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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.

The Benefits of Maintenance for your Car

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You will always want to make sure that you have a reliable and safe car to drive. Without it, you will not be able to reach your destination on your specific time schedule. You will want to bring your vehicle in regularly so we can inspect it for you. This can include the tires, oil changes, other fluids, the windshield wipers, as well as other parts of the vehicle.

Regular Schedule

If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in for maintenance inspections, you can contact us. We will advise you on the appropriate schedule that your vehicle needs, so that you can keep it working at top efficiency levels. If there is ever an issue with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in at the first sign. By catching the issue right away, you can help to save time, money, and stress in the long run. It will also help prevent further damage from occurring to the vehicle and other parts.

Oil Changes

An important task is to have the oil changed. Having oil changes done will benefit the engine and other parts under the hood. The oil helps to lubricate the moving parts so they work efficiently with one another. This also helps prevent grinding and further wear and tear to these parts. If the oil gets too low for your vehicle, the engine will not have the proper lubrication that it will need to move the parts effectively. If you are not sure when the oil changes should be done for your vehicle, we can advise you on the correct schedule.

Improve Efficiency

Regular maintenance also helps to improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle as well. This is because the parts and components will work properly with one another so the vehicle uses less strain and stress. This can include having the tires inspected and also rotated. Having tires that are in the best condition can help your vehicle travel smoother and handle better as well. An issue with the steering could be with the steering column, the axle, or the tires. So make sure to schedule an appointment with us to inspect it.

Check your Car before Driving in the Heat

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When it is hot outside, remember that inside the vehicle it can be even hotter. On a 90-degree day, the temperature inside a vehicle can quickly rise at least another 20 degrees in just the first 10 minutes. With everyday driving, just getting in your car after it has been parked in the sun for a while can be uncomfortable. It also has the potential to cause burns.

Keeping Cool while Parking

When parking, reducing the amount of sunlight coming in through the windows can minimize heat buildup. Make sure to park in the shade if possible. If you need to park in sunlight and you have a sunroof, close the shade. You can also put a sunshade in the windshield and another over the rear seat window. This is especially important if you have children in car seats. Folding window shades are easy to store while driving. If you are parking in a secure area and there won’t be any rain, lower each window an inch or two. You can also crack the sunroof if you have one.

Getting in the Vehicle in Summer

Remember when getting into your vehicle to be careful not to burn yourself on hot surfaces. Open the windows for the first few minutes to let buildup heat escape. Bring a towel to sit on if you are wearing shorts and have leather or vinyl seats. Make sure to be cautious when buckling up to not touch the metal part of the seatbelt as you can burn yourself. It may also not be a bad idea to use a light pair of gloves if the steering wheel too hot to handle.

Also, driving when it is hot out has several challenges for all for passengers and pets. If you have children or pets in the vehicle, bring plenty of water and snacks for them. Also make sure to plan to stop more often to tend to them. The rear seat and cargo areas in can be warmer than the front-seat area. If you’re carrying passengers back there, and there are no backseat temperature controls, adjust the front air conditioning vents so they direct air to the rear.

 

Windshield Wipers Improve the Visibility

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Windshield wipers will help keep your visibility the best it can be this summer. Without windshield wipers, you will not have proper visibility. They are designed to push away any precipitation, road grime, or debris that might be on your windshield. If you do not have the proper wipers for your vehicle, your visibility will decrease and your safety will be compromised. Make sure to have them replaced when it is recommended. We can also advise you on how often this should be. If they start to show signs of wear and tear and other damage, make sure to replace them. This can help to ensure that you will have the best visibility possible when you drive.

Condition they are In

If you notice that the windshield wipers are damaged, there might be signs you will see. They could chatter or streak across the windshield as they operate. If this is occurring, they should be replaced as soon as possible. This is especially true if you notice the wipers are not cleaning the windshield fully and completely. Since there are several different kinds that are options for you to purchase, we can recommend the ones that would be best for your vehicle. The wipers will have to be installed correctly as well. If they are not on correctly, they will not work properly. If you have a rear windshield wiper, make sure to have that one replaced as well. Even if you do not use it often, it can still be dried out and become brittle from the everyday elements.

Washer Fluid

Also remember to top off the windshield wiper fluid in the vehicle. This fluid helps the wipers to clean the windshield more effectively. Without the washer fluid, the windshield is more difficult to clear. If you notice you have to replace it more often, there could be a sign of a leak in the vehicle. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. If there is an issue we can also repair it as soon as possible. This can help you to have a reliable vehicle.

