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Pot holes

It’s pothole season! Best practices for avoiding damage to your vehicle. April 4, 2016 by Be Car Care Aware Potholes are an inevitable part of living in a multi-season environment which most of Canada experiences. For example, Toronto repairs on average 200,000 potholes a year. Cities with warmer annual temperatures like Vancouver repair on average 32,000 potholes a year. Spring is usually when we see our first crop of these lovely hazards but sometimes they show up sooner especially during milder winters. While their presence can’t be avoided there are a few things you can do to help your car make it through this unofficial season unharmed. Be attentive– potholes can appear very quickly especially after a rainfall and a short freeze/thaw cycle. Drive the speed limit and don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Check your tire pressure. Keeping your tires ... read more

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Coolant Level Check

It’s pothole season again—that time of year when winter and spring play tug-of-war. That temp change often is resulting in fluctuating temperatures that can wreak havoc on roads. Potholes begin when water seeps through cracks in the road. In colder climates, that water freezes and pushes sections of pavement upward; the eventual thaw results in unsupported pockets. (In warmer climates, soil erosion under the road can cause weak spots.) The continual pressure of vehicles may cause these weak areas to collapse. So what should you do if you hit a pothole? Don’t ignore it—the bump can cause damage that may only get worse. Our suggestion, get it checked. Tires Hitting a pothole can be jarring to your tires, says Cox. And if the force is great enough, the sudden shift of air inside the tire can cause the sidewall to blow out. If the impact has caused your tire to lose air, the vehicle’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) light will immediately go on ... read more

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Maintenance

Sticky Window

Treating your windshield with a high quality water repellent can help keep your windshield clear in all weather. Keep auto glass clear with a Glass Treatment! A single application of this patented hydrophobic glass treatment repels water for up to 6 months. Glass Treatment bonds to the glass to dramatically improve drivers’ visibility, day and night. Aquapel is one of the professional products and is used by countless professionals to seal and protect auto glass. Aquapel Glass Treatment is a life-saver! It’s no coincidence that more traffic accidents occur in rainy conditions. Rain coats the windshield and mixes with oils and debris to create a blurry view of the road. It can be like looking through someone else’s eyeglasses. Aquapel Glass Treatment seals the glass to repel water. Rain beads on the windshield and rolls off to maintain better visibility and safer driving conditions. The difference is amazing! Aquapel Glass Treatment makes it easier to clear ice, sno ... read more

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Maintenance

I can see clearly now..

The salty season is still upon us. With the recent use of brine and beet juice by the MTO to advance winter road maintenance efforts we have a new problem - how to get it off the windshield. This stuff has been known to create all kinds of blurred streaky windows that can impair driver visibility and compromise safety. Yes, the sticky slime that gets sprayed up on our windshields these days is harder to clear than the slushy stuff of old. This presents challenges to wiper systems, and puts washer fluid to a new test. Lest we lose sight of the horizon. Or the on coming traffic for that matter. The use of water displacement products applied directly on the windshield can have a dramatic effect on the wiper system effectiveness. Silicone base products that bond to the glass have been proven to offer great relief from stubborn streaky sleet that otherwise can blind us. The application of most modern products is simply wipe on with a wet cloth, let dry, then buff to a transparent f ... read more

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Safety

FEELING LIKE A FLOOR MAT?

FEELING LIKE A FLOOR MAT?

YOU'RE NOT ACTUALLY GONNA GET IN THE CAR WITH THOSE? Floor mats just don't get any respect. And, why should they? If you're like me you probably don't even think of them while you're dripping all over them.Whether you work outside and push your vehicle to the limit, or you just use your vehicle to get from here to there, everyone wants to protect their investment. It is important to keep your vehicle clean to ensure the best resale value when it is time for an upgrade. What's the best way to do that in winter? Replace your factory car mats with some tray style mats. They provide year round carpet protection and are available for virtually all of today's top selling vehicles. Below are the top 5 reasons you should use some heavy duty style floor mats for your car, truck or SUV: SUPERIOR CARPET PROTECTION Floor mats help keep water, mud, mess and spills off of your expensive and hard to clean carpet and on the mat. An extra thick driver's heel pad ... read more

