We are just setting into the shorter days and bracing for the first blizzard. Is your vehicle prepared? Often the first blizzard reveals the weak links and breaksdowns can mean time without your vehicle. Make sure your antifreeze level and condition is up to par as this is the first contributor to a poor heat condition.
IT'S TESTING TIME!
If you haven't tested your block heater and battery, now is the time. The demand on a battery is three times greater in the cold months, as a cold engine is three times harder to start. Doing the math, you are six times less likely to have a poor or no-start situation if your battery and block heater are in good condition. So be sure to test your block heater and battery now, and make sure they are in good condition for the upcoming cold weather.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Back to school means your car is not top of mind. Summer travel is coming to an end. Take the time this month to clean all the windows and door jams, trreat the weather-stripping and empty the trunk - a clean car is a reliable car!
Your family vehicle/vehicles is, in most cases, the second largest investment you make, next to your home, in your lifetime. Maintenance is a large part of taking care of your investment. You can save up to 42% in breakdown repairs, during the time you own your vehicle, by performing the scheduled preventative maintenance on your vehicle (Consumer Reports). This not only saves you money, but can save you unwanted breakdowns at the most inconvenient times, costing you even more money on tow bills, hotel expenses, etc. It is up to us to inform you, and better educate you about the condition of your vehicle, with yearly full Vehicle Inspections. This lets us prioritize your maintenance and repairs, allowing you to budget for your vehicle over time and gives you a much better peace of mind, while driving your second largest investment. Let one of our service advisor team members better educate you on your vehicle, catching up on maintenance, past due, and scheduled maintenance for the future. Book your vehicle with us for a full Vehicle Inspection and to have peace of mind, driving onward into the future.
BRAKE FLUID FLUSH
The brake fluid flush is one of the most frequently forgotten car maintenance services. Many motorists do not even realize, that a brake fluid flush is an item that should be on their maintenance list. The primary reason that brake fluid should be flushed periodically is that it is a hygroscopic fluid, which means that it attracts and retains moisture. Moisture is an enemy to any internal metal parts in the brake system. It becomes corrosive when the brake fluid becomes too moisture laden. The intricate fluid circuitry of the hydraulic control units on today's antilock brake and traction controlled equipped vehicles, are much more sensitive to moisture and small particulate debris. Additionally, the activation of the antilock brake system and traction controlled systems generates heat, which contributes to the breakdown of the fluid. With the potential of vehicle safety concerns and brake system repairs, that could cost hundreds of dollars, the money spent on a brake fluid flush, is well worth the peace of mind. Book your vehicle in today for a Vehicle Inspection so that we can better educate you on the condition of your vehicle's fluids.
COOLING SYSTEM FLUSH
Why is a coolant fluid exchange so important? Coolant breaks down like any other engine fluid. Just as motor oil has vital engine performance additives, your coolant has additives that prevent boiling, freezing, and corrosion. When these additives are depleted, contaminants and debris can begin to build up on your radiator, affecting its performance. The PH level of the antifreeze changes from an alkaline base to a more acidic base. In this state, it will deteriorate metal parts such as head gaskets, radiators, frost plugs, block heaters, engine blocks, and rubber parts such as water pumps seals and thermostat gaskets. This deterioration in engine parts, that are essential in keeping the cooling system sealed, can cause coolant to leak, which can overheat your engine and possibly cause serious damage. It's essential to have your coolant fluid exchanged at its proper interval. Green coolant and other non-extended life coolants should be changed every two years or 40,000 km. Long life coolants should be changed every five years or 100,000 km. A properly maintained vehicle's antifreeze can be monitored with PH strips to monitor PH levels, a volt meter to monitor electrolysis (corrosive voltage in antifreeze, due to poor engine grounds) and a refractometer to measure antifreeze strength, so as to prevent your antifreeze from freezing. Book your vehicle in today for a Vehicle Inspection, so that we can better educate you on the condition of your vehicle's fluids.
Transmission fluid is your transmission's lifeline, enabling your transmission to seamlessly shift gears without tearing them to shreds. Transmission fluid is a unique hydraulic-powered fluid that's designed to cool and lubricate your transmission's internal parts, so each shift feels silky smooth. This fluid ultimately helps preserve the life of the transmission system. Your transmission requires a transmission fluid exchange to avoid the damaging effects old fluid can have on your transmission. Transmission fluid contains important additives, and those additives wear out over time. The additives provide the transmission and its gears with proper lubrication, keeping harmful debris out, while ensuring the system stays cool. Once the additives deplete, debris is free to float around and wreak havoc. Debris compromises lubrication and cooling, and that has the potential to destroy your transmission. When a transmission shifts gears it causes friction, which generates heat and this heat must be carried away by the fluid. The greater the load on your transmission, the more heat it generates, and the hotter the fluid becomes. The hotter the fluid runs, the more quickly it experiences breakdown; and the shorter its lifespan. When this happens, the fluid's ability to lubricate vital parts is diminished. The fluid exchange intervals vary based on the transmission load, mileage, and fluid type. Your vehicle may start to feel sluggish during a shift, the fluid may become discolored, or may smell burnt. Book your vehicle in today for a Vehicle Inspection so that we can better educate you on the condition of your vehicle's fluids.
FUEL SYSTEM FLUSH (GAS AND DIESEL)
A fuel injector is crucial, in making your engine run, and run efficiently. It takes fuel pressurized from the fuel pump, and turns it into incredibly small droplets, that easily mix with air, to allow a more complete internal combustion in the engine. Designed and calibrated for each vehicle, the fuel injector makes sure the fuel can be burned more easily and completely. Fuel injectors can experience reduced flow from accumulated varnish and fuel deposits over time. You may notice it as sluggish engine performance, rough running engine, and a noticeable difference in fuel mileage. A gas Fuel System Flush will clean your injectors, decarbonize your throttle plate, throttle body, intake plenum, back of the intake valve, and combustion chamber, restoring performance, mileage, and reducing harmful emissions. We also clean your mass airflow sensor.
Our diesel Fuel System Flush will clean your injectors, combustion chamber, EGR valve if easily accessible, and your particulate filter, if there is a restriction.
We use three different chemicals in both our gas and diesel Fuel System Flushes. We have a special water based chemical that runs through the intake to clean your diesel engine particulate filters. Book your vehicle in today for one of our Fuel System Flushes. GUARANTEED, you will notice a difference!
ENGINE OILING SYSTEM FLUSH
Sometimes the way we drive keeps engine oil from being able to do its job completely