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Yearly Archives: 2022

What Causes Poor Wheel Alignment?

What Causes Poor Wheel Alignment?

A high-quality wheel alignment is necessary when it comes to safe vehicle handling. The wheels on your car need to be properly aligned with each other in order for your car to drive straight. When you drive with poor alignment, your tires wear down quicker. Plus, you can put yourself in dangerous situations. This is why it is important to correct misaligned wheels as soon as you notice something is off.    Wheel alignments are a natural part of tire maintenance and care. By having it done at the right time, you can save money on tires over the years. You can also achieve better performance, improve gas mileage, and protect your vehicle's suspension system with proper wheel alignment. Tires can go out of alignment for a number of reasons, including problems relating to poor driving habits, weather and road conditions, and more. Below is the complete list of what can cause misaligned wheels: Wear and tear over time Running over potholes Hitting curbs or road debris Mi ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

What Are the Signs of a Bad Catalytic Converter?

The catalytic converter is a necessary component of your car's emissions system. It plays a part in reducing vehicle pollution and makes our vehicles safer to operate. The "Cat" uses a chemical process to change toxic byproducts from the engine into safer ones before they exit your vehicle.  Before the catalytic converter was established, motor vehicles were emitting significant amounts of pollution into the air than they do now. Thanks to the modernization of cars, driving is safer and less harmful to our environment. Without a working catalytic converter, you and your passengers could also run the risk of breathing in harmful fumes, which can be detrimental to your health.  Catalytic converters are typically made to last the entire lifetime of the car. However, there are instances where they can still clog up or fail. Below are common signs of a failing catalytic converter:  Reduced engine performance - and it will ultimately bring down your fuel econo ... read more

How to Transition Your Vehicle from Winter to Spring

How to Transition Your Vehicle from Winter to Spring

Spring is finally here in Toronto, which means drivers should take steps to prepare their vehicles for the warmer season. The winter was probably harsh on your car, and it is time to spring clean and renew your vehicle. Here are some of our top tips to transition your vehicle from winter to spring: Wash your car. Nothing screams "spring cleaning" more than a thorough car wash. Whether you wash it by hand or visit a car wash, you must remove all the lingering debris and road salt to prevent damage. Furthermore, your undercarriage needs extra attention as well.  Check your tire pressure. Your tire pressure fluctuates a lot throughout the seasons, so it is important you check it periodically. You can find the automaker's psi recommendations on the driver's door jamb sticker. Replace windshield wiper blades and fluid. You probably heavily relied on your windshield wipers to clear off the snow throug ... read more

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

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