 

Warning Lights on the Dashboard

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The warning lights on the dashboard will illuminate when there is an issue with your vehicle. It is always best to pay attention to which ones these are, as they are clues for what the issue is. Make sure to schedule an appointment, and you can bring the vehicle in. We can inspect it and check the issue that is making the warning light come on. If you ignore it, it will cause further damage to your vehicle. Regular servicing and maintenance can help protect your vehicle from causing an issue. Keep a close eye on your vehicle and the warning lights to save you money in the long run.

The Oil Warning Light

You might see the oil warning light flash up if oil temperature gets too high. This can also happen if the level is low or the oil pressure is too low. The oil helps lubricate the engine. The oil pump will also have to be inspected to ensure it is working correctly. If temperatures get too high, or the level is low or drops, the effectiveness of the lubrication can be reduced. This can result in expensive engine damage. If you see this warning sign, schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.

Battery Charge light illuminating

You should see your battery charge warning light when you first turn your car on. If it does not go out a few seconds after the engine starts, there could be a problem with your car’s electrical system. It could be a battery or an alternator, so make sure we inspected it for you. The vehicle needs to charge as it operates, otherwise it will breakdown.

If there is a light that comes on when driving, pay attention to it. If it starts blinking, make sure to pull over when it is safe to do so. This can help prevent further damage to your vehicle.

Check the Vehicle for Summer Driving

 

 

Proper maintenance is always the best way to keep your vehicle working the best it should be. If you notice an issue with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with us because then we can inspect it for you. Regular parts and components should be checked based on the schedule. If you are not sure how often this should be, contact us and we can advise you on the right schedule for your vehicle.

Check Your Brakes

Brake pads often suffer extreme thermal cycling, and wear. The tires should be removed, because then we can see the brakes for you. When there is an issue, we can replace the brakes as soon as possible. Noticing an odd sound or noise will indicate an issue, since this means something is wrong. This could be a squealing or clunking noise that you notice. Anything out of the norm should require immediate attention for your vehicle.

Get A Car Wash

By washing the car, you will help keep it clean and looking in good condition. This also results in a decrease in chance the car will develop rust on it. This can lead to a decrease value for your vehicle as well. Having it washed and waxed will help keep the paint as new as possible too. Proper maintenance, and also keeping it clean, will help the longevity of it.

Check Your Oil

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The oil will need to be checked regularly as well, and ensure it is in good condition. It will also help lubricate the engine, so it will help to help the moving parts as well. The oil should be changed on a regular schedule as well. This will help to make sure it is fresh and clean. We can recommend an oil change schedule for you as well, and how it benefits your vehicle. Bring the vehicle in this summer, and we can check it for you.

Check the Other Fluids

Summer is a great time to inspect your coolant level and coolant mix, because of how much you will drive. The fluids will need to be topped off for your vehicle to work efficiently. If there is leak in the system, we can inspect and repair it for you. This will also help to prevent costly repair bills. If a fluid is dirty and full of pollutants, we can flush it. This will allow new, clean fluid to be replaced in the vehicle, and help it last longer.

 

Noticing a Transmission Issue

 

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The transmission for your vehicle is important. When it goes out, you will not be able to drive your car. There are some signs to be aware of if the transmission is going out. Regular maintenance will help keep your vehicle in the best condition, because we can inspect the parts and components for you. If there is ever an issue, make sure to bring it in before the issue becomes worse. Whenever there is an issue, it is best to have it inspected before other parts fail as well.

Transmission slipping

The transmission can be starting to slip with age as well. If there is an issue with the transmission, make sure to have it inspected as soon as you can. Sometimes it can result in general repair being needed, because the issue could be minor. On other occasions a transmission replacement will need to be done in order to keep the vehicle running.

Rough shifts

Your car may feel like it’s refusing to change gears as it normally does. You may also notice the gear shifts aren’t very smooth. There may be clunk noises from the parts and gears. You may also notice the car has difficultly getting up to speed. There could also be a delay, because this would be caused by the transmission. If the gears fear like they are shifting rough, then there can be an issue that we will need to inspect.

Fluid leak

There can also be issues of a leak in the system. If you start to notice a spot under where you park, there is a leak from your vehicle. Make sure to bring the vehicle in, because this can result in a much larger issue if you ignore it. You will also have to spend more on replacing each fluid for the vehicle.

Transmission warning light

Make sure you are aware of any of the warning lights. A warning light typically means the computer is generating an error code that can be checked with diagnostic equipment. If a light comes on, and starts blinking, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible so we can check it for you.

 

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