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Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra

For some, it's a no-brainer that to hit a pothole spells some serious damage to your vehicle. To others, it comes as a surprise that the sudden jolt from the run-in with the pothole resulted in costly repairs following the breakdown of other systems/parts of the car.

With a Hyundai Elantra, it doesn't seem to be a fair deal, which is why the experts at Fuccillo Imports in Watertown have come up with the following tips on what individual drivers should do after they"ve hit a pothole.

Preventive Maintenance

Who wouldn't want to protect a car that turns heads with its style, with the plethora of upscale and modern tech and a comfortable cabin, from damage? True, it has long warranty coverage, but it's still your own baby. But navigation around them is not so easy, particularly when there are not-so-visible potholes on road.

  • You can maintain the suggested tire air pressure and they'll provide due cover for your wheel rims over broken pavement. Keep them too-soft or too-firm and you won't be doing any good to your vehicle.
  • Following driving etiquettes such as driving slow during damp weather or keeping enough space between you and the driver in front helps. You can spot the pothole coming and stop or at least minimize the havoc it creates.

What's All This Talk about Pothole Damage and What to Do When You Hit One

It's not just the tire wear or puncture or even the damage to the wheel rim you better be worrying about. While they are the most obvious ones, the damage can also be regarding engine, suspension, exhaust system, and misalignment of the steering system.

The best thing to do if you suspect it is to assess the damage as soon as possible and to bring in your Hyundai Elantra for a professional inspection. The following are the red flags that should alert you.

  • The sidewalls of the tires tend to bulge visibly and need to be addressed IMMEDIATELY.
  • The undercarriage of Elantra will suffer a dent and if left untreated, will cause fluids to leak and rust.
  • There will be strange noises coming out of the exhaust system.
  • The damage to the car's suspension and steering, determining your handling and overall ride quality, will cause loss of control and you"d notice the car bouncing very much or swaying extraordinarily when you make a turn.

Bottom line is, you don't wait it out once you have these signs from your Hyundai Elantra. Contact us at Fuccillo Imports in Watertown for more tips on dealing with potholes.

 

Fuccillo Imports of Watertown: Northern New York State’s new & used auto dealer specializing in Hyundai, Mazda, Subaru and Suzuki cars, trucks, SUVs, hybrids, and crossovers. Located in Watertown, New York. Serving all of Jefferson County, Syracuse, Rome, Oneida, Liverpool, Fort Drum, Utica, Pulaski, Fulton, Potsdam and Ogdensburg, NY.


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Mitsubishi Lancer

Just as the engine and transmission of a car is crucial to moving the car forward, the braking system is as important to keep this very engine from crashing into another car, railing or wall. Our technicians at Fuccillo Mitsubishi in Watertown have noticed something a lot of drivers overlook: complete maintenance of the braking systems.

All about a Braking system

The braking system of a car is perhaps the most crucial safety measure. In order to safely control your vehicle according to the rules of the road and to reach your destination on time and safely, ensure that your car's braking systems are properly maintained to operate under all road and weather conditions.

A braking system is an intricate web of hydraulic systems. When a brake pedal is pressed, the force generates pressure in the hydraulics. This in turn, transfers the pressure on the hydraulic hoses and lines to the calipers and cylinder in the wheel. A resulting force is applied as the pads push against the disc to slow a vehicle down. This complicated system deserves some attention in regards to maintenance by vehicle owners, as over time, the parts begin to wear off and become significantly less effective in slowing your car down.

Typical wear and tear you'll experience with your used Lancer

Given that the wear and tear of a braking system is something that is inevitable, it only gives you all the more reason to take proper care of it. The brake pads are made of industrial grade rubber and the discs are polished metal, hence, wear and tear is imminent. Here, we are going to discuss some of the most common symptoms to look out for in your braking system. If you feel that some of these symptoms are beginning to emerge, it's crucial you take your Lancer to a licensed mechanic.

