Quick Tips

Welcome to our quick tips page where each month we add a new tip that will help you keep your vehicle running smoothly and save you some money!

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Quick Tip # 5 –Get ready for winter!

quick-tipsHere are the first 4 tips of 8 that will help you prepare for the Ottawa winter.

1. Check your antifreeze levels – this sounds like a no brainer but lots of people don’t. Make sure the vehicle is is level and the motor is cold. 2.

2. Inspect and clean your battery cables and connections – your battery has to work harder in the winter months so make sure all the connections are tight.

3. Change your oil and oil filter. Clean, high quality engine oil helps the motor in cold start situations. Use good quality oil.

4. Visually inspect all lights on your vehicle – marker bulbs, tail lights, third level brake lights, especially headlights including your driving lights. You want to be as visible as you can in bad weather.

Quick Tip # 6 –Get ready for winter – continued.

quick-tips-21. Check you tire tread- because you are going to need good traction on slippery winter roads. If you need new tires make the investment. Don’t take chances. Also make sure the tire pressure is correct.

2. Visibility is key – so make sure your wiper blades clean the windshield properly. Make sure the heater in the back and side windows as well as your exterior mirrors are working properly.

3. Inspect belts and hoses– because of the cold weather hoses or belts that are cracked, frayed or worn won’t stand up to cold temperature extremes. Don’t get stranded on your next trip because of a $10.00 belt or hose!

4. Make sure roadside emergency kit including a flashlight with fresh batteries, a blanket, food bars, water bottles, cell phone, jumper cables, and flares. You should be able to find something at Canadian Tire.

Quick Tip # 1 -Check Your Tire Pressures Regularly

Find out what the proper tire pressure should be – it will be in the manual that comes with the car. If you have different tires on your vehicle and don’t know what the correct tire pressure should be then Google the manufacturer or ask your mechanic. This tip accomplishes two things. Your tires will last a lot longer and you will save money on gas. Most of us know this but few of us actually do it.

Quick Tip #2 – Summer Vacations Check List

Summertime is travel time! Canadians can’t resist the lure of sunny skies and the open road. Before hitting the road this summer, you can take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump. We all know what happens with gas prices in the summer! Extreme heat and long drives can be tough on cars. Cracked hoses, leaky radiators, underinflated tires and dirty filters can significantly lower your fuel efficiency, or worse, lead to a total breakdown.­ Have a complete inspection done before you head out for your family summer vacation and avoid disasters on the road.

Quick Tip # 3. Check Your Oil Level Regularly

This is something everyone can do – it’s quick and easy and it’ll tell you if your engine needs oil. You can do it 3 or 4 times a year. If your oil levels are  too high or too low it’s not good for your engine. Make sure your car is parked on level ground and do the following:

  1.   Pull out the oil dip stick and wipe it clean with a rag.
  2.  Push it back in making sure it back in all the way.
  3. Waite a moment then pull it out again.
  1. If it’s too low – add oil. If it’s too high you need to remove some oil.

Quick Tip # 4. Bad “Vibes”

badDoes your car sometimes shake or vibrate at certain speeds or road conditions? Does it shutter or jerk during acceleration? Here are a few things they may be wrong.

  • Dirty filters. Check to make sure your fuel and air filters are clean.
  • Spark plugs may need changing.
  • Your tires could simply be out of balance.

If your getting “bad vibrations from your car or truck why not bring it in and we will have a look. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

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