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When the vehicle is cleaned in the interior and exterior, you will notice several benefits of it. The vehicle can maintain the value and overall longevity of it as you drive. If you do not keep it cleaned out, then you could be doing damage to the vehicle without even knowing. If you are not sure what to have cleaned on the vehicle, you can check the owner’s manual. You can also contact us and we can advise you when the vehicle should be detailed or washed. Make sure to clean the headlights and windows as well for your vehicle.
The exterior of the vehicle should be washed on a frequent basis. This will help reduce the chance of rust or corrosion forming on it. The paint can also be kept looking like new as well. Washing the car should also include the windshield and all other windows of it. This way you will be able to see clearly out of all the windows in your vehicle. If one has a smear or grime on it, you may need to scrub that one a little harder. Going through a car wash can also help keep the car clean as well as cleaning the windows.
The Interior Cleaned
Remember that the interior of the vehicle should be cleaned as well. This way all the dirt or gravel that is in the vehicle, can be removed. It will also help to keep it in the best condition for you and your passengers to ride in. If there is a spill, make sure to clean it up before it stains anything. Cleaning it will also help reduce any unpleasant odors that might result from it. If it is a food or beverage, make sure to stop as soon as possible so you can clean it up immediately. Carrying paper towels in your vehicle can help incase of an emergency situation as well.
Each fall, testing the battery should be done for your vehicle. As you do this, you can determine if the battery is working as properly as it should be. If the vehicle is starting slower than it otherwise should be, schedule an appointment with us. When you bring the vehicle in, we can test the battery. Doing so will alert us for how much longer the battery will be efficient for your vehicle. You can also check the owner’s manual to see when the battery should have any testing done or be replaced.
Battery Testing and noticing an issue
As you start the vehicle, you will first notice if the vehicle is more difficult to start. While this can be the starter, alternator, or battery, you will want to have it professionally inspected. Another way you may notice it is an issue with the battery is if the lights are becoming dim. This could be the interior lights or even the headlights. If they are dim or flicker, the battery may be to blame. You may also start to notice the overall power of your vehicle diminishes as well. If you start to notice anything when you are driving, make sure to turn off things you do not need like the radio.
In the winter, the cold temperatures can cause the battery to fail. Colder temperatures are harder on the battery than warm temperatures are. Having the vehicle fail and breakdown in the winter can be severe and cause complicated issues for you and any passengers. You will need the vehicle to run so the interior can stay warm incase you go in the ditch. Keeping your vehicle in the most efficient condition possible starts with preventative maintenance. So we recommend you bring your vehicle in so we can give it a bumper to bumper inspection of how it is operating.
Having a classic car can sometimes be an investment or hobby. You will always want to keep the classic car in the most optimal and best condition possible. During the winter months, you probably will not be driving it. The best thing to do is to properly store the car during those months. You will first want to fill the tank with premium gasoline. This will help prevent the chance of moisture to build up in the open space in the tank. If this happens, then the tank can start to rust. You can also add a fuel stabilizer to the gasoline as well. With the fuel stabilizer, you can prevent the fuel from clogging up.
Classic Cars and Fluid Levels
You will want to check all the other fluid levels as well. Having the oil changed will need to be done to help keep the engine operating properly. Before you store your classic car, make sure that all the fluids are at the desired amount that is needed. You can also bring your car in so we can check each fluid level and top them off. When you check the fluids, also remember to look over the tires. The best way to prolong the life of the tires is to put your car on jack stands. This will reduce the amount of weight on the tires and suspicion. Overall it will also prevent the tires from getting a flat spot on them.
Keeping the battery in the proper condition is important too. You will want to remove the battery from the car. If you notice the terminal is corroded, you can clean it carefully. Then you should store the battery on a shelf or somewhere safe. At the very least, you will want to remember to keep it off of the ground. If you place the battery on the ground, you can expect it to lose charge quicker. If you need a new battery, make sure to contact us so we can advise you on the options you have.
Tire inspections are important to do regularly. Each tire should be inspected based on a regular interval for your vehicle. If you are not sure when this schedule should be, there are two different ways to check. You can look in the vehicle owner’s manual to see the schedule in there. It is always recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. That way we can also give you a schedule that we recommend as well. Tires should be maintained by inspecting the tread, air pressure, and overall condition they are in. Anytime there is an issue, always make sure to schedule an appointment with us.
