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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The vehicle should be inspected and properly maintained. Following the recommended maintenance schedule is important for your vehicle. This way all the parts and components can be inspected fully for any issues. Noticing any problems should indicate that it should be repaired as soon as possible. If you do not choose to fix the problem, it will only get worse. It can also result in a more expensive repair bill when it is fixed.
The terminals of the battery should also be inspected so that they are free of rust or corrosion. Doing so will help the connectivity and the power of the battery. If the terminals are in less than ideal condition, then there can be an issue with how it is charging your vehicle. Remove any dust or dirt that they might have. Sometimes dried leaves can even get on them. So you will want to make sure they are as clean as possible.
If you notice the battery is loose, then it could have issues moving the charge through the system. If the battery fails, your vehicle will not start. Also be sure to check the alternator and starter of the vehicle as well. Sometimes a vehicle not starting can be caused by a poor alternator or poor starter. If you are not sure how often the vehicle should be inspected, make sure to contact us. This will also include checking the battery.
Anytime you notice that the vehicle is difficult to start, contact us. This is especially true if there is an issue starting it often. You will want to have it repaired before the vehicle does not start completely. The age of the battery can also have an affect on how it charges and if it is reliable. When the battery gets older, it may be slow to start and charge. This will be an indication that you should look into getting a new one.
Your vehicle should always be properly maintained to ensure it is in the best condition. When you follow the proper schedule, you can help ensure that the parts and components are working efficiently. This will also help your vehicle to last as long as possible and improve fuel mileage as well. If you ignore the maintenance schedule, your vehicle can start to have issues and may eventually fail.
Fall weather means using the Lights more
During the fall, you will have a greater chance of having to drive with your lights on. Since it gets dark earlier, you may notice needing the lights when driving home from work. You will want to make sure you inspect the lights of your vehicle before you travel. The headlights, taillights, and blinkers will all need to be inspected. Not only do the lights help you to see, but it allows others to notice you as well. The blinkers will alert others around you which way you are turning. This will improve the safety of you and those around you as well.
Also remember to check the windshield wipers. These are important because they will clear the windshield of any road grime or rain. Even if it is not storming out, someone may drive by and hit a puddle, splashing up water and grime. You will need to use the windshield wipers to clear away any of the debris on the windshield. The wipers should be free of any cracks or damage they might have. If you notice this, it will be time to get a new set of wipers. If you are not sure what size is best for the vehicle, bring it in and we can inspect and replace the wipers. Also remember to check the rear wiper as well, if your vehicle is equipped with one. These tend to be forgotten about, because they are used less.
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