Common symptoms to look out for and when to contact a mechanic

  • When braking, the car swerves in one direction
  • When brake pedals pulsate, meaning the brakes seem to be pumping themselves slightly or when the steering wheel shakes as you brake
  • When the brake pedal begins to feel ômushy
  • When you can hear unusual noises when pressing down on the brake pedal
  • When the need to put brake fluid becomes more frequent
  • When the brake fluid begins to leak

 

We, at Fuccillo Mitsubishi, are trying to make the residents of Watertown, Syracuse, and Adams more aware of the maintenance aspects of their vehicles. For more in-depth guidelines, feel free to visit us.

 

Fuccillo Mitsubishi: New York State’s new & used auto dealer specializing in Mitsubishi cars, hybrids, cross-overs, SUVs, and electric cars. Search for a new or used Mitsubishi Galant, Eclipse, Endeavor, i-MiEV, Lancer, Outlander, Spyder; and more. Or search for a used vehicle. Schedule a test drive; research features; get prices; and arrange financing. Located in Watertown, New York. Serving Syracuse, Rochester, Adams, Rome, Fort Drum, Liverpool, Cicero and Utica, NY.


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Service Department

 

Cars have become more reliable than ever; however, they need regular maintenance, and majority of people do not notice the need for a repair until they hear the car making strange noises. Any unusual sound requires a call to action- the car should be taken to the auto repair shop immediately. Our experts at Fuccillo Imports have compiled a list of strange sounds that indicates your car needs professional service.

High Pitched Squeals

Squealing or a high-pitched noise coming from the engine bay that matches the engine speed is usually an accessory belt in its death throes. Gone are the days where you could drag the car to the auto repair shop with a broken belt. Nowadays, the belt turns numerous devices, including alternator, air conditioning compressor, water pump, and power steering. A broken belt will leave the car dead right there.

Grinding When Braking

Grinding when braking indicates that something is rubbing against the brake motors or that the pads were not replaced in time. The brake pads may be coming into rough uneven contact with rotors or are beyond their wear limit. It can indicate brake calipers or pistons grinding against the rotors. You are damaging your car if you hear grinding and are delaying repairs. Waiting too long can result in brake failure.

Squealing or Screeching When You Brake

Squealing is a sign that brake hardware is worn as a result of which the pad does not release properly, causing excessive noise and heat. Brakes come with an indication nowadays, making a squealing sound to let the driver know they need to be replaced. Resurfacing or replacing the brake rotors if need be and installing new brake pads will make sure you stop quietly and safely without damaging your vehicle further.

Humming, Growling or Roaring Noise When Driving Down the Road

A growling or roaring sound while driving can be an indication of tires that are well past their service life. However, it can also signal a serious issue like a bad wheel bearing. Bearing that seizes or comes apart completely can easily leave you and your vehicle stranded on the side of the road with a wheel that won't move; therefore, get it checked immediately.

To get your car serviced, contact us at Fuccillo Imports in Adams, New York. Residents of both Watertown and Syracuse can use your services alike.

 

Fuccillo Imports of Watertown: Northern New York State’s new & used auto dealer specializing in Hyundai, Mazda, Subaru and Suzuki cars, trucks, SUVs, hybrids, and crossovers. Located in Watertown, New York. Serving all of Jefferson County, Syracuse, Rome, Oneida, Liverpool, Fort Drum, Utica, Pulaski, Fulton, Potsdam and Ogdensburg, NY.


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Doing your own brake maintenance may seem like a challenging task; however, once you invest the time and get the hang of it, you will wish you had been doing it all along. In order to service the brakes, you have to know the five main components of brakes: rotors, caliper, lines, master cylinder and brake pads, along with the function of each of course. Here's a guide on how to go about servicing your car's brakes yourself, courtesy of our experts at Fuccillo Imports.

Calipers, Pads and Rotors

To stop your vehicle, the brake calipers, pads and rotors all work in tandem. When you step on the brake pedal, the master cylinder sends fluid to the brake calipers which squeeze together, exerting pressure on the brake pads. Keep a tab on your calipers to inspect for signs of wear and tear.

