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Any odd noises from the Windshield Wipers

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Any odd noises that you hear from the windshield wipers should be taken seriously. If they are not, it can only result in more damage and costly repairs for your vehicle. Also remember to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance. As we check the vehicle, we can also give it a bumper to bumper inspection. If the windshield wipers are wearing out, we can notice an issue and advise you when they should be replaced. This will not only help your visibility when driving, but it can help keep the windshield in ideal condition.

Odd Screech Noise

If there is a screech noise, this could mean the rubber part of the windshield wipers has worn down. This will mean the metal part is making direct contact with the windshield. Over time, the windshield can become scratched and damaged, which will be a costly fix. Check the wipers, and if the metal part is visible, make sure to replace them as soon as possible. You can look in the vehicle owner’s manual for what size wipers are needed. We can also advise you and help replace them as well.

 

If the arm of the wiper is bent, there may be a chattering noise from the wipers. This can mean that the wipers are not fitting correctly with the windshield when they operate. You may also notice a smear mark that does not remove all the road grime and debris from the windshield. If the wipers are less than ideal when operating, they should be replaced as soon as possible. During the winter, the blades can become damaged from snow and ice. Before using them in the summer, it is best to have them replaced. When you do so, also remember to check the rear wiper for the vehicle. Although it may not be used as often, you will still want it in the best condition possible when needed.

Check the Lights before Driving

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The lights of the vehicle may go unnoticed until they are needed. This could mean that there is an issue once they are turned on. It is important to have the lights inspected regularly. Even if you do not plan on driving at night or when it is dark, you may encounter thunderstorms or fog. If the weather is less than ideal, remember to turn the lights on. A good rule to follow is if the windshield wipers are operating, then the headlights should be turned on as well. This will help improve the safety as you drive.

Aiming the lights

Remember that the lights should be checked to make sure they illuminate the road properly. If you cannot see a few feet in front of the vehicle, make sure to contact us for an appointment. Also remember that the lights should not be aimed off to one side or the other. The lights should not be aimed at oncoming traffic. This will impair their vision and decrease safety for everyone around them. Also make sure that the lights are not aimed to high or too low. If you are not sure the correct position of them, contact us to bring the vehicle in for an inspection.

 

At the same time, remember to check the turn signals of the vehicle. Those drivers around you will need to know what direction you plan on turning. If a blinker is out, then a driver may try to pass on the side which you plan on turning. Check the brake lights and taillights as well. Drivers behind your vehicle should see where your car is, to help avoid an accident or rear end collision. If you turn on the signals and do not notice them working, always contact us as soon as you can. We will inspect the vehicle for you to help get it safe and reliable again.

Driving Memorial Day Weekend

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With Memorial Day weekend coming up, make sure your vehicle is prepared to hit the road. By staying on top of seasonal maintenance for your car, you can help ensure the safety and reliability of it. By taking preventative measures, you can help ensure the components for the vehicle can perform optimally. This should include the lights, fluids, tires, and brakes of the vehicle. We can also recommend when the vehicle should be brought in for routine maintenance.

Driving over Memorial Day weekend

No matter what condition your vehicle is in, it will need regularly scheduled maintenance. Oil changes are typically the most frequent of all the services. Since the oil is vital to the engine and how the vehicle runs, you will want to make sure that it is changed on a regular basis. You can check the owner’s manual for a schedule, or we can advise you on one. During the oil change, we will also inspect the oil filter for the vehicle as well. Over time the filter will become clogged for dirt and pollutants that are in the oil. By replacing the filter, fresh clean oil will pass through and to the engine.

 

Over time, the battery will start to lose charge for your vehicle. This is especially true if the battery is over three years old. The connections between the cables and terminals of the battery should be inspected. They should be securely fastened and also free of corrosion. If you notice that your vehicle is becoming difficult to start, schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you.

 

Since the only part of the vehicle that makes contact with the surface of the road are the tires, you will want to inspect them regularly. Check the air pressure in them before traveling. If you check the air pressure after driving a few miles, it could result in a false reading. Remember to never have the tires over inflated or under inflated. This could lead to a safety hazard with the tires. So always remember to having the tires inspected regularly.

Improve Drivability by Checking the Tires

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Keeping the vehicle at the best drivability is important for the overall performance of it. One of the first things that you should look at is each tire. Doing so will help you to know if they are at the best performance possible. Since the tires are the only part of the vehicle that make contact with the surface of the road. This will allow you to have and maintain control of the vehicle as you are driving. Tires help you have a smooth and comfortable ride, as well as accurately take corners and stop quickly.

