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Is It Time to Have Your Brakes Serviced?

Is It Time to Have Your Brakes Serviced?

No matter what kind of car, SUV, or truck you drive, your brakes are the most important safety feature. To ensure they work year-round and through the harsh Toronto winters, you must get regular brake maintenance. Experts typically recommend brake maintenance to be done every 4 to 6 months. Some brake items that you may need include the following: Brake pad/shoe replacement Brake rotor resurfacing Brake fluid top-off or change Inspection of all braking components, including the master cylinder Brake caliper removal and inspection ... & More. If you lost track of when you last had your braking system checked, it might be time to do so. Or you can be out on the lookout for the following signs of brake issues: Strange Noises Squealing, squeaking, or grinding whenever you engage your brakes is not normal. If you notice your brakes giving off weird sounds, you may need to have brake pads or other parts replaced. Please come into our auto repair shop for a brake inspection. Lon ... read more

6 Winter Windshield Wiper Tips

6 Winter Windshield Wiper Tips

Your vehicle's windshield wipers are even more crucial during this time of year. They keep your windshield clear of precipitation and other matters to ensure you see clearly when driving. To preserve and protect your windshield wipers this winter, follow these six essential tips: Don't use them as ice scrapers - You may be tempted to "clear" the frost on your windshield by running your wipers, but that's not what they are for. The cold makes your wiper blades brittle, so you could end up damaging them as a result. Instead, you're better off investing in an ice-scraper. Add rubbing alcohol to the blades - Doing so can prevent your wiper blades from freezing onto your windshield. You can also raise them if you don't have the solution on you. Keep your windshield clean - If you see dirt and grime stuck on your windshield, it can easily get caked onto the blades. Please do your best to keep your windshield clean to preserve the condition of your blades.&nbs ... read more

10 Important Items to Keep In Your Vehicle During the Winter

10 Important Items to Keep In Your Vehicle During the Winter

As we have had to deal with winter storm Izzy, we thought we would reflect on some necessary winter items to store in your car. During this time of year, you expect heaps of snow in Toronto. To prevent accidents, getting stuck in the snow, or any other unanticipated events this winter, you should try to store some of these emergency items in your car.  Ice scraper - Snow and ice can significantly decrease your visibility while driving, which is why it's important to keep these items on hand. If you're in a hurry, you probably don't have all day to wait for the defrosters to kick in. Windshield wiper fluid - Some wiper fluids are intended for winter conditions, so you don't have to worry about the liquids freezing in their lines.  Shovel - A collapsible shovel will be helpful if your car gets stuck in a pile of snow or if you have to clear a path. Gloves, mittens, coat, hat, and other winter clothing - Bundling up before heading out to shovel or look under ... read more

Don't Forget to Check On Your Cooling System This Winter

Don't Forget to Check On Your Cooling System This Winter

As Toronto residents may know, the cold winter is on its way here. Now is the ideal time to check up on your automobile before the freezing temperatures kick in. One major component that every driver should check on this winter is the cooling system. The cooling system is comprised of coolant, radiator, heater core, and more. These parts work together to maintain a suitable engine temperature while the engine is working hard. You also need to rely on this system more during the winter since they play a big role in providing you with cabin heat and defrosters. Here's what you should do to ensure your cooling system stays unproblematic throughout the winter: Tip #1 - Look Out for Coolant Leaks Coolant, or antifreeze, leaks are more common than you may think. Coolant solution is typically vibrant in color, so it won't be hard for anyone to miss. If you see a bright green-ish puddle around your car, you should bring it to a certified mechanic for a proper inspection. Tip #2 - M ... read more

Do You Need Winter Tires in Toronto, ON?

Do You Need Winter Tires in Toronto, ON?

Besides knowing that winter tires are made for the winter (duh), do you know the difference and their benefits? Today, we will go in-depth about how necessary it is to have winter tires for winter weather driving. Similar to how we have to pull out our boots and coats for the winter, we must dress our car for the weather. Winter tires are one of the most effective means to enhance your vehicles' traction on the wet, icy, snowy, slippery winter road. While winter tires are considered an additional expense, it's 100% worth the investment if you consider the other expenses resulting from poor tires. Three unique characteristics differentiate winter tires from your everyday tires: the rubber, the edges, and the tread.  Rubber Snow tires are made of a softer rubber that stays flexible to preserve traction in cold weather. Winter tires can keep your vehicle from fishtailing and sliding on ice. All-weather tires, on the other hand, are overly firm to take on the winter roads.&n ... read more