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Wiper Blade Replacement

Windscreen wipers are an invaluable part of any vehicle, providing the driver with a clear, unobstructed view of the road just when it is needed most. Whether it is rain, sleet, snow or even dust or leaves which are covering your windscreen, the wiper blades will quickly and efficiently clear the obstruction, meaning you can continue your journey in safety. However, of all the parts of a car which are subject to wear and tear, windscreen wipers are perhaps the most fragile. Manufactured from thin rubber, they are designed to operate smoothly on the windscreen without damaging the surface of the glass, yet despite their fragility they are often required on a daily basis, possibly for long periods of time, during wet weather. In winter they become frozen to the glass and in summer they are used to help to clean the windscreen, while being subjected to high temperatures. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that windscreen wipers do not last indefinitely and require regul ... read more

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Safety

How to clean your aluminum rims

Nothing promotes and preserves the value of your vehicle like regular washing. The best efforts often focus on those eye catching wheel accessories. It’s a shiny detail that can ready add to the look of your vehicle, and add some real punch to the resale value of any car. However, aluminum rims do tend to get chalky after a while. The constant abrasion from swirling dust, effects of road salt and tar, and oxidation from the atmosphere doesn’t let them retain their brilliance indefinitely. Fortunately, uncoated aluminum rims are thick and the shine can be restored to them by polishing. Polishing is really nothing more than super fine sanding. Rims that have been exposed to the elements over time take on a chalky appearance and if allowed to continue, develop pits in the polished surface. The only way to get rid of that is by removing the offending layer. A polishing compound that is designed for alloy metals will eliminate the haze and pits. If the polish is too abrasive ... read more

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Maintenance

Old tires can lead to trouble

Old Tires can lead to trouble Recent news reports about old tires failing has experts asking if tires should have expiration dates the same as many other products. Why? Because old tires are failing and killing people! In a letter released September 22, 2003, a private safety group called Strategic Safety asked the National Highway Traffic & Safety Admin. (NHTSA) to investigate the problem of tire aging. The group says they have documented at least 20 accidents caused by old tires blowing out, 10 of which resulted in fatalities. Most of the lawsuits involving these tread separation accidents have been on tires that were six or more years old. The group says the NHTSA should have a new rule requiring tire manufacturers to put expiration dates on all new tires. REPLACE OLD TIRES Strategic Safety says based on their findings, motorists should replace tires that are ... read more

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Tires

How to check tire pressure

Inflating and maintaining proper tire pressure ensures safer, more comfortable driving and better fuel efficiency. Particularly in times of high gas prices; in inclement driving conditions such as heavy rain, snow, or ice; and in vehicles of all sizes, tire pressure can make a major difference in driving, wherever you are. Given the importance of the task, you might think it is complicated, but checking and maintaining your tire pressure is simple, provided you have a good tire air pressure gauge and source of air, both of which are available at many gas stations. Get a Gauge A simple tire air pressure gauge, available at most auto parts stores, for a few dollars, is adequate for the job. You do not necessarily need a digital air pressure gauge. If it is worth the $14 to $15 to you, a digital pressure gauge is easy to read and accurate. However, you should consider whether it will require batteries, and whether this would prevent you from using it. Again, a standard pressure gauge ... read more

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Tires

Bumpy Ride/Broken Spring

Bumpy Ride/Broken Spring

Automotive coil springs are one of the most central and dynamic components of a vehicle’s suspension system; constantly working to absorb shocks, keep the wheels in contact with the road and deal with uneven road surfaces. It is therefore no surprise that after many millions of cycles, even the best made springs will become tired and begin to sag; vehicle ride height will drop and may become uneven, and eventual breakage is likely. There are several reasons for spring failure, and most manufacturer's take various steps to combat these to ensure the longest possible service life. Corrosion – Corrosion is the most common cause of spring failure, as defects and chips in the layer of lacquer cannot be avoided. Without additional protection, the spring steel will begin to rust immediately, leading to creep corrosion under the lacquer which spreads rapidly, significantly increasing the risk of breakage. A corrosion attack at the transition end of the coils ... read more

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Maintenance

Night Driving Tip

We've all had that blinded by the light sensation when driving at night. Whether the car behind has the high beams set or perhaps it's just some hilly driving that's causing a blinding flash, anyone that having experienced the night white out will not likely forget it soon. Fortunately, most modern cars have a built-in night driving device to avoid this dangerous driving distraction. In many cases, the newer vehicle platforms have a specifically designed automatic lens adjustment that defeats the glare that can cause the well documented night blindness condition in an unsuspecting driver. However, many of the entry level vehicles that are very common and highly popular are still fitted with a simple lever to position the mirror lens to the night driving position. Once set in this rotation, the focal length of the mirror is adjusted downward focusing any reflected light slightly down from eye level. This setting tends to darken the view across the entire range of the ... read more

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Safety

How to remedy diesel fuel added to gas tank

Time at the gas pump can be somewhat distracting. Often folks are scrambling to get from here to there and the rush to refuel can lead to less than full attention to the task at hand. In other cases, a simple error can lead to the wrong fuel being added to the tank of the vehicle. If the error is caught before the vehicle is started the necessary efforts can be minimized. It is therefore critical that the vehicle not be started or attempted to start if there has been a mix up between gas and diesel fuel. If possible, having an immediate inspection completed and fast and effective elimination of the wrong fuel from the system can often save hundreds if not thousands of dollars on repair this potentially expensive miss fuel. In this example, a gasoline powered 2013 Hyundai Sante Fe was inadvertently fueled with diesel fuel. the mistake went un noticed until the vehicle sputtered to a stop several hundred yards from the refuelling station. The vehicle was towed in, the tank was ev ... read more

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Maintenance

Which side is the gas tank on?

Have you ever wondered what side of the car the gas tank is on? Perhaps you've grabbed a rental, a loaner or a friends car and you'd like to add some fuel out of courtesy. More often than not, most of us have jumped out of the car and run around to the pump only to find that the gas tank is on the wrong side. It's a simple check that you can do right on the dash of the car to avoid that inconvenience. On of the best kept secrets on the dash board is the fuel tank configuration. Generally, there is an icon of a gas pump right at the bottom centre of the fuel gauge. This icon will have an arrow or a hose filler assembly on one side or the other. The gas tank on the vehicle will be on the side indicated by the icon. This simple tip can often avoid the need to reposition the vehicle around the refueling station and it will help get you back on your way with the least amount of inconvenience or fuss. It's certainly a very practical tip in inclement weather. Now, pa ... read more

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General Interest

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

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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