Yearly Archives: 2013

Avoiding Deer on the Freeway

Avoiding Deer on the Freeway

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine hit a deer while traveling on the freeway (the I-280). The damage was so extensive that insurance totaled it. Deer are most likely to travel onto roadways at dawn and dusk and are more often on roadways in Spring and Fall. It is not always possible to avoid a collision with a deer but here are a few tips: Scan the road for animals' reflective eyes, often visible at a great distance at night. Sometimes this is the only visible part of the animal until it is directly in your path. There is a good chance that if you see one deer there are others nearby, so keep alert. A deer normally freezes when it is in the headlight. Travel in the center lane and avoid traveling at the same pace as other vehicles on the road. Drive below the speed limit around corners and bends where your visibility is dramatically decreased. Use your high beams where possible; they will illuminate more of the area that you are traveling through. Some experts have sugges ... read more

Vehicle Will Not Start?

Vehicle Will Not Start?

We heavily rely on our vehicles for our daily tasks and it can be extremely frustrating if your car will not start. If this is happening to you there can be multiple causes. Suspect number one: the battery. Perhaps your vehicle needs a jumpstart. You will need battery cables, if you do not carry them with you ask around, there is a good chance someone else does. Here is one tutorial on how to jumpstart: http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/09/11/how-to-jump-start-a-car/ Start the car that After your jumpstart look into why the battery failed in the first place so that it does not happen to you again. Suspect number two: the starter. If your battery is charged and your car will not start you may have an issue with your starter. Unfortunately there is no “parking lot quick fix” for this issue. Tow it to your shop and have the vehicle inspected. Suspect number three: lack of fuel. If your fuel gauge is not operating right, or you did not notice the gauge and your tank is ... read more

The Importance of Coolant

The Importance of Coolant

Coolant is the fluid that flows around the engine block to help keep the temperature of the engine down, in your vehicle it is often a mix of antifreeze with water. The main components of the engine cooling system include the radiator, water pump, cooling fan, coolant, thermostat, intercooler, multiple hoses and clamps. The coolant flows through these multiple components, the radiator cools the fluid that then travels around the engine block where it absorbs heat, helping keep the engine temperature at optimum operating temperatures. When the fluid is low, mostly water, or the incorrect type it can not do its job which means your engine could overheat. If your engine overheats you can do serious damage to your vehicle such as a cracked head. To protect your vehicle, and your wallet, it's best to flush the coolant at the factory recommended intervals and if your coolant light comes on add antifreeze or take your vehicle to see us. If your engine is running hot, the coolant light o ... read more

The Difference Between the Check Engine Light and Service Engine Soon

The Difference Between the Check Engine Light and Service Engine Soon

There are two lights that may illuminate on your dash (depending on your make and model) and it is good to know the difference between them as well as what they mean. The “Check Engine” light is a notification that something is wrong, the range can be anything from a loose gas cap to a faulty ignition coil. It is important to bring your vehicle in to be checked as soon as possible when this light is illuminated. The “Service Engine Soon” light indicates that your vehicle is due for its next service maintenance. The light comes on depending on your vehicles service interval. For Volvos it is usually every 5,000 (older models) or 7,500 miles (newer models). For BMWs it is generally every 5,000 or 10,000 miles, depending on your model. After the maintenance is performed the service light is reset. If your repair shop forgets to reset the light then it will stay on – or if it had not illuminated yet – then it would come on too soon. In summary if the ... read more

The 10 Worst Things You Can Do To Your Car

The 10 Worst Things You Can Do To Your Car

This is an article written by Business Insider. The direct webpage can be viewed: here. Since articles can be moved or deleted, and I quite enjoyed their post, I have posted the entire posting below. Like the human body, ignoring even the smallest signs of trouble in your car's performance can lead to trouble down the road. And some missed signals cost more than others. A new report by CarMD.com Corporation details exactly which maintenance mistakes can cause the most damage. Here are the top 10: 1. Putting off recommended / scheduled maintenance 2. Ignoring the “check engine” light 3. Not changing the oil, or not having it changed on time 4. Not checking tire pressure 5. Neglecting coolant, brake, transmission and other fluid services 6. Continuing to drive when the vehicle is overheating 7. Not changing fu ... read more