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After Winter Care for your Tires

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After the winter months, you will want to make sure the tires are in the best condition possible. One of the most important things to inspect is the air pressure in each tire. When temperatures drop and become cold, then air can leak out of the tires. Eventually, the tires will not be safe to drive on if there is a significant loss of air. As you test the air pressure in the tires, you will want to make sure that the vehicle has not been driven for some time. If you check the air pressure right after driving, you can get a false reading. Be aware of how much air each tire has. If you notice a decrease, make sure to schedule an appointment.

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You will also want to make sure that you are having the tires rotated when recommended. As the tires are rotated, different areas of the tires will wear. Typically they are switched front to back and side to side. This way you can help prolong the life of the tires for your vehicle. We can recommend when a tire rotation may be needed for your vehicle. During that time we can also check the tread of the tires. This will help determine if the tires have worn down. As the tread wears, you will notice the vehicle is hard to handle on wet roads.

 

The alignment is another part of the tires that should be checked. If the alignment is off, it will cause the tread to wear unevenly as you drive. This will also put extra strain and stress on the parts of the vehicle. If the vehicle pulls strongly to one side, the tires may have poor alignment. Anything that is out of the norm with the vehicle should always be inspected. This way we can help you to have a comfortable and reliable drive.

Potholes and How they Affect your Car

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Potholes can become an issue for your vehicle, even if you hit them at a lower speed. If you do hit a pothole, make sure that you contact us for an inspection for the vehicle. When you ignore maintenance after hitting a pothole, any damage done will only become worse with time. Always be aware of how the vehicle handles right after hitting a pothole. If there are odd noises or sounds, you will want to have it inspected as soon as possible. Also inspect the tires right after hitting a pothole. If you start to notice any damage, contact us as soon as possible.

Hitting Potholes when driving

When you notice a pothole on the road you are traveling on, make sure to slow down as you get near it. This will help prevent further damage as you go over it. If you hit a pothole at a fast speed, it can increase the chance of damage to the tires. Also remember to try and avoid a direct hit to the pothole. You will want to straddle it or go around it as much as possible. If the pothole is deep, you also run the risk of the vehicle getting stuck or having an immediate breakdown.

 

Hitting a pothole can also cause issues with the shocks and suspension of your vehicle. If you start to notice an uncomfortable ride, you will want to contact us. If the vehicle is rough or pulls to one side, there could be a severe issue with it. Having us inspect it immediately will help to ensure that the parts are in the best condition possible. It will also help to have the vehicle operate efficiently. Even with a minor issue, you will want to make sure that you have it repaired as soon as possible. By having it repaired, you can get back to a safe and reliable vehicle.

Clear the Windshield of your Vehicle

 

Make sure to clear all the snow and ice from the windshield before driving your vehicle. Doing so will help ensure the best visibility possible as you drive. During the winter, make sure that you fully clear off the windows of your vehicle. If there is any ice, snow, or frost, you will want to completely remove this. That way, you will have the best visibility of the road and those around you as you drive. Always remember to scrape away the entire windshield of ice and snow, and not just an area you can see out of.

 

You will always want to make sure you have good vision of everything around you. To accomplish this, make sure to properly scrape off all the side windows of your vehicle. You will want to look beside or in the next lane if you plan on changing lanes. Make sure the area is free of traffic so you can safely do so. Remember to scrape the rear windshield as well. As you scrape the windows, also remember to remove all the snow and ice from the hood, roof, and trunk of the vehicle. This will help prevent it from blowing off and impairing the visibility of the other drivers around you.

 

As you get ready to leave, you will want to have enough time to start your vehicle. This can also allow you enough time to help warm it up. Turn on the defrost so the windshield will start warming up. As it warms up on the inside, it will help to make it easier to scrape off the ice and snow from the outside. When you are done scraping, your vehicle will be warmer to be in. It will also help to warm up the oil and other fluids of the vehicle, so it can operate efficiently.

Why Repairs are Important to Check for

 

All repairs that are done for your vehicle are important to check for. If there are odd noises or sounds from your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment. We can give the vehicle a bumper to bumper inspection to help ensure that the parts are working as they should be. Any sign of an issue, we can repair it or replace the part. This will help keep the vehicle operating efficiently as you drive. If there are any issues you notice, make sure to remember when it occurred. Doing so will help us to locate the problem quickly.

 

You will also want to remember to go to the regular maintenances that you should go to. As these are done, we will check the parts of the vehicle for you. You should also remember to have regular services done too. Tasks like oil changes, tire rotations, and tire alignments are all important. This will help to keep your vehicle operating at top efficiency. Doing so will help save on overall wear and tear to your vehicle as well. If you ignore maintenance, you will end up needing more severe repairs in the long run.

 

Check the tires to make sure that they free of any damage or issues. If a tire is low on air pressure, you will want to fill it to the proper amount. This will help you to improve the comfort and reliability of the vehicle. Also check the tires to make sure they are free of any bulges or cracks. If you notice an issue, bring the vehicle in. At the same time we can also check the tread and alignment of the tires. If they are not correct or ideal, we can properly align or rotate them for you. Doing so will help keep your driving safely on the road.

Frozen Car Doors

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As frozen car doors happen, you will want to be prepared to make sure you know what to do. You will want to make sure that you are careful when having to open the door. If the handle is frozen, yanking and pulling hard on it can lead it to break. You will want to make sure to carefully pull and push the door so that the ice will become loose. You can gently hit around the door frame to help loosen up the ice as well. As this starts to fall off, you can try to pull open the door from the frame. This will help to reduce the amount of strain you have when pulling the handle of the door.

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If the door still does not open, you will want to try the other door or doors as well. If one does open, you can get into your vehicle and start the car. This will help to warm it up from the inside. Doing so will help the doors become loose as well. If you are in the vehicle, you can open and push the door from there. If the door will not open, you can gently hit around the door frame to loosen it up.

 

Another way to help loosen the door is to use de-icer on the frame. This can help to melt off the ice that is keeping the door frozen shut. You will also want to use the de-icer around the lock and the handle of the vehicle. This will help it to unfreeze as well. You can also take an ice scraper and gentle remove any chucks of ice or snow that might be around the handle and door frame of the vehicle. One of the best ways to prevent frozen doors is to make sure the vehicle is parked in a garage and out of the harsh winter elements.

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.

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