ARDEN HILLS:

651-633-4100

1310 W County Rd E

ROSEVILLE:
651-488-8800

2170 Dale St N

ARDEN HILLS:

651-633-4100

1310 W County Rd E

ROSEVILLE:
651-488-8800

2170 Dale St N

Late Fall Maintenance for your Vehicle

 

In the fall, you will want to make sure that you have your vehicle inspected on a regular basis. Fall inspections will help keep your vehicle operating effectively. It will also help improve the safety when you drive this winter. Without maintenance, the parts of the vehicle can start to fail. This will decrease the life of the vehicle and how long you will be able to drive it.

 

Check the lights on your vehicle this fall. As the days get shorter, you will need to use the lights on your vehicle more often. Not only will the lights help you to see better, but they also help others see you. This will prevent someone walking out in front of you, or pulling the car out as well. The brake lights should also be inspected when you are checking the headlights of your vehicle.

 

The battery of your vehicle should also be tested now. Doing so can help keep it operating during the cold winter months. The cold temperatures will weaken the battery more than the summer heat does. Bring the vehicle in, and we can do a volt test for the battery. This will help to make sure that it is in good working order. If needed, we can also recommend a battery that you should buy in order to have the most reliable vehicle this winter.

 

Coolant checks are also important. This will help keep the engine from freezing up this winter. You should double check the coolant is not too low, and there are not any leaks. Along with the coolant, you will want to check the other fluids like the washer fluid and gasoline. Keeping the fuel tank at least half full can prevent water from freezing in the fuel pump. It will also be a good idea incase you need to drive in a sudden emergency to a place. The last thing you will want is to have an unexpected breakdown in the middle of winter.

 

 

Correct Pressure in the Tires and Why it is Important

The air pressure for each tire is important. This will help to ensure that the tires are always properly inflated, and in the best condition possible. If the tires are underinflated, then there is a chance the tires will blow when you are driving down the road. Tires that are over inflated than the correct amount can pick up sharp objects on the surface of the road as well. You will want to check the air pressure compared to the recommend amount by the vehicle manufacturer. Inside the driver’s doorjamb, you will have a sticker that has the recommended psi for each tire. This is what they should be inflated to. If you are not sure, you can also check the vehicle owner’s manual.

 

If you are uncomfortable putting air in the tires, you can contact us and bring the vehicle in. That way we can double check the correct amount for the front and rear tires of the vehicle. While the tires are inflated, also make sure to check the overall condition of them. This way any signs of damage can be found and have them corrected quickly. If the damage is a risk, then a new set of tires will be recommended. You may also notice some signs that alert you to poor air pressure. If the vehicle tends to swerve in a direction, that could be the side that the tire is low on air from. You will want to make sure that you check the tires often, that way you can prevent an issue.

 

As it gets colder out, you may notice the tires getting a little low. Make sure to test them regularly. If a tire gets extremely low and often, you will want to contact us. By scheduling an appointment, you can bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it over for you. This will also help you to stay safe while on the road this fall and winter.

Remember that Testing the Battery is Important to do

 

Regular testing of the battery is an important maintenance task to do. This will help you to determine if the battery is starting to fail or is in proper working condition. We can check to see what the overall condition of the battery is. When the battery is starting to fail, we can determine how soon until you will need a new one. Since the colder winter temperatures affect the battery more, you will want testing done now. If the battery is weak now, it will almost certainly cause issues for you this winter when starting the vehicle.

 

One of the first things to check should be the overall condition that the battery is in. Check the terminals and how it connects properly. If the terminals are corroded or full of grime, then the battery will not work as correctly as it otherwise should. Testing the battery can also help determine how efficient and dependable it is. When there is grime on the terminals, it will no longer be able to send the charge to the rest of the vehicle. If the connections are not tight, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect and repair it for you.

 

Also be aware of how the vehicle is starting. If it is slow or difficult to start, the battery could be one of the issues. The starter and the alternator should also be inspected on it as well. All of these work with one another in order to have your vehicle start and stay running. Cold weather and temperatures will decrease the efficiency of the battery, so it is best to have it inspected now while the weather is better. If you notice any other issues, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible.

