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Starting the New Year with Proper Maintenance

Maintenance

 

Always make sure that your vehicle is brought in for proper maintenance inspections. Doing so will help you to ensure that all the parts and components are working as they should be. If there are any issues with the vehicle, always make sure to have them inspected as soon as possible. This will help to prevent further damage and repair bills in the long run. Knowing when to bring your vehicle in is important, so if you are not sure, make sure to contact us. This way we can advise you and recommend a schedule that is best for your vehicle. Now is a good time to make a New Year’s resolution to keep your vehicle in the best condition.

Check the Tires

One of the most important things to inspect would be each tire of the vehicle. This should also include the spare tire as well. When the tires are inspected, they should be looked at completely. This should include the air pressure, tread wear, and how the overall condition of the tire is. When the air pressure in the tire is low, you may feel the vehicle pull in that direction when you drive. Having tires too low can also increase the risk of damage being done to the rims of the vehicle. If you find yourself filling up the tire often, make sure that you bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

Maintenance for Oil Changes

Another important thing is to have the oil changed on a regular basis. Doing so will help with the performance of the engine and vehicle. If the oil is dirty, the engine could get damaged from the particles and pollutants. Also, the oil helps to keep the moving parts running smoothly against one another. If there is not any oil in the vehicle, the engine can seize up and fail completely.

 

 

Keeping your Vehicle in Proper Condition

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When you drive your vehicle, keeping it in proper condition is important. During the winter months it is extremely important to keep the maintenance up to date. When you do so, then the vehicle will work in the most efficient condition possible. Any time that the vehicle does anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. Doing so will help you to save money in the long run and prevent further issues as well. Notice what the vehicle does when you do certain things. Sometimes turning a corner will result in the vehicle to make odd noises or sounds. Other times the brakes might make a noise as well.

Regular Schedule

You will want to bring the vehicle in on a regular basis. If you are not sure when the schedule should be, make sure to contact us and we can set one up. The oil being changed is important to help make sure that the engine works. Having fresh clean oil will help to lubricate the engine. Without oil, the parts can wear against each other and cause further strain and damage. The oil filter will need to be changed as well. This will collect pollutants and dirt that are in the oil with age. Over time, the filter will become clogged with the dirt and pollutants. Usually the oil filter should be changed with every other oil change. This will help keep the oil clean and efficient.

Tires

The tires should also be inspected. Proper air pressure is always important. In the winter the tires can lose pressure more often. If the tire is low on air, it could be the tire, valve stem, or even a bead leak. If you notice the tires are not properly inflated, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can so we can inspect it.

Staying up-to-date on Maintenance Inspections

Maintenance

You will want to make sure that your vehicle is always properly maintained. Doing so will help it to be safe and reliable when you need to drive it. If you ignore the regular maintenance, you will end up doing further damage to your vehicle. This is because if there is a problem with a part, it can start to cause issues for any connecting parts. The longer you wait to resolve the issue, the more costly it will be. You will want to make sure that you bring the vehicle in so we can set up a maintenance schedule for you.

Oil Changes

One of the most important things is to make sure that the oil is changed on a regular basis. Doing so will help to ensure that there is always fresh clean oil in the vehicle. By having this, the parts will be properly lubricated when they are trying to operate when you drive. Without oil, these gears will add strain and stress to other parts of the vehicle. When this happens, the parts can become damaged with time. When you hear an odd noise from under the hood, it is always best to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

Washer Fluid

Also remember to check the windshield washer fluid. In the winter you will need to use this to help clear the windshield as you are driving. Slush and road grime can splatter on the windshield of your car. Even if you use the windshield wipers, it can result in smear and streak marks for your visibility. In the winter, winter roads can be unpredictable because of the weather. It is recommended to look at the weather and road conditions before you leave home. That way you are prepared for any type of weather conditions.

Check your Vehicle before you Drive

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The vehicle you drive should always be well maintained. Following the regular maintenance schedule will help your vehicle be safe and reliable when you will need to drive it during the winter months. With the potential for bad road conditions to occur, you will always want to make sure your vehicle is in the best condition possible. If you are not sure how often the vehicle should be inspected or maintained, contact us. We can set the vehicle up on a schedule and alert you for when it should have certain tasks done. This can include oil changes, tire rotations or alignments, brake inspections, or just a bumper to bumper inspection.

