Oil Changes are Important for an Efficient Vehicle



One of the best maintenance tasks you can do is to stay up-to-date on oil changes. It is an easy way to lengthen the lifespan of your vehicle. It is not always obvious when an oil change is necessary and many drivers procrastinate when it is time. While your vehicle’s manufacturer will spell out specific guidelines for oil changes in the owner’s manual, the need for an oil change will vary with vehicle use. Traveling on dirt or gravel roads can lead to more dust getting in the oil. If you ever notice anything out of the norm, it is recommended you contact us and bring the vehicle in as soon as possible.

If your vehicle does not have an oil check light, you have to determine your oil life the old fashioned way. It is simple to look at your dipstick for a few indications that may tell you if your car needs an oil change. Oil is a light, clear amber color when it is fresh and becomes a black or dark brown color when it has reached the end of its life. If the oil has a burnt odor to it, it is time for an oil change. Small pieces of metal or other debris may also be found in the oil if it is no longer properly doing its job. Be aware of these indications that your vehicle needs an oil change to keep your engine running efficiently.

If you are like most people, you have one of those oil change reminder labels that shows when to expect the next oil change. Typically it should be changed every 3,000 miles. Sometimes this time frame can go by very fast and as a result it could be four to 5,000 miles before the oil is changed. If you are not sure how often to have the oil changed, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on the correct schedule.

When you get the oil changed for your vehicle, it can add extra benefits when you drive. The first is that it will keep the engine and moving parts properly lubricated. Without oil in the vehicle, the metal parts will start to wear against one another when you drive. This can cause extra strain and stress on the engine. If there is not any oil in your vehicle, then the engine can stop working all together. This can result in a costly repair bill when it would have to be fixed. Having the oil changed when recommended can also help keep they parts working efficiently with one another. If you are not sure when the oil should be changed on your vehicle, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on a schedule that would be beneficial for you and your vehicle.

The Proper Air Pressure for the Tires



When you inspect your vehicle, also remember to check the air pressure on the tires. Having the air pressure checked can help you to have a safe and efficient vehicle when you drive. If the tires are not at the correct pressure, they will travel poorly and wear unevenly. The tread will wear incorrectly. This can result in the tires needing to be replaced sooner than they typically should. It can also end up costly you a lot more in the long run, because you will have to purchase a new set of tires.


Maintaining correct tire inflation pressure helps optimize tire performance and fuel economy. Correct tire inflation pressure allows drivers to experience tire comfort, durability and performance designed to match the needs of their vehicles. Tire deflection, where the tread and sidewall flexing where the tread comes into contact with the road, will remain as originally designed and excessive sidewall flexing and tread will be avoided. Heat buildup will be managed and rolling resistance will be appropriate. Proper tire inflation pressure also stabilizes the tire’s structure, blending the tire’s responsiveness, traction and handling.


An under inflated tire cannot maintain its shape and becomes flatter than intended while in contact with the road. If a vehicle’s tires are under inflated by only six pounds per square inch, it could lead to tire failure. Additionally, the tire’s tread life could be reduced by as much as twenty five percent. Lower inflation pressure will allow the tire to deflect or bend more as it rolls. This will build up internal heat, increase rolling resistance and cause a reduction in fuel economy of up to five percent. You would experience a significant loss of steering precision and cornering stability. While six pounds per square inch does not seem excessively low, remember, it usually represents about twenty percent of the tire’s recommended pressure.


An over inflated tire is stiff and unyielding and the size of its footprint in contact with the road is reduced. If a vehicle’s tires are over inflated by six pounds per square inch, they could be damaged more easily when running over potholes or debris in the road. Higher inflated tires cannot isolate road irregularities well, causing them to ride harsher. However, higher inflation pressures usually provide an improvement in steering response and cornering stability up to a point. The pressure must be checked with a quality air gauge as the inflation pressure cannot be accurately estimated through visual inspection. You can bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the air pressure in the tires for you. This will help ensure they are able to rotate, as they need to be when you travel. If they are damaged, we can advise you on how they should be repaired. By inspecting the tires, you can help have a more enjoyable ride.

Why a Good Battery is Important


Your vehicle relies on many different things in order to operate correctly. Among the important components your vehicle needs in order to operate correctly is a working battery. The batteries you will use will allow you to do so much more than just start the vehicle. You will be able to do everything from using the lights to cool your engine. It is important to make sure that you are buying the right kind of battery for your vehicle. This will help in making sure that your vehicle is safe and efficient. There might be a few signs that the battery is not operating the way that it should be. If the vehicle becomes difficult to start and operate, a new battery might be needed. The battery is important because not only does it run your vehicle, but it also will make sure that your anti theft systems are operating correctly. It will help in regulating the electronic fuel injection.



