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Jump Start your Car Correctly

 

To jump start your vehicle, you will want to make sure to do it correctly. This will help prevent any problems or issues that might happen. If you do not follow the guidelines on how to jump start your vehicle, you will increase the risk of damage to the battery or your vehicle. Always remember to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance. Doing so will help you to be aware of any parts or components that might be starting to fail with the vehicle. We can also advise you for when or how they should be repaired.

Cables for Jump Starting

You will want to make sure to follow the proper directions for jump starting a battery. The first thing to do is to make sure the dead car and the working car are parked near or next to one another. Then take the red clamp and connect it to the positive terminal of the dead battery. You will want to attach the other end of the red clamp to the positive terminal of the working battery. Take the black clamp of the other cable and connect it to the negative terminal of the working battery. Then take the other end of the cable and attach it to an unpainted metal surface of the dead vehicle.

 

Once the cables are connected, try jump starting your car. As the vehicle turns over, let it run for a few minutes. This will help to charge up the battery to keep it operating. When you disconnect the cables, make sure to do it in the reverse order you put them on in. Disconnecting the cables properly will help prevent any damage to the battery. If you suspect that the battery is becoming weak, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can check it. By having an efficient battery, you will help ensure that the vehicle will start this winter.

Winter and your Visibility when Driving

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The winter weather can cause various challenges for driving. Snow, sleet, ice, fog, and even rain will all affect how you drive. You will always want to make sure that you have the best visibility possible. Doing so will help you to see the road in front of you, as well as anyone else or any drivers. If the windshield and other windows are covered, you will not have the best visibility possible. So make sure to take the time and scrape and clear the windows before you drive. Clearing off the rear window will help you to see behind you. Remember to clear snow off of the hood, roof, and trunk of the vehicle. This will prevent it from blowing off and hitting other drivers.

Clear the Windshield this Winter

You will want to check the windshield for any cracks or divots that you might notice. It is easy for a rock to fly off and hit or chip the windshield of your vehicle. If this is the case, you want to have the windshield repaired as soon as possible. Any damage to the windshield can affect your visibility out of it. At the same time, check the windshield wipers of the vehicle. You will want to make sure they are free of any tears or rips as well. If there is any damage, make sure to have them replaced as soon as you can. Doing so will help them work efficiently at clearing the windshield.

 

Also remember to check the headlights and taillights of your vehicle. This will help others to see where you are when you are driving. Remember to check the blinkers as well. If a blinker is not working properly, then the other drivers around you will not be able to know when or where you plan on turning. This can then increase the chance of an accident. If you notice an issue with the lights, contact us so we can inspect them for you.

How Cold Weather Affects the Battery of your Vehicle

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The cold temperatures and weather can have a negative affect on your vehicle. One of the most important parts to inspect on the vehicle should be the battery. When it is cold out, this will be affected first. If the vehicle is becoming difficult to start, you may need a new battery. It is best to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Besides the battery, you should also make sure to have the starter and alternator inspected as well. No matter what issue you might notice, always make sure to schedule an appointment with us.

Various Parts to Inspect

You will want to check various parts and components for the vehicle. By having this done, you can help reduce the chance of an unexpected breakdown. Notice any issues that your vehicle has while starting. If it is difficult to turn over or makes a clicking noise, you will want to have it professionally inspected. The vehicle may also have issues with the battery if it does not stay running after you start it. Trouble with keeping it running may also mean there is a loose connection or issue somewhere. The terminals should be cleaned as well. If there is any corrosion or rust, make sure that you have it cleaned.

 

In cold weather, other parts of the vehicle can be affected as well. You will want to check the fluids to make sure they are all topped off. If there is a leak somewhere in the system, you will notice a puddle under your vehicle. It is always a good idea to carry an extra quart of oil or extra windshield wiper fluid in your vehicle. Having this allows you to be able to top off the fluid levels when you need to. This is beneficial incase you run low and are unable to stop to purchase more. Being prepared while on the road can help you incase of an unexpected breakdown.

Safe Traveling tips when Driving this Holiday Season

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When traveling, always make sure your vehicle is inspected before you drive. This way you can help to increase the safety and dependability of it. If there are any issues, having them fixed as soon as you can is important. This will reduce the chance of a breakdown and costly repair bill. There are several things that you should inspect on the vehicle. By doing so, you can help keep the vehicle lasting as long as possible.

Traveling and What to Inspect

Always check the windshield and side windows before traveling. When you do so, you will want to fully scrape all snow, ice, or frost from them. Also remember to scrape the rear windshield of the vehicle as well. When checking the windows, that is an ideal time to check the windshield wipers. If you notice any damage or rips to them, make sure that they are replaced. Having wipers in great condition can help to remove precipitation and road grime from the windshield. This also allows you to see better as well when you drive.

