Summertime Is Travel Time – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

Royal Motors North

Summertime is TRAVEL TIME. Before hitting the road this summer, it is important that you take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump. Extreme heat and long drives can be tough on cars, specially in Florida.  Few things spoil a family vacation more quickly than car trouble far from home. Following these pre-trip maintenance tips will ensure that your car is ready for the long road-trip ahead:

Maintain your air conditioning:
Being without air conditioning on a hot summer day is not fun! If you suspect your air conditioner isn’t working properly it could be a leak in the system, it’s best to have a professional take a look before you hit the road.

Stay charged:
 Make sure your car’s battery and cables are securely attached and free of corrosion. Car batteries typically last three to five years.

Check tire pressure and brakes: High temperatures can put extra stress on your tires. Under-inflated tires are already subject to excessive friction, which causes heat, so if it’s hot outside those under-inflated tires are even more likely to fail. Not sure if you need a brake inspection? click here to find out.

Check your fluids: Fluids are critical to the overall health of your car. Your car needs oil to lubricate the engine, antifreeze to regulate its temperature, and washer fluid to maintain good visibility.

Make sure you have all emergency equipment inside your car, and that everything works properly:  An accident is a scary event that countless people have to live through. It is always important to be as prepared as possible for when an accident does in fact occur. Emergency equipment includes: an up-to-date map, first aid kit, cell phone, spare tire,  and emergency tools.

Remember your paperwork: You never know when you are going to need your important paperwork. Hopefully it is not because you have been pulled over! In any case, double-check that you have all of these documents in your car before you leave on a long trip.

Take your car in for a maintenance check: It’s not a bad idea to take your car to a mechanic for a quick tune-up and maintenance check before a long road trip. That way, you can enjoy your journey from the safety of your car, instead of the side of the road. If you bring your car to Royal Motors, included with every vehicle we repair we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at no extra cost.

This summer visit our shop and let us help you get your car ready for your road trip. Trust the experts to ensure your safety on the road. Also, don’t forget to check out our website to stay informed and save money. Royal Motors is your dealership alternative!

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3 Signs You Need a BRAKE Inspection

Brake Inspection

Paying attention to the warning signs that indicate a need for service can mean the difference between life and death on the road. Neglecting your braking system can lead to increased repair costs, or worse, no brakes at all. Fortunately, paying attention to some of the signs of brake wear can keep you on top of stopping maintenance, saving you some money and keeping you from having an accident!

How do you know when it’s time for a Brake Inspection? Your vehicle will usually tell you. Here are three important things to watch for:

1. Grinding: When you hear a noise from your car as you apply your brakes, such as scraping, grinding, or any other noise that is abnormal, you should immediately check your brakes for worn shoes or pads. Typically first sign of brake-pad wear is a high-pitched squealing. This sound may come from a soft-metal wear indicator that rubs against the brake rotor to alert the driver that a change of brake pads is needed. A metallic grinding sound means that brake pads may be damaging the brake rotors.

2. Vibration: Brake vibration is where a shaking motion occurs when the brakes in a car or other vehicle are deployed. This can vary from a slight shaking to a quite severe shuddering, depending on the severity of the condition. It can also be known as rotor shimmying or brake pulsation. Vibrating brakes indicate the surface of your rotors may be distorted. This issue may also be caused by worn suspension components, worn bushings, or bad shock absorbers.

3. Pulling: Your brakes should apply themselves smoothly and even when you push the pedal. If they seem to suddenly grab, or if they are pulling the car to one side, possible causes may be: Worn of Bad Brake Pads, or Bad Brake Disc.

If your car is having braking problems, whether it’s weak brakes, a vibration, grinding sounds, or a weird noise, it needs to be diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible. Bring your vehicle to Royal Motors and let our technicians correct the problem.  Your safety is too important to take chances with.

Included with every vehicle we repair, we offer a fluid check & top off, tire pressure check & correction, and a bulb check at NO EXTRA COST.