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Making Sure the Cabin Filter is Efficient

 

When you own a vehicle you will want to make sure it is in the best condition possible. This should include bringing it in for regular maintenance inspections. You should also be aware of any issues that the vehicle or parts might have. If you notice an issue at the first sign, you can help prevent it from having a further issue, causing a costly repair bill in the long run. One part that is often overlooked are the cabin filters. If you are not sure if the filter should be changed, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.

The primary purpose of cabin air filters, located on most vehicles, is keeping the air inside your vehicle’s cabin clean. The cabin filter is typically located behind the glove compartment or under the hood or dashboard on most modern vehicles. Its job is to filter all of the air that comes through the car’s air and furnace system to prevent pollutants, such as dust, pollen, smog and mold spores from entering. The filters can also catch rodent droppings, leaves and other unwanted debris.

Cabin filters are important for the overall comfort in your vehicle for you and your passengers. The cabin filter helps with allergy problems. They also prevent pollen from getting in the car if you live in an area with a lot of trees. If the air produced is not as strong coming out of the vent, then the cabin filter may need to be replaced.

Besides improving air quality, replacing the cabin air filter may prevent an expensive repair. When the air is dirty, the system will work harder and the motor can burn up. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspected it regularly for you, and also check the cabin filter. By having the vehicle in the most efficient working condition, you can have an enjoyable ride.

Windshield Wiper Blades will need to be inspected

 

Owning and driving a vehicle requires maintenance. Bring the vehicle in regularly so we can inspect it for you. You can also check it between visits to ensure that the parts are in the most efficient condition possible for when you need to drive it. Check the blades for any rips or tears that they might have. If the blades are in a less than ideal condition, it could lead to smear or smudge marks on the windshield. This can also lead to poor visibility. Also make sure that the wipers are operating effectively, they should clear the windshield in a line that clears away dirt and debris from your line of vision. If you notice the arm of one of the blades is bent, make sure to bring the vehicle in.

 

 

Also make sure that the windshield wiper fluid is topped off in the reservoir. By having enough wiper fluid, you can help to ensure the windshield will be cleaned off when you need it to be. It is also advised to keep extra washer fluid in your vehicle incase the reservoir becomes low.

 

The wipers are important for your visibility and safety when you drive. They will clear away any sleet, snow, or rain that might develop on your windshield. If the rain starts to turn to ice, turn the defroster on to help melt it and clear it away. If it becomes too difficult to see properly, always make sure you pull over to avoid an accident or hitting something. If you notice that the wipers no longer clear the windshield, it is recommended to get a new set as soon as possible. By having efficient wipers, you will be able to see better when you drive, helping to avoid accidents, other cars, or objects in the road. If you are not sure what type of wipers you will need, make sure to bring the vehicle in, and we can advise you on what ones are best for you.

Inspecting Turn Signals Regularly

 

Owning a vehicle means that you will have to have it in the most efficient condition possible. Inspecting turn signals and headlights should always be done to improve the safety when you drive. You will also want it to run without issues so you can trust the car when you drive. It is important to bring your vehicle in for regularly scheduled maintenance inspections. By doing so, you can help keep the vehicle running at top condition. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule. Also be aware of any issues you might notice between inspections. Bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect the vehicle for you.

 

One area to check on the vehicle are the lights. Inspecting turn signals and the headlights are important for the safety when you drive. The headlights and taillights are important because they allow other drivers to see where you are at. The headlights also help you to see the road ahead of you, and be aware of any people, animals, cars, or objects. Always remember to keep a safe distance between you and those in front of you. Typically you should leave at least three car-lengths or three seconds. If the weather is less than ideal, than you should increase the distance. Make sure you are aware of the weather and the road conditions, and adjust your speed and distance accordingly.

 

Also remember to check the turn signals on the vehicle. These are important because they alert other drivers in which direction you are turning. Without blinkers that work properly, others on the road will not know which way you are intending to go. You can inspect the lights on your vehicle by parking where it is safe, and having the lights on. You can then walk around your vehicle and check the lights. You can also turn on the signal, and check that they are working correctly. If you do notice an issue, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can fix it for you. This will help you to stay safe on the road.

Inspecting Tires Regularly

 

When you own a vehicle, you want to keep it lasting as long as possible. One task to remember to do is inspecting tires on a regular basis. By inspecting the tires regularly you can help ensure they are in the best condition possible to drive on. If you are not sure how often to bring the vehicle in to have the tires inspected, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule.

 

The first thing to look at while inspecting the tires is the tread wear. The tread is important because it helps to grip the surface of the road when you drive. If the tread is poor, your vehicle may not handle properly. You should bring the vehicle in if you notice this, so we can inspect the tires for you. Checking the tread can be quick and easy, and all you need is a penny. Place the penny upside down in one of the tread grooves. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is too low and the tire should be replaced.