 

You will also want to remember to check each tire. This should also include the spare tire of your vehicle. Even if you think you will not need to drive on it, remember accidents can happen. If a tire blows out or is damaged, you will have to rely on the spare until the regular tire can be fixed. You should check the air pressure on each tire. Along with that, check the tread wear. If there is a tire that has tread wearing unevenly, contact us. Having the tires rotated or aligned can help to fix this issue. This way the tires can stay in the best condition and last as long as possible. If you notice an issue with the tires or how the vehicle handles, make sure to schedule an appointment with us.

Belts and Hoses for the Vehicle should Be Looked At

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The belts and hoses for the vehicle should be looked at on a regular basis. These parts will help to keep the vehicle working and operating efficiently. By following regular maintenance for your vehicle, you can help prevent an issue from occurring in the long run. If you are not sure when you should have certain tasks performed, make sure to contact us. This way we can advise you on when these should happen. You can also look in the vehicle owner’s manual for when maintenance should happen. When you follow regular maintenance, you can help keep the vehicle operating in the best condition possible as you drive.

Belts and the Importance

Belts and hoses are an important part in helping making sure that the vehicle runs efficiently. If a belt becomes worn and breaks, then the moving gears under the hood will no longer work correctly. As the belts age, they will be more prone to breaking and snapping unexpectedly. If this happens, it can cause the vehicle to fail suddenly. You may also hear a flapping type sound coming from under the hood when a belt breaks. You can inspect them regularly to see what condition they are in.

 

Hoses are important because they play a vital part of transferring fluids through the vehicle to keep it running. If a hose is broke or has a hole in it, then fluid can leak out. This will cause further issues in the long run, as well as higher costs. When a fluid leaks, you will need to keep replacing it often. This will then quickly add up. You should also look under your vehicle after it has been parked for any length of time. If there is a puddle, chances are there is a leak somewhere. You will want to check all the fluids to make sure they are still maintaining the correct amount they should have.

Air Pressure and Where to Look for the Correct Amount Needed

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Checking the pressure in each tire is important. When you do so, you will want to make sure that each one has the proper amount and recommended air pressure. There might be a couple recommendations that you get for knowing the air pressure. The tire sidewall will have the air pressure recommended by the tire manufacturer. While this may seem like the ideal amount, you will want to actually check what your vehicle manufacturer says. You can check the inside door jamb of the driver’s door. This will alert you for how much air pressure the tires should have. Some will even have a different amount for the front tires and another amount for the rear tires. You can also look in the owner’s manual for the vehicle to see what the proper pressure should be.

Pressure for the tires

When tires are having difficulty holding air, you will want to make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Tires that are over inflated will pick up sharp object on the road. This can then lead to the air leaking out of the tire quickly or on a regular basis. You may also notice if a tires is under inflated. This can result in the tire blowing when there is not enough air in it. Another sign of the tire too low on air is if the tire pulls in one direction or the other. If this happens, make sure to contact us so we can check the tires.

 

Regular maintenance is always important for the vehicle and how it operates. Make sure that you follow all the recommendations on when your vehicle should be inspected. If you are not sure, we can also advise a schedule. When the vehicle is properly taken care of, it will be more reliable for you on the road.

Battery Testing in the Fall

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Having regular testing of the battery will help determine when a new one would be needed. If you ignore regular maintenance and inspections, you may notice that the battery will go out suddenly. You may also start to notice other signs of an issue with the battery. One of the most common ones is if the vehicle is too difficult to start. The car may start, but then die suddenly. Having an issue with keeping it running could be from the battery. When you bring the vehicle in, we can also inspect the alternator and starter of it as well.

Battery Testing

Testing it on a regular basis is just as important as a visual inspection of the battery as well. When looking at it, make sure that it is clean and free of any dirt, buildup, or grime. You will want to make sure that the terminals are clean and free of debris as well. If they are not, and are dirty, then the connections will not be able to work properly or efficiently. Keeping the terminals clean will also help to improve how they are securely connected to the battery. If you are not sure, make sure to schedule an appointment with us.

Noticing Issues

You will want to notice how the headlights are operating. If they get dimmer or brighter as you drive, it could be caused by one that is starting to lose the charge for the vehicle. When the lights are decreasing or increasing, there are a few steps you can do to help keep it lasting as long as possible. Make sure to turn off the radio or any devices that you will not need to use. This helps channel the power into operating your vehicle. If it is cold out, the colder temperatures can cause the battery to drain quicker as well. Testing the battery is important, so make sure to schedule an appointment before winter.

 

 

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