It is important to stay healthy and safe during the coronavirus outbreak. While it is best to stay home, there are some things you can do. You will want to make sure to always practice social distancing. This means you should stay at least six feet from other people. If you need to cough or sneeze, make sure to do so in your elbow. This will help prevent the germs from spreading. You are able to go out and drive and enjoy the fresh air. If you do so, make sure that your vehicle is up to date on the maintenance and inspections that it might need. This way it will be in the best condition when you need to drive.
If you are not sure how often the vehicle should be maintained, make sure to look at the owner’s manual. You can also contact us and we can advise a schedule for you. Make sure that your vehicle has the tires properly inflated. This is beneficial as you want to drive and enjoy the scenery outdoors. You will also want there to be the correct amount of oil in the vehicle. If the oil is getting old, you may notice some pollutants in it. Remember to follow the recommendations for oil changes. At the same time, we can also change the oil filter of it as well. If you hear any unusually noises, it will be best to bring the vehicle in.
When going out for essential things like groceries, make sure that you call ahead to the store you are going to. Hours of many businesses have changed, so it is best to know what to expect. You will want to make sure you are there during their hours of operation. Please make sure to read our Covid-19 response here: https://brausenauto.com/covid19/
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After the winter, make sure that each tire is inspected for your vehicle. This should also include the spare tire of your vehicle. If there are ever any issues, make sure that you contact us as soon as possible. Doing so will help prevent further damage as well as costly repair bills for the vehicle. Also remember to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance. Doing this will help be aware of any issues that are starting to form with anything. If you hear odd noises between visits, this should always be inspected. You will want to make sure that the vehicle is always in the best condition.
Check the air pressure of each tire as well. You will want to make sure that they are properly inflated. If the tire is too low, then it can blow out when driving. Over inflated tires can pick up sharp objects that might be on the road. You will also want to remember to check the spare tire. Besides the air pressure, you should also check the tread wear. Place a penny upside down. If you are able to see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread has worn. Make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the options you have. A new set of tires may be needed for the vehicle.
Also remember to have the tires aligned and rotated when recommended. This will help the tread to wear as evenly as possible. Overall this will increase the longevity and life of the tires when you drive. If you are not sure of the schedule, make sure to contact us and we can recommend one. No matter what problem you notice with the tires or even vehicle, remember to contact us. This way we can have the issue resolved before it gets worse.
Noticing a pothole or debris is important. It will not only prevent issues with your vehicle, but it will also help reduce the chance of an accident. If you see anything on the road as you drive, always make sure to drive around it and not run over it. You should also always be aware of traffic and drivers around you. That way you will not swerve into their lane and cause an accident. Potholes cannot always be seen. If you do not see one until the last minute, you will have no choice except to hit it. Make sure to slow down as much as you can. Doing so will reduce the amount of damage that is done to your vehicle.
Even if you hit a small pothole, make sure to check the tires of your vehicle as soon as you can. Even if you just slightly hit a pothole, there can be damage done to the tires. You will want to make sure that they are free from any cracks or visible marks. If you notice a problem, make sure to call us immediately. You will want to check the air pressure in the tires as well. After hitting a pothole, it can lead to a slow leak in the tire. There is also the chance the tire goes low quickly after hitting a pothole. Regularly during the year, you will want to check the air pressure in the tires as well. Anytime you notice one is losing more air than normal, make sure to contact us. That way we can inspect the tire for you.
Always be aware how the vehicle handles, especially after hitting a pothole. The suspension can be affected after hitting a pothole. If the vehicle rides rough, you will want to have the suspension inspected. Also be aware if it seems to bounce excessively, especially after going over any type of small bump that the road may have. By bringing in the vehicle for an inspection, you can improve the safety and reliability of it.
When clearing the windshield of your vehicle, also remember to clear off the side windows and rear windshield as well. If you do not, you run the risk of having poor visibility. When this happens, it will impair your vision. The end result is an increase of an accident happening to you or your passengers. You will also want to remember to remove the snow that is on the roof, hood, and trunk of your vehicle as well. If it is still there as you start to drive, it can impair the visibility of the drivers around you.
As you go out to scrape the snow off, you will want to make sure to start your vehicle. This will allow it time to warm up. Not only will it warm up for the interior of your vehicle, but the engine will warm up as well. When you start the car, turn the heat on for defrost. This will help the windshield to warm up quicker as well. As it warms up, you will notice it becomes easier to scrape off the ice and snow from the windshield. During this time you can check to make sure the windshield wipers are unfrozen from the windshield. You can also turn on the rear defrost to help the window warm up as well.
If you notice any issue with your vehicle this winter, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. We can inspect the vehicle for what is causing the issue. Even if you think the issue is not important, it is always best to have it looked at. Always remember to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance. If you are not sure how often this should be, make sure to contact us. We will be able to advise you on a schedule for your vehicle.
If there are issues with the vehicle, you will want to have parts repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Doing so will help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run. If there are any problems, you will want to make sure that you schedule an appointment. We will look at the issue, and figure out the best way to fix or replace it. This will then help you to get back on the road and have safe driving. Make sure to remember to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections as well. By following the schedule, you can help keep the vehicle lasting as long as possible.
With regular maintenance, make sure to check the oil in your vehicle regularly. If the oil becomes low, you run the risk of the engine seizing up and failing. Make sure the other fluids are topped off as well. If there is one that is low often, contact us. We can look to see if there is any damage or issues under the hood. You will also want to notice if there are any puddles after backing the vehicle away. A stain or puddle will indicate that one of the fluids for the vehicle is leaking.
You will also want to check the tires of the vehicle often. Look to make sure there is enough air in each tire. If the tires are too low, then they will be more prone to blowing out. If they are over inflated, then they will pick up sharp objects on the surface of the road. Check the tread to make sure it is wearing evenly all the way around the tire. The tread should wear evenly on all four tires as well. If there is a problem, bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you.
