly with time as well. The handling could also be caused by a steering issue, so it is always best to bring the vehicle in for a proper inspection by us. Also make sure you look at the fluid levels in the vehicle. If one is decreasing more often, there may be a leak in the system and it will need to be repaired as soon as possible.

Improve your Visibility for Driving

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The vehicle will need to have the best visibility possible when you want to drive it. If you do not have proper visibility, you will risk the safety when driving down the road. The windshield should be free of cracks and divots. These can distract and impair what you see from the windows and windshield. These can sometimes line up so an object in the road is covered by damage or debris that is on the windshield. Always notice anything out of the norm, so we can help can inspect the vehicle for the source of that issue.

Wipers

The wipers are one of the most important components to inspect. They are needed to help clear way any debris on the windshield. As other vehicles pass you, road grime and mist can be sprayed up on the windshield. If you do not use the windshield wipers, you will notice poor visibility almost immediately. Worst yet is when you clear it, but there are still smudge marks. You will want those wipers to be in the best condition that they can possibly be in. If you notice any chattering or streaking noises they make, it is time for a replacement set.

Washer Fluid

Also make sure you take the time to check there is enough washer fluid. The windshield washer fluid is important because it will assist with removing more difficult grime and debris on the windshield. If a bug hits the windshield, more than likely you will need both the windshield wipers and washer fluid in order to remove it completely from your visibility. It is not a bad idea to have some extra washer fluid in the back of your vehicle, incase you run out at an inconvenient time when driving. If you have to refill the washer fluid often, it can be an indication there is a leak. This should be inspected and repaired as soon as possible.

Always do Year-Round Maintenance for your Car

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No matter what the season is, make sure that your vehicle is maintained properly. Always make sure that you follow the schedule that is specifically designed for your vehicle. This also depends on the make and model of the vehicle, as well as how often you drive, and what type of roads you drive on. Driving on gravel affects your vehicle much differently than driving on paved roads. Also be aware of what type of traffic you drive in. Bumper to bumper stop and go traffic will wear out the brakes quicker than driving in lighter traffic areas.

Maintenance for the Oil

Remember to never forget about changing the oil in your vehicle. The oil will lubricate the engine, as well as other parts and gears for the vehicle. Without the oil, these gears can wear against one another and end up causing damage. In some cases, the engine will seize up and become damaged. If you are not sure on the frequency that oil changes should be done, you can check in the owner’s manual. Also, we can also provide you with the schedule for an oil change for your vehicle. Having the oil changed regularly will help with the efficiency of how it operates when you drive.

Oil Filter

Besides the oil change, the oil filter will also have to be inspected. When it has become dirty or clogged, it will need to be changed as well. This can be a simple task. The oil filter collects any contaminants that are in the oil. It also allows the oil to pass through it so it can keep the vehicle running efficiently. After the vehicle has the oil and oil filter changed, the engine should be able to work in the best condition possible. If you notice an oil leak, it is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we are able to inspect it for you.

Changing the Fluids in your Car

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As the seasons start to change, yo u may want to take the opportunity to have the fluid levels change in your car as well. Doing so will help to ensure that your vehicle will be able to operate efficiently. When you are not sure how often the fluid changes should be done, make sure to contact us.

Fluid flushes

Having the fluids flushed can help ensure that the engine and other moving parts are efficient when they operated. If the fluid is dirty or has sludge, it can cause wear and tear to the parts as well. This can lead to further damage as well for your vehicle. If you ignore the issue, these parts can start to fail and have issues with other parts as well. When there is an odd noise or sound from your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with as soon as possible. This way we can inspect it for you.

Changing oil

The oil should be changed on a regular basis. Doing so will help keep the engine operating as it should. If there is not any oil in the reservoir, then there is an increased chance that the engine seizes up. You will want to check the color and consistency of the oil in your vehicle.

If you notice a change, make sure that you schedule an appointment with us. By having it properly inspected, you can help save time and money on an expensive repair bill. Also be aware if the oil is leaking from your vehicle. This can mean that you will need to replace the oil more often. It will end up costing more as well. Plus a small leak will eventually turn into a large leak, and cause issues with the engine.  Make sure to bring the vehicle in if you notice an oil leak.

