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Any noises coming from your vehicle when you drive are a cause for concern. If there are any sounds that are unusual, make sure to contact us for an appointment as soon as possible. Ignoring the noises will only make it worse in the long run. It can also increase the chance that damage happens to other nearby parts and components. The end result is a costly repair bill that could have been prevented. Even if you think the issue is minor, it is always best to have it looked at as soon as possible.
There are several noises coming from your car that you should be aware of. This can include squealing, grinding, popping, squeaking, howling, clunking, or a loud bang. Any rattling that is noticed from inside the wheels could mean a loose lug nut. It could mean that the wheel was not tightened properly when it was removed, replaced, or rotated. Hearing this noise should always be a reason to contact us as soon as possible.
A squealing or grinding noise will indicate an issue with the brake pads and rotors. If the grind noise becomes worse, make sure to have the vehicle checked for the brake system. This can be a sign the brake pads have worn down and now have contact with the brake rotors. It also means there is metal on metal fiction, which can result in an extreme braking issue. Also be aware if the brake pedal becomes soft or too hard when pressing on. If the brake system starts to fail, the safety of your vehicle declines significantly.
Noises from under the hood can indicate a problem with the engine, or even a loose belt. The belt will operate things like the power steering pump, air conditioner compressor, and even the alternator. If the belt is worn, it will start to get thin and wear down. This can be a quick and easy fix, as long as it is noticed before it does further damage to other parts of the vehicle. Make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect the belt. This will improve the reliability of the vehicle when you drive.
Keeping the fuel efficiency at top performance is important. Even if you think the vehicle is getting great fuel mileage, it is always best to keep track of it at each fill-up. That way you will notice the first signs of efficiency decreasing. As always, the best way to keep the vehicle well maintained and at the best performance is to have it inspected bumper to bumper. This will help catch any issue before they become worse and costly when repairing. Check the vehicle owner’s manual for what the schedule should be, or contact us and we can advise a schedule.
Besides maintenance, make sure to follow some other tips to improve the fuel efficiency. Be aware of the speed limit on the roads you are driving on. No matter if it is the interstate or in the St Louis Park area, following the speed limit will help improve mileage. Even driving slightly below the speed limit on the interstate will help the fuel consumption. It also helps reduce the chance of getting a speeding ticket. Besides improving the mileage, driving a little below the speed limit also helps to have proper control of the vehicle when the roads are wet or slick.
By noticing the traffic ahead, your driving can be adjusted. Make sure to coast when approaching a stop sign or stop lights instead of slamming on the brakes last second. Taking your foot off the gas pedal will help save money and gas in the long run. It saves more in fuel than accelerating to try and beat the red light. The same thing should be applied when taking an exit ramp or when there is a bend in the road. Also be aware of any slow traffic or stop and go. Fast accelerating and slamming the brakes will waste fuel and cost you more in mileage
During the summer the deer are more active in the evening and morning hours. Deer also will run across the road during the day or in the middle of the night, so always be on alert for them. If this does not seem bad enough, deer are even more active and more likely to cross the road in the fall. The combination of cars and deer can be lethal. As more roads are built, the more likely deer are displaced from their natural habitat. This is one of the reasons that collisions happen.
Remember if you are driving around a wooded area or place heavy with trees, there will be a chance that deer can jump out. If the trees are close to the road, there will be even less time to notice them approach the road. Also be aware of any open fields, where they likely graze. Reducing your speed slightly will also help incase the brakes need to be applied and slammed on quickly. There may also be deer crossing signs that alert drivers to areas heavily populated in deer. Each year, deer collisions cost over 4 billion dollars nationwide in damage. Also, and estimated 1.2 million vehicle-deer collisions happen yearly.
Also make sure to keep an eye on the road ahead. If vehicles start putting on their brake lights or flash them, it could be an animal or accident that has happened. If one deer runs across the road, chances are that others will likely follow. Otherwise, look in the ditch as some may be just standing there. Also remember to never swerve or go into the other lane if an animal comes across the road. You will do less damage hitting a deer than you do another vehicle. By staying alert when driving, you can reduce the chance of hitting a deer on the road.
In the summer you will encounter a lot of challenges. This could include construction, an increase of traffic, and also animals and wildlife crossing the road. But one thing to remember is the weather conditions you might be driving into. Even before you leave your home, make sure to check the weather so you are aware of what you might be driving into. Since weather can change quickly, being aware will help you to stay calm when on the road. It is also important to find a local radio station, so you can hear weather updates as you drive as well.
