The tires are an important part of your vehicle. They are also the only part that makes direct contact to the surface of the road when you drive and travel. If you notice that your vehicle handles poorly, you will want to bring it in as soon as possible. This allows us to look at the vehicle for the issue. Also be aware for any odd noises or sounds that the vehicle makes, especially when you drive. Depending what you are doing, can determine what the issue might be with the vehicle as well. Do not ignore the problem because it will not go away on its own. This will only get worse, and result in further damage and repair bills as well.
Inspect Each Tire
Each tire should be inspected to ensure it is in the best condition. They will be inspected to make sure that the air pressure is at the correct amount and that they are properly inflated. A tire that loses air often, will have a greater chance of becoming permanently damaged in the long run as well. The tread wear can also be inspected to show that the tread is at the correct amount. When the tires have worn down, the tread will also be extremely low. Sometimes there will be uneven wear with the tread. By rotating the tires, you can help the tread to wear more evenly.
Alignment of the Tires
The tires should also be inspected for their alignment. Proper alignment will help them to rotate and work with each other easily. This will also help to improve your fuel mileage as well. The tires should always be fully inspected for any damage. If they have worn down and are no longer at their best, consider purchasing new ones. This can help you to have better control of your vehicle and handle the road better as well.
The temperatures that summer brings can greatly affect your vehicle. When the air temperature becomes hot, the roads you drive on can become worse. This can mean the roads are anywhere from 40 to 60 degrees hotter than the actual air temperature. As you drive, the tires are in constant contact with these extremely hot temperatures. You will want to make sure to check the tires on a regular basis throughout the year. Also remember to do so before you take a long trip on vacation. This will help to ensure that the tires are in the most ideal condition to drive on. Check the air pressure so they are at the preferred amount.
You should also know that the heat would do more damage to the battery of a vehicle than cold temperatures will. If you notice that the vehicle is getting difficult to start, it could mean the battery is starting to fail. Sometimes this can be from the alternator and starter as well. As the temperatures start to increase, make sure that you have the battery of the vehicle inspected. You will want to make sure your vehicle is ready for the summer heat.
Also remember to check the fluids in your vehicle. The oil is important for the overall condition of your engine to operate. It will lubricate the moving parts so there is less wear and tear to it when the vehicle runs. If the oil level is low, then there is a great risk that the engine will start to fail, and could seize up. When this happens, it can result in a costly repair bill. Checking the oil can be done quick and easily so that you are certain there is enough in the reservoir when you need to drive. If you notice the oil light turn on, make sure that you add oil. When you notice yourself adding oil often, bring it in for an inspection.
Having a dashboard light illuminate can startle you if you are not sure what it means. If a light comes on, schedule an appointment so we can inspect the vehicle for you. A light that is blinking is an immediate cause for concern. Make sure to pull over when it is safe to do so, and turn off your vehicle. If the light turns on, you will not want to ignore it, as this can cause more damage and issues in the long run.
If you see the temperature warning light com on, it can indicate that the vehicle is overheating. If this happens, it is best to pull over and let your vehicle cool down. When a vehicle overheats and nothing is done, damage can occur to the engine. If you see the light blink it is an immediate warning that the car should be turned off until it has a chance to cool down. A vehicle that overheats often may mean that a sensor or another component is bad. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. If the sensor is bad, it will give a false reading for if the vehicle is overheating or not. Also look for any steam or smoke you might see coming out of the hood of the car.
The brake warning light is another one that could illuminate. This can indicate that the handbrake is on. It may also mean that the brake fluid is low. You will want to check the brake fluid to ensure it is at the proper amount and ideal condition. If the fluid is at the correct level, and the light is still on, make sure to call for an appointment. We will look at the brake system and the vehicle to determine what the light is on for. Never ignore the warning lights, because they do illuminate for a reason.
Having your vehicle visible to others is important for the safety of you and also those around you. Always remember that you need to check the windshield for any damage that it might have. Divots, cracks, chips, or any other issues should always be taken care of at the first sign. Also make sure that the windshield wipers are operating at their best. If they are not clearing any dirt and debris from the windshield properly, they will need to be replaced. Keeping your overall visibility the best will help prevent issues with you seeing something in the road ahead. If you notice the windshield wipers chatter or vibrate, make sure to inspect them. We can also check the windshield wipers of your vehicle.
Others Seeing your Vehicle
You will want to be visible to others as you drive as well. Make sure that you turn on the lights. Drivers that are driving toward you will be able to see where you are. Also those behind you will be aware you are ahead, so they do not rear end the vehicle. Make sure that you check the headlights and taillights of the vehicle. You can do this when it is sitting near a building. Make sure to turn the lights on and that you can see the reflection against the building. It is also a good time to check the blinkers and emergency flashers. If they are not working properly, you will want to bring the vehicle in for an inspection.
Also check the lights to make sure they are not dim or have a film to the lens. This can impair your visibility and make it hard to see. If they do not get better by washing and cleaning them, we can check them for you. With age and wear, sometimes the lens will need to be replaced so you can see the best you can.
As the summer starts to bring warmer temperatures, now is the perfect time to make sure your vehicle will be ready to drive. Make sure that the air conditioning system is inspected so your vehicle can remain cool and comfortable. As the humidity and temperatures increase, you will want your car to be comfortable as you drive. You will want to make sure to always bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. This way we can inspect all the parts and components of the vehicle.
If you turn the air conditioner on for your vehicle and the cool air does not come out of the vents, make sure to contact us. We can check the air conditioner and refrigerant of the vehicle. If there is a leak for the vehicle, it may result in it not cooling the cabin of your vehicle as it otherwise should be. You can help to make the interior of the vehicle cooler by opening the windows as you drive. However, in order to have the cool and comfortable air, make sure to schedule an appointment with us.
Check the Coolant
Besides the air conditioner, you will also want to have the coolant of the vehicle inspected as well. When it is hot outside, you can also run a greater risk of having your vehicle overheat when you drive. If you are in stop and go traffic, or slow traffic, the chances can increase. The best thing to do if you start to notice the temperature gauge increase, make sure to turn off the air conditioner of the vehicle. If the gauge starts to get into the red, pull over as soon as you can and turn the vehicle off for a few minutes. This will help to lower the temperature of it.