Tire Pressure

Tires in the winter can lose air pressure quickly. This is because sometimes there is a bead leak from the tires. Also, low air pressure can be caused by the valve stem or the rims of the tires as well. It is recommended that you bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the tire and rim to figure out where the issue might be. Make sure that before you drive the tires are at the right air pressure. Driving on tires that have too much or too little can cause issues. It can also do damage to the rims of the tire if the air pressure is too low.

Check Fluids

When you check the oil of the vehicle, also make sure that you check the other fluids. This will help ensure that everything under the hood is in the most efficient condition. If oil or another fluid is always needing to be replaced, contact us. There could be a leak in one of the hoses. If a fluid is going low often, you will want to have it fixed. Running the car without any can do significant damage.

Take Precautions in the Winter

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In the winter, there are several things you should remember. The first is that the winter roads can be slick, no matter what the weather is. Sometimes even just a little amount of frost can make the roads slippery. You will want to make sure that you are aware of what the condition of the roads might be. If the weather is less than ideal, then so are the roads. Make sure to drive a speed which you are comfortable at. This will help you to keep control of the vehicle, and not stress about everything. Also keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Typically is should be about three seconds. In less than ideal conditions, the amount should be doubled or tripled. This allows you enough time to stop if you need to suddenly.

Allow Time

You will also want to allow extra time when traveling. This is because if the roads are poor, then you will need to drive slower to also stay safe. The windshield and windows will also need to be scraped off before you go. Sometimes that can take a few seconds, while sometimes it can take quite a few minutes. It is determined by if there is a large build up of ice and snow on your vehicle. To help speed things up, you can start the vehicle and turn the heater to defrost. This will help warm up your vehicle, while also assist in warming up the windshield. You will want to check the side mirrors to ensure they are scraped clear as well, before you drive.

Tank filled

Also make sure your vehicle is over half full of fuel. This is important incase you go in the ditch. You will want to stay as warm as you can while help is on the way. Keeping the tank over half full will help you to be ready to drive.

Clearing the Windshield in Winter

 

The winter weather can impair your visibility when you are driving. The ice, snow, frost, and sleet can cause issues in the long run. It can start to build up and result in difficult seeing as you drive. Before you drive, make sure to start your vehicle. Turn on the vehicle’s defrost to help warm up the inside of the windshield. Doing so will also help you to warm up your vehicle. While the defrost is on, you can scrape each of the windows. Remember to scrape the side mirrors and the rear windshield of your vehicle as well.

Clear the windows

The visibility should always be the best so that you can see. This will help you to be aware of drivers and other people around you. Clearing off all the windows will also help you be aware of anything that is in the ditch or that could run onto the road. You should also be aware of when the windshield or windows start having a build up on them. You will want to pull over where it safe to do so. Make sure to scrape the windows clean or remove the buildup. This will help you to maintain proper visibility.

Winter visibility

In the winter, your visibility can decrease even when a vehicle passes you. It can blow up snow or slush onto the windshield. If the grime and slush dries quickly, it will leave residue and marks on the windshield that might reduce your visibility. Using the washer fluid and windshield wipers will help to clean the windshield so you can see better. If the wipers make noise or streak marks when they are used, it is recommended that they are replaced. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check or replace the wipers as well.

Slowing Down when Driving in the Winter

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Proper driving is important no matter what time of the year it is. There are some driving habits you will want to change. One of the most important things to do is to change the speed you are driving. When the weather is less than ideal, you will want to adjust the speed of your vehicle. Slowing down will help you to keep a better handle of your vehicle. If it is icy and you hit a patch, your vehicle could slide or skip on the poor roads.

Ready for Winter

One of the best ways to get ready for winter is to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter. Bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. That way we will be able to check over all the parts and components of your vehicle. When there is an odd noise or smell from the vehicle, make sure that you schedule an appointment for it. Catching an issue at the first sign will help prevent even further damage in the long run. It will also help to reduce the chance of a costly repair bill.

