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Summer Emergency Kit for your Car

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During the summer months, it is important to have an emergency kit, just incase there is an unexpected breakdown. While going to regular maintenance can help prevent issues from happening, you will always want to be prepared. If you are not sure when regular maintenance should be done, check the owner’s manual. We can also help advise when the maintenance should be done for it. These can include things like checking the tires, fluids, as well as a bumper to bumper inspection. If you are driving on vacation, make sure to be prepared for anything that could possibly happen with the vehicle.

Summer Emergency kit

In the emergency kit, make sure to have a flashlight. This will come in handy if you have to look for something in the vehicle, or outside as well. If you have a breakdown when driving when it is dark, a flashlight will be one of the most important items. Also make sure that there are items for changing and putting on a spare tire. Having a jack, wrench, and spare tire are all critical for making sure that the spare tire can be changed quickly.

 

Also remember that having hazard signs or flares can be beneficial in the emergency kit. Set these out if the vehicle is pulled over on the side of the road. That way other vehicles that are driving by will see them, and pull over to the other lane. If they cannot switch lanes, at least they are aware and will be able to slow down as they approach your car. This is especially important if it is along the side of an interstate or highway. Remember too to put an extra phone charger in the vehicle. This will allow any cell phone to be charged up so you can call for assistance if there is a breakdown.

Kids and Pets should not be in Hot Cars

Leaving kids and pets in hot cars can be dangerous. Even if you think that a quick trip to run in and get something from a store could be dangerous. If get distracted or start talking to someone, you may forget that you have kids or pets in the vehicle. If the temperatures outside is 85 degrees, then the interior of the vehicle can quickly become 100 degrees. Depending on how sunny it is, this could happen as quickly as ten minutes. It will become too hot for the body to regulate heat, especially for a young child. Make sure to always look in the backseat for any kids or pets when getting out of the car.

 

A vehicle can act more like a greenhouse. When the car is turned off, the sunlight comes through all the windows. This will then heat the vehicle up, as well as the dashboard and seats. When the dashboard and seats are warmed up, they radiate heat off as well. Since the windows are up, there will be no air circulations inside your vehicle. This will only lead to the vehicle warming up even more. Even with the windows cracked or down, the interior will become too hot to stay in. If you park in the shade, the vehicle may not get as hot as quickly, but it will still be dangerous.

Kids Summer Schedule

If you typically do not take a child to daycare, it may be beneficial to set a reminder in your phone. You could even put your work stuff in the backseat beside them, as this will help to ensure the child is not forgotten. Some newer vehicles have a feature that will alert you to any extra weight in the backseat once you open the door. This way you will not forget children, pets, or even items like groceries.

Regular Intervals of Oil Changes and the Filter

Follow regular intervals for having the oil changed. This will help to ensure that the engine is able to operate efficiently and at top performance levels. By following these recommendations, the life of the engine can also be extended. It will decrease the amount of repairs needed because fresh clean oil will be provided during each oil change. Along with having the oil changed regularly, the oil filter will need to be changed as well. Doing so will allow the fresh oil to go through and lubricate the engine.

Regular Intervals for changing the filter

The filter capacity refers to the ability that it captures and holds debris from entering the engine. The higher the capacity, the more contaminants it can hold before it needs to be changed. The filter is clogged, and then the bypass valves open. As this happens, the unfiltered oil will reach the engine parts, increasing the chance of damage to it. Some of the parts that these contaminants can reach include the engine bearings and crankshaft. If this happens, then pieces of the gasket material can get dislodges over time. Over time, this will add up to a large amount of debris and dirt, even between oil changes.

 

If your vehicle requires synthetic oils, make sure the filter can as well. A filter that is designed specifically to work with synthetic oils can avoid being ruined quickly. It will also prevent failure of several internal parts of the engine. These filters will allow car owners to take advantage of the extended life that synthetic oils provide their vehicle. They will also have more capacity, so they do not have to be replaced as often either. The filter can capture more contaminants, and do so over a longer time span when using synthetic oils. If you are not sure if your vehicle requires synthetic oil or not, make sure to contact us.

When the Heat Affects your Vehicle this Summer

With the summer heat now upon us, vehicles can become affected and start to show signs of issues and problems. Make sure to have the vehicle inspected by us at any issues you start to notice. Also remember it is best to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. That way we can give it a bumper to bumper inspection and check for any parts that are wearing. Any issues that we notice can quickly be resolved and repaired. This will help get you back on the road for a safe drive for you and your passengers.

The Heat Affects the Tires

The tires should be checked to ensure they are still in the best condition. As they heat up, they may start to expand and show signs of bulges. This can increase the chance of them blowing out when you are driving. If you are not sure what the correct air pressure should be for them, check in the owner’s manual. This will help to determine the correct amount. If the tires lose air fast, schedule an appointment so we can inspect the tires for you.

The oil will also need to be checked regularly during the hot summer months. It will circulate around the engine and thin out slightly as it heats up. This can mean the engine may not fully get the protection from the oil that it will need. It also increases friction and the potential for damage to happen to the engine. Remember that following the oil change schedule will help keep the vehicle working efficiently, as well as the engine. If you are not sure when this should be, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on a schedule based on your vehicle and how often you drive.

Another part that should be checked is the air conditioner. Keeping the interior of the vehicle cool and comfortable is important as you drive. If you start to notice that it is no longer cold, or if it blows out warm air, contact us. The air conditioner can benefit from regular maintenance so they keep working efficiently. Over time, they can become clogged from being used. This will affect the performance of it, as well as leaving an odd odor in the vehicle.

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.

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