A cautious driver is always attentive to the warning signals on the road. But what about the dashboard warning signals? Your vehicle’s dashboard is equipped with multiple warning indicators from low fuel to tire pressure issues. One of those warnings that most drivers do not fully understand is the Check Engine light. In this blog, we examine the common reasons why your Check Engine light may appear on the dashboard and what actions you should take to address this critical warning. (more…)
The typical vehicle owner today rarely looks under the hood for trouble. Most wait until a warning light appears on the dashboard before addressing vehicle issues. But there is definitely some merit in the old adage of “checking under the hood” as a proactive way of maintaining your vehicle. If you want to keep your vehicle running smoothly, you might consider some proactive vehicle maintenance by doing a periodic check under the hood. Not only can you address potential issues, but you will extend your vehicle’s lifespan and possibly hold its value longer. (more…)
Most people have probably heard of the timing belt when it comes to their vehicle. However, many people do not realize the vital role that the timing belt has in the operation of the vehicle’s engine. In this blog, we explain the purpose of the timing belt, signs to look for when there are problems, the importance of timing belt replacement, and guidelines to follow for preventative maintenance. (more…)
It’s a sunny, warm day. You are over-exerting yourself with some yard work and happen to notice that your skin is becoming red and flushed. Have you ever really thought about why this happens? In simple terms, our bodies are equipped with mechanisms to maintain our body temperature at a specific level. Your skin turns red because blood vessels are expanding in order to help cool your body down. As well, you will sweat more to open your pores and cool the surface of your skin with released moisture. Just as the human body has a process to regulate temperature, so do our vehicles. Because an internal combustion engine generates significant heat, the cooling system is a vital function of your vehicle designed to keep engine parts cool and the vehicle running properly. In this article, we review some basics about this particular system, what can go wrong, and finally we share some key maintenance tips to avoid problems.
Most of us get in our vehicles to go from point A to point B, and never really think about all of the things that keep us safe during that journey. Vehicles are equipped with a wide range of safety components and features that are designed to protect us and our vehicle occupants. Some of the more obvious safety components of our vehicles are things like seat belts or door locks – But what about those vehicle safety features we know are there but are usually not top of mind? In this article, we review key safety components in our vehicles, what can potentially go wrong with them, and ways to maintain ongoing and effective functioning of those safety components.
If you are like most people, you probably never sat down and read your vehicle’s owner manual from cover to cover. However, it is likely that you may have consulted with your manual on occasion when an obscure warning indicator suddenly showed up on your dashboard.