Improving the Visibility this Spring Season

 

During the spring is an ideal time to ensure your vehicle is always in the best condition possible. Schedule an appointment to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it bumper to bumper. This is also a great time to have several routine tasks done to it as well. Some of these may include oil changes, fluid flushes, tire rotations and alignments, and also changing the windshield wipers on your vehicle. If you are ever curious when maintenance should be done for your vehicle, make sure to contact us and we can advise you when the intervals should be for certain tasks.

Proper Visibility

One of the most important things when you drive is your visibility. This will help you be aware of other drivers and objects that could be on the road or around you. Check the windshield for any damage of a cracked windshield or window damage. If this is not taken care of, the crack can spread and become worse for your vehicle. This can impair your visibility when you drive. A crack can also make the windshield weaker over time as well.

Inspect the Wipers

During this time, you should also inspect the windshield wipers on your vehicle. Make sure they are operating efficiently so the clear the windshield. When the wipers start to become old and worn down, you can notice a few signs. The first is if the wipers start to vibrate, chatter, or cause streaks across the windshield. This will mean the wiper blades are starting to wear out and will need to be replaced soon. If you are not sure what wiper blades are needed for your vehicle, we can help to advise and recommend them. This way you can make sure they are the correct size and type that is needed.

Driving Tips for a Safe and Reliable Ride

 

When you own a car, keeping it well maintained is important for the overall condition and longevity of it. There are some driving tips to try and follow to help keep your vehicle in the best condition possible. Regular maintenance should be followed for your vehicle. This can include an alignment, tire rotation, brake inspection, fluid flushes, oil changes, or a bumper to bumper inspection. No matter the task or issue, we can make sure your vehicle is always safe to drive on the road. Between visits, make sure to notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle. This can be anything from odd sounds to odd smells, to even if the vehicle is going through fuel quicker than normal.

 

One important thing to remember is try to keep the fuel tank at least half full. This is not only good incase you need to drive somewhere in the middle of the night when gas stations might be closed, but also it’s good for the performance of the vehicle. If there is less fuel in the vehicle, the fuel pump will start to wear out. This can cause it to need to be replaced much sooner than it otherwise should. Having the tank above half is also good incase you are stuck in traffic, or have to drive a long stretch of interstate without needing to pull off to fill up.

 

Before driving, always check the air pressure in the tires. This will help them to rotate smoother. It can also provide you with better fuel mileage, because the vehicle will not have to work against the tires. If the tire gets low on air often, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

Be Aware of Sudden Issues with your Vehicle

 

When you drive, you may notice an issue with your vehicle, just by the way it steers on the road. There can be several different reasons for the issue, so always make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. When there is an issue with the alignment, you may start to notice the vehicle pulling in one direction or the other. If the steering wheel is straight, but you notice the vehicle drifting in one direction, the alignment will need to be inspected. When the tires are no longer aligned properly, you will first notice it by the steering wheel as you drive. Bring the vehicle in, and we can inspect and align the wheels for you.

 

Also remember to notice any odd sounds the vehicle might make. This can range from grinding to screeching noises that it could make. If there is an odd noise, there could be a severe issue you will wan tot have inspected as soon as possible. The brakes could start to wear down. This will then produce a metal noise. As the brake pads wear and make direct contact to the brake rotors, you will notice the noise. If you hear a clank noise, especially after going over a bump, it may be the shocks or struts of your vehicle.

 

If a belt is starting to slip under the hood, you may notice a high pitch squeal or strong odor of rubber under there. If a belt brakes suddenly, the vehicle will not run properly. Always make sure that you notice any issues, and schedule an appointment with us. We can check the vehicle for the cause of the issue, and repair it as soon as possible for you. This can help you to have a safe and reliable ride this spring.

Noises from the Brakes

 

As you drive, be aware of anytime you hear odd noises or sounds from your vehicle. If you apply the brakes, these noises can mean that something serious is wrong. A screech or squealing noise can indicate that there is metal to metal friction. If the brakes have worn, then the brake pad and rotor are in contact with one another. With miles and age, the brake pads will start to wear down. If the noise is more and more frequent, it can indicate that they have worn down and are in need of a replacement soon.

Grinding Noise

Also be aware of any grinding or noises that sound like a thud. The last thing you will want to have happen is to have the brake system to fail when you need it. Notice what you were doing when you hear the noise from the brakes. You may also notice some issues based on how your vehicle handles when you drive or brake. If the vehicle pulls to one side or the other, there is an issue. This is especially true if it happens when you brake. The brake fluid and lines should be inspected to ensure they are in the best condition possible.

Be Aware of Issues

You can also notice an issue by the brake pedal. If the pedal is too soft or too hard, the brakes could be affected. Pumping the brakes may sometimes be required for them to respond to the pedal. A soft brake pedal will mean the pedal goes nearly to the floor boards when you apply the brakes. This can result in brakes that are no longer as reliable as they otherwise should be. So if you notice an issue, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle and brakes for you.

Check your Vehicle before Towing a Trailer

 

Before you get ready to tow a boat or a camper, you will want to make sure everything is working correctly. In order to make sure that everything will be able to be as efficient and reliable as possible when you need to drive this spring. Keeping the vehicle properly maintained will help to ensure that everything is working correctly. This is important, especially when you need to drive it on longer trips this summer. When you notice any issue that affects your vehicle, always make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

Towing

As you might get ready to start towing or pulling a camper or boat, you will want to inspect the vehicle you are pulling it with. This way you can help improve the reliability of it when you are traveling. The bearings of the vehicle should be checked so they are in proper condition. By have the bearings inspected, you will notice if they are in need of a replacement. This will reduce the chance of the vehicle failing when you are on the road. Any loud screech noise or grinding sound could indicate a bearing is going out.

Electrical Connections

You will also want to inspect the electrical connections of your vehicle. If you back into a snow bank, you could have done damage to the electrical components of the vehicle. These are important because when you tow something, you will want the lights to work on the vehicle. This will help make sure that the lights on the trailer can operate so others can see you on the road. The lights will also need to be checked to so that you can make sure that the blinkers are working. This way drivers around you will see in which direction you plan on turning.