Tire care improve the Drivability

The diameter of your tires can affect the vehicle as you drive. The various diameters will make a difference to the performance of them. With a larger diameter to the wheel, the more stability it offers during faster driving speeds. The larger diameter will also help to accommodate large brake rotors. This will result in better efficiency when stepping on the brake pedal.

 

Never overlook the tread depth of the tires. Proper tread will result in proper traction and braking for your vehicle. With deeper tread, your vehicle will handle the road better if it is wet, muddy, or slick. Proper tread will allow your vehicle to maintain proper traction as well. It will also lower the chance of hydroplaning when on roads that are less than ideal. The thicker tread can also improve your stopping time when braking. If you are not sure of the correct tread wear, contact us and we can inspect the tires for you.

 

Always remember to check each tire for the correct air pressure as well. If the tire is not properly inflated, you will notice that the control is harder to maintain when driving. The tread will also wear unevenly if the tire is not properly inflated. Under inflated tires also are forced to flex more. This makes the rubber heat up faster resulting in a breakdown of the materials. On the other hand, over inflating the tires can also cause issues. Over inflated tires are less flexible when encounter potholes or other bumps in the road. This will result in a bouncy ride, as well as having the tires wear down faster. By having the tires at the ideal pressure, you can have a safer and more comfortable ride.

Check the Air Conditioner Now to Prevent Issues Later

Proper care now can help to prevent a more expensive issue later.

Start your car.  Turn on the fan.  Now press the A/C button.  Hopefully, you are greeted with a blast of cold air.   If not, don’t panic.  Now is a great time to have your A/C inspected.   Your safety and comfort are our top priorities.  Make preparations now and enjoy year-round comfort in your vehicle.

 

 

Turn on the A/C and Check the Cabin Filter

You may need your cabin filter replaced if you notice the air is hard to breathe or has an odor to it.  We can also inspect the filter during regular maintenance to determine if the filter should be replaced. If you are not sure how often the vehicle should be inspected, contact us, and we can advise you on a schedule that is right for your vehicle. Doing so will improve your air quality and provide a more enjoyable ride for you and your passengers.

Also, remember to see how often the vehicle is blowing warmer air when the air conditioner is on. This could mean it should be recharged. No matter what the issue is, we will be able to inspect and repair it for you. Even an issue that you might think is not major should always be inspected. Doing so will help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run. It will also help reduce a costly repair bill when you will need it fixed. A well-maintained vehicle can improve the reliability of it when you are on the road.

Saving Money and Time in the Long Run

Right now, everyone is saving money when fueling up at the pumps. With fuel at a record low, each time you fill up you are saving. If you are working from home, this is really increasing the amount you are saving by reducing the amount you drive. Even if you are not driving as much, now is a great time to contact us for a vehicle inspection. We can look at it from bumper to bumper for any signs or problems it might have. Remember to be aware of how the vehicle handles when you drive it. If it is pulling to one side or the other, it could be the tires. Also notice if it has any jerking motion or anything abnormal. If it does, remember to contact us.

Saving time and Money

Always remember to take the time and check the tires of the vehicle. They should be properly inflated so they are able to provide a smooth ride. If the tires are over inflated, they could pick up sharp objects on the road. When tires are under inflated, they are more likely to blow out. An under inflated tire can also cause damage and issues to the rims. This can quickly add up to a costly repair bill. Also remember to check for how the tread is wearing. Shallow tread will mean new tires will be needed soon. Make sure to contact us and we can inspect the tires.

 

Now is also a good time to check the fluids of your vehicle. If one is low often, there could be a leak somewhere. Besides checking the fluids we will also look at the belts and hoses of the vehicle. Over time these will age and become brittle. The fluids will start to leak from the hoses. If you notice a puddle under your vehicle, a hose may need replacing.

April Maintenance for your Car

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Since April is Car Care Month, now is a great time to have it inspected from bumper to bumper. You will want to keep up with regular maintenance for the vehicle. This will be found in the vehicle owner’s manual for your vehicle. We can also advise and recommend a schedule for you. This way your vehicle will be in ideal condition as you drive. You will want to make sure things are inspected on a regular basis, so that they are wearing properly. If you ignore maintenance and inspections, there will be further issues and damage that happen. This will result in a costly repair bill as well.