With frozen car doors, you will want to be careful when trying to open them. If you are pulling on them too hard, the door handle may break. You will want to gently try to loosen the handle. Take some de-icer and use over the handle. This will help you to unfreeze it as well. If there are any issues with the door being frozen shut, you can use the de-icer around the door frame as well. Besides the de-icer, you can use an ice scraper to chip away the ice and snow. You will want to be careful so you do not chip any paint from the door. By loosing the ice and snow, you may be able to open your car door easier than you otherwise could. You will also want to remember to scrape clean the windows.
One of the best ways to open a frozen door is by using the push and pull method. Push a little bit and the pull the door back open again. You will want to do this several times until the door is loose. You can then put your fingers around the edge to help pull it open as well. Make sure to never slam or hit the door hard, as this can cause things to break or become damaged. You can also try to the other doors of the vehicle to see if one of those will open easier.
Remember in the winter to make sure to take everything slow and careful. If the vehicle is cold, hitting a bump or being rough can cause damage to the various parts of the vehicle. Also remember to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. By giving it a bumper to bumper inspection, we can notice any issues that will need to be fixed and repaired.
When you jump start the battery for your vehicle, you will want to make sure that you do it correctly. If you do not, you can run the chance of an explosion or damage happening to the battery and vehicle. You will want to make sure that you always bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. This way we can check and test the battery for the vehicle. If a new battery is needed because it is starting to fail, we can let you know that as well.
You will first want to take out the jumper cables and make sure to untangle them. Then make sure that you park both cars next to or near one another and turn off the vehicle you are using to jump start the other. Take one of the red clips and attach it to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Then take the other end of the red clip and attach it to the positive terminal of the working battery. Take the one end of the black clip and attach it to the working battery on the negative terminal. You will then want to take the end of the black clip and attach it to an unpainted metal surface from your car. Remember to not place it near the battery.
Once the battery has been jump started, make sure it runs for several minutes. You will then want to remove the jumper cables in the reverse order that you connected them in. This way you will prevent damage that could happen if you remove them incorrectly. You will always want to make sure to follow all safety steps and procedures. You can consult the owner’s manual for the vehicle if you have any questions for jump starting the battery. You can also contact us with any questions you might have.
During the winter months, you will have to drive through all different types of weather conditions. While weather can change in an instant, you might go from rain to sleet to snow in a matter of a few minutes. You will want to make sure that your vehicle is always properly maintained, so it can be the best it can on the road. Make sure to go to regular maintenance inspections so that we can do a bumper to bumper check of the vehicle.
Remember to check the windshield wipers for your vehicle. They should be in the best overall condition possible. Be aware of any damage they might have like rips or tears. If there are any issues, make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible. If you have a van or SUV, chances are you have a rear windshield wiper as well. You will also want to check this, as it will need to be replaced as well. If you are not sure what type of wipers are best, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on your options.
The windshield should also be checked for any damage or chips to it. This can line up in your field of vision and cause issues in the long run. You will want to see the road clearly, so make sure that the windshield is in the best condition. If you notice an issue with it, you will want it repaired quickly. At the same time, check the washer fluid for your vehicle. If it is low, make sure to have it topped off so that you will have plenty of it. You will want the washer fluid incase there is road grime that you need off quickly as you are driving on the road.
The winter weather and colder temperatures can cause significant issues to your vehicle. One of the main issues is if the battery starts to fail. This can cause your vehicle to not start when it otherwise should be. If the battery is starting to fail and go out, you will notice that the vehicle is becoming more difficult to start. There will also be issues with keeping the vehicle running after turning the engine over. As much as the warm summer heat does damage, so does the cold temperatures.
With a change in weather, you will want to make sure your vehicle is in the best condition possible for when you need to drive. Make sure to bring it in on a regular basis for maintenance inspections. If there is an issue with a part, we can alert you to it. We will also be able to advise you on the options you have to replace or repair it. If you are not sure when you should bring the vehicle in, always make sure to call and check. We can also set up an appointment based on your vehicle and how often you drive.
As you check the battery, make sure that the terminals are properly cleaned. They should be free of any corrosion, dirt, or grime build up. If you notice that there is an issue with it, make sure to contact us. We will be able to check and clean the terminals and battery for you. You will also want to make sure there is a secure connections so they battery can work efficiently. If there is anything loose, then this can cause issues and a costly repair bill in the long run. It is also a good idea to bring the vehicle in so we can test the strength of the battery. That way we will know if it is the battery, starter, or alternator.
Traveling during the holiday season means spending a lot more time on the road. As you travel, you will want to make sure your vehicle is safe and reliable. When you drive, always be aware of anything out of the norm that your vehicle may have. This can range from odd noises, smells, or even how the vehicle handles. Whenever you notice something wrong with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. That way you can help prevent further issues in the long run. If you plan on traveling, you will want inspections done before you hit the road.
When you drive, always make sure to check the fluids and under the hood. If there are any odd noises or sounds, you will want to check to see what the problem is. Topping off the fluids of the vehicle will help keep things running efficiently as well. When a fluid level is low, and it happens often, make sure to contact us. We can check the vehicle for any signs of an issue or leak in the system. If you choose to ignore a problem or leak, it will become worse. You will want to be aware if the vehicle has a puddle under it after you have parked it for a length of time.
Check the headlights and taillights as well for your vehicle. Not only will this help you to see the road ahead of you, but it helps you to see other drivers. Other people can also see where you are. This is especially important for the blinkers of your vehicle. When the blinkers work properly, then others will know when and where you are planning on turning. If you notice that a blinker or light is not working properly, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. That way we can get the lights working correctly again.
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