Getting your Car Ready for Winter

 

With winter approaching, now is the perfect time to have your vehicle inspected for the upcoming months of driving. The most important thing is that your vehicle is in proper working condition. This will help to make it efficient when driving. You will also want to make sure that the vehicle does not leak any fluids. If there is a leak, then it can end up costing you more money in the long run.

 

Having the fluids flushed will help to improve the efficiency of the engine and other parts as well. A flush will remove the entire specific fluid, like the oil, and then replace it with clean fluid. This will run through the engine more effectively as well. If you are not sure how often this should be done, we can recommend a schedule. Sometimes a fluid flush may be needed more often, so it is always best to contact us.

 

You will also want to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter weather, like ice and snow. Make sure that there is a scrapper in your vehicle. This can be used for scrapping any ice or any snow from your vehicle. You will need to have the best visibility possible, so you will want to clear the windshield completely. You will want to make sure that the side windows, rear window, and even the side mirrors are clear as well.

 

In the winter, you will want to have a winter survival kit. This will help incase you go in the ditch or have car trouble when on the winter roads. You will want to have no perishable food, bottle water, flares, blankets, and a few other things. Make sure this is easily accessible like in the back seat. This will help you have easy access if you might need it.

Fall Tire Inspections

 

The tires should always be in the best condition possible for your vehicle. They will have the only contact with the surface of the road when you travel. If you notice that the vehicle handles poorly, then the tires might be the issue when you travel. The vehicle may start to pull to a side. If you encounter a vehicle that will counter act the direction you steer, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. The tires will need to have a full inspection done, and on each one. This way you can help to ensure you are ready for the upcoming winter.

Tire Rotation

Proper rotation can also be beneficial for your vehicle. This will allow the tires to wear evenly, all the way around. If the tread is wearing unevenly, then you may notice that a rotation may be needed for your tires of the vehicle. If you ignore this, the tread will only wear down further and be less able to handle the road. Another way to notice low tread is if the tires and the vehicle slide on the road. When the tires are rotated, if the tread is wearing down on one side, then it is switched to a side where the larger amount of tread can be utilized.

Inspections

You will also want the tires to be inspected for any source of damage or issues. This can include puncture marks or cracks in the tire. Anything that indicates poor, damaged tires should be repaired as soon as possible. We can also inspect the inflation of the tires to ensure they are at the proper amount for air. If the air is too low or the tire is over inflated, they can blow out. This can lead to an unexpected breakdown and costly repair bill. So make sure you bring your vehicle in this fall so we can do a complete bumper to bumper inspection for it.

What to do for your Vehicle in the Fall

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Fall is a nice time to inspect your vehicle to make sure all the parts and components are working as they should be. If you notice an issue, you will want to make sure that you contact us. We will inspect the vehicle and solve the source of the problem so it is repaired and reliable again. There are also certain things to check with your vehicle. You will want to make sure that the oil is at the correct amount in the reservoir, and that it is clean. If you cannot remember the last time the oil was changed, chances are it should be done again.

Fall Oil Changes

The oil in your vehicle lubricates the engine. Based on how many miles you drive, and the model of the vehicle, we can determine when the oil should be changed for it. This will help keep it in the best condition and moving smoothly through the engine. If the oil is old, it will become almost like sludge. The oil will no longer be efficient and do what it was designed to do.

Check Under the Hood

You will also want to check the fluid levels in your vehicle to ensure they are at the correct amount. Fluids that are too low can cause issues to various parts and components of the vehicle when you will need to drive. If you notice an issue with your brakes, the brake fluid could be low. Sometimes these fluids can leak or get low quickly. If you notice a leak you will want to have it repaired as soon as you can.

Remember the Lights

Also remember to check all the lights on your vehicle. These are important because the help your visibility, while also helping others to be aware of you. If your lights are not on, others may not see where you are driving, and it can result in an accident. Also remember to check the turn signals and hazard lights, this will allow people to know which direction you are turning.

Notice Sounds from your Vehicle

When you drive, there are sounds that your vehicle will make as it operates. These noises can range from squealing, grinding, or clunking. Each noise will represent an issue that is happening to your vehicle. If you choose to ignore the noise and continue driving, damage will occur. This is because the issue causing the noise will only get worse. It will also cause the repair bill to be more expensive. Instead of replacing one part, you might end up replacing an entire system. Always be sure to follow the recommended maintenance schedule that the manual has. This helps you to be aware of how each part is operating, and that it is efficient. If you are not sure how often that should be, we can also layout a schedule for your vehicle.

Grinding Noise

Any grinding noise you hear should be a cause for concern. This means that a part is wearing against another part. Instead of operating efficiently, it will be working against one another. This can do damage to one or both of the parts. Usually they will wear down to a point where they can no longer be efficient. If the grinding noise gets worse, bring the vehicle in immediately so we can locate the issue. Sometimes the noise is from the brakes, or it could be under the hood, and it could also be in another location of the vehicle, like the joints.

Squealing Noises

If there is a high pitch squealing noise, it will indicate a serious issue. Depending where the noise is coming from, it could be the brakes, a part of the engine, or any other part that is wearing out. As the brakes wear down and start to have metal to metal contact, a squealing noise can be present. This usually happens when you apply the brakes. Sometimes the noise can indicate that fluid is needed for your vehicle. To avoid a costly repair bill, make sure to schedule an appointment and bring your vehicle in as soon as you can, so we can inspect it for you.

 

Fluid Flush for your Vehicle

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The vehicle should be maintained on a regular basis. This will help prevent further issues from occurring when you least expect it to happen. Part of properly maintaining the vehicle is to make sure you follow the recommended schedule for inspections. If you need to know how often this should be done, there are two ways to find out. You can either look in the owner’s manual for the vehicle, or you can contact us. Either way, following the schedule is important for the safety and efficiency of your vehicle.

Flushing the Fluid

The fluid in your vehicle should be flushed in order to keep it clean and in the best condition. If you notice that one of the fluids is less than ideal, it will need to be changed or flushed. You will want to make sure that the fluid does not have gunk or debris in it. This can get into your system of the vehicle and cause more extensive damage. If the fluid level is decreasing, it can be a sign of a leak in the system. Ignoring the leak can lead to extra expenses as well.

Remember the Oil

Make sure that the oil is also changed on a regular schedule for your vehicle. Keeping the oil in the best condition will help the engine to run smoothly. It will also help keep the gears and moving parts properly lubricated when the vehicle is running. If you ignore the oil, the engine can seize up. Also, it can result in a costly repair bill for your vehicle. Always pay attention to the dashboard on your vehicle. If you notice the oil warning light come on, get out and check the oil. Sometimes all that needs to be done is some extra oil added to it. If the reservoir is full or you have to refill it often, then there could be an underlying issue. Schedule an appointment and we can inspect it for you.