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Wheel Alignment

Wheel Alignment

Let’s talk – Wheel Alignment by Ute Lindner Ever wondered about Wheel Alignment? Before becoming a part of The Auto Station team, I never even knew about wheel alignment. And when we got our Hunter Alignment machine I was curious what it did and why it an important service. Signs of Problems If you feel your vehicle pulling to one side when driving If your steering feels unstable or you feel a vibration If your tires are wearing unevenly or squeal on turns Uneven tire wear Fatigue while driving - keeping the car straight Increased fuel consumption How it works During a 4-wheel alignment a technician measures and corrects wheel angles so they're set to vehicle manufacturer specifications. Ensure proper placement of weight around all tires and rim assemblies Completely inspect steering and suspension systems Adjust wheel angles so they’re perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other Mai ... read more

Let's talk A/C

Let's talk A/C

by Ute Lindner - The Auto Station Ever wondered about your A/C in the car? I have! Safety feature The A/C is one of these features that I often thought of as a wonderful luxury and never as a safety feature. And the more I am learning about cars I am realizing how important a feature it is. Combats driver fatigue from overheated vehicles Defogs the windshields – increased visibility How it works Turn the A/C on and the compressor compresses the system’s refrigerant (Freon) raising its temperature. It loses heat as it flows through the condenser. Next it passes through the receiver/dryer where contaminants and moisture are removed, and then on to the expansion valve/accumulator where the refrigerant is slowed down further, causing it to lose pressure and temperature before it gets to the evaporator. The evaporator further lowers the refrigerants temperature and, additionally, removes moisture from th ... read more

Wheely Man is Back

Wheely Man is Back

Wheely Man is Back and so are great deals on tires. We'll get you ready to roll for summer. THE AUTO STATION HAS THE BEST TIRES BURLINGTON OFFERS! We've got tons of new tires at almost used tire prices! We're home to the best choice for Burlington tire sales and repair. We're your exclusive Goodyear full-line tire dealer in Burlington. As an authorized Goodyear Dealer we have the best price on Goodyear, Dunlop, and Kelly tires in Burlington. Our skilled tire technicians and tire selection wizards will help ensure your safe driving, regardless of where or when you drive. Performance cars, luxury cars, light truck, and SUV's are all right in our wheel house as we continue to provide Burlington tire sales that have kept our happy customers rolling safely since 2010. And, we pride ourselves on extending the life of your car and commit to offering value in every part, service, and tire we sell. Check out our 30 Day - Tire Price Match Guarantee. If you f ... read more

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Tires

Staying Safe On The Road

Staying Safe On The Road

Avoiding Preventable Accidents and Staying Safe on the Road According to Ontario Ministry of Transportation, there are over 80,000 vehicle accidents each year in Ontario. Although we have some of the safest roads in the world, there are still plenty of things that drivers can do to increase their awareness and improve their vehicle’s safety. Most accidents are preventable. Whether you have been driving for a few months or many years, it’s always a good time to remind yourself to have good driving habits. Wear your seatbelt. Buckling up only takes a few seconds, but it can truly be a lifesaver. Even if you are only driving a few minutes away from home, putting on your seatbelt should be a regular habit for all drivers and passengers. Adjust your speed for bad weather. Snow and rain can dualistically reduce your ability to stop and impede your visibility. Even if your car has good tires, you can’t always trust that other drivers can ... read more

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Taking Care of Your Tires

Taking Care of Your Tires

Taking Care of Your Tires – Your Car’s Most Valuable Safety Feature When it comes to maintaining your car, the mechanical components under the hood usually take priority. Most people make a conscious effort to keep up with their oil changes, but it’s important to not overlook another very important element of your vehicle – your tires. Your ability to control your vehicle depends on the traction between your tires and the road. Properly maintained tires are essential for your safety, fuel efficiency, and your car’s optimum performance. Unlike many other areas in North America, vehicles in Southern Ontario are exposed to a wide range of elements. Our tires are in constant contact with hot pavement in the summertime, and drive us through freezing cold winters, complete with icy roads covered with harsh chemicals. It’s no wonder that our tires start looking worn out after just a few years on the road. To ensure optimum performance and safety, tires mu ... read more

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