MAINTENANCE & REPAIR
Did you know these 10 items should be checked regularly?
We can check all of these as well as show you how to! A better informed driver is a safer driver. Regular maintenance on your vehicle will save you money in the long run. New oil and filters make for a smoother running engine and a more efficient car. We can also check your belts to make sure you aren’t at risk of breaking one while driving. Having regular maintenance and minor repairs can prevent small problems from becoming bigger ones. Best of all we will give you a free estimate and tell you what needs to be done now and what can wait.
Lights (all of them!)
Power Steering Fluid
- Maintains engine lubrication. Imagine all the moving parts, pistons, valves, and other engine parts moving at high rates of speed under the hood of a car. These components create heat and will wear down the engine dramatically without proper oil lubrication.
- Cools engine components. Maintaining clean and sufficient amounts of oil is the perfect solution to prevent too much friction and over-heating of the engine.
- Removes engine wear particles and sludge. Dirt particles are deadly to engines. Over time, dirt can cause corrosion and decrease the life of an engine.
- Improves gas mileage. Poor engine lubrication can lead to increased fuel consumption, so make sure there is enough clean oil in the engine.
- Promotes vehicle longevity. Plain and simple, routine maintenance makes your vehicle last longer.
For an engine to perform properly, the operating temperature must be controlled within a tight range. The job of the cooling system is to regulate engine temperature for maximum fuel economy, power and component life as well as minimal emissions. Failure to maintain the cooling system often results in overheating and eventually, a breakdown. The lifeblood of the cooling system is the coolant, a mixture of antifreeze and water that circulates throughout the engine to regulate temperature. Proper maintenance can help you to avoid getting stuck on the side of the road with an overheated engine. From radiators and water pumps, we service all of your coolant needs.
Performing a tune-up has many benefits! The main benefit being to reduce fuel consumption, & increase the life expectancy of your vehicle. Your engine is essentially an air pump, constantly trying to balance an air to fuel ratio for optimal performance & power while still meeting emissions standards. Performing a tune-up will make sure the engine isn’t wasting gas, & ignition parts are not being overworked. This will save you money in the long run by preventing premature failure of other ignition components that are way more expensive. (like ignition coils or a computer)
How can you tell that the battery capacity is getting low? Are there any signs that a car battery is failing? Yes. When the battery is weak, you might notice that the engine turns over slower than usual and the dash lights flicker or dim when you are starting your car. This happens even if the battery is fully charged after driving. Another sign is when you operate your power windows after the engine is turned off, the windows move much slower than when the engine is running. Sometimes you also may notice that the lights dim when the engine is idling, but become brighter again when the engine is revved. The excessive corrosion at the battery terminals and cables also suggests that the battery is getting weaker.
Screeching, Grinding and Squeaking – Squealing and other unnerving noises point to a possible problem with brake pads or shoes. Just like the tread on your tires wears down with regular use, so too do your brake pads. Worn pads cause damage to other brake parts, which leads to more costly auto repairs.
Vibration while Braking – If you notice pulsing or vibrating sensation through your foot on the brake pedal or your hands on the steering wheel, the cause may be worn brakes.
Squishy, Less Effective Brake Pedal – If your brake pedal feels ‘squishy,’ meaning you have to press it down further than normal to stop, than you’re driving a dangerous, potentially deadly vehicle. If you’re ability to stop quickly is compromised in any way, visit us today.
Pulling – If your vehicle ‘pulls’ to one side or the other while braking, then there’s likely an issue with the brakes. You may find that all the brakes need is some adjustment or additional fluid.
If the alternator dies, the battery doesn’t get a charged and rebuild its power storage from any drain it had to cover. When the car is running, the charging system (alternator, voltage regulator) should recharge the battery and provide sufficient electrical power to the vehicle. The battery serves as a backup. If the vehicle requires more electrical power than the charging system – alternator – can provide, the battery covers the difference. This can happen in cold weather, especially if you’re stuck in traffic, in snow or rain. Lots of stop and go, brake lights are on and off constantly, headlights on, heat and defog, interior dash lights, devices like smartphones being charged, radio and any other hi-fi equipment that requires power (boomin’ system), possibly integrated wireless, Bluetooth, onboard computers, entertainment systems like DVD players, games, internet/satellite/cell service connections. It all takes electrical power. The alternator has a pretty tough job.
Ticking noise coming from the engine?
When the timing belt starts to wear out, it may create a ticking sound inside the motor. This warning sign may also be an indication of low oil pressure or the engine not having the proper amount of lubrication. Since the timing belt is so critical to the operation of your vehicle, if you notice this warning sign, you should contact a us as soon as possible.
Engine won’t turn over?
If the timing belt has broken inside, the engine will not be able to turn over or ignite. When you turn the key, you might hear the starter motor engage, but since the timing belt operates the crank and camshaft, it will not turn over.
A worn out timing belt might also impact the engine’s fire rate. The timing belt is attached to pulleys that drive the crank and camshaft as we’ve indicated above. However, sometimes the belt will slip on the camshaft drive and cause one cylinder to open or close earlier than it should. This might cause a misfire situation and if not replaced soon, may result in catastrophic engine damage.
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