Check the Lights on your Vehicle

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The lights on your vehicle are important for several reasons. The most common reason is because the headlights will allow you to see the road ahead of you when you drive. This will help you to avoid hitting objects or other vehicles as well. The headlights will also help others to see where you are when you drive. Other animals and people will be aware of your vehicle if the lights are on and they are working properly. If you notice an issue with the headlights of the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can.

Remember the taillights

You will also want to check the taillights of the vehicle. These do not necessarily allow you to see, but it helps others to see you. This way you will avoid the risk of being ran into or rear-ended. If the taillights are out, you will not be seen by others, and you could be involved in an accident. The lights may go out with age, so make sure to take the time to check them on a regular basis.

Turn Signals

The blinkers will also need to be inspected for the vehicle. Blinkers and turn signals alert other drivers which direction you will be turning. If the blinkers do not work, you might turn the direction the same time someone is trying to pass you. You can test to see if the lights are working by parking up near a building. You will be able to tell if you have both headlights and each blinker. You can then get out of the vehicle to see if the taillights and rear turn signals work as well. If a bulb is out, you will want to make sure that it is replaced as soon as possible. This will improve the safety when you drive at night.

Making Sure the Brakes are in Proper Condition

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The brake system of your vehicle is important. If there is an issue with it, you will want to have the vehicle inspected by us. If there is anything out of the norm, you will want to schedule an appointment so we can check the issue for you. When an issue is ignored, it can lead to further problems with your vehicle, as well as other parts and components of it. We can also schedule your vehicle for a proper brake inspection, and how often it will need to be done as well. This keeps the vehicle working efficiently, while also improving safety.

 

The noises you might hear from the brakes are a result of parts wearing against one another. With time the brake pads will start to wear down. You may hear a scrapping noise that comes from the vehicle, because parts will wear against one another. This will then lead to the brake rotors wearing. When they wear down you may notice that the brakes are no longer as efficient as they used to be. This will require us to inspect them so the brake pads or brake rotors are replaced. Even if you are not sure, it is always better to be safe.

 

You may also notice an issue with the brake pedal. When applying the brakes, the pedal may be too soft or too hard. This can indicate that the brake fluid is not working as it should be. You will want to make sure there is enough brake fluid in your vehicle. If you have to replace it often, there is probably a leak in the system. Over time, this can lead to a greater chance of a major issue happening when you apply the brakes on the vehicle. Make sure to always be aware of how the vehicle handles, and anything unusual. This will help to determine what and when an issue happens.

Checking the Fluids in your Vehicle

 

When you vehicle is need of regular maintenance, make sure that you follow the recommended schedule. When the vehicle ages, it will need more repairs and tune-ups. If there are any issues with the vehicle, having them properly maintained is important. We will be able to check parts and components like the fluid levels, tires, and windshield wipers. With proper care, this will help keep everything working efficiently and at top performance levels. Noticing an issue at the first sign will help reduce the chance of a much larger problem from happening in the long run.

Oil Changes

The fluids are some of the most important features of the vehicle. The oil will need to be replaced and changed based on the recommended schedule. These intervals can be determined on how much you drive, and the types of roads as well. If you drive in traffic that is fast, or if you are driving in stop and go traffic is important. The oil change schedule can be found in the owner’s manual for your vehicle. We can also advise you on the schedule your vehicle needs as well. The oil will be removed from the vehicle, and the oil filter will be inspected as well. Over time, the filter will get clogged with debris and gunk. This will need to be changed so it passes the oil through smoother.

Fluid Flushes

There are also fluid flushes that you should do. Flushing the other fluids like transmission or brake fluid can help keep them in the best condition possible. Flushing the fluids will help to remove the old fluid from your vehicle, and have it replaced with nice clean fluid. If you are not sure what fluid will need this done, we can always recommend the schedule and type to flush. We can also check under the hood for any signs of leaks as well. Keeping the vehicle maintained will help keep it in the best condition for you.

Regular Care for your Car

Your vehicle will require regular maintenance and inspections for it. This always helps keep it in the best condition possible when you drive. If you are curious of how often these should be done, you can do one of two things. You can either look in the owner’s manual, or you can contact us. We can help to advise you on when the vehicle should be in for an inspection. Also, different areas of the vehicle will need maintenance throughout the time you have it. Rotating the tires, oil changes, fluid flushes, and wiper replacements are all on a different schedule for maintenance.

An Oil Change

Always follow the recommended oil change schedule. This will help to ensure that the engine and all moving parts are properly lubricated when the vehicle operates. This will also help prevent any addition wear and tear that might occur to it. Having proper oil in the vehicle will also reduce the chance of the engine seizing up or stop working altogether. Changing the oil includes removing oil that is thicker and has gunk in it. The new, clean oil will then replace it. Making everything smoother to operate. The engine will also be more efficient.

Other Fluids

When the oil is changed, you may also want to check the other fluids in your vehicle as well. Certain ones can benefit from having a fluid flush. This allows us to empty out the reservoir of old or built up fluid. Then when it is removed, new clean fluid will replace it. We will top off the reservoir to ensure the vehicle has the appropriate amount for each fluid. If you do notice that one may be leaking more often, make sure that you bring it to our attention so we can inspect the issue for you. Doing so will help you reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown or problem with a component.

Checking Each Tire this Summer

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The tires should always be in the best condition possible. This will prevent further issues from happening to the tires and also your vehicle. You will want to check each tire on the vehicle, as well as checking the spare tire. When the tires are inspected, the air pressure, tread wear, and overall condition should be checked. We can check the tires to help ensure everything is the best that it can be for each tire. If there is an issue, we can alert you to it. We can also repair the tire if it is possible. This way the tires can stay in the best condition.

 

The tread is a part of the tire that needs to be inspected on a regular basis. Doing so provides several benefits. The tread is essentially the grip of the tire. When the grip is at the proper amount, it will handle better on the road. This happens if the roads are wet or slick. If you notice the vehicle sways or travels incorrectly, it can indicate that the tread is low on at least one tire. Place a penny upside down in one of the tread grooves. When you do this, if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is too low.

 

You should always remember to check the spare tire for your vehicle. The spare will not be needed until something major happens to one of the other tires. If you are driving on the road and the tire blows out, you will need the spare tire to drive on until the regular tire is fixed. The air pressure is always important for the spare. Also have it inspected to ensure there is not any damage to it. When you need to use the spare, you will also want to check to make sure you have a jack and all the proper equipment and tools you need to change the tire.