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This Spring make sure to check the Fluids

 

In the spring, there are several tasks that you should inspect for your vehicle. This is the best way to help ensure that everything is working efficiently. It will also help reduce any extra issues or problems with the vehicle. As the vehicle is maintained, it will help prolong the longevity and life of the vehicle. You can check when regular maintenance should be done for the car by looking in the owner’s manual. We can also advise you on what the proper schedule is that you should follow. Also be aware if there are any issues between visits. If you notice anything, always make sure to contact us as soon as possible.

 

You will want to remember to bring your vehicle in for regular oil changes. Having the oil changed will help improve the longevity of the engine. We can help to advise you when an oil change should be done. This can be determined based on how often you drive and what type of roads you drive on. The mileage is the most important factor of it. As the oil is changed, this will provide fresh clean oil to go through the engine. It will lubricate all the moving parts of the vehicle. Over time, the oil can get dirt and debris in it that causes issues.

 

Also remember to check all the other fluids in the vehicle as well. Transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant are all important to check for the vehicle. As these fluids are inspected, then you can help ensure that the vehicle is operating at the best performance level. If you notice any leaks for the system or a fluid, make sure that it is brought in. That way we can find the leak and have it inspected and repaired quickly for a reliable ride.

Check The Tires After the Snow melts

 

Make sure to check each tire on the vehicle after the winter months. Doing so can help you provide a safe and comfortable riding experience. If you notice any issues as you drive, always make sure to contact us as soon as possible. This way you can help prevent further problems in the long run. If there is a problem with one of the tires, it may also cause issues with other parts. It can also lead to an uncomfortable drive for you and your passengers. Even if the issue seems small, it is always best to contact us to check.

 

You will want to inspect the air pressure in each of the tires for your vehicle. If they are not properly inflated, they will have extra wear and stress to them. This can also lead them to wear out sooner than they otherwise should. If a tire is low on air often, you will want to bring it in. That way we can inspect that tire. We will also be able to check the other tires, including the spare tire. If a regular tire goes flat or blows out, you will need to rely on the spare until it is fixed. You will never want to drive on a tire with low air, as this will do further damage.

 

Also make sure that you have the tires aligned and rotated. This will help keep the tread wearing evenly as you drive. Tread that is uneven will start to cause long term issues and problems. One of the first things to notice is if the vehicle pulls in one direction or the other. This could be cause from a few different things, but it should be tire related. Make sure that you contact us so that we can inspect the vehicle and each tire for you.

Care of your Vehicle Hitting a Pothole

 

Proper care of your vehicle is important to help ensure the longevity. If you hit a pothole with your vehicle, always make sure to have us inspect it. There can be further issues that happen after you hit a pothole. Make sure all the parts are working properly. When we give it a bumper to bumper inspection, we will check for any damage. As always, it is always best to keep up to date on regular maintenance. If you are not sure how often that should be, let us know and we can advise you on a schedule.

 

If you have to hit a pothole, slow down your speed. Doing so will help reduce the amount of damage that happens to your vehicle. The tires are typically the most impacted by hitting potholes. Check them to ensure there are not cracks or damage to them. You will also want to check the air pressure for them. If the tires hit it too hard, you will start noticing air loss almost right away. Also be aware of the alignment of the tires. Hitting a pothole can throw the tires out of alignment. It is always best to contact us so we can inspect the tires and vehicle for you.

 

You will also want to worry about the suspension for the vehicle. The most noticeable sign is the vehicle has a rough or bouncy ride after that. Even hitting a slight dip will make the vehicle rough when riding. Bring the vehicle in and we can check the suspension and shocks for you. Doing so will also help reduce unnecessary wear and tear to other parts of the vehicle when you drive. If you ignore a suspension problem, there will be more issues in the long run for your vehicle.

Brake Rotors and Pads for your Vehicle

 

The brake rotors and brake pads are important for your vehicle. If one of them starts to wear down, it will then lead to further issues and problems. You will always want to make sure that you bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. If you are not sure how often this should be done, make sure to contact us. We will be able to advise you on a maintenance schedule for your vehicle. You can also check the owner’s manual to see what schedule is advised as well. This way you can keep your vehicle in the best condition possible.

 

When the brakes start to show signs of damage, you will want to make sure that you contact us as soon as possible. This can range from any odd noises, to any strange way the vehicle handles. The brakes are the most important part of your vehicle. If they are starting to show signs of wear, you will want to have them inspected by us. As the brake pads start age and wear, they will need to be replaced. If they are ignored, they will start to cause issues to the brake rotors. As it starts to have metal to metal connection, then they will need to be replaced. You may notice that the brakes make noise when you apply the brake pedal.

 

No matter what sound or noise you hear when applying the brakes, always schedule an appointment with us. The noise you notice will only become worse over time. It is important to have it inspected and fixed at the first sign of it. Remember what kind of noise it was. Sometimes it could be grinding, squealing, or any other type. By noticing the noise and when it was made can help get your vehicle repaired and back on the road again.

 

 

Transmission issues for your Vehicle

 

The transmission of your vehicle will eventually start to wear out over time. There will come a time where the transmission will need some repair done to it. Sometimes the transmission will need to be rebuilt. Knowing what should be done to it is determined by the damage or what is wrong. No matter what issue you notice with your vehicle, make sure to contact us as soon as possible. That way we will be able to schedule an appointment so we can check it for you.

 

One of the first issues to notice with the transmission going out is if there is a problem when it shifts. An issue with the gears shifting can be a sign that the transmission is starting to go out. There will also be a feeling of jerking when the vehicle starts shifting gears. Also be aware of any odd noises or sounds you might hear. This could mean there is a worn out clutch or other issues. At any noise, it is best to have it inspected immediately. This way it can help to prevent further issues, as well as a costly repair bill in the long run.

 

You will also want to check the transmission fluid for the vehicle. It should be a bright red color. If the fluid looks dark or is opaque, then there could be an issue with it. You will want to bring the vehicle in so we can check the transmission for you. If you notice an odd burnt smell, you will want to have the vehicle brought in as well. This could be the result of burnt transmission fluid in the vehicle. Even if it is not the transmission fluid, and burning smell is not normal for the vehicle. Also remember to check for any fluid in the driveway. This could be a sign of a leak or damage to the vehicle. To have a safe and reliable vehicle, you will want to have this inspected as soon as possible.