Why the Fluids Should be Flushed

fluid flush

Having the fluids flushed regularly is important. If you are not sure how often it should be done, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the different fluids to ensure they are efficient and clean. Flushing the fluids, such as transmission fluid, motor oil, or brake fluid, means we replace the old fluid with new. Sometimes it includes rinsing or cleansing the entire system by running water or a specialized cleaner through the system to remove any grit or grime that may have accumulated over time. That way, there are no contaminants in the system when fresh fluid is put in. Since vehicles have several mechanical systems that require fluids for lubrication or cooling purposes, there are several types of fluid flushes.

Brake Fluid

Although it is less common, you may need a brake fluid flush. This is if moisture has made its way into the break system. Then resulting in rust-colored or if the vehicle has been overheating. In many cases, a vehicle will never require a brake flush.

Oil Flush

With motor oil, regular changes at intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. These are part of proper maintenance. Running a cleanser through the engine system, may cause more problems than it can fix because the sludgy contaminants such a flush dislodges can obstruct the oil pump pickup screen.

Radiator Flush

Newer vehicles use an orange-colored coolant which does not require frequent radiator flushes like older vehicle. They can also withstand greater temperatures and has better corrosion protection. In these newer vehicles, consult with your owner’s manual or for an appropriate flushing schedule. For other cars and trucks, draining the coolant and flushing the radiator should be done approximately every two years. If you are not sure, make sure to contact us.

Transmission Fluid Flush

A transmission flush should be performed approximately every 35,000 miles or based on the vehicle’s owner’s manual. More frequent flushes, however, can actually harm the transmission. When you get a transmission flush, be sure that the filter is changed as well. This can help to have an efficient vehicle.

 

Check the Electrical System

electrical system

 

The electrical system consists of the battery, starter, and alternator. The battery is able to provide power to the starter. The alternator then gives the battery the energy it needs to power the vehicle. If one of the parts is not working properly, your vehicle will not start or may not run correctly. If you notice the vehicle is having a hard time starting, or any other electrical issue, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it to ensure everything is working properly. Choosing to ignore the vehicle’s electrical system can cause other issues for the electrical system parts.

The battery

 

Until the vehicle starts, the battery is the part that provides the vehicle’s electrical current. This electrical current includes the power to the ignition and fuel systems, which are responsible for creating the combustion necessary for the engine to function properly and efficiently. As you turn the key, the battery provides power to the starter that turns, and then the alternator gives the battery the energy needed to power the lights, wipers, and other accessories. If the battery is doing this frequently, bring it in so we can test it.

Supplying power

 

While the battery supplies the power to start your vehicle, the starter is what sends power to the engine. The battery supplies a small amount of power to the starter motor. The starter then rotates and turns the crankshaft to begin the movement of the pistons in the engine. Sometimes it is difficult to determine when a starter will fail.

 

The alternator

When the engine is running, the alternator helps to keep the battery charged. The alternator also helps in keeping the electrical system for your vehicle powered. While you can start a vehicle with a faulty alternator, it will not be able to run for any extended period of time. If the alternator for your vehicle needs replacing, you may notice a few signs. You may start to notice the electrical system performing oddly or erratically. The battery may even start to discharge, which will result in poor starts, or sometimes not starting at all. Over time, the engine will eventually start to lose power. No matter what might be wrong with the electrical system, it is always best to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

Tips for Towing your Boat or Camper

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Towing a boat or camper can take a toll on your vehicle. Make sure your vehicle is up for the challenge. Bring it in, and we can inspect it to ensure it is efficient. When you attach a trailer to your vehicle for towing, you are adding an excessive amount of weight that can cause strain and damage the vehicle. If the vehicle isn’t ready and the trailer isn’t secured properly, there’s a possibility of you getting into an accident.

Check the brakes

The brakes help control movement and ensure the vehicle stops when you need it to. The added load of the trailer means the brakes have to work harder to stop safely and at the right distance away from any object on the road. Make sure the brakes are well-lubricated, functional, and perform reliably.

The Lights

Lights are a signal to other drivers which direction you plan on going. If other drivers don’t know where your vehicle is, you’re more likely to get involved in an accident. Make sure the lights are connected to the trailer so vehicles behind know to slow down or when you are backing up. Check the lights to ensure they work every time you drive with the trailer.