Technology has Improved in the Last Few Years

 

With new technology, you can help to make sure that your vehicle is always safe and reliable when you need to drive. Each year there are new options and items that are included when buying a new vehicle. These are designed to help with the efficiency of the vehicle. With so many different options and features, each one can help make your driving experience a little easier and efficient as well. If a vehicle you are looking at has these features, you can either research them or ask the dealer. That way you will know exactly how each one works, and the purpose for them as well. You can also be able to look in the owner’s manual of the vehicle to see what the features offer as well.

 

The main feature that a majority of vehicles have is a back up camera. This allows you to see behind you when you are backing up or have the car in reverse. By having a back up camera, it can notify you if there is something behind you as you are starting to back up. This can help you avoid hitting something or someone, or having an accident. Some of them have features that will beep or sound an alarm so you can be aware of if something or someone is behind the vehicle. With a camera, you can also see where any vehicle are, and the street or driveway as well. This is a great assistant when needing to back up.

 

Vehicles can also have driving assistance for noticing when you cross into another lane. This will alert you as you start to swerve or enter a lane on either side of you. The alert is designed for you to notice, pay attention, and correct the vehicle so you get back into the correct lane. This also helps your safety when driving.

Fall weather and getting your Car Ready

With the fall weather and temperatures, now you can start to think about getting your vehicle checked. Having a complete bumper to bumper inspection is good to help it continue to run correctly and efficiently. Whenever there is an issue, always make sure to have it checked as soon as possible. Doing this will help prevent any further issues or costs in the long run.

You will want to check the oil of the vehicle. Based on the schedule, the oil should be changed as well when it is recommended. If you are not sure when this should be, make sure to contact us. Having the oil changed will help to make sure that the engine and other moving parts are properly lubricated. If there is not any oil, then these parts can wear against either and fail. The engine can also completely fail. This will result in a very costly repair bill. If you hear any odd noises from the engine, always make sure to have that inspected as well. Even if it may be nothing, it is always best to have it inspected.

 

The tires should also be checked for the vehicle. If they are low, you will want them to be properly inflated. This way they can rotate and wear evenly when you drive. When a tire is too low, you will start to notice that your vehicle pulls in one direction or the other when you are driving. This can cause it to be hazardous to drive, especially in heavy traffic. You will also want to check the tread on each tire of the vehicle. This can easily be done with using just a penny. Place the penny upside down in the groove of each tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tire will need to be replaced. We can also inspect the tires for you by scheduling an appointment.

Back to School can mean Car Care too

 

As kids head off and are back to school, now is a great time to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Following the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle will help make sure all the parts and components work well. If you notice an issue with the vehicle, you will want to schedule an appointment with us. This will help prevent even further problems from occurring with your vehicle. If you notice a leak, ignoring it can do damage to other parts. The overall result is a vehicle that may be broke down, as well as a costly repair bill.

Check Fluids

Make sure to take the time to check all the fluids in the vehicle. They should be at the proper levels indicated by the reservoir of each. If they are not at the line, make sure to add more of that fluid so it can be topped off. When a fluid is constantly low, that can be a sign of a leak in the system. There could be a crack or hole in the hose or reservoir of that certain fluid. Schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. Remember to also follow the recommended oil change schedule. Keeping fresh clean oil in the vehicle will keep the engine operating efficiently as well.

Remember Lights and Blinkers

Now is also a good time to check the lights and blinkers on your vehicle. As the days start to become shorter you will want to make sure to turn on the headlights of your vehicle. Not only does this help to illuminate the road in front of you, but it will also help others to see you as you drive. If you have to turn, you will want to make sure that the blinkers and turn signals are working properly. When one is out, then the traffic around you will not be able to determine which way you are turning, or if you are turning at all.

When to have the Air Conditioner Charged

 

Having the air conditioner charged in your vehicle is important to help maintain the comfort for you and your passengers. If you notice that the air conditioner is no longer producing cool air, contact us. Bring the vehicle in and we can properly inspect it for any sign of an issue that there might be. When you notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, you should have it inspected. By checking it as soon as possible will help prevent further issues from happening in the long run. If you ignore it, then other parts can become damaged and results in a costly repair bill.

 

The air conditioner can be checked for any leaks or issues within the system. If there is a leak from the system, you may notice a puddle under your vehicle after you parked. You may also notice a leak on the floorboards in the front seat of your vehicle. The hoses and system should be checked to help ensure that everything is in good working order and efficient for your vehicle. If you ignore it, eventually the air conditioner will no longer work as effectively as it otherwise should be. You may also notice that the air conditioner starts to put out more warm air as it operates.

