Is Your Vehicle Prepared for an Unexpected Emergency Situation?

Is Your Vehicle Prepared for an Unexpected Emergency Situation?

Did you know that September is National Preparedness month in the automotive industry? Learn how to prepare your vehicle for an unexpected emergency.

auto to-do-listAccording to an article at carcare.org, “Key Auto Preparation Tips”

“Would your car be ready if you had to leave at a moment’s notice? If you were stranded in your car, would you be prepared? During National Preparedness Month in September, the non-profit Car Care Council is reminding drivers of the importance of regular maintenance and do-it-yourself checks, as well as a stocked emergency kit.

“Emergencies and natural disasters come in a variety of forms, and you don’t always have time to prepare,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It is important and gives you peace of mind to know that your vehicle is always ready for the task.”

The Car Care Council recommends checking the following to make sure your car is ready for the unexpected:

Tire Tread: Tire tread helps your car grip the road. Having low tire tread is especially dangerous when driving in wet, flood-like, snowy or icy conditions. Check your tread easily with a penny.

Tire pressure: Pressure that is too low or too high can affect gas mileage, tread wear and vehicle performance. Check your tires once a month when they are still cold, using the PSI (pounds per square inch) number located on the driver door or in the owner’s manual.

Fluids Check: Check your car’s fluids once a month or take a peek when you fill the gas tank. Top off fluids, such as your oil and coolant, and visit a technician if you suspect a leak.” To read the entire article click here.

Wayne’s Automotive Center in Reno strives for excellence in automotive repair and preventative auto maintenance. For more information contact Wayne’s Automotive Center at 775-525-9366 or visit waynesautorepairreno.com.

 

Don’t Stress Over Check Engine Light

Don’t Stress Over Check Engine Light

Whether you’re a working professional or a stay at home parent you must stay on top of auto maintenance. If you’re having check engine light problems, learn how the check engine light may just be a minor auto repair.  

auto to-do-listAccording to an article at csmonitor.com, “Check Engine Light Requires Immediate Attention from an Automotive Professional”

“There you are, tooling down the Miracle Mile in the car of your dreams, letting the whole world drink in the spectacle that is the awesome you, when, BAM! A red warning light on the dash rains all over your parade. You wonder, as a typical human being, is this something I can ignore and perhaps it will go away? Is it really such a big deal?

Thankfully, the truth is that little red light often isn’t all that dire; the whole idea behind the computerized problem detection systems built into new cars is to warn you before the problems require big and expensive fixes. There are also other sensory warnings that should clue you into the fact that something’s wrong, like wheel shimmy or squealing brakes.

The little nuances can become bigger issues if you ignore them, though. So don’t put a piece of duct tape over the red problem light; embrace it.” To read the entire article click here.

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Leave the Auto Repairs to the Professionals

Leave the Auto Repairs to the Professionals

If you think you can save money on doing auto repairs yourself, did you consider the potential damage you may do to your vehicle? Learn the importance of leaving auto repairs to the professionals.

car3According to an article at thecarconnection.com, “Its Wise to Leave Auto Repairs to the Professionals”

“Do you have trouble assembling IKEA furniture? Or do you sometimes take things apart and then realize you have no idea how to get them back together?

If these questions ring true, they’re signs that you should probably leave your car repair to a qualified pro, advises Brett Bodas, an ASE Master Technician and director of the automotive professional group for RepairPal.

“One of the things that separates great mechanics from weekend-project disaster is knowing exactly what’s involved, and being able to figure out any other problem that happens along the way,” stresses Bodas.

It’s a common issue with do-it-yourself (DIY) auto repair: Just as in assembling that IKEA bedroom set, you might have a rough idea of how to do the job, yet you don’t know all the details along the way—let alone what could go wrong in the process, or what to do if it does.

Only here the consequences can be much more expensive. Bodas has seen cases as simple as a customer who replaced an air filter and accidentally detached a vacuum line, to many who’ve in the course of a brake job broken a sensor or set off a warning light—or those who have managed to foul out during major maintenance like timing-belt replacement. In all of these instances, the piece of the repair job they were missing—in addition to understanding what might go wrong—is the diagnosis and troubleshooting that’s part of a real mechanic’s job.” To read the entire article click here.

