How to Jump Start a Vehicle

 

Jump starting your vehicle will be needed if your battery goes dead and you need to drive. The quickest way you can make sure your vehicle is back on the road is jump starting it. Always make sure that you have a set of jumper cables in your vehicle. This will help incase you ever need to use them. When buying jumper cables, you may want to go with ones that are at least 20 feet in length. This is because you cannot always ensure that the cars will be placed next to each other to start it.

 

You will want to make sure to avoid having the red clamps and black clamps from touching each other. It can be beneficial if you have someone at the other end of the cable to help prevent the ends from touching. If the ends touch when hot, it could cause a short in the vehicle or dangerous sparks. Make sure to park the running vehicle next to the dead one. You will then want to turn the vehicle off as well. Open the hood of each vehicle so you can access the battery. You will want to look for the positive post, which will have the red cable. Make sure that you look at the battery posts to see which one is positive, and which one is negative. This is the best way to determine which end of the cable you may need.

 

Make sure that the battery posts are clear and clean of any dirt or gunk. By creating a clean and proper connection, you can help the efficiency of the battery. You will first want to connect the red clamp to the positive post of the dead battery. Then connect the other red clamp to the positive post of the other battery. After that you will want to connect the black negative clamp to the negative terminal of the good battery. The other end of the negative clamp should then be on an unpainted part of the vehicle to ensure a safe jump start. If you have any questions about jump starting a vehicle, you can also contact us.

Winter Weather and your Visibility

 

The winter weather can cause a lot of issues for your visibility as you drive. You will always want to make sure your vehicle is ready for any winter driving. If it is not properly maintained, then you may run into issues or have an unexpected breakdown. Make sure to follow the recommendation for having your vehicle maintained, that way we can do a bumper to bumper inspection. If there are any issues, we can locate them and have the issue fixed before it becomes worse.

 

One of the first things to inspect are the windshield wipers of your vehicle. You will want to make sure that they are free from any damage. They should not have any rips, tears, or damage to them. If there is, make sure to invest in a new set of windshield wipers. Doing so will help to improve the visibility when you drive. The wipers will be able to clear away any dirt or road grime that may have formed to the windshield. Always remember to check the rear wiper if your vehicle is equipped with one. Although it will not be used as much as the windshield wipers, it will still need to be replaced.

 

Check the headlights of your vehicle as well. If the lenses are cloudy or scratched, you will want to have them cleaned off or replaced. Also make sure that you check the lights themselves. If one appears dim or is no longer working, schedule an appointment with us. We can replace the bulb for the headlight to help you have a safe and reliable vehicle. You will also want to test to make sure that the blinkers in front as well as the rear are working. If these are not working, it will decrease your safety because those around you will not know when or where you are turning. Any issues you notice this winter, make sure to contact us as soon as you can.

Cold Temps and Inspecting your Car

 

As the temps begin to get colder, you will want to inspect your vehicle more often. This can range from a variety of different parts and components to check. The cold weather means the tire pressure will be lower. Bead leaks can occur on the tires, which will cause the air to decrease. Sometimes this will not be every tire, but instead just one or two. You will want to make sure it is filled to the correct air pressure amount in the vehicle owner’s manual. This way you can ensure a comfortable ride. You will also want to check the spare tire. If anything happens to a regular tire, you will need to rely on the spare tire to get you to your destination.

 

Also make sure that the fluids are topped off. It is always recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This would include the fluid levels. If one is low, it should be topped off to the correct amount. Also remember to check the windshield washer fluid levels. In the winter, you will need this to help remove road grime and dirt. This improves your visibility as well when you drive.

 

The battery is another part that is affected by the cold weather. The cold temperatures will drain the amps. Make sure to have the battery tested, to see how it is charging. If you are not sure how the battery is for overall condition, we can check it as well. Sometimes a block heater may be beneficial for your vehicle. Depending where you park, a block heater will help the vehicle start efficiently. No matter what issues or problems you notice with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment. This will help keep the vehicle lasting as long as possible.

Proper Battery Care in the Winter

 

With proper care for your vehicle, you will want to bring it in for regular appointments. Make sure to follow the recommended maintenance schedule. This way you will be able to check all the parts and components of the vehicle. Whenever driving, always make sure that you notice any issues or problems that the vehicle might have. By noticing when these problems occur, you can relay that to us, and we can find the source of the issue. When this is fixed, it can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.

 

Have a proper check of the battery for the vehicle. This way you can help ensure that it is powering the vehicle and having it operate efficiently. If you notice any issues with how the vehicle is starting, it could likely be from the battery. Other parts could include the starter or alternator. The best way to determine if the problem is specific to the battery is to bring it in for a professional inspection. We can check the entire battery, as well as the starter and alternator for you. This way you can help to ensure the vehicle is in the best and most efficient condition possible for when you drive.

 

Between regular maintenance inspections, you can inspect the vehicle as well. Checking the battery is important. You will want to make sure that the terminals are clean and clear. There should not be any rust, dirt, or build up of grime on them. If you do notice something, you can clean it off, or schedule and appointment with us. Also make sure that the connections are tight and secure. If one is loose, then the battery may not be able to charge the vehicle effectively. You should also see if the battery is securely in place. If it jostles around, this could end up causing damage in the long run as well.

Winter and How it Affects the Air Pressure in the Tires

 

The winter weather and temperatures will affect the air pressure of the tires. As it becomes colder out, the air pressure will start to decrease from the tires of the car. This can cause problems because the tires will not be properly inflated to the correct amount that they should be. If you start to notice this happening often, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. Doing so can help you save time, money, and stress in the long run.

 

If you need the proper air pressure amount, make sure to check the sticker on the inside door jamb. You can also find this information in the vehicle owner’s manual. This way, you will know the correct amount of air needed for each tire. As tires are used and wear, they will start to show signs of damage. Make sure to check the tires completely and look for any signs of problems or issues. When you do this, also check for how the tread is wearing. If the tread is low or uneven, make an appointment with us. We can check the proper tread wear.

 

Based on how many miles you drive or how often, you will want to have your tires aligned or rotated. Having them aligned will make sure the tires wear correctly, the entire tire. When tires are rotated, then it will help to keep the tires wearing evenly. If one side of the tire is worn, having them rotated can help decrease the chance of further wear happening to that one spot. It will also help prolong the life of the tires of your vehicle. When checking the tires, always remember the spare. If a tire is damaged, you will need to rely on the spare. So it is important that the spare tire is always in the best condition possible.