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

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.

Keeping the Vehicle Cool this Summer

 

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.

Be Aware of Any Brake Noise you Hear

brake

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.

Brake Noise

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.

Grinding Sound

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.

Regular Oil Changes are Good for the Vehicle

Oil

 

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.

Be Prepared

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.

Getting your vehicle Ready if you Tow a Trailer

 

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.

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.

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