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Fall Preventative Maintenance Tips

Fall Preventative Maintenance Tips

Proper auto maintenance is essential for safe driving and also helps save you money as well. Learn important auto maintenance tips that will keep you safe on the road.

auto repairAccording to an article at wwtireandautoservice.com, “Important Preventative Tips”

“As summer quickly comes to a close, fall is right around the corner!  And with fall comes several items that need to be on the “back-to-school check list” to help students prepare for their upcoming school year.  

Completing a car maintenance checklist is imperative to both student safety and mobility.  It also underlines the importance of auto repair and tire service to maintain properly serviced vehicles. Use this simple back-to school checklist for tips to ensure auto repair and tire conditions are suitable for school travel this fall.

Spark Plugs: Checking spark plugs is an easy inspection that can prevent an inconvenient vehicle failure. Soiled or damaged plugs could leave you stranded on a school commute, thus spark plugs should be checked regularly to prevent malfunctions. 

Headlights:  Check your headlights for dimming to make sure that a bulb replacement is not required.  Dimming headlights are often overlooked but extremely dangerous.

Air Filters: Waiting to change air filters until they are completely full is dangerous to both vehicles and their drivers. Clogged air filters can be damaging to your engine as well as impede the vehicle’s performance.  Also, unwanted toxins can enter into the vehicle as the fan is run for heat and air.

Fill-Up the Tank before Empty: Few drivers know that when fuel levels drop below half tank, the remaining gas is more easily evaporated.  Another issue arises when running on a near empty gas tank: the fuel pump will suck up residue that collects in the bottom of the gas tank which will cause fuel pump and fuel system failure.  Save money and improve vehicle fuel economy by ensuring the gas never falls below half tank. This tip is especially important for driving students who are unfamiliar with their tank capacity or average fuel economy.” To read the entire article click here.

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3 Reasons to Maintain Tire Auto Maintenance

3 Reasons to Maintain Tire Auto Maintenance

When you choose to ignore auto maintenance especially tire maintenance, do you understand the safety risk with doing that? Learn tire maintenance tips that you should be concerned with in order to ensure your safety on the road.

auto body 1According to an article at safercar.gov, “The Importance of Tire Care”

“Tire pressure

Proper tire pressure is the most important part of maintaining your tires. It affects safety, their durability, and your fuel consumption.

  • Check the pressure of all tires, including your spare, at least once a month when the tires are “cold,” meaning that the car hasn’t be driven for at least three hours.
  • Your tires’ proper tire inflation pressure—measured in both kilopascals (kPA) and pounds per square inch (PSI or psi)—can be found on the Tire and Loading Information Label on the driver’s side door edge or in your owner’s manual.
  • Keep a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle. A tire can suddenly lose pressure if you drive over a pothole or bump into a curb when you park.
  • Newer vehicles have Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, but these only activate a warning when a tire is significantly underinflated. You should still conduct a monthly tire pressure check to ensure your tires are always properly inflated.

Tire tread

Tire tread provides the gripping action and traction that prevents your car or truck from slipping and sliding, especially when the road is icy or wet. Tires are not safe and should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch.

  • Check your tire’s tread at least once a month when you’re checking their pressure.
  • Tires have built-in “treadwear indicators,” which are raised sections that run in between the tire’s tread. When the tread is worn down so that it’s level with the tread indicator, it’s time to replace your tires.
  • You can also check your tread by placing a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, replace your tires.

Balance and alignment

Having your tires balanced and a wheel alignment performed by a qualified technician is important for the safety of your vehicle and to maximize the life of your tires.

  • Tire balancing ensures your wheels rotate properly and don’t cause the vehicle to shake or vibrate. New tires should always be balanced when installed.
  • A wheel alignment maximizes the life of your tires and prevents your car from veering to the right or left when driving on a straight, level road.” To read the entire article click here.

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