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Many of us take for granted that our cars will start for us in the morning and get us to where we need to go. Without regular car maintenance, however, this reliability won’t last long.

Sounds like squealing, thumping, hissing and grinding are all signs that your vehicle may be trying to tell you something. “It’s important for car owners to listen and act accordingly when their vehicle speaks up,” says Larry Bronson, one of our long-term Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Greenwood Service Advisors. “By checking out what your vehicle is saying; you can take care of the problem now and avoid a breakdown or more costly repairs later.”

 

 

 

 

 

Per Larry, “Any noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem”:

  • A high-pitched squeal that stops when pressing on the brake pedal is a sign that a vehicle’s brakes should be inspected.
  • A grinding noise? This could be the result of worn brake pads that should be replaced.
  • Thumping that increases and decreases with the speed of the vehicle could mean a tire problem like a bubble in the sidewall or torn rubber that could lead to a blowout.
  • Hissing noise under the hood may be caused by a disconnected or cracked vacuum hose.
  • A squealing noise while revving the engine could be due to a slipping drive belt.
  • An audible tapping or engine clicking noise coming from the front of your car could mean a worn engine part or low oil pressure.
  • Deep knocking Noises? You should probably not use the car until the knocking engine noise has been fully and properly tested, diagnosed and repaired.
  • Squealing when accelerating? This is your fan belt telling you it is in pain.

When your car ‘speaks‘ to you, it’s usually saying that something’s wrong, something needs fixing. We have several service offers that you might want to take advantage of; for instance, a FREE Multi-Point Inspection / Cooling System Service / Tune-Up and more! Perhaps you would like our service offers sent to your mobile device? Check out our offers today!

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Winter seems to be quickly approaching; and winter driving comes with it, are you road-ready? In addition to the added perils of winter driving, the change in weather can bring havoc to your car’s systems. Freezing temps, salted roads and wintery precipitation can gang up on your car if you have not done recommended maintenance throughout the year. As with any change of season, you should make sure you are up to date on recommended Winter Specific Maintenance:

  • Check your antifreeze
  • Inspect your tires
  • Replace your wipers
  • Check your windshield washer fluid
  • Clean your battery posts
  • Inspect your spark plug wires
  • Inspect your brakes
  • Check Your Engine Oil

In addition to my list of recommended winter specific maintenance suggestions, a checkup might include additional items depending on the type of vehicle that you drive. I would strongly suggest that you schedule a time before “the snow hits” so that you are prepared for our Indiana winter.

We have several service offers that you might want to take advantage of; or instance, a FREE Multi-Point Inspection / Cooling System Service / Tune-Up and more! Perhaps you would like our service offers sent to your mobile device? Check out our offers today!

Your friends at O’Brien Automotive Family!
“Our family works for you. Since 1933”

Your leading Greenwood, Franklin, Indianapolis, Carmel, Plainfield, Avon, Lawrence, and Noblesville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Toyota and Scion Dealer!

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I left the dealership this past Friday, and hadn’t gone a mile until my “low tire” light came on. Don’t know how you would react, but my heart sank. So, I thought I would provide some insight about this feature. I had not given it any thought, but vehicle manufacturers began to phase in TPMS beginning in the 2006 model year and were required to install it in all vehicles manufactured after September 1, 2007.  I talked to one of our Service Advisors and asked for him to explain to me how the feature works: There are two kinds of monitoring systems direct and indirect. To keep it short and sweet, the direct system monitors the actual pressure in the tire while the indirect system uses existing sensors in the ABS system which watches wheel speed to detect smaller tire diameter caused by under-inflation.

So, the culprit that caused my light to come on? When the temperature outside the tire changes, it will affect the pressure inside the tire. In the fall, the colder weather will significantly lower your tire pressure. If your tire pressure has been set during the hot summer months, the first major cold wave will cause the air to contract inside your tire, lowering the pressure, thus setting off your TPMS.

 

 

Word of advice: To alleviate that annoying tire light, check your tire pressure monthly, during the morning, when tires are cold. During this time, make sure all tires are at the PSI indicated in your manual. Additionally, you might consider replacing the air in your tires with nitrogen. My Service Advisor explains: by using nitrogen the molecules are larger than oxygen molecules. Seepage is thus reduced through the tire walls and where the tire meets the rim. Any moisture in the tire is also eliminated, which can affect inflation.

Questions about using nitrogen vs air in your tires? Check with one of our Service Advisors at your next Express Lane Service visit – no appointment needed!

Or, Schedule your appointment today…. CJDR Greenwood location / CJDR Indianapolis location / Toyota Scion location.

Your friends at O’Brien Automotive Family!
“Our family works for you. Since 1933”

Your leading Greenwood, Franklin, Indianapolis, Carmel, Plainfield, Avon, Lawrence, and Noblesville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Toyota and Scion Dealer!

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