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What To Look For a Pre-Trip Inspection

What To Look For a Pre-Trip Inspection

With warmer weather in Victoria, BC, many of you are probably looking forward to making a few road trips to go far and wide. Ar Prospect Latke Auto Care, we want more than anything for your vacation to go smoothly. And to give you the peace of mind you’re looking for, we offer pre-trip inspections for your car.   Before you stuff your car with luggage, here are the several items you should have checked out before heading on out: Tires - To avoid road hazards, make sure your tires are properly inflated and have good overall tread depth. If your tires are worn unevenly, please visit our shop to be advised. Brakes - Brakes are the #1 safety component in your vehicle. Your brake pads, rotors, and fluid should be in tip-top shape for effective deceleration and stops. Coolant - Overheated engines occur too often this time of year, which is why you should have your coolant fluid and hoses checked beforehand. We’ll make sure your car doesn’t run too hot when you&rsq ... read more

Tools I Need To Check My Tire Pressure

Tools I Need To Check My Tire Pressure

Do you know that checking your tire pressure is very easy and doesn't take a lot of time? All vehicle owners should know how to check their tire pressure. Importance of having Properly Inflated Tires Before you dismiss this and assume that having under-inflated tires is not a big deal, here are troubles you will not have to deal with due to under-inflated tires. Tires wear out faster when they are under-inflated. The right amount of pressure in your tires gives you easy control of your car. Under-inflated tires can lead to accidents. You need to check your tire pressure preferably when there is rising and dropping of temperatures because tires lose air during this period. Checking your tires after every month will help you find damages on the tires. Tools you need to Check Tire Pressure Checking if your tire is properly inflated is easy. You don't need many complicated tools to check tire pressure. All you need is a tire pressure gauge. The two types commonly used are ... read more

Does Driving Give You Anxiety?

Does Driving Give You Anxiety?

For many drivers, especially newbies, driving can be a stressful activity. The road can be a scary place, with high traffic, construction zones, and aggressive drivers. Knowing how to manage the anxiety around driving can help you avoid danger on the road. Read on to learn how to cope with certain driving scenarios: Scenario 1: Road Work Ahead When you see the infamous orange signs or cones, you know that you’re in for it. It is important you proceed carefully as there are cones, rubble, and potholes everywhere. To avoid the surprise, you can check traffic patterns before going somewhere. Most apps, like Waze, have alerts that tell you where construction zones are active. Scenario 2: Merging During Rush House Getting on and off the highway can be difficult if you’re not used to it. The best thing you can do is remain calm and attentive during the merge. Always remember to make your best judgment and use your mirrors and signal. If you don’t feel comfortable, we su ... read more

Are Coolant Flushes Necessary?

Are Coolant Flushes Necessary?

A coolant flush, or a cleansing of the cooling system fluid lines, may restore your vehicle’s health and the engine's temperature-stabilizing agents. Cooling system repairs can run you up to thousands of dollars, so it is best to keep your car’s cooling system as clean as possible.  At the first signs of wear and tear, you should get a coolant flush. During the process, a professional technician will get rid of all of the old coolant by removing it from your radiator and replaced with new fluid. This extensive process will ensure that your engine's cooling system is properly maintained. Is a Coolant Flush Necessary? Most people wonder whether this service is necessary, and the answer is YES. Your car's mechanics are usually able to tell you whether you need a coolant flush by inspecting it at your regular service. A coolant flush may be necessary when you notice any of the following signs: Overheating: This is a clear sign that your engine has excessive ... read more

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Top Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Although modern cars come with advanced safety features, the braking system remains among the most critical safety systems. Your brakes must be in pristine conditions for your and your loved ones' safety. Some of the most common warning signs that your brakes need service to be in top working condition include the following: 1. High-Pitched Squealing or Grinding Noises When you apply your brakes, hearing such noises remain among the first signs of brake trouble. The screeching sound comes from a piece of metal that indicates worn-out brake pads. Have an expert check your vehicle to prevent further damage to the braking system. 2. Pulling A vehicle with faulty brake pads often swerves right or left when applying the brakes. It indicates uneven wear on the brake pads. Pulling presents a control problem that can lead to a fatal accident. 3. Brake Pedal Becoming Soft The brake pedal becomes soft when there exists a brake fluid leak or if there is air in the brake lines. Unfortuna ... read more

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