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

Avoiding Potholes this Spring

 

When you drive this spring, be aware of potholes that have formed. By avoiding the potholes when you drive, you can reduce the chance of damage being done to your vehicle. There are several areas that your vehicle can be damaged after hitting a pothole. You will want to check the tires and rims of your vehicle after hitting a pothole. They are the things most prone to damage or being bent. If the rim is dented, then the vehicle may not drive as smoothly as it otherwise should. The tires should be inspected for any sign of bulges or damage. If this occurs, there is an increased chance they could blow. If you do hit a pothole, always make sure to check it as soon as you can.

 

It is also beneficial to schedule an appointment with us. We will be able to inspect the entire vehicle for any damage that might have occurred by hitting the pothole. This will help determine if and when repair will need to be done. Sometimes a tire will start to show signs of damage immediately after hitting a pothole. Other times the tire may take a few hours or days before you notice any issues with it. The rims may get bent as well, which will lead to further issues in the long run.

 

Another problem that might occur is that the suspension becomes damaged. As you hit the pothole, the suspension could crack or break from the intense impact. To help prevent the vehicle failing or resulting in an accident, it is always best for us to inspect it for you. Along with the suspension, we can check the alignment of the tires as well. Making sure they travel straight and efficient will help your comfort and safety as you drive.

Check the Windshield and Wipers

 

After a long winter, there are a few things you should inspect on your vehicle. The visibility you have when you drive is important. You will want to check the windshield and windshield wipers of your vehicle. Without the wipers, you will not be able to clear away grime, debris, water, and other items like leaves. If you notice any issues, make sure to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect it. Even if you are not sure, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Windshield

Check the windshield for any cracks, divots, or chips. If the small damage is ignored, it can become bigger. Sometimes this happens quickly. If you do not fix the issue, you run the risk of the damage impacting your visibility when you drive. Make sure that check the side windows and back windshield as well. If you have automatic windows, sometimes the motor can fail. You will want to check the windows to make sure they can go down and back up again. The last thing you want is to lower the window, and it will not come up, especially if rain occurs. If there is any issue, it is always best to have it inspected as soon as possible.

Windshield Wipers

The windshield wipers should also be checked. Over the winter, they will operate heavily. They also go over ice, frost, snow, and other grime. This can wear down the rubber on the blades and cause them to no longer be as efficient as they otherwise should. If you are not sure if the wipers will need to be replaced, you can always bring the vehicle in and we can inspect them for you. Having good wipers helps improve the visibility on the road as well when you drive.

Your Car Care this Spring

As spring arrives, you will want to make sure that your vehicle is properly maintained. Doing so will help it to drive at top performance and efficiency. Make sure that you follow the proper maintenance schedule that is recommended for your vehicle. If you are not sure the intervals of that, make sure to contact us. We will be able to set up the proper maintenance schedule for you and your vehicle. With care and inspections, we will check all the parts and components of the vehicle. If there is anything that is worn or starting to fail, we can repair or replace it quickly.

Wash your Vehicle

After the harsh winter of salt and road grime, make sure to wash your vehicle. If you do not wash your vehicle, the salt can lead to rust. The snow plows work hard at making sure the roads are clear of ice and snow through the winter. In order to do so, they need to put salt or a mixture to help dissolve the ice and snow. The end result can be that it, along with road grime, can go up into the undercarriage of your vehicle. Going through a car wash, especially with an undercarriage wash, is extremely beneficial for your vehicle. Not only will it help clean it, but it will help keep it lasting as long as possible.

Tire Inspection

Also remember to check the tires. Through the winter and start of spring you will start to see potholes. These can damage the tires, depending how you hit them or the speed that you hit them at. If you see a pothole, make sure to slow down before you hit it. Otherwise you run the risk of damaging the sidewall of the tire. In some cases, the tire may even blow out. If you do hit one, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.

Check the Lights for your Vehicle

The lights are an important part of your vehicle. When it is snowing, cloudy, or there is precipitation in the air, make sure that you have the lights of your vehicle on. This not only is beneficial for you, but it also helps the other drivers around you. If the lights are not on, there is an increased chance that you might have an accident. Either you will not see something, or someone may not see you. With lights on, those driving behind you, or oncoming traffic will be able to see you in plenty of time. If it is getting dark, then the lights will help illuminate the road and ditch for you as well.