Whenever you park your vehicle, you will likely engage anti theft systems to protect your investment. These are entirely reliant on the batteries to be able to function properly. You can buy models, which will allow you to have the protection from even a touch to the vehicle. The better the system is, the more important it is that you are using a good quality battery that is designed for use in your vehicle. By knowing that your battery is in good condition, you will be able to have the assurance that you will be able to have a vehicle whenever you return.



Another thing that batteries are responsible for providing power to is the electronic fuel injection. While it is possible that the engine might run off of the power from the alternator, it is important to remember that you will need to have somewhere to store the power whenever it is not being directly used by the engine. Whenever there are larger drains from the engine, it is good to know you have a reliable battery to provide it.



The battery you purchase also affects the engine capacity. This is something which will affect the overall performance of the vehicle because it can either increase the ability of the vehicle to utilize gas and develop more power or it can cause the engine to languish and provide sluggish performance at best. Always make sure that the battery is of good quality as well as making sure that it is connected properly.




Inspecting the Fuel System



The function of the fuel system is to store and supply fuel to the engine and cylinder chambers. The fuel system is a very simple but important part of your vehicle. The fuel pump will draw the fuel from the tank, have it travel through the fuel lines, and then is delivered through a fuel filter to the injectors. After that, it is delivered to the cylinder chamber for combustion. This process is how your engine runs. If you notice any noises or grindings, you should always alert us when you bring in your vehicle.


The fuel pump is a very important feature for the fuel system. It is usually located near or inside the fuel tank of your vehicle. The purpose of the fuel pump is to push the fuel from the tank to the injectors. This will help your vehicle run properly by making sure the fuel is able to go where it needs to. The second purpose of the fuel pump is to create adequate pressure so that the injectors will also deliver the correct amount of fuel, no matter what the operating conditions are. The pressure from the pump, as well as the flow of the fuel, must both meet the vehicle manufacture’s requirements.


You may be able to notice signs that you will need a new fuel pump for your vehicle. One of the most obvious signs is that your vehicle will not start, or it starts but does not run very long before stalling out. In some ways, it will act like it is out of fuel, even though you will have plenty in the tank. When the fuel pump begins to deliver the engine fuel, your vehicle may make noises but it will not start. You may also notice that your vehicle will have issues climbing hills and might start to misfire at higher speeds. Rust, dirt, and other debris can also make their way into the vehicle’s fuel system. This can potentially clog the fuel filter over time, increasing the chance of damage to the fuel system.


Fuel filters need to function properly in order to make sure the fuel is delivered through the system correctly. If the filter clogs or gets blocked, the fuel pump will have to work harder to pump it past the filter. This can result in damage to the fuel pump. Many vehicles have two filters, one inside the gas tank and one in line to the fuel injectors. It is important to make sure that the filter is inspected and cleaned so that dirt and debris cannot contaminate your fuel and restrict the flow of it. If you notice an issue with your vehicle when you drive, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring it in. This way, we can inspect it for the source of the problem for you.


Notice any Issues with Your Vehicle

The best way to help ensure your vehicle can last as long as possible is to bring it in for regular maintenances. By doing this, we can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle. If an issue is ignored, other nearby parts can become damaged as well. They will start to wear out prematurely. This can end up in a costly repair bill. It is also recommended to be aware of any issues that you might notice on your vehicle. If you are aware of something between visits, make sure to schedule an appointment. We can inspect the vehicle for why the issue might be occurring.


One way to notice if there is an issue with the vehicle is by hearing odd noises or sounds from it. Sometimes a noise can occur if you take a corner, accelerate, or step on the brakes. It is important to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible if you hear any noises from the brake system. The brakes are important because they are the part that allows you to slow down and stop. Without the brakes, you increase the chance for an accident. If you hear a noise, it could mean that the brake pads have worn down. Once this happens, they will have direct contact to the brake rotors. The metal on metal friction will cause a squealing or grinding noise you might hear.


Another way to notice if there is an issue with the vehicle is by feeling vibrations. If you press the brake pedal and feel a vibration, it could indicate that the brakes have an issue with them. When this happens, the brake pads and brake rotors could be wearing against one another. This can result in extra strain and friction of the parts. Vibrations could also mean that the tires are aligned poorly.


When the Vehicle is not Producing Heat



The heater functions with the help of a healthy cooling system and the heater controls inside the passenger compartment. Depending on the symptoms, there are various reasons why your heater might not be working. It is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for the source of the issue. Having the heating system working efficiently in your vehicle is important for the overall comfort for you and your passengers. By bringing the vehicle in at an early sign of an issue, you can help prevent further damage to the parts and under the hood.


