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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

IS IT TIME TO GET YOUR CAR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM INSPECTED?

IS IT TIME TO GET YOUR CAR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM INSPECTED?

UNTIL JULY 10, BRING YOUR CAR TO ERIC’S AUTOMOTIVE FOR AN A/C PERFORMANCE CHECK AND PAY ONLY $29.95*. Now that the warm weather is here (finally!) it’s time to give some thought to your car’s AIR CONDITIONING! Faulty air conditioners can cause damage to your car down the road if not taken care of. Car air conditioners are connected to the rest of the vehicle’s electrical system, so a surge or problem with the air conditioner can cause problems with the rest of the car, like poor idling, fuel inefficiency or a drained battery. Getting your system inspected and serviced is the best way to prevent bigger problems. Generally speaking most car air conditioning problems are related to Low Refrigerant. In most cases a leak repair would be required. Some common problems found in auto air conditioners: 1) Refrigerant Leaks. This generally applies to older vehicles. Refrigerant can run out on its own over the course of time, or leaks may have developed in the car’s A/C System. 2) Noisy A ... read more

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL – TAKE THE SCARE OUT OF WINTER DRIVING

When the weather outside is frightful, a little advance preparation will take the scare out of winter driving, says the Car Care Council. A few preventive vehicle maintenance steps will keep you from being stranded in severe winter weather. “The thought of a breakdown, an engine not starting or otherwise being stranded is scary as it is, but those things happening in freezing winter weather adds another level of fear,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “An investment of an hour or so to have your vehicle checked will pay off and help make sure your winter driving is less frightful and more delightful.” The Car Care Council recommends the following steps for winterizing your vehicle: Check the battery and charging system for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries. Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years. Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Consid ... read more

IS YOUR VEHICLE WINTER READY?

IS YOUR VEHICLE WINTER READY?

How to make your vehicle winter ready There are some basics that every vehicle owner needs to think of before driving in sub-zero temperatures, and depending on your personal driving habits you may need to do some extra preparation. Get a winter check up At Eric’s Auto we check for bad hoses, belts, leaking water pumps and spark plug wires that can leave you stranded in the winter. It’s better than spending the same amount of money after you’ve been sitting in your stalled car for three hours waiting for CAA. We also check your cooling system, windshield wipers, all exterior lights, horn, all fluid levels, tire condition and pressure, brakes, suspension, battery, charging system, and exhaust. Battery and charging system Even if you only have short commutes and drive primarily in the city, making sure your car will start on a cold morning is a must. Make sure your battery and charging system are performing well. Your mechanic can check your battery, charging system, and belts. A dead ... read more

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