April Nationals Car Care Month

There are several things you will want to inspect on your vehicle. One of the first things should be how your vehicle handles. You may notice that it starts to pull in one direction or the other. This could be an indication that the tires are poor. You will want to make sure that they are properly inflated. The tread of each tire should be inspected. As you do this, make sure to check the spare tire. This will be needed incase one of the regular tires is damaged. Remember when using a spare tire to drive no faster than 50 mph. If you go faster, the spare will not be able to keep up and can blow as well.

 

During April make sure to check all the fluid levels in the vehicle, so that it helps the engine. A fluid flush will help keep nice clean fluid in the reservoir. Make sure it is free of pollutants and dirt. When oil becomes dirty, it will make it more difficult when the engine operates. Bring the vehicle in and we can check all the fluids and fluid levels for you. This will help prolong the life of your vehicle as you drive, and will reduce repair costs. By knowing when the vehicle should be inspected, you can save time, money, and stress in the long run.

Driving your Car and Staying Safe

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Stay health and safe this spring. With Covid-19, things are changing on a daily basis. With tighter restrictions for socializing and being out, you will have to follow these new rules. Make sure that you are at least 6 feet away from one another. This way you will help prevent the spreads of germs. If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow. It is also be beneficial that you wash your hands frequently and thoroughly so that your hands are always clean. If you start to feel under the weather, make sure that you isolate yourself so that others do not get sick as well.

Safe Driving

One of the things you can do during this time is to take a casual drive. This will allow you to get out of the house, while also having some fresh air. Some stores and business are closed during this time. Others are however open, but operating with limited hours. If you have to go somewhere, make sure to call ahead. This way you will know the hours that they are open. If you need groceries or other essentials, you will want to know their hours. When going in a store, make sure to stay at least 6 feet away from other people. This will help keep everyone safe.

 

If your vehicle needs to be maintained or inspected, call us. We are taking proper measures to help ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees. You will always want your vehicle to be in the best operating condition, so make sure to still follow the maintenance schedule. Also, remember to contact us when you might hear an odd sound for your vehicle. Doing so will prevent further issues and damages from happening. Please read our notice about Covid-19 here on our website at https://lloydsautomotive.net/covid19/

Stay healthy and safe!!

Spring Maintenance for your Vehicle is Important

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During the spring, make sure to take the time and have the vehicle inspected properly. You will want to follow the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle. This can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual or you can contact us. As you follow the schedule, it will help keep the vehicle working at top performance levels. It also will prevent larger issues from forming with the parts and the vehicle. If you notice an issue with the vehicle between regular maintenance, always make sure to schedule an appointment. Even if you think the issue is minor, it is always best to have it inspected by a professional.

Spring Care

One of the first things to check is the oil. The oil will need to be changed on a regular basis. Doing so will allow fresh clean oil to move through the engine. This will help to lubricate the moving parts. After some time, the oil can develop dirt and other contaminants in it. This will make it more difficult to keep the engine operating properly. It will cause the parts to wear down and have extra strain and stress on them. Overall it will lead to a more costly repair bill for your vehicle in the long run. When the oil is changed, we can also change the oil filter for your vehicle. This will become dirty and clogged with time.

 

You will also want to have the brakes inspected of the vehicle. Doing so will help ensure that your vehicle will be reliable when you need to stop. Make sure to leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you. If they need to stop suddenly, you will want enough space to stop safely as well. When there is an issue with the brakes, you will notice how responsive the brakes are. If there is a delay, always make sure to schedule an appointment with us.

Checking Each Tire after the Winter Months

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Checking each tire of your vehicle, you can help to determine if there is an issue. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. Following the schedule for regular maintenance is important, as this can prevent problems. If you are not sure what should be inspected for the vehicle, make sure to contact us. We can also recommend what you should check on the vehicle as well. Also remember to be aware of any issues or problems as you drive. Even something you think might be a minor problem, should never be ignored.

Checking the Tires

Check each tire to ensure that the tread is wearing properly. If the tread is wearing poorly, you will want to make sure that you have it resolved. You can check the tread of the tires by taking a penny and placing it upside down. This should be done in the groove of each tire. If you are able to see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread has been worn down. Depending what the other tires have for tread wear can determine what is done. Sometimes a tire rotation can help even out the tread wear. This is the same for if an alignment is done. Doing either of these will help keep the tires operating and lasting as long as possible.

 

You should also check the air pressure of each tire. If one is lower on air, it can cause the tire to blow if you are not careful. Make sure to contact us and bring the vehicle in. That way we can check the condition of each tire to see if a new set is needed. We will also be able to see if having them rotated or aligned can extend the life of the tires. No matter what the issue might be, we can advise you on what is best for your vehicle.

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