Yearly Archives: 2019

Mechanical Failures that Can Cause Accidents

Drive safely on the road is so important, especially when it comes to protecting yourself and others. Everyone wants to get to their desintation safely, and by driving with care and without impairment, you can take a step towards minimizing accident risk.  Although impairment and failure to take appropriate safety measures while driving is a top cause of accidents, mecahnical failures also take a chunk of reasons why car accidents occur. This is why it is so important to always have your vehicle regular inspected and well maintained.  Tires are a big culprit when it comes to accidents on the road due to mechanical failure. If you experience a tire blowout on the highway, chances are you may slam on your brakes or even lose control of your vehicle. This can be avoided by always keeping your tire pressure at its correct settings and ensuring that your tires are always in good shape. Brakes are also a top reason for accidents due to mechanical failure. This can be avoided wit ... read more

Why Potholes Can Damage your Vehicle

Potholes can’t always be avoided on the road, which is why it is important to understand the damage that driving over them can cause and the steps to take next. If you’re driving slowly and you hit a pothole, you are probably fine. However, if you’re driving on a faster speed limit road and hit a pothole, it is in your best interest to have the following components inspected by a trusted mechanic: Tires - tires can be damaged in a number of ways after hitting a pothole. It can cause the side of the tire to actually blow out due to the pressure on one side of the tire. If your TPMS light comes on after hitting a pothole, this is usually a sign of some sort of damage that will need to be looked at.  Wheels - damage to the wheels can occur from hitting a pothole quickly. If you notice that the wheel is cracked or bent, bring your vehicle into your trusted mechanic. If a damaged wheel is hitting the tire, it can cause damage over time.  Alignment - hitting a ... read more

The Key To Switching Lanes Safely - S.M.O.G.

When it comes to driving, any safety tips or techniques that we can teach can benefit everyone on the road. We have all seen it - the driver who switches lanes without even looking, moving across several lanes without a blinker on, expectedly all other vehicles to move out of the way. Although it may work sometimes, this is a dangerous and risky way to drive.    Acronyms are a great way to remember key phrases, and the acronym S.M.O.G. was created for how to switch lanes safely. Remembering this acronym is easy and will make sure that you always change lanes on the road in a safe manner!   S - Signal  Always make sure that your blinker is on, signaling the direction that you are changing lanes. Try to have your signal on 3 to 5 seconds before actually changing lanes.   M - Mirrors Check all mirrors, including rearview mirror and side mirrors, for cars nearby.    O - Over the shoulder Check over your shoulder in the direction of where you ... read more

Ways you May Be Damaging your Vehicle Unintentionally

Your vehicle is an investment, and it is important to protect that investment in order to save yourself money over time. Many of us don’t realize it, but there are some habits that some drivers practice every day that are actually hurting their vehicles unintentionally. Here are some things that may be damaging your vehicle that can be avoided:  Don’t forget to use your vehicle parking brake. When you put your car in park, you engage the parking pawl, which is a small metal pin that disengages the transmission’s output. The job of the parking brake is to immobilize the wheels, easing the weight that is put on this small metal pin.  Make sure your tire pressure is always correct. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your vehicle will let you know when your tires are low on air, however it is always a good idea to check them yourself because the TPMS could be faulty. Low tire pressure actually lowers your fuel efficiency and can put you at risk for ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

How Often Should My Car Get a Tune-up?

Many vehicle owners are uncertain about tune-ups - what are they exactly and how often are they needed? A tune-up is basically a couple of preventative and general maintenance items that will make sure that your vehicle is running well and that necessary parts are replaced or cleaned.  Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will indicate the proper interval for your vehicle in regards to how often you should have a tune-up performed. We usually recommend a tune-up every 20-30k miles or whenever your vehicle has dropped noticeably in performance and fuel efficiency.  A tune-up helps to boost the overall performance of your vehicle and restore your vehicle back to top working condition. Depending on the make, model, and age of your vehicle, the specific services that your vehicle may need for a tune up will vary. A typical tune up service may include one or more of the following services:  Check belts & hoses Computer diagnostics Engine filter replacement Engi ... read more

Signs of Faulty Brakes

When it comes to our vehicle’s, our brakes are one of the most important safety features. Your brakes should always be in top working condition at all times to ensure your safety on the road. If you ever suspect an issue with your brakes, you should have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible. Different issues with brakes can occur that can affect their performance, including leaks, worn brake pads, warped rotors, and more.  Chances are you’ve probably already experienced something strange with your brakes if you’re looking online for signs of faulty brakes. Here are some symptoms that indicate a brake problem:  The brake system warning light has turned on Your car pulls to one side while braking The brake pedal vibrates while braking The steering wheel vibrates while braking You notice a lack of performance Leaking fluid underneath car The brake pedal feels spongy or goes to the floor A squealing or grinding noise while braking If you notice an ... read more

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