If you notice that heat is not being produced, make sure to check the coolant level of your vehicle. If the coolant level is low, air may become trapped in the heater core. Smooth coolant flow through the heater core is critical for heat output. While the vehicle is running, heat produced by the engine is absorbed by the engine’s coolant and flows through the heater core. The heater core is a little radiator usually located behind the dashboard in the passenger compartment. This is the heat source for your vehicle’s climate control system.


If your temperature gauge is showing higher than normal temperatures, there could be a restriction in the cooling system. A defective thermostat typically causes this. It can be stuck in a closed position or other restrictions. Be careful not to overheat the engine and do not wait to take care of cooling system problems. This can end up doing more damage to your vehicle in the long run.


If your vehicle is slow to develop adequate heat when the engine is started from cold, or the engine take a long time to warm up, try to notice the temperature gauge. The engine should reach operating temperature, approximately the middle of the gauge, after about six to eight minutes of running. If the temperature gauge needle always remains in the bottom third of the gauge, it is likely that the cooling system thermostat has failed.


Poor heater operation may be due to heater controls that are not functioning properly. Climate systems usually operate using cables, vacuum, or electronic signals and actuators. No matter if the heater is producing less heat, or no heat at all, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. If you notice the temperature gauge that increases quickly, it could indicate a faulty part. To help keep the radiator and engine working properly without the risk of overheating, bring the vehicle in. This can help to provide you with a safe and reliable ride, as well as being comfortable.

Why the Air Pressure is Important for the Tires in Winter



Checking the air pressure for the tires is one of the most important things you can do for them. Proper air pressure can help to benefit the performance, handling, and life of the tires. Air pressure checks are especially important when it gets cold out. This is because the cold temperatures will cause the tire to lose some of the air in it, resulting in under inflated tires as you drive. If you are unsure of the proper amount of air that is needed, bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the tires for you.


Checking the air pressure of the tires is one of the most forgotten maintenances people do for their vehicles. On a regular basis, check the pressure of the tires to ensure they are at the recommended amount. The correct pressure the tires should be at can either be found on a sticker on the inside of the door, or in the vehicle owner’s manual. Keeping the tires at the recommended pressure can save you money, result in better fuel efficiency, and maximize the life of the tires.


The recommended tire pressure can differ from each manufacturer as well as the weight and dimensions of the vehicle. Keeping the correct amount of pressure in the tires is important for your safety, as well as those around you. Having low or high tire pressure can cause a lot of issues for your vehicle. A tire with low pressure can cause wear on your tires faster than usual. The reason is that the low area of the tire that is in contact with the road will be much wider. Another issue with low tires is that it can make your vehicle difficult to turn because there is more resistance due to the under inflation. A low tire may also mean there is a slow leak somewhere, and eventually it can go flat. When the tire has too much air pressure, it can create several issues for the performance and handling of the vehicle. Having the tire over inflated can make the vehicle harder to turn, handle, and control. This is because the contact area of the tire to the road will be smaller and make it harder for the tires to grip and handle like they should.


Another issue for not checking the air pressure is that it can decrease the life of the tires dramatically. It is recommended to check the air pressure in the tires every time you fill up with fuel. You should also check the air pressure before you travel on any long trips. Checking and having the tire pressure at the recommended amount can save you time, money, and stress when you drive.

Driving with Care



One of the most important things is to make sure the windshield is clear of any cracks or divots. This can impair your vision as you drive. The windshield washer fluid should also be at the designated amount on the reservoir. This can help to ensure you have enough for when you might need to clean off the windshield.


The windshield wiper blades should also be replaced if they are starting to wear. Over time, the rubber on the blades will wear down, rip, or tear. It can then result in streaks or smudge marks when the windshield wipers clear the windshield. The lights on the vehicle should also be inspected. This can help to improve your visibility as you drive at night. The lights also help for others to see where you are. Also remember to inspect the blinkers of your vehicle as well. These are important because they alert others to which way you will be turning.


Going to regular maintenances is the best way to improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. It can also help to ensure that all parts and components are working like they should be. If there is an issue with anything, we can also help to notice the source of the issue and have it fixed in a timely manner. By making sure the parts are not damaged or worn, it can help to improve the overall efficiency of the vehicle.


By slowly coming to a stop, you can help to have the brake system last as long as possible. Slamming on the brakes will start to wear on them and cause damage the more often you do this. If you see a stop sign or stop light, try to anticipate it so you will not have to stomp on the brakes. If you notice and odors or sounds that come from the brakes when you apply them, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the vehicle and brake system for you. This can help to provide you with the brakes in the best condition possible. It can also help to improve the safety of your vehicle when you drive.


