Auto Alignments, Front-End Alignments
Written by Jessica Golden

Get Your Car Ready for Autumn

Auto Alignments, Front-End AlignmentsWhile the month of October is considered the beginning of autumn, it’s also the time to prepare for the ice and snow sure to come your way. The following will discuss five basic maintenance tasks that will help prepare your car for winter. Strongly consider visiting an independent automotive service facility for better value and personalized service.

Inspecting Tires

Have a technician inspect and adjust the pressure of every tire, even the spare. Tires have been known to drop a pound of pressure for every dip of 10 °F. The key is following the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure set forth in the owner’s manual. Make sure to also have the tires checked for bald spots and bulges.

Another key thing to inspect is tread depth. Put a penny inside a few tread grooves and verify if a portion of Lincoln’s head always remains covered. If this is the case, the tire has more than 2/32” of tread depth left, which is the recommended by the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration).

Switching to Winter Tires

When it’s less than 45 °F, all-season tires significantly lose their traction capabilities.  Winter precipitation, ice, slush, and snow, makes driving more difficult. As a result, keep in mind that when temperatures begin dropping below 45 °F consistently, it will be necessary to switch to winter (or snow) tires.

Snow tires are designed to provide traction superior to all-season tires by 25 to 50%. Vehicles can only achieve their performance potential by being fitted with the proper tires. This is especially true in regions that experience severe winter weather, when consistent braking and handling are critical.

Battery, Brakes, Heating and Defrosting, and Wiper Blades

To completely prepare for Old Man Winter, make sure to inspect the following items:

Battery – Ensure connections are tight, clean, and have no corrosion and that the battery is properly charged.

Brakes – Request a complete inspection of drums, linings, and rotors.

Heating and Defrosting – Air conditioning, heating, and ventilation are working properly will ensure comfortable passengers and being able to defrost the windshield.

Wiper Blades – Replace every six months for adequate windshield visibility.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

car repair services, Annapolis MD
Written by Jessica Golden

Implementing a Fleet Preventive Maintenance Program – Part 2

car repair services, Annapolis MDAs discussed in Part 1, a preventive maintenance program (PMP) should be implemented by every organization that has a fleet of vehicles. It is essential for the upkeep of every vehicle serving an organization. Part 2 will discuss Preventive Maintenance Methods and Implementing an Effective PMP.

Preventive Maintenance Methods

There are two methods for the performance of vehicle maintenance and repairs:

  1. Proactive
  2. Reactive

Made up of preventive maintenance tasks, repairs, and driver inspections, scheduled vehicle service is proactive. In contrast, unscheduled breakdown maintenance due to neglected preventive services is reactive. It is also much costlier, and the goal should be minimizing its occurrence.

Implementing an Effective Preventive Maintenance Program

To implement an effective PMP, the program should have the following features:

  • Preventive maintenance services and safety item checklists
  • Preventive maintenance interval of each required service
  • Driver documentation of inspections and vehicle issues
  • Automotive service facility staffed by in-house or outsourced professional automotive technicians
  • Computerized scheduling and recordkeeping of maintenance and repairs
  • Driver training regarding proper vehicle inspection and reporting

The items listed below should be included when routine preventive maintenance services are performed:

  • Engine oil change
  • Oil filter replacement
  • Transmission fluid
  • Fuel system
  • Cooling system
  • Engine and transmission mounts
  • Drive shafts and CV joints
  • Belts and hoses
  • Tune-ups
  • Electrical system
  • Braking system
  • Steering and suspension
  • Wheels, rims, and tires
  • Exhaust system
  • Body, frame and undercarriage
  • Exterior and interior lights
  • Windshields, windows, and mirrors
  • Windshield wipers
  • Seats and seatbelts
  • Fluid leaks
  • Auxiliary systems

Conclusion

In-house certified automotive technicians or a local certified automotive service center skilled in performing preventive maintenance for fleet vehicles can oversee the PMP of an organization. Outsourcing may be a good option for companies that may not have the space for their own service facility or prefer to have a smaller staff of employees.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.