Slowing down as you drive

You will want to make sure you slow down when traveling. The roads can buildup with snow and ice quickly. Even just a dusting can result in difficult driving at times. When the roads are slick, the tires and your vehicle may not be able to react, as they typically should. You will also notice that the braking is not as responsive either. Making sure to take corners at a slower speed is also important. If you do not slow down, you can hit a curb or have an accident. Driving slowly and carefully in winter weather will improve the safety of you and your passengers when you travel.

 

Drive with Caution in Winter

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When you drive in the winter weather, it will present new and different driving skills than you are used to during the rest of the year. You will have to drive on snow, ice, and slick roads. Sometimes the roads you drive on will be in less than ideal condition. This is why it will be important to slow down and drive with caution. Before you travel, it is always a good idea to check the weather. This should include the current weather, and even the future forecast of where you will be driving. It would also be a good idea to look up what the road conditions are. This will help you to be aware of how to drive on the roads when you head out.

Tire Checks before you Drive

The tires should be inspected for any issues that they might have. This should include checking the air pressure of each one. The pressure is important because they can properly rotate as you drive. If the tires are not at the correct pressure, then they will not travel as smoothly either. Tires that are under inflated can have an increased chance of blowing out. You will also want to make sure that the tires are not over inflated either. When they are over inflated, they can be more likely to pick up sharp debris or objects on the road.

Winter survival kit

You will also want to make sure that you are prepared in your vehicle. Make sure to have a winter survival kit in there as well. This should include items like non-perishable food, bottled water, a flashlight, a blanket, and even a small shovel incase you get stuck in snow. If you need suggestions about what should be in the kit, you can also ask us. Being as safe as possible is important when traveling on winter roads in the upcoming months. You will want to make sure your vehicle is also reliable for the winter.

 

 

Driving with Clear Windows

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Now is the time of the year that you will notice frost on your windshield and windows. In the morning before you drive to work, you will want to make sure that all of the windows are cleared off. Make sure you can see out of every window, including the back window or windshield. This should also mean checking the side mirrors to ensure they are cleared off as well. You will want to take a snow scraper to remove the frost. If you try to run your windshield wipers, you can end up damaging the rubber portion of the blades on the frost or ice.

Allow it to Warm Up

To help get your car going sooner, take a few extra minutes to have it start running. Letting it warm up for a few minutes helps to get the oil warmed up. This helps to move through the engine as you drive. Make sure that you switch the heat onto defrost, so then it can assist in warming up the windshield. With the windshield getting warm, then it can help to remove frost and ice that might be on the windshield.

Remove Snow

You will also want to remember to brush off any and all snow from your vehicle, once it is snowing. Otherwise, the snow can blow off and impair the visibility of drivers behind you. The hood should also be clear, because that snow can blow up and impact your own visibility. This can be dangerous while on the interstate or with crowded and busy traffic.

 

Another good rule to follow is to make sure you have washer fluid filled up. This will help removed any dirt or road grime from the windshield. In the winter, sometimes clearing the windshield can leave smudge marks. When you use the washer fluid, it will quickly help to get the windshield clean and improve visibility for you again.

Be Prepared for Winter

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The winter weather means that you will want to be prepared when you drive. Part of this means to make sure that the vehicle is properly maintained. We can help you to figure out when regular maintenance inspections should be done for the vehicle. Doing so will help improve the efficiency and also the performance of it as well. Also be aware of any issues that your vehicle might have. Any strange or odd noises that your vehicle makes should be a reason to worry about an issue. It is always best if you bring the vehicle in, and we can inspect it for you. If the issue is caught soon enough, then there will be less of a cost when it is fixed. The longer you let the issue go on for, the more expensive it might be.

Winter and Tires

Also remember to check the overall condition of the tires for your vehicle. They should be in proper condition, and free of any damage. If you see a puncture mark, make sure to have it inspected by us. We should patch and repair it before it becomes a larger issue. It may also be dangerous if you drive on a tire that is damaged or in poor condition. It will also be beneficial to check the air pressure in each tire for your vehicle. This should also include the spare tire.

Winter survival kit

The vehicle you are driving may also benefit from having a winter survival kit in it. This is very beneficial, especially if you go in the ditch. There may be an instance where you will not be able to be pulled out of the ditch for a few hours. Having a kit can be helpful to make sure you have some bottled water, granola bar, other non perishable foods, and some flares as well. You will also want to have a blanket or two in the vehicle as well.

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