 

Also check the air pressure in your tires. When it gets colder out, the air pressure tends to decrease in the tire. If there is a leak in a tire, the air will decrease quicker. Tires that are over inflated may have a tendency to pick up sharp objects in the road. Under inflated tires have an increased chance of blowing out. The fuel mileage may also be affected by poorly inflated tires. This is because the tires will not be able to rotate as efficiently as they should, causing the vehicle to work harder when you drive.

 

When you check the tires, also check the overall condition of them. This includes how they are wearing, signs of bulges, and inspecting the sidewalls. If there is anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.

Coolant Flushes Can Extend the Life of Your Vehicle

 

Fresh Coolant Being Replaced after a Coolant Change

Fresh Coolant Being Poured after a Coolant Change

Keeping your vehicle properly maintained is important for the overall performance of it. One task that you should remember is having the coolant flushed. It is important to replace your car’s coolant every few years. All that is necessary is to drain out all the old coolant and replace it with new. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on a schedule as well as what else should be inspected on your vehicle.

Checking under the hood of your vehicle helps you to ensure that the engine, fluids, and coolant are all able to perform at their best levels possible. As the seasons change, now is a great time to ensure your vehicle is in good shape. You can follow the manufacturer’s recommendations of when to bring your car in, your you can contact us and we can advise you on the maintenance also. By having the coolant flushed, this helps keep the radiator working efficiently, and also allowing it to stay cool. Without coolant, the radiator and engine will start to overheat. This will then do costly damage to parts of your vehicle.

Now is also a great time to check the windshield washer fluid on your vehicle. With winter around the corner, you will need the washer fluid to wash away road grime, dirt, and salt residue that may splash up on your windshield. Keep the visibility clear is important for the overall safety for you and your passengers as you drive. It is also recommended that you keep extra washer fluid in your vehicle, incase you need more suddenly. If the windshield wipers are vibrating against the windshield as the operate, make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible. This will help improve your vision as well when you drive. But no matter what issue you may notice with your vehicle, make sure to have it inspected by us, to ensure it is in optimal operating condition.

Brake issues won’t be a problem with these tips

The brakes are an important part of the vehicle when you drive. Without them, you will not be able to slow down or stop. If you start to notice an issue with your vehicle, you will want to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. This way we can ensure it is in the best condition possible for you. There are also some signs you can watch out for in case your brakes start to fail.

If you hear your brakes squeal or make a grinding noise when you use them, it’s a sign that they may need adjustment or replacement. Grinding noises are particularly serious, as they indicate that your brake pads are worn may need to be replaced.

If the brake or Anti-Lock Braking System warning light on your dashboard lights up, it means you are low on brake fluid. If there is low fluid, it usually means that there is a leak somewhere in your brake lines.  If your car pulls to one side when you apply the brakes, it could mean your brakes are maladjusted, there is brake fluid leakage, or your brakes are worn out and need to be replaced.

If your brake pedal feels spongy or hard to apply, it usually means that air has gotten into the brake lines. You may also be having an issue with low brake fluid. Be sure to check your master cylinder and your brake lines.

If your steering wheel, brake pedal or entire car shakes or vibrates when you apply the brakes, your brake rotors may be warped and need replacement. No matter what issue you notice, it is always best to have it inspected by us.

Proper maintenance this fall

Inspect the tires this fall

Proper Maintenance this Fall

Now is a great time to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter. Taking a few simple steps now can save you the headaches and cost of an emergency breakdown later.

Keep the battery connections clean, tight and corrosion-free. Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it is wise to check the battery and charging system. Because batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.

Check that the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system are working properly as heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting. Fall is also a great time to check your air filters. Wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir.

 

Check the tires, including the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.

Have the brake system checked, including brake linings, rotors and drums. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.

Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes.

 

Check the Fluids this Fall

 

It is important to check the fluids in your vehicle on a regular basis. The liquid should be up to the amount indicated by each reservoir or the amount recommended in the vehicle owner’s manual. Ensuring that the fluids are at the adequate amount can help to prevent issues when you travel.

 

 

Check the oil of your vehicle on a regular basis. By checking the dipstick, you will know how much is in the reservoir. If the oil is low, make sure to add the appropriate amount so you will have enough oil for your vehicle to operate efficiently. It is also recommended that you carry extra quarts of oil in your vehicle, incase the low oil light comes on at an inconvenient time. Also make sure to have oil changes done as recommended by the vehicle manual. This can help to ensure clean oil is lubricating the engine.

