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Yearly Archives: 2022

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

Is Your Car Safe to Drive in the Rain?

Is Your Car Safe to Drive in the Rain?

Bad, rainy weather can significantly reduce the safety and drivability of your vehicle. It is easy for cars to slip and slide on rainy surfaces as their tires struggle to grip the roads. To make sure your vehicle can handle driving through heavy rain, you should check off when it comes to your car.  Check the Tire Tread  Tires in BC must have a minimum tread depth of 3.5 millimeters to be legal. If the grooves on your tires are bare, your tires will have a hard time making contact with the road. In other words, the risk of hydroplaning increases. Inspect Brakes Over time, your brake pads, brake fluid, and other brake components can significantly wear down. A simple brake check at our auto repair shop can tell you what brake services you may need in the imminent future. Any unusual signs like squeaking noises or grinding sounds could mean that your brakes have issues. Study the Headlights Properly lit and aimed headlights are critical during the rainy season in Victoria ... read more

What Are the Signs of a Weak/Dying Battery?

What Are the Signs of a Weak/Dying Battery?

Similar to your phone or laptop battery, your car battery grows weak over years of use. Experts say that a vehicle battery will last anywhere between 3 to 5 years. However, overloading your battery with too many functions will also decrease its lifespan. On the other hand, if your battery is well cared for with regular cleanings, it can last up to 6 years. If you don't know how long you've had your battery, you also lookout for the signs of a weakened battery: Trouble Starting Car - If it takes slower for your engine to start, then it means that your car battery is not powerful enough to enable strong starts. You may also find yourself grabbing the jumper cables more often. Electrical Accessories Not Working - Besides starting the engine, the battery also supplies power to other parts of your car. These areas include your door locks, wipers, headlights, radio, and your windows. If you start noticing problems with any of those, it means your battery needs to be replaced soon ... read more

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