 

If you have not checked your lights recently, make sure to take the time to do so. It can be quick an easy by just turning the lights on the vehicle as you start it. Walk around the vehicle to ensure the headlights and taillights are working and illuminated. If they are not, you will want to schedule an appointment as soon as possible so we can inspect the lights for you. This will help improve the safety on the road as well. After checking the lights, then turn on the blinkers and hazard lights to ensure they work as well. If a blinker is not working, it can mean a fuse has failed. By bringing the vehicle in, we can get it back to being safe on the road.

 

Remember that if you are using the windshield wipers as you drive, that you should turn on the lights as well. Any form of precipitation or fog can result in low visibility. So make sure to turn the lights on so those around you will be able to see you.

Drive with Care on Snow Covered Roads

 

winter

The winter can bring unpredictable weather and driving conditions. You will want to adjust how you drive when snow and ice start to accumulate on the roads. When it builds up, it can start to make the roads slick and difficult to drive on. Make sure to be aware of others on the road. Knowing where they are can help you to avoid an accident because you will be aware of vehicles around you. If you need to swerve suddenly, knowing where those beside you are is helpful. This way you will not sideswipe or hit them. Also remember to leave plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This should be doubled from what you would typically drive.

 

Make sure to clear off the windshield before you drive. You will want to make sure that the windshield wipers are free of the windshield and able to operate efficiently. Doing so can help ensure that your visibility is the best that it can be. If it is snowing, or sleeting, you will want to make sure the windshield wipers are turned on. Also make sure that the lights on your vehicle are on as well. This will help people see where you are on the road as well. If you are going slower than normal, make sure that you turn on your hazard lights. This alerts other drivers that you are driving at a slower speed and that gives them time to adjust.

 

Anytime there is a buildup of snow or ice on your vehicle, pull over where it is safe to do so and remove the snow and ice. If you do not, it can start to build up further and freeze to your vehicle. Sometimes making it impossible for the windshield wipers to operate. Remember to clear off the headlights and taillights so you are visible to those around you. If you notice that a light is dim, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.

 

 

Warning Lights on the Dashboard of your Car

 

You may notice the dashboard warning lights coming on at one point or another. These can most often be seen when you go to start your vehicle. Some of these lights will turn on just briefly, and then go off after a few seconds when you start your car. If a warning light comes on and stays on for a length of time, this is the best reason to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. If the light starts to blink, this can indicate a much more serious issue with the vehicle. When it is safe to do so, you will want to pull over and out of the way of any traffic. Turn your vehicle off so if there is a problem, it is not doing further damage to your vehicle.

Oil Pressure

If the oil pressure warning light comes on, it will mean an issue with the oil. When the light stays on, it can determine that there is a loss of pressure for the oil. You will want to check the oil for the vehicle. This includes the oil pressure, level amount, and how clean the oil is. Make sure to follow the recommended oil change schedule for the vehicle. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us. You can also find the oil change schedule in the vehicle owner’s manual. Following this will help to ensure fresh clean oil is able to lubricate the engine of your vehicle.

 

You may also have another light on the dashboard that is the change engine oil light. This will help determine when the oil will need to be changed. The light can get the reading by the interval of the mileage on the vehicle. When the light comes on, then you know it is time to have the oil changed.

Having an Efficient Vehicle

 

Owning a vehicle can be a large investment, so you will want to make sure that you bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. When the vehicle is maintained by the proper schedule, you can help improve the efficiency and performance of it. Various parts of the vehicle will require certain tasks for it. The oil should be changed based on how many miles you drive it. The more miles you put on, the more often the oil will need to be changed. Having regular oil changes will help to keep the engine operating smoothly. The oil will lubricate the engine. This prevents wear and tear against the other parts as well.

Poor Mileage

Another thing to watch for is the fuel mileage. Poor fuel mileage can mean that the vehicle might be wasting or leaking gas. This will only get worse over time, so make sure to schedule an appointment. Another sign of poor fuel mileage could be if the tires are not aligned or balanced properly. When the vehicle has to work harder to drive, it takes more fuel to do so. Anything that is not working as efficiently as it should be will have increased the chance of poor fuel mileage. If you notice that the fuel mileage has become worse, make sure that you schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.

