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Why Is There A Thermostat In My Vehicle?

Why Is There A Thermostat In My Vehicle?

Why is there a thermostat in my vehicle? The thermostat is a vital part of your vehicle's engine as it helps regulate the amount of coolant liquid that circulates back into the engine. What does the thermostat do? Since the thermostat's purpose is to keep the engine cool and running at the correct temperature, what happens is that when your engine is working it starts to heat up and when it gets too hot, the thermostat kicks in and opens up to let the coolant liquid flow through the radiator, cooling down the engine. What the thermostat looks like and how it works It is a cylinder attached to the side of the thermostatic device and is filled with a type of wax that melts slowly at 180 degrees Fahrenheit. A rod in the center of the valve engages the wax as it melts which in turn pushes the rod out of the cylinder and the rod opens the valve that allows the coolant to flow to the radiator. Naturally, when the engine is turne ... read more

How Often Your Radiator Needs to be Flushed

How Often Your Radiator Needs to be Flushed

Do you usually take your car to the mechanic for tune-ups or maintenance? If yes, then at one point, the mechanic might have told you that your radiator needs flushing. While some drivers understand what flushing is all about, some know nothing about it. No matter the case, the question remains, is radiator flushing necessary? Is it something you need to consider as part of your motor vehicle maintenance? The role of radiator fluid Also known as antifreeze or coolant, the radiator fluid is the juice that keeps the radiator cool. As you drive, the engine gets hot. Without the radiator fluid, your engine might overheat and get damaged. What radiator flushing does As the radiator coolant runs in your car engine, it collects some debris and contaminants. These substances are unwelcome because they can cause rust, corrosion, or scaling. This is where radiator flushing comes in. It's all about getting rid of the old coolant plus all the dirt and replacing it with a new clean coolant ... read more

How to Winterize Your Vehicle

How to Winterize Your Vehicle

Winter is characterized by freezing temperatures, ice, rain, and more snow. These severe weather conditions can be dangerous for travelers. But, is your car well serviced to survive the ravages of winter? Before you hit the snowy road, make sure your car can handle the harsh winter road conditions by following these tips: Get Your Car Ready For Winter Conditions Before driving on those snowy roads, have your car serviced to avoid unforeseen accidents due to slippage. Check your battery to ensure your car doesn't breakdown in winter. Let your auto care provider advise you on the best battery for excellent winter performance. Ensure belts, hoses, cables, wires, and spark plugs are in the right condition to avoid inconveniences during winter. Consider Snow Tires Whichever car model you are driving, tires should be the first area to inspect before hitting the road, especially in winter. If you usually go on roads that get covered with snow during ... read more

Are winter tires a necessity in snowy climates?

Are winter tires a necessity in snowy climates?

Winter is almost here, which means the weather will continue to get colder and the snow will be in abundance. When it comes to driving in the snow, certain areas of the roads can be scary, especially if they aren’t heavily trafficked or are very icy. In areas where it snows heavily, winter tires are common for car owners to keep stored and to bring out during these conditions to make driving safer. But are they a necessity in snowy climates?  Winter tires, also known as snow tires, definitely have their benefits. They offer extremely good traction, with much more tread than a standard tire. This additional tread helps them to be able to properly make traction with the road even when snow is thick. This helps ensure that you have proper control of your vehicle in these conditions.  Since winter tires should only be put on your vehicle during the winter, they last for years and years. This means that they can be a great investment overall since you aren’t using th ... read more

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month

The month of October marks the start of Fall Car Care Month, which kicks off the start of getting your car ready for the fall and winter months ahead. The weather will begin changing rapidly, and now is the time to be aware of what your car needs going into the colder months ahead. Getting your vehicle prepped for the changing seasons will not only save you money by avoiding repairs, but will also ensure your safety on the road!  The changing weather means rain and colder temperatures, which can bring new challenges when driving. This is why the Car Care Council recommends the following fall maintenance items be taken care of now:  Brakes - The brake system should be inspected at this time to ensure that they are in proper working order. Braking in the rain or ice can be tricky, and bad brakes can make certain risky situations worse. The rotors, fluid, pads, lines, and all other critical parts should be inspected to make sure that everything is working as it should ... read more

SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE GAS WITHOUT DRIVING LESS

Driving less doesn’t have to be a consumer’s reaction to rising gas prices, according to the Car Care Council. While consumers can’t control the price of gas, they can control how much gas they use by following some simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance. “Most motorists don’t have the option of driving less when gas prices rise, but they can cancel out the increases by making sure their vehicle is getting maximum fuel economy,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Fuel consumption is directly related to vehicle care and driver behavior and both can have a significant impact on how much motorists pay at the pump.” The Car Care Council offers these simple steps to save gas without driving less: • Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent. • Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by 3 percent. • Replace dirty or clogged air filters on older vehicles to improve gas mileage by as much as 14 percent. • Replace dirt ... read more

WINTER DRIVING TIPS PART ONE – LET’S START WITH WINTER TIRES

WINTER DRIVING TIPS PART ONE – LET’S START WITH WINTER TIRES

Here are some tips and recommendations to help keep you safe and on the move this winter. Keep two sets of wheels: One with summer tires, the other with dedicated winter tires. Switch them slightly ahead of the coming season. Beware the all-season tire: They’re okay in summer, but they don’t come close to winter tires on snow and ice. The difference in acceleration, cornering and stopping power can range from five to 20 per cent, depending on your car, technique conditions. That improvement may spell the difference between crashing and getting home. It’s not just the tread! The most important feature of winter tires isn’t their more aggressive tread: What matters most is their special rubber compound. It keeps them soft at lower temperatures, which increases traction. Use winter tires on all four wheels. Many drivers still believe they only need winter tires on the drive wheels. Wrong. Although the driven wheels are key to acceleration, braking and cornering call for traction at ... read more

SUMMER HOLIDAY DRIVING TIPS

SUMMER HOLIDAY DRIVING TIPS

The worst time to have a break down is when you’re on a family vacation and you’re nowhere near your regular mechanic. Before leaving on vacation, have your vehicle checked out to make sure everything is working properly. Repair or replace worn parts to avoid the worry and time-consuming costly repairs that could ruin your trip. Check fluid levels, tires and tire pressure. Make sure all lights work, including trailer lights. Be safe. More fatalities occur on Canadian roads during the summer months than at any other time of year. Here’s a checklist: • Buckle up. It’s the single most effective thing you can do to keep yourself and your passengers safe while on the road. • Keep the kids happy. Make time for regular stops. Bring games, books or movies to keep them occupied. Quiet kids mean a calm driver! • Drive at a safe speed and give yourself some room. The Canada Safety Council estimates that 85 per cent of collisions are preventable. Be prepared for the unsafe actions of other mot ... read more

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR CAR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR CAR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM

Do you get the most from your car air conditioning? This might seem like an obvious thing, but we find that many people don’t know how to get the best results from their car air conditioning, and we often give our customers a lesson while they are in the shop. Here is the best way to get the most from your car air conditioning system: 1. Open all the doors. If your car has been sitting in the sun for a while, the cabin temperature can be extremely high. Job one is to get rid of all that hot air. 2. Start your car and roll down all the windows. Don’t get in to your car yet if you don’t have to. It’s almost always hotter inside than outside. 3. Turn on the car air conditioning system in standard mode, taking fresh air from outside of the vehicle, with fan(s) on full blast and coming through the front air ducts. 4. Allow a few seconds for the hot air in the vehicle to be displaced by the cooler air coming from your air conditioner. Then you can close the doors, roll up your windows ... read more

FACTS AND FICTION ABOUT REFUELING

FACTS AND FICTION ABOUT REFUELING

We are fascinated by urban legends, especially when they make their way into our daily lives. So I thought I would help set the record straight on a popular story about the dangers of refueling your vehicle at the gas station. Claim: Cellular phones have touched off explosions at gas stations. FALSE This rumour can be traced back to 1999, with various versions of stories where a driver suffered burns and had their car severely damaged when gasoline vapors ignite from a ringing cell phone. According to Snopes.com, a website that tracks down urban legends and rumors there has never been an actual recorded case of this happening. Both the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) and the American Petroleum Institute have issued statements denying the risk. The CTIA said, “There is no evidence whatsoever that a wireless phone has ever caused ignition or explosion at a station anywhere in the world. Wireless phones don’t cause gas stations to blow up. Warnings being poste ... read more

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