 

 

Along with checking the oil for your vehicle, make sure to check the transmission fluid regularly. Reading the dipstick that is located near the fill line of the reservoir is an effective way to tell the amount that is there. The transmission fluid should be clean and free of any debris or contaminants that may be there. If you feel there is an issue with the transmission of your vehicle, make sure to bring it in. We can inspect the transmission and the fluid of the vehicle. If the transmission fluid needs to be changed or more needs to be added, we can do so. Keeping the transmission fluid in a clean condition can help prevent any premature wear or damage to the transmission itself.

 

 

If the brake fluid is low, make sure to bring it in to a professional to have them inspect it. This is because brake fluid can draw in moisture from the air and could cause contamination to the system. You should not have to add any brake fluid to the system unless there is an issue. The issue could be a leak in the brake line or if the brakes need to be replaced. If brake fluid needs to be added frequently, there could be a major leak somewhere in the brake line. Bring the vehicle in and bring it to our attention so the issue can be resolved. Most new vehicles have a sensor built into the brake system that will let you know if the brakes need work done. This light is activated by the amount of fluid in the reservoir.

Regular Maintenance is Important to the Vehicle

Going to regularly scheduled maintenances can help keep your vehicle lasting as long as it should. It can also help to save you money from costly repair bills from worn or damaged parts. We can inspect it to help provide a safe and reliable ride for you. If parts have been damaged, we can replace them so you can have a pleasant driving experience again. Regular maintenances can increase the efficiency of your vehicle. There can also be other benefits of having maintenances done. You can have vehicle that is more efficient, as well as a reliable one. Between visits, make sure to bring your vehicle in if you notice an issue. Any strange noise or sound could indicate a problem.

Having several maintenance tasks done can help to increase the fuel economy and efficiency of your vehicle. Make sure to have the tires checked on a regular basis. Tires that are not properly inflated can lead to poor fuel efficiency. In the winter, every ten-degree decrease in temperature can lead to a pound of air pressure being lost in the tires. Tires that are not inflated to the correct amount can also lead to a blowout. If you are unsure how much air should be in the tires, the recommended amount is in the vehicle owner’s manual. Make sure the tires are filled to this amount to ensure the longevity of the tires. The tires should also be inspected to make sure they are aligned, balanced, and rotated as needed. The air filter should also be inspected on the vehicle. If it is clogged, it can negatively affect the fuel efficiency as much as twenty percent.

Regular maintenances are important for the reliability of the vehicle. We can inspect it to make sure that the parts have not been worn or damaged. If they are repairable, we can fix them in a timely manner. This can help to make your vehicle more reliable in the long run. Maintenances performed on a schedule can help to diagnose any issues your vehicle may have. Make sure to bring your vehicle in, and we can inspect it thoroughly. That way any issues can be fixed before they turn into a larger problem and costly repair bill.

Having maintenances done regularly can help improve the life of the vehicle. We can inspect the tires to ensure they are properly inflated and are in good condition. The recommended tire pressure can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. This can help keep the tires lasting as long as they should. Tires that are not properly inflated can lead to blowouts, damage, and replacement. The brakes can be inspected so the will be as effective as possible when you apply the brake pedal. If you notice anything out of the norm between scheduled visits, bring your vehicle in as soon as possible.

The Importance of Inspecting the Windshield and Wipers

 

 

Being a safe driver means being aware of your surroundings. To accomplish this, the windshield wipers must be in a good working condition. This means the wipers will leave the windshield clean and clear from any dirt, debris, or inclement weather conditions. If the wipers are worn, they will not be able to remove the dirt and debris on the window. This often results in smearing the mess and obstructing your vision even more. If the windshield is streaked or cloudy, it can impair your vision and cause an accident. Regularly cleaning and replacing your windshield wipers can help prevent these problems.

 

 

 

When the wipers are operating, you may notice some streaking and smearing that occurs on the windshield. If this occurs, the water or debris will remain on the windshield since the wipers are missing that section when working. The water may also collect in droplets upon the windshield. A hazing effect on the windshield can take place if any road debris becomes stuck to the wiper itself. Also listen for any strange noises made by the windshield wipers. You may also hear a chattering sound when your wipers are in need for replacing. This is because the wiper is not properly aligned with the glass anymore. Make sure to check the wiper to see if the rubber part has been damaged or split. If you notice the edges looking worn or torn, it is time to replace them.

 

 

 

One reason the wiper blades might need to be replaced is if they are used heavily. Dust, road grime, or other debris will wear away at the edge of the blade that wipes the window cleanly. As the blade loses the edge, water can then get under the blade and remain on the glass. This results in reduced visibility and poor wiping action. The wipers might also go bad if there are strong winds that can lift and bend the arm of the windshield wiper. Cold weather also affects the wipers as it causes the rubber to become hard and brittle. This makes it easier for the wiper blade to crack or tear. If you notice any issues with your wipers, make sure to have them replaced as soon as you can.

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