One of the most common things you will drive in is rain. This can range from light sprinkles to heavy downpours. No matter what it is, always make sure to turn the windshield wipers on. Doing so will help the rain to be removed from the windshield quickly. This will help you to see better and stay safe on the road. The heavier it rains, the faster the windshield wipers should be at. If it is raining so hard that visibility is near impossible, pull off somewhere and wait until the rain and storm has passed. Along with having the windshield wipers on, make sure to have the headlights on as well. That way those around you will see you when driving.
Remember to slow down when the weather becomes less than ideal. Driving at a slower speed and one you are comfortable at will improve safety as well. If the speed is too fast and the roads are wet, the vehicle may start to hydroplane. This will result in poor handling and control of the vehicle. It also increase the risk of an accident. If there has been an extreme amount of rain in a short time, you may encounter flooded roads. The best thing to do is turn around and avoiding them.
With summer comes the hot weather and temperatures that will make being outside miserable at times. When you get in your car to drive, you will want it to be as cool and comfortable as possible. Sometimes, the vents will start to blow our cool or warm air, and it will not be cold. If this happens, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it. This issue will only get worse, and will result with a warm and uncomfortable ride as you drive.
As the vehicle is inspected, we can check for any signs of a leak or issue. These leaks can occur from a damaged hose, a gasket that is loose, or any other connection issue. If the issue cannot be found quickly, a dye can be injected into the system. After running for a few minutes, the leaks will be noticeable after using a special light over the dye. In some cases, a sealant will be used so that the problem has been resolved. The leak only becomes worse with time, so make sure to schedule an appointment if you notice a puddle under your vehicle.
The compressor of the air conditioner can also have issues with it. If it does not engage, then the air will not get cold. There might also be low refrigerant levels for the air conditioner. Other issues that could cause this are an electrical problem or an overheated engine. Since this can become a serious problem, it is always best to let a certified technician look at the electrical system. Also remember to check the condenser to ensure that it is not blocked by debris or otherwise damaged. If leaves or debris is blocking it, then it will not be able to produce the cold air. The compressor is typically located at the front of the vehicle, which makes it more prone to dirt, dust, and grime from the road.
Having a summer emergency kit for your vehicle can be extremely beneficial. The last thing you will want to have is an unexpected breakdown, and not being prepared for it. While going to regular maintenance can help reduce the chance of this happening, accidents do happen. Check the owner’s manual to be aware when the vehicle should be maintained. We can also advise when tasks should be done. Giving the vehicle a bumper to bumper inspection will help catch any issues or problems that might be starting.
Emergency kit should include jumper cables
While jumper cables may be associated as being needed only in the winter, they are also important to have during summer. If the lights of the vehicle are left on or a door is not shut properly, the battery may go dead. Having jumper cables and knowing how they work is important so the car will be jumped correctly. Otherwise there is a risk of further damage being done to the vehicle, battery, or yourself if it is done incorrectly.
Also remember that a flashlight will be needed for your emergency kit. If an incident happens at night, you will need a flashlight to find things either in your car or the exterior of it. Also make sure to have spare batteries for the flashlight as well. That way you can ensure that it will be able to last as long as you need it to. If you need to jump the car, or check the tires, a flashlight will be needed. Remember that the emergency kit should also have all the necessary tools and items to change a tire. This should include a jack, wrench, and even a spare tire. It is also a good idea to have a bottle or two of water. This way you can ensure to stay hydrated, especially if it is warm out.
In the summer, leaving kids and pets in the car can quickly become dangerous. This can happen in only a matter of minutes as well. If it is 85 degrees outside, the interior of the vehicle can rise to over 100 degrees. This can happen in about ten minutes as well. The higher the temperature is outside, the higher the interior of the vehicle can get. As the sunrays go through the windows, they become trapped in the interior. This is why you probably notice the dashboard, seat, or steering wheel being so hot once you enter the vehicle again. Without air circulation, the heat only becomes worse.
Leaving kids in the car can have extreme consequences. The human body can only tolerate a certain amount of heat before it rapidly begins to decline. Children cannot tolerate the heat as well as adults, because their body mass is smaller. Also, younger kids cannot regulate heat in their bodies like adults can. Once the body warms up to 104 degrees, kids can suffer heatstroke. If it gets a few degrees higher, then the body begins to shut down. To give an idea how quickly the vehicle can warm up, an average day of 85 degrees can cause the car to be over 100 degrees. If it is sunny, this can happen in about ten minutes. So the hotter it is outside, the hotter and quicker the vehicle heats up.
