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How to safely check your radiator coolant level

How to safely check your radiator coolant level

How to Safely Check your Radiator Coolant Level To keep your cooling system cool, check the fluid level in the system and, if necessary, add water and coolant. It’s dangerous to remove the pressure cap from the radiator or coolant recovery system reservoir while the engine is still warm. Because it’s hard to tell just how hot things are inside the engine, follow these guidelines when removing a pressure cap: Never remove the cap from a radiator or coolant recovery system reservoir when the engine is hot. Adding cold water to a hot engine can crack the engine block. If your engine overheats on the highway, get to the side of the road, turn off the ignition, and then wait 15 to 20 minutes for things to cool down. If you can stay safely away from traffic, you can lift the hood to help the heat escape but you should leave the pressure cap alone. If you’re parked where traffic is zooming by, or if you’re concerned about your security if you leave your vehicle, yo ... read more

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Auto A/C Recharge

Cars are awesome, until they’re not. Or...., they get way too hot. I call it the absence of malice problem: I only notice something is wrong because I take for granted how often everything is right. Turn the key and go; it’s what we demand of today’s cars, and it’s what we overwhelmingly get. When things do go awry, it’s always interesting to see how people cope. When your brakes go from spongy to making that funny grinding sound, you immediately call your mechanic. If the engine suddenly starts cutting out, or a tire blows and you thwap to a halt by the side of the road, same thing. But if your air conditioning starts blowing hot air, you do other things. You punch the dash; you adjust the little vents. You jam away at the settings. You turn it off and turn it on again. And again. Then you leave the car in the driveway overnight, and go out the next day and actually believe it might be OK, like it just needed a little rest so it could become air condi ... read more

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Tires

How to jump start your car

The dreaded dead battery doesn't always have to result in a call for road side assistance if you're prepared and follow a few simple steps. Properly applied booster cables can save the day and return a stranded motorist back to the roadway in short order. One consideration is that modern vehicles are very sensitive to voltage variation and improper battery boosting can result in expensive computer module damage. When in doubt, double check - the simple rule is red to red terminals and black to ground. This video will show you the correct way to boost a vehicle with out damage to either the vehicle with the dead battery or the boosting vehicle. A good set of high quality jumper cables can save the inconvenience that results from a light left on, lenghty radio play while the engine is turned off, or similar battery draw. Many of the newer cars draw a fair amount of power to cycle through many parameter checks and will draw done the battery in the course of as little as a co ... read more

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Maintenance

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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General Interest

Tire Speed Rating

Tire Speed Rating

Your Performance Rating "GET YOUR FREE TIRE QUOTE IN SECONDS" What is it about your tire that lets your vehicle brake in time when a child darts onto the street, or swerve to miss a deer bolting from a bush? It’s the stability of your tire’s tread, the construction of the carcass, the compound of the rubber. It’s your tire speed rating, or, to be more accurate, your tire’s performance rating. People refer to that last letter of the tire size on the sidewall of your tires as ‘tire speed rating’—the maximum speed a tire can sustain for a certain period of time without risk of tire failure. But it’s not just about speed. It’s about performance— how your tires get rid of heat and how they brake, corner, grip and swerve just in time. In fact, your safety depends on the performance rating of your tires, and yet many drivers aren’t aware of the role they play in keeping their rubber on ... read more

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