Proactive Vehicle Maintenance Under the Hood

Proactive Vehicle Maintenance Under the Hood

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…)

The Importance of Timing Belt Replacement

The Importance of Timing Belt Replacement

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…)

Cooling System Basics

Cooling System Basics

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.

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Are You Properly Maintaining These Safety Features?

Are You Properly Maintaining These Safety Features?

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.

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Engine Oil Change: Questions and Answers

Engine Oil Change: Questions and Answers

Did you know that having an oil change done regularly is a critical task in keeping your engine running smoothly?

Oil is so important that it has sometimes been referred to as the “life blood” of your vehicle’s engine.  Because oil is so vital to your vehicle’s health and longevity, you should have a basic understanding of its role.  In this article, we answer some common questions about oil and how to maintain it with regular oil changes so your engine can operate efficiently and effectively.

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