As lives get busy, parents will strap toddlers in the car seats, and the toddler may fall asleep. This then makes it easy for the parents to forget that they are even in the backseat. If you have to run into the store, even for a brief moment, wake the child up and take them in as well. It is a good idea, no matter what, to always check the backseat before going into work or a store.
Having a vehicle overheating is dangerous because it can impact the safety of you and your passengers. It is one of the most common reasons for a breakdown during the summer months. If there is a leak or defective component, the vehicle may overhead sooner than usual. Make sure to notice any warning signs and problems that can indicate the vehicle may be starting to overheat. By noticing a sign, you can help prevent further problems and an unexpected breakdown from happening.
Prevent Overheating for your Car
To help prevent overheating, make sure that the cooling system is properly maintained. By following the recommended maintenance schedule, these parts can be checked on a regular basis. Doing so will help make sure that the coolant levels are at the right amount. This will reduce the risk of it overheating in the long run. Also be aware if the temperature sensor is becoming faulty and has issues. This can cause the vehicle to overheat as well. If the vehicle is overheating, make sure to pull over and turn the vehicle off when it is safe to do so. If not, you increase the risk of more damage happening.
If there is a hot smell coming from the engine, make sure to pull over when you can. As soon as it is safe to do so, then turn the car off. The smell could come from the vent, or you may start to notice steam coming from under the hood of the vehicle. Another sign of an issue is if there is a thumping sound. This happens as the engine gets hot and the oil becomes too thin. Any odd noise that you may start to notice should always be inspected as soon as possible. The problem will never go away on its own, so it should be properly looked at. This can help increase the safety for you and your passengers while on the road.
Any odd noises you hear from the windshield wipers should always be taken seriously. If they are ignored, it will only result in further issues in the long run. If there are any noises or issues from the wipers, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the wipers and the arms to ensure all the parts are working as they should be. Any issues can quickly be repaired so you can have a safe vehicle again. Make sure that regular maintenance is followed in order to keep all the parts of the vehicle working efficiently.
One odd noise you might notice from the wipers is a vibration or chatter noise. This will mean the wiper is not properly positioned when they are operating. If they are not correctly adjusted, then they will not be able to properly remove rain, road grime, or dust. The arm of the wiper should be checked to make sure it is not bent or damaged. If there is an issue, we can inspect and repair it.
Also be aware of a screech noise that the wipers might make. This will mean the metal is now in direct contact with the windshield. This can lead to the windshield becoming damaged and scratched. If the wipers are worn down or have rips on the blades, make sure to replace them as soon as possible. If you are not sure what the correct wipers are, check the owner’s manual or contact us. If there are issues with having the wipers replaced, contact us for an appointment.
Remember to check the rear wiper if your vehicle is equipped with one. This will not be used as often as the windshield wipers, but should be inspected. Make sure that it is in the best condition possible. If the rubber is brittle or has worn, you will want to have it replaced as soon as possible.
The lights on your vehicle are important for the safety when driving. Make sure that the lights are properly inspected by us. There are several things that should be checked for them. Doing so will help improve the visibility when driving when it starts to get dark. Without the lights properly inspected, there may be several issues with them when you go to turn them on. You will always want the vehicle to be as safe and reliable as possible, so make sure to bring it in for regular inspections and maintenance.
By turning on the headlights, you will be able to ensure they are properly illuminated. If a light or bulb is out, make sure to contact us. Test all settings of the lights. The brights, dims, and fog lights should all be checked to ensure they are able to properly illuminate. By contacting us for an appointment, we can inspect the lights and how they are aimed as well. You will want to make sure that the lights are not aimed at any oncoming traffic. This can cause an accident because you impair their vision. Make sure that the headlights are not directly pointed in either ditch as well.
Check the taillights of your vehicle as well. Park the vehicle and turn on the lights. By walking around the car, the headlights and taillights can be inspected. After that, turn on one of the signals and walk around the vehicle again. Then turn the other turn signal on and do the same. This will help to determine how well the blinkers are working for your vehicle. If there is an issue, or the lights are hard to see, make sure to contact us. As we check all the lights, we can also check the fuses for the blinkers and lenses as well.