Take care of your Car with Maintenance

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The vehicle you have is what you need to transport you to your destination. Sometimes this can be going to work, going on vacation, or anything in between. To help keep the vehicle operating efficiently, make sure you have regular maintenance done. We can help by advising you on when the various maintenance tasks should be performed. Doing so can help keep the vehicle and parts effective and working correctly. Also check for anything odd from the vehicle. This can include strange noises, if the vehicle handles differently, or if you notice a dashboard light illuminating.

Warning lights

The dashboard warning lights can be the best indication of an issue for your vehicle. When something is wrong with certain areas of the vehicle, a light will bring your attention to it. Also make sure to be aware if the light starts to blink or flash. When this happens, you will want to know what you were doing when the issue occurred. Make sure to alert us to it so we can inspect the vehicle for any sign of the issue. Also remember that when the light blinks, that is a more serious issue. Pull over as soon as you can, and it is safe to do so. Turn off the vehicle, so no further damage can occur to it. Give it a few minutes, then start the vehicle again. If the light does not come back on, you can continue to drive it.

Tires inspected

The tires should also be inspected for any damage to them. The air pressure is important. By checking the air pressure, you can ensure that the tires will be able to rotate when you drive. If you are not sure how much the air pressure should be, check the manual for your vehicle. We can also advise you on what the proper amount. This way we can also inspect the tires for you as well.

Proper Inspection of the Tires

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Car inspection appointments are necessary. The tires should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure they are in proper working condition. With a proper inspection, they will stay in the best conditioner possible. When they are less than ideal, the tires can end up with issues that will need to be resolved and fixed. If the issue is ignored, then all it does is make the problem that much larger. You will then have a more difficult time fixing it, as well as having a pricier repair bill in the end. It is always best to bring the vehicle in no matter what issue you notice.

Rotation of Tires

Tire rotation is needed when you suspect that one tire is not wearing as equally as the rest are. Bring the vehicle in for a tire inspection. If you notice that there is an issue with the tread of the tires, you should bring it in. This way we can inspect it for why the tire is wearing poorly. Ignoring the issue will only make it worse and you will do further damage. The tires will have a greater chance of failing or blowing out if they are not inspected regularly. When the tread wears down, the tire looses grip as you take corners or drive on slick roads.

Alignment Inspection

An alignment is also beneficial for having the tires working well. If the alignment is poor, they will not rotate correctly. If you are not sure if it needs this, bring it in for an inspection. You will also notice an increase in mileage of your vehicle when you drive. If the tires do not turn with ease, it can take extra strain and stress on the driving parts of your vehicle. It will also lead to other parts needing to be replaced as well. You will want to make sure and try to avoid it. If you are not sure how often the vehicle should be inspected, you can contact us. We can recommend a schedule for general maintenance, tire rotation, and also tire alignment. This will get you back to having a safe and reliable vehicle.

Drive Safe with Proper Brakes

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The brake system of your vehicle is one of the many parts that should be inspected on a regular basis. If you notice an issue with the vehicle, and especially the brakes, you will want to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This way if there is an issue, we can have it resolved before it turns into a much larger problem. It will also help prevent a costly repair bill when it is time to have it fixed.

Thumping Noise as you Brake

You might notice a thumping noise when or after you brake. This is typically a warning sign that you should have the brakes inspected as soon as possible so we can check the brakes. Sometimes it could be caused by something other than the brakes. There could also be a grinding noise from the brakes. This could mean that the brake pads have worn down, and now it is metal on metal.

Squeaking Noises from them

The brakes could also make a squeaking noise. This can also be caused by the brake pads for the vehicle. The metal flakes in the brake material can be a result of the brakes being applied, even just slightly. The flakes can drag along the rotor, resulting in the squeaking sound. The brake rotors can also cause the noise based on the wear indicator. This is a small metal tab that is fastened to the brake pad. Once the brake pads wear down, this will alert you for when they need to be replaced. If you ignore the issue too long, then the brake pads will become too thin. This can also result in poor safety for your vehicle.

 

The brake pedal can be another indication of poor brakes. If you feel it vibrating or pulsating, then there is an issue with the brake system. Anytime there is something out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can inspect it for you. This will help keep your vehicle safe and efficient.

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