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Should You Drive Sleep Deprived?

2 car wreckSomewhere around the 1970s, it became socially unacceptable to drink and drive. It took us that long to realize the risks and start fighting against it. New problems have arisen in that time though, including driving while sleep deprived. In fact, sleep deprivation creates many of the same effects that make driving drunk so dangerous. We discuss why you should not drive sleep deprived here.

Effects Of Sleep Deprivation:

Like alcohol, sleep deprivation lengthens reaction time and decreases your ability to focus. Both of these can bring about fatal repercussions on the road, even if a driver doesn’t fall completely asleep.

Studies:

  • According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation (NSA), conducted in 2015, over 1/3 of the people questioned admitted to having fallen asleep behind the wheel once or more sometime in their lifetime.
  • Researches in Australia indicated that driving after 24 hours without sleeping creates an equal crash risk to driving with a 0.1 BAC.

At Saline Automotive, we want to remind you to always exercise caution on the road; don’t drive sleep deprived! If you want to ensure your car drives safely, take it by our shop. We’ll put our experience to work for you. To find out more about our services, please give us a call at (734) 429-2886.

What Do Ball Joints Do?

Most of us don’t know too much when it comes to our cars; we tend to leave things like that up to the experts. However, learning about them can prepare you when situations arise on the road. While too many intricate parts work together synchronously to understand it all overnight, you can learn a little bit at a time. We’ve gone over what ball joints do here.

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What do they do?

These joints connect the control arms and steering knuckles. Their purpose involves acting as a pivot between the suspension and the wheels. 

Without a ball joint, your vehicle’s wheel alignment will get messed up. The tires can end up resting at an angle, causing extreme friction. This can result in an unintentional abrupt stop, which can prove dangerous when driving on the road.

 

Hopefully now you understand the basics of how your car works just a tiny bit better. Keep learning, and eventually you’ll get an overall knowledge-base. If you need ball joint repairs, or any of our other auto service, Saline Automotive can help. To find out more, drop by our shop or give us a call at (734) 429-2886.

Top-Selling Cars In 2013

car-33633_150We always wonder whether we’ve made the right choice after a new car purchase; only in hindsight do we see whether we did or not. Let’s look back at 2013 to see which cars outsold all of their competition:

 

Ford Focus:

This proved the highest selling vehicle of them all for 2013. Over 1,000,000 got sold. These cars can get up to 37 miles per gallon on the highway; it comes as no wonder why people like them so much.

Toyota Corolla:

This make/model used to hold the rank of highest selling car. It, too, sold over 1,000,000 units. In 2014, the Corolla came out with a model that got 40 miles to the gallon.

Volkswagen Jetta:

Third on our list, this car doesn’t sell as well in America; however, it more than makes up for that in sales in other countries. Newer models get over 40 miles to the gallon.

Hyundai Elantra:

This car has more power than the Honda Civic, and still gets 38 miles to the gallon. Over 850,000 units got sold during 2013.

 

If you find yourself in the market for a new car, maybe you should consider these options. Here at Saline Auto, we offer many different auto services. For more information, drop by our location or give us a call at (734) 429-2886.

Air Conditioning Problems

If you’re driving in the heat somewhere, your air conditioner will feel like the most important part of your car. It can be downright dangerous for your A/C not to work in certain climates. It might not get too hot here most of the time during the summer months, but any road trip down south will bring you to hotter places. That’s why it’s a good idea to know the problem signs. To help you out, here’s a quick overview of things to look out for that might indicate A/C damage:

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Unsealed Coolant/Refrigerant:

In newer cars, you generally won’t have to worry about leaks. Older ones can be susceptible. Refrigerant can run out on its own over long periods of time. A coolant flush is recommended every 150,000 miles, at least.

Noise From A/C:

Basic engine noises or problems with the hose can cause this, which usually isn’t a big deal. However, sometimes this is a problem associated with the compressor, which can be. Generally, it will mean your air compressor needs to be replaced.

Haywire Electrical System:

This is more likely a problem with the battery than the actual A/C unit. However, your compressor needs a certain amount of voltage to function properly. It’s important to make sure your battery is putting out enough electricity.

Bad Smell From A/C:

This comes from bacteria building up in the evaporator. It can be taken care of by your local mechanic through an evaporator flush.

 

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to take your car in. Here at Saline Automotive, we offer A/C repairs alongside a host of other auto-related services. For more information, please give us a call at (734) 429-2886.

Suspension Problems

Not only does your suspension keep your car ride from becoming a bumpy, jostling nightmare, but it’s also an important part of controlling your vehicle during stops and turns. There’s a few simple things to look out for when it comes to your suspension. Here’s a quick overview:

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Bumpy Ride:

This is the most-widely recognized sign of a faulty suspension. If your car cant handle going over a bump without bouncing and bobbing, the suspension is damaged.

Turning Causes Pulling/Drifting:

Suspension helps stabilize your car during the centrifugal force of a turn. When it’s damaged, your car will pull or drift. This can potentially be perilous, as the odds of rolling over increase.

Dipping Front End When Braking:

Your suspension keeps your car stable during stops the same way it does when turning. When it’s damaged, the front end of your car will dip, as if about to nosedive (especially during hard stops). This can add to the likelihood of a wreck, as a damaged suspension can increase stop time by 20%.

Shocks Leak Oil:

Your shocks are underneath your car; check them periodically. If a greasy, oily residue has built up on or underneath them, they are leaking and need to be checked out.