 

Sometimes you may notice that there is an odd smell or odor from the air conditioner. This could include a smell like mold or mildew. By bringing in the vehicle, we can check the air conditioner for any issues that it might have. If parts are worn, then we can replace them for you quickly. This can also help if you notice an unusual smell coming from the vents when the air conditioner runs. No matter what the issue is, always make sure to contact us as soon as possible.

Having A Cool Vehicle and Prevent Overheating

 

Especially during the summer months, your vehicle will have an increased chance of overheating. You will want to make sure that you bring it in on a regular basis. This way we can check it over for any issues that it might have. By having it up to date on maintenance, you can help to ensure that everything is working at top efficiency and performance levels for the vehicle. When there is an issue, it is always best to have it inspected and looked at as soon as possible. This will help to prevent further problems from happening as well.

 

Be aware of the coolant in the vehicle. You will want to check it or have it checked regularly. There should be enough in the reservoir and it should be the proper color and condition. If there is an issue with it, having the coolant flushed will help keep the engine operating properly, and cool as well. If you do discover a leak, contact us so we can check for any issues and the source of the leak. Ignoring it will only make it worse. You also increase the chance of overheating on a hot summer’s day.

 

Make sure to notice the temperature gauge of the vehicle as well. If it increases into the red, then you will want to turn your vehicle off as soon as possible. If you continue to drive like this, it can cause long term damage to the radiator and engine of the vehicle. You will also want to check to make sure there is actually coolant in the reservoir and that it is not empty. No matter what issue you have with the vehicle running hot, schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you this summer.

Inspect the vehicle on a Regular Basis

 

We will inspect the parts and components of your vehicle to help ensure they are efficient. If there is an issue that you might notice when you drive, make sure to contact us. Any odd noises or sounds that are present can indicate an issue that will need to be resolved as soon as possible. If the problem is not fixed, then the issue can become worse and lead to a costly repair bill. You can contact us and we can recommend when the vehicle should be brought in for regular maintenance inspections.

Regular Maintenance

Having regular oil changes will help to increase the efficiency and performance of the engine of your vehicle. The oil also lubricates more than just the engine of your vehicle. Any moving part will need the proper lubrication so it moves without causing wear and tear to other parts it connects to. There might be a sign of an issue if you start to hear odd noises or grinding sounds with the vehicle as well when it operates. These sounds can come from under the hood. It will always be recommended that the issue be inspected as soon as possible.

 

The tires should be in the best condition, so having us inspect them can help to ensure this as well. We can check the air pressure and the tread wear for each of the tires. If a tire gets low on air often, we can do a further inspection of why this could be the case. Having the tire patched or replaced will save you a lot of trouble and headaches in the upcoming months. We can also look to make sure the tires are wearing evenly. They should be properly aligned with one another. If you are not sure if they are, we can always inspect it for you.

Travel Safe when Towing your Trailer or Boat

towing

When you tow a trailer or boat, you will want to make sure that everything is working correctly. Having the vehicle that will be doing the towing, inspected, is important. This way you will have an increase in the safety and reliability for your vehicle. Regular maintenance inspections is a good way to help keep the vehicle in the best condition possible. If you are not sure on the schedule, make sure that you contact us so we can advise you on the schedule for the parts.

Parts to Check before Towing a Boat

The brakes of the vehicle will have to be inspected before you tow. When you travel with towing something, you will need more stopping distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you. If the brakes are starting to wear out, slamming on them with that much weight behind can cause them to fail. You will also want to remember not to ride the brakes when you drive. This can lead them to overheat or cause other issues with your vehicle. If traffic is heavy, the best thing to do is to slow down and take your time.

Check the Tires

The tires will also have to be inspected. You will want them at the correct air pressure, especially if you are towing something. Tires that tend to be over inflated will have an increased chance of picking up objects like nails or sharp objects. If a tire is under inflated, then it has an increased chance of blowing out when you are driving. This can lead to further damage with the vehicle. Also make sure the tread of the tires is inspected. The tread grips the surface of the road when you drive, reducing any sliding that might happen. If it rains and the tread is low, you will have a more difficult time handling the vehicle when you drive. If you are not sure the condition of the tires, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.

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