Also remember to drive at the posted speed limit. Not only does this improve the fuel efficiency, but it can also help the life of the tires. It is also important to take corners slowly. This can help to ensure the tires wear evenly. If you notice any uneven wearing on the tires or bald spots, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. We can inspect the condition of the tires for you, to make sure they are wearing the best they can be.

Regular Inspections for the Battery



It is important to inspect the battery of your vehicle on a regular basis. By doing so, you can help ensure efficient starts every time you get in your vehicle. Over time the battery will start to lose charge and will need to be replaced. This is because with age, the battery will naturally wear out and start to be less effective. Extreme temperatures and overcharging are the main reasons for a shortened battery life. Cold temperatures can increase the thickness of the oil. This makes the engine harder to turn over and results in the battery working harder as well. When the battery works harder in the cold temperatures, this can lead to slower starts of the vehicle. If the battery is overcharged, the voltage regulator may be defective. This will then allow for too high of a charging rate, and lead to the battery needing to be replaced sooner.


When charging the battery, make sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate. If the system is overcharging, it can damage the battery quickly. The same applies for undercharging the battery. If you are unsure of the correct rate it should be charged at, make sure to bring it in. We can inspect the battery as well as how it is recharging.


In order for the battery to work the most efficient way possible, it should be in a clean condition. The top of the battery should be clean. If there is any dirt buildup, make sure to wipe it away. Dirt can become a conductor and will drain the battery’s power. Corrosion should also be cleaned off of the battery. If it accumulates on the terminals, it then becomes an insulator. This will lead to poor current flow from the battery to your vehicle. The terminals should be inspected so they are not damaged or broke. This can impair the ability for it to start your vehicle.


Another important task you can do to keep the battery in good condition is to bring your vehicle in for scheduled maintenances. We can inspect the battery as well during this time to make sure it is in the best condition possible. Sometimes a slow start for your vehicle may not necessarily mean it is the battery. We can examine the issue and locate the source of the problem.

Knowing if the Fuel Pump is Bad


Maintaining your vehicle is important to keep it operating efficiently and effectively. One part to inspect on the vehicle is the fuel pump. If the fuel pump stops working, the car will stop moving. It is the fuel pump that ensures that gasoline gets from the tank to the engine. While it is possible to run on a failing fuel pump for a certain distance it will sooner or later no longer operate. This can leave you stranded by the side of the road. If you are aware of possible signs of the fuel pump going bad, you can spare yourself the trouble of the car breaking down by scheduling an appointment and bringing in your vehicle.

Signs to Look for

One of the best indicators of a failing fuel pump is found on the open road. If a car is moving at an accelerated speed, perhaps above 50 miles an hour, and the vehicle starts jerking and then resumes regular performance, it might not be a bad spark plug. There may be something wrong with the fuel pump. Another signal of trouble may be at the gas station. If the car ordinarily is good on gasoline, and then suddenly becomes a gas hog, there could be an emergency under the hood. Fuel pumps have a relief valve. Should for any reason that relief valve is not open, then more fuel than necessary is going go into the engine system. Besides raising cost at the pump, it can result in the engine being flooded with too much gasoline. The temperature of the car can also predict an emergency with the fuel pump. If the heat rises and the car stalls, this may be an indication that the motor of the fuel pump is having problems. Attempting to start the car again, only to have it stall once more, makes it clear that there is some difficulty with the fuel pump. Not being able to start the car at all can be a sign of that essential part starting to deteriorate.

Fuel Pressure Gauge

Fuel pumps provide excellent service for tens of thousands of miles. However, it is like anything else under the hood. The fuel pressure gauge can show conclusively that the pump is not delivering the right amount of fuel to the engine. The car owner can check the gauge while someone else is revving the car to a given speed. Looking at the owner’s manual will show how much pressure should be exerted if the pump is operating properly. Anything less is indicative of fuel pump problems that require attention.

Benefits of Repairing the Fuel Pump

Modern cars have electric fuel pumps and this is going to add on to the cost. You can expect to pay for a new fuel pump and the labor. The alternative is rather extreme. Your car will be malfunctioning at the wrong time and there could be a fuel pump breakdown hundreds of miles from home. Anyone who owns a car must know that sometime or other the alternator, distributor, and fuel pump may start to malfunction. Hopefully, that will happen towards the end of the working life of the automobile. Looking for the signs is as much a safety precaution as it is checking for problems. Bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for any issues that it may have.