Check the Brakes

The brakes are another part that should be inspected for proper effectiveness. They will slow down the vehicle and stop it when you need it to. If there is an issue with the brakes, it can compromise the safety of your vehicle. If you hear any grinding noises when you apply the brakes, it could be a sign that they are starting to wear out. Also be aware if they grab or pull in one direction or the other.

Regular Tire Inspections

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Before any long trip you take, you will want to have the tires inspected. This will help ensure the tires will be in the best condition when you drive. We can inspect each tire to ensure the air pressure is correct. The tread will also be inspected for the tires. It is also important to check the overall condition of each tire as well. If there is any damage, you will want to have it fixed and repaired before any long trips. Also be aware for any issue or anything out of the norm with your vehicle. This can result in further damage to the tires if it is not inspected. It will also have the chance of your tire blowing when you least expect it.

Tread

In the winter, you will want the tires to have the right amount of tread on them. The tread will help you to keep and maintain control of the vehicle on slick or icy roads. When the tread is low, you may notice the vehicle sliding or pulling in one direction. Even if one tire has the right amount of tread, it will not necessarily mean the other tires do as well. You can take a penny and place it upside down in the tread groove. Check to see if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head. If you can, then the tread is too low.

Spare Tire

Also remember to check the spare tire of your car. You will need to use it when one of the regular tires goes out or is damaged. Remember if you drive on a spare tire, you will need to go at a slower speed. This is because the spare tire is smaller, so it cannot rotate as fast as the regular tires do. If you are not sure if the spare tire is in great condition, we can inspect it for you.

Winter Weather can Mean Poor Visibility

winter weather

 

During the winter, the weather can sometimes be unpredictable. You will want to make sure that you are prepared for anything that might occur when you travel. Weather can be anything from freezing rain to snow. You will want to make sure that you and your vehicle are equipped to deal with whatever weather condition. You will want to make sure that the windshield wipers are in the best condition possible. There should not be any chips, tears, or rips on the rubber of the wipers. If the wipers have these, then there is a chance that it will not clean the windshield as effectively as it should. When there is an issue, make sure the wipers are replaced as soon as possible.

Clear off all the windows

You will want your vehicle to be cleared off of any snow or ice as well. Doing so will help to improve the visibility when you drive. The windshield should be fully cleared off so you can see everything around you. Scraping only a spot on the drivers side will not allow you to be aware of everything on the road. Always make sure to scrape the side windows of your vehicle as well. The rear window will also need to be scraped clear as well. Even know it is behind you, you will need to know of traffic around you.

Warm up your car

If you start the vehicle before you start scraping windows, the defrost heat will help to warm up the windshield. It will help loosen up any thick ice that may have formed on the windshield or windows. The defrost running can also help to warm up the interior of your vehicle as well. This can make for a more warm and comfortable ride for you and your passengers when you drive.

 

Adjust your Driving in the Winter

When you drive in the winter, the weather will play a part in how you drive. If it snows evenly lightly, you may notice poor braking and control of your vehicle. When you drive, keeping a distance of three seconds is what is recommended. When the weather or roads are less than ideal, you will want to double or triple your distance. This will allow you enough time to react incase there is an accident. If you notice your vehicle starting to slide you should slow down. This will help prevent you losing complete control of the vehicle. Also remember if you are on ice, slamming on the brakes can make things worse.

Driving at a speed you can control the vehicle is also important. If you drive too fast for what you can handle, you will risk going in the ditch. You will want to make sure that you can see properly as well when you drive. With the best visibility, you can see other drivers, and where they are compared to you. You will also want to make sure you keep an eye out for snow plows or semis. This is because sometimes when they pass you, snow can blow up and impair your visibility. When a whiteout occurs, you will want to slow down, but still drive at a pace where you are not rear-ended.

When you clear off your vehicle before you drive, always remember to clear the hood and the roof of the vehicle as well. This way you will not have snow blowing off and impairing the visibility of other drivers on the road. Remember to scrape the windows and the rear windshield as well. This will allow you to see all around your vehicle when you drive.

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