In order to slow down the car, the calipers squeeze, as a result of which the brake pads clamp on the rotors. Worn brake pads cannot make a smooth connection with rotors; as a consequence of it, rough spots and uneven grooves can damage your rotors. Make sure that your brake pads are not worn out and are sized to specifications since rotor repairs can be very costly. Brake pads come with indicators now which make a squealing sound to let you know it's time for replacement.

Master Cylinder and Brake Lines

Your vehicle’s brakes operate hydraulically. To transfer the pressure applied on the pedal to the brakes on the wheels, fluid is used. The starting point of the power flow is the master cylinder. Always inspect the master cylinder and brake lines for damage, since a faulty master cylinder cannot exert enough power to push the fluid to the brakes. Moreover, check the brake fluid for cleanliness. You should check the mechanical parts of the brakes once you know the fluid is clean and the master cylinder and lines are operating properly.

Maintenance Schedule

Stick to the specified schedule of brake maintenance written in your owner's manual. A good rule of thumb to replace your fluids or pads if you are uncertain as when to replace them is inspect your brake pads for wear about every 12000 miles. Many manufacturers recommend replacing brake fluid every 20,000 to 25,000 miles, if you can’t tell or you wish to replace it on a regular basis.

To know about more brake maintenance tips, contact our experts at Fuccillo Imports in Adams, New York. Inhabitants of Syracuse and Watertown can access our services too.

 

Fuccillo Imports of Watertown: Northern New York State’s new & used auto dealer specializing in Hyundai, Mazda, Subaru and Suzuki cars, trucks, SUVs, hybrids, and crossovers. Located in Watertown, New York. Serving all of Jefferson County, Syracuse, Rome, Oneida, Liverpool, Fort Drum, Utica, Pulaski, Fulton, Potsdam and Ogdensburg, NY.


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Planning on taking a long distance road trip? Not sure how to go about it? Here a few tips on how to get your car's interior ready for trouble-free and comfortable road trip, provided by the experts here at Fuccillo Imports.

Let the Music Play

Before heading out for a long journey, make sure that you carry music along since it can make the long distance trip better. You can make a mixtape or burn a CD and play songs you and your family like, making the drive more enjoyable. Books can also be kept to get rid of boredom. However, do not play music that distracts the driver leading to accidents.

Keep the Car Clutter Free

Even after cleaning the car before the trip, the likelihood of your car getting messed up by food items that rear passengers might be munching is high. In case of traveling with kids, chances are, they will create a lot of mess in the car spilling food and drinks. To keep your car clutter-free, always carry items like small car vacuum cleaner, wet wipes and tissue papers. Plastic bags should also be carried to use as a sickness bag in case someone throws up or to collect food trash.

Always Carry Emergency Kit and Supplies

Make sure you equip your car with an emergency kit and supplies when planning for a long trip. Make sure that you have a first aid box, a spare tire just in case, and a box of tools and equipment (to help you fix minor problems). Utilities like a car cell phone charger, water bottles, flashlight, and supply of food, should be in the car.

Stay Connected

For a long distance trip, connectivity is crucial, so make sure that your car has better call connection capabilities. Although, you should not make talk while driving, you can always park your car on the side and make an urgent call. In case of a mechanical issue, it will also help you calling a mechanic from the nearest repair shop.

Make Your Interiors Comfortable

Carry extra blankets and pillows while heading out for a long distance trip as it will allow you to take rest when you get tired of driving around. You can keep the extra pillows and blankets in the cargo so that the passengers in the rear seat can take a nap when they want to. This will make your trip less tiring.

For more tips on how to improve your ride, contact Fuccillo Imports in Adams, New York. Inhabitants of Syracuse and Watertown can also avail our services.

 

Fuccillo Imports of Watertown: Northern New York State’s new & used auto dealer specializing in Hyundai, Mazda, Subaru and Suzuki cars, trucks, SUVs, hybrids, and crossovers. Located in Watertown, New York. Serving all of Jefferson County, Syracuse, Rome, Oneida, Liverpool, Fort Drum, Utica, Pulaski, Fulton, Potsdam and Ogdensburg, NY.


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