Driving speed

The larger the load, the more carefully you need to drive. Speeding with the trailer attached to the vehicle is just asking for trouble and can lead to a lot of trouble down the line. Make sure to drive at a proper speed when towing and stay within the speed limit. It’s also a good idea to slow down during turns to avoid accidents because the trailer might slide if you go into a turn too quickly.

The capacity

Not all vehicles are capable of bearing the load of trailers and boats. Check with us to determine if the car can bear the additional load. If the manual or auto mechanic says the car is incapable of handling it, don’t attempt to attach the trailer to it. Consider renting another vehicle or borrowing a car that can handle the load from a friend.

The trailer is hitched

Make sure the trailer is hitched properly to the vehicle before you drive. If the connection is loose, the trailer might just become detached and cause an accident. Double check every connection carefully and make sure you take some breaks during the drive to check the connection. The constant momentum and rough road conditions can dislodge a poorly hitched trailer. If you have any questions about hauling a trailer, make sure to contact us.

 

Check the Headlights before you Drive

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Checking the headlights on your vehicle is important. Not only does it improve your safety, it improves the safety of others. Headlight bulbs wear out with age and use just like tires, shocks, and brakes. As the bulbs get older, they start to dim, putting less light on the road. This can create serious safety issues at night for all drivers.

Lights improve Visibility

The primary reason is usually attributed to poor driver vision caused by reduced light, which at night can be up to 70 percent. Since the human eye is not adapted for nocturnal vision, colors tend to disappear. Also the contrast fades away, and the oncoming light from other vehicles often blinds drivers. Night drivers can experience the feeling of shortsightedness and can also lose some depth perception.

The filament in a headlight bulb ages with use, time, and exposure to the elements. As a result, it becomes fragile and starts to deteriorate and this causes the light output to diminish. At the end of a typical service life, headlight bulbs will likely be projecting a much shorter and less powerful beam light, than when they were new.

This problem becomes even more critical with older drivers. The amount of light that the human eye needs to see properly increases exponentially with age. That means the older drivers get, the more light they typically need. This is because the lens of the human eye tends to become more opaque with age and reduces the amount of light the eye can receive.

Replace the headlights

The best way to ensure the best visibility is to replace your old headlight bulbs with new bulbs. Also make sure your headlight lenses are clear of any clouding and hazing. It is recommended replacing both headlight bulbs at the same time to ensure a properly lit road ahead. Better lighting will improve your vision and visibility at night, and in turn increase your safety and confidence as a driver. If you notice an issue with your headlights, contact us. We can inspect them to determine if a new set is needed.

Reasons Not to Drive on a Flat Tire

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Driving on a flat tire can be an issue. You may think you can drive a few miles with a flat, but it is not recommended. When a tire loses a significant amount of air pressure, it will become either low or flat. This can occur for many different reasons, such as a defect, poor air pressure, puncture, or over use.

Showing signs

A tire that is at the end of its life cycle can also show signs it may blow if it’s not replaced. Any tire under the recommended tread depth should be replaced as soon as possible. Also be aware of any tire with the steel showing through the tread. It is important to always check your air pressure as well to ensure it’s at the correct level. Driving on under-inflated tires causes increased wear, damage and heat that can lead to a tire prematurely failing.

Pull Over Immediately

If your tire goes flat, you may feel the need to drive slowly on the shoulder on of the road. Instead of waiting on a tow truck or taking the time to install the spare tire, this may be your first thought. When driving and you experience a flat, there are some tips you can follow. Make sure to slowly pull off to the side of the road. Do so when it is safe to do so. By driving on the flat tire, you can cause damage. This includes internal structural to the tires. It can lead to the wheel and vehicle becoming damaged. It could also result in handling and control issues. Driving even a short distance on a flat can do damage beyond repair.

Driving on a flat tire

If a tire degrades enough when being driven while flat, it can start to break apart and cause damage to several important components on a car. Rotors, brake lines, suspension components, and the wheels can all get damaged. If you do notice an issue with your tire, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the tire and the options to repair it. By doing so, we can help improve the safety when you drive.