Air Pressure Inspections
Make sure each tire has the correct air pressure in it. This will help the tires rotate correctly and improve the longevity of them. When tires have low air pressure, they can be more prone to blowing out. If the tires have too much air pressure, then they can pick up sharp objects on the road. Either case will also cause them to wear out more quickly. This will then result in you needing to replace them much sooner than you otherwise should. If there is a leak in a tire, make sure that you bring it in so we can inspect both the vehicle and tire for you.
Also remember that the tread should be checked. Look to make sure there is enough tread, and that it is wearing evenly all the way around the tire. If the tires are not properly aligned, one part of the tread will wear down quickly. The tire may also wear out sooner than the rest of the tires should. You can take a penny and place it upside down in the tread groove. Seeing the top of Lincoln’s head is a result of the tread being worn down. If this is the case, a new set of tires is the best option.
The cabin filter of your vehicle is an important part for having the cabin comfortable to be in and breath. These filters can be made of either paper or cotton material. When the cabin filter is clean, they will remove any pollutants from the air before it enters the cabin of the vehicle. When the filter is clogged and full of dust, it can affect the air conditioning system and efficiency of it. Another issue is if the cabin filter is clogged, it can end up reducing the amount of air that passes through it. The flow of air into the cabin of the vehicle will be reduced as well. When this happens, you may turn the fan settings up even higher. This will end up putting more strain and stress on the air conditioning system of the vehicle.
Cabin filter issues
As the cabin filter becomes clogged, the system will work harder because it requires more power from the engine as well. This will then reduce power to any other component of the vehicle, like the alternator. The result can be that the overall horsepower and performance of the vehicle will decrease. If parts are not in the best condition, it can cause other parts to become damaged. In the long run you will have a costly repair bill to these parts and components.
When the airflow is poor, it will add strain and cause the air conditioner to overwork for your vehicle. You can also notice that not only is there reduced airflow, but the air temperature in the cabin will not be as comfortable. When the air temperature increases, it could determine how clogged the filter may be for your vehicle. You can also start to notice an odd smell or odor from the vents in your vehicle as well. Any smell like mildew, mold, or dust can be caused by a filter that needs to be changed. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us so we can schedule an appointment for you.
With more buses on the road because of the start of the new school year, make sure that you aware of the laws. You may know that if the stop sign arm extends from the bus, make sure to come to a full and complete stop immediately. Another sign is if you notice that the lights are flashing on the bus. This can determine when the bus is going to slow down and stop. If you are following behind the bus, you will want to leave a large amount of space. Even if there is not a kid visible getting on or off the bus, make sure to obey the laws and stop.
When driving in a lane that is oncoming to the bus, you will want to stop as well if the lights are flashing. Once the lights stop, the stop sign is no longer extended, and the bus starts to move, then you can continue driving. Also be aware if you are following a bus in town, it will probably be making frequent stops along the street to pick up kids. So make sure to pay attention for where the bus is so you do not run into it.
Buses should see you
To help make sure the bus driver sees you as well, drive with the lights on if it is early in the morning, later in the evening, or dark and cloudy. This way the driver can easily see you, and everyone can stay safe. If you notice the lights are no longer as bright as they used to be, contact us. We can inspect the lights of your vehicle and make sure they are aimed properly. Headlights that are not placed correctly may shine off to one side. This can also impair your visibility when you are driving as well.
Before you go back to school, make sure to have and inspection done for your vehicle. When an inspection is done, we can check all components for the vehicle for how they are working. Checking the vehicle on a regular basis will also help to notice when and if any problems will start to occur. You will want the vehicle to be in the best condition possible for the upcoming school year. Having it inspected can also help ensure that it is efficient and safe when you drive. If you are not sure when regular maintenance should be done for your vehicle, you can check the owner’s manual. We can also advise you when maintenance tasks should be done. Regular maintenance and inspections are important for the longevity of your vehicle as well.
Back to School car tips
One of the most important things to do is to make sure that the engine is working properly as you head back to school. When you check the engine, you can help prevent issues like hard starts, stalling out, and rough idling of the vehicle. As it starts to get colder this year, these small problems will only become worse. So it is important that you notice anything out of the norm with the engine, so that it is inspected and repaired now. The last thing you will want to have happen is if the vehicle has an unexpected breakdown when you are on the road.
Getting ready for back to school should include things for your car as well. Make sure that you check the oil and oil filter regularly. The owner’s manual can advise you on a schedule that the oil should be changed. Doing so will help to make sure that everything is properly lubricated. This will help keep the engine running smoothly. If you notice any issues or odd noise, make sure to contact us. That way the issue can be corrected before it gets worse.
You should never forget your kids or pets in the car, no matter what time of the year it is. If you drive and have your kids in the backseat, always remember to take them out so they are not left in the hot car. Even after a few minutes, the car can become unsafe and dangerously hot for anyone to be in it. The best protection against this accident is to make sure to scan the backset of the vehicle, to ensure kids or pets are not left behind. By always checking in the backset, you can rest assured that they are not forgotten about.
When it is hot and humid, the internal temperature of the vehicle can increase substantially if the car is turned off. Even if you think you might be away for just a few minutes, it can become extremely hot and dangerous. If you are worried you might forget, write a note or set a reminder on your phone. Having a smart phone means that you can download apps to the phone. One app called kars4kids where it will alert you when kids are in the car. This is beneficial so that you will be less likely to have it slip from your mind.
Look in the Back
Also remember if you have to run errands, do so before you pick up the kids, or after you drop them off. It is always best to be safe than sorry. Keeping things in the backseat that you need to take to work is also a good way to double check. If you carry a briefcase, bag, or lunch to work, place it in the back. Once the vehicle is turned off and starts to heat up, every second counts. So make sure to do everything possible to prevent this accident from happening.
A spare tire is designed for your vehicle when you can no longer drive on one of the regular tires. On a regular basis, make sure to bring your vehicle in for general maintenance inspections. This way we can check the various parts and components of the vehicle to ensure that they are in the best condition. If something is starting to wear down, you want to have it replaced or repaired as soon as you can. You can check to see when regular maintenance is needed by checking the owner’s manual of the vehicle. Another option is to contact us, and we can advise a schedule for you.
One part to check is each tire of the vehicle. Along with this, you should include the spare tire. The spare tire will be needed if one of the other tires blows out. Make sure that the spare tire has enough air in it. The last thing you will want is to pull out the tire, and it is flat. When there is enough air in the tire, you will be able to reach a place to have the tire fixed or your home. If you are checking the air in the regular tires, take a few extra moments and check the spare as well.
Spare Tire Driving
You will want to follow tips on how to drive on the spare tire as well. Make sure to not drive over 50 miles on it. Driving too long on it can increase the chance of damage in the long run to it. You will also notice that your vehicle is handling poorly on the road after awhile as well. Driving on it too many miles can also result in damage to the spare. Also remember to drive less than 50 miles per hour. If you drive at a faster speed, the spare tire will not rotate the same as the others. Make sure to contact us with any issues you might have as well.
Keeping the vehicle cool is important when you drive in the hotter summer months. This should include the interior of the vehicle, as well as preventing the engine overheating. Be sure to keep an eye on the temperature gauge of the vehicle when you drive. If you notice it becoming higher, try to do some things to prevent it getting any hotter. You can turn off the air conditioner of the vehicle. By turning on the heater, you can help reduce the amount of heat from the engine. Be sure to roll down the windows though. If the vehicle continues to get in the red of the temperature gauge, then you will need to turn the vehicle off. By continuing to drive when it is that hot, extreme damage can be done to the engine.
Checking the Coolant
You will want to always check the amount of coolant for your vehicle. This will help keep the engine and radiator cool. Without coolant, the engine will overheat for your vehicle. This can also lead to further issues and costly repairs for your vehicle. When you do check the coolant, do it after the vehicle has been off for several minutes. If you check the coolant instantly, you run the risk of hot steam and being burned.
Keep it Cool
Another tip is to check for any steam that comes out from under the hood of the vehicle. This can indicate that the vehicle is overheating as well. If you notice this, make sure to pull the vehicle over when it is safe to do so. Then turn the vehicle off. You will also want to go to the front of the vehicle and pop the hood of the car so the amount of heat can be reduced. If it has sat awhile, try restarting the vehicle to ensure that it does not overheat.