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.
If you haven’t switched on the air conditioner for your car yet, chances are that you will be soon. As you drive in the summer, you will want your vehicle to be as cool and comfortable as possible. You will want to make sure that the air conditioner is blowing cool and comfortable air in the cabin of your vehicle. If it is not, you will want to contact us as soon as possible. We can inspect it to make sure there is not a leak or damage to the hoses. Also, we can check to make sure the refrigerant is in the best condition to cool.
No matter if you are traveling a long distance, or out for the day shopping, you will want your vehicle to be comfortable when you drive. You can crack the windows a few inches if you have to leave it parked. This will help reduce the buildup of hot air in the vehicle when you get into it. Also try parking in the shade or next to a tree so the sun does not beat directly onto your vehicle.
Besides keeping the interior cool, you will want to make sure that the engine for the vehicle is cool as well. Check to make sure that there is enough coolant in the reservoir so the vehicle can operate properly. If there is not, then you may notice the vehicle starting to overheat. Check the temperature gauge on the vehicle. If it starts to increase, then you will want to turn off the air conditioner. When the temperature gauge reaches the red, you will want to turn the vehicle off so you do not run the risk of having the engine fail completely. So make sure to notice the temperature gauge as you drive.
Just like any other noise from your vehicle, always make sure to notice what it is, and when it occurred. If the noise happens when you are doing something specific, it may mean one thing, and it may mean another at another time. If the noises from the brakes occur only when you apply the brakes, then a proper brake inspection is needed. If the noise occurs when you are driving or parked, it could mean an issue with another part, or a stone or pebble stuck in the brake system.
Any unusual noise should be taken seriously. It is also an indication to bring the vehicle in for an inspection. If the vehicle is starting to malfunction with the brakes, ignore the issue will only make it worse. It will also require an expensive repair bill when it is brought in. If the brake pedal is too hard or too soft when you apply it, there is also an issue. When the brakes are no longer as responsive as they once were, it is important to have them inspected by us. Besides how the brake pedal works, odd noises are also a cause to worry. A clinking or rattle can mean that the brake pads are starting to wear out. This should be inspected so that the brakes continue to work as efficiently as they should.
When the brakes make a grinding noise, it could mean that the brake rotor is having metal to metal contact with the caliper. As the brake pads wear, this noise can be more noticeable and occur more often. Sometimes the grind noise can happen if anything is obstructing the caliper. This not only happens when you apply the brakes, but also when you are driving. If the brakes make a screeching noise, you will want to schedule an appointment with us. Making sure the brakes are operating well will help improve the efficiency of the vehicle when you drive.
Having the vehicle maintained and inspected is important for the longevity of it. Also, having the oil changed on a regular basis is just as important for the vehicle. With an oil change, we can remove the old oil that is full of dirt and pollutants. As it ages, it gets thicker. This makes it more difficult to lubricate the engine properly as you drive. When oil does not lubricate the engine and gears, then they will start to wear against one another. This adds to extra strain as well. After the old oil is removed, fresh clean oil is then added into the reservoir. The oil will lubricate it so all the parts operate without issues.
Odd Noises and Oil
If you notice any odd noises or sounds coming from the vehicle, always make sure to contact us. These sounds will indicate that could be an issue, even an issue that might be severe. Any grinding, screeching, or high pitched noise that comes from under the hood should be checked as soon as possible. This will help to be aware of an issue before it becomes worse. If the problem becomes louder and more frequent, it could mean that a part of the vehicle is in need of repair as soon as possible.
It is also important to have extra oil in your vehicle. This could be in the trunk or back seat. If you are low on oil in a place where you are unable to buy some, it can be an issue. By being prepared, you will be able to fill up the oil reservoir when it is low on oil, no matter where you are. You should also check for oil leaks under your vehicle where you are parked. If you see oil on the ground, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can repair the leak for you.
The vehicle you drive should always be kept in the best condition possible. This will include bringing the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections for the parts of it. If you are not sure of when this should be done, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on a schedule, or check the owner’s manual. Checking the tires, brakes, oil, and other fluid levels are all important for the overall efficiency of your vehicle. Also make sure you are aware of any issues or anything out of the norm. If you ignore a problem, it will only get worse as time goes on. It can end up costing you more time, money, and stress as well.
Checking the tires is an important maintenance task. The tires will need to have the tread checked on a regular basis. Tread wear is important for each tire. This is what helps to grip the surface of the road when you are driving. If the roads are wet or slick, then the tread can grip the road to handle better. When the tread wears unevenly, then the vehicle will handle poorly on wet roads. If you notice the vehicle pulling in one direction or the other, check the tread wear. You can check the tread of the tires quickly by taking a penny and placing it upside down in the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head on the penny, then the tread has worn down. This will indicate that maintenance will be needed for the tire.
You will also want to check the oil levels and other fluids of the vehicle. The oil will need to be inspected and replaced when designated. This will help to lubricate the engine and other parts under the hood. If you are not sure when the oil needs to be changed, always make sure to contact us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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