“Bounce Test” Failure:

There’s an easy test for a faulty suspension system. Park your vehicle. Stand by the front, put all your weight on it, and bounce the car a few times. Do this again at the back of your vehicle. If your car continues to bounce after you release it, the suspension needs repairs.

 

It’s important to stay on top of repairs; don’t wait until something is completely broken to take your car in. Here at Saline Automotive, we offer suspension repairs alongside a host of other auto-related services. For more information, please give us a call at (734) 429-2886.

How the Cold Affects your Transmission

We’re well into the heart of winter. Not everybody knows that extremes of both hot and cold temperatures can have adverse effects on their vehicles.

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Extreme cold temperatures most commonly affect automatic transmissions. This is usually called “transmission slipping”; it happens when your vehicle is constantly exposed to freezing temperatures. This causes the system to freeze and contract, which makes the fuel line begin to leak from the seals and creates low line pressure. When your vehicle has low-line pressure or a low fuel supply, its gears cease to work right. This can apply in hot temperatures as well. To keep your transmission working, you need regulated fluid levels.

Maybe the best way to keep your car running smoothly in cold temperatures is to turn your engine on and leave it for 5 or 10 minutes. If your gears don’t shift quickly, let it sit a little longer.

For any other auto-related questions or needs, give Saline Automotive a call at (734) 429-2886.

Is your automobile ready to travel?

winter-249879_640Traveling for the holidays to meet friends and family can be fun. You pack your car full of presents and suitcases and head out on your road trip with hot chocolate while singing a Charlie Brown Christmas Carol. Little Suzy is laughing in the back seat while Timmy makes funny faces and then BAM! You get a blow out and you’re stuck on the side of the road putting on your spare tire (if you have one), and now you’re cold and wet from the snow. Now you’re in a bad mood because you think you have frost bite, the kids are crying and your wife is nagging you because you didn’t prepare the family automobile for the trip.

Bring your vehicle by Saline Automotive so we can thoroughly inspect your tires for tread, low fluids, and overall condition of the family car before you find yourself stuck on the side of the road standing in knee-high snow. We will make sure your automobile is safe for you and your family before you set out on your holiday adventure.

Call us or stop by today for one of our professionals at Saline Automotive to perform a detailed overview on your automobile.

Should I Get a Tire Alignment?

Quick Signs You Need a Wheel Alignment

At Saline Automotive we are passionate about helping our clients become better educated in diagnosing their car problems. A common question we field is “should I get a tire alignment?” When your car is not aligned it can cause further damages to the components of your vehicle. Taking the time to assess your vehicle’s alignment can save you from other repairs down the road.

Deciding if your car needs an alignment is a fairly simple matter. We have put together the following chart to help you determine if your car needs a wheel alignment.

Signs you need a wheel alignment

If your vehicle is showing signs it needs a wheel alignment, please stop by today! We will be happy to assist you with re-aligning your car. Our tire alignment services are high quality and we will have you on your way in no time at all. It is important to keep your car aligned to prevent further damages to the components of your vehicle. Give us a call today at (734) 429-2886 for assistance.

Ford Recall for Faulty Halfshafts

Ford has issued a recall for over 83,000 Tauruses and other Ford vehicles. The issue with the Tauruses is with their halfshafts. The halftshaft retention circlip that wasn’t properly installed.

The default can cause the halfshafts to move and disengage fully from the linkshaft while driving.  If the halfshaft disengages while driving, power from the engine will no longer be transmitted to the wheels.This problem can drastically increase the chance of an accident. If the vehicle is parked when the halfshaft disengages, the vehicle can roll away. A vehicle rolling away can cause harm to bystanders and property.

Vehicles affected by this defect are:

2012-2014 Ford Edge crossovers

2012-2014 Lincoln MKX crossovers

2013-2014 Ford Taurus sedans

2013-2014 Lincoln MKS sedans

2013-2014 Ford Flex vehicles

2013-2014 Lincoln MKT vehicles

If you drive any of this vehicles, have them serviced immediately at a local dealership or auto repair shop. These problem can occur with out prior warning and should be addressed as soon as possible.

 

 

GM Issues 5 More Recalls

GM issued five more recalls covering nearly 270,000 vehicles. The issues with the recalls range from key and ignition problems to seat belt glitches. Most of the vehicles affected are sedans or crossover vehicles.

Over 202,000 Saturn Vues have been recalled for keys not coming out of the ignition when the ignition is in the off position. The models years for the Saturn Vues recalled are from 2002-2004. GM dealers will inspect the vehicle to see if it has any issues and will replace the cylinder and key set if it does.

Over 48,000 2013 Cadillac ATS Sedans and 2013 Buick Encore crossovers have been issued a recall. The potential problem with these vehicles is a seat belt issues. The lap belt cables that can fail to lock into place properly, which can cause increased occupant movement should a wreck occur.

Nearly 15,000 2014-2015 Chevy Impala LT and LTZ have been issued a recall for a storage bin problem. The problem with the bins is a latch that may not hold the bin shut in a rear crash.

Nearly 2,000 2009-2010 Chevy Aveo and 2009 Pontiac G3 subcompacts have been recalled. The problem with these vehicles is  a brake fluid issue that can lower braking performance and longer brake pad travel time.

Nearly 2,000 Chevy Spark cars have been issued a recall. The issue with the Sparks are loose right or left control arm blots.

If you have any of these vehicles or just need work done to your vehicle, call Saline Auto Repair. We’ll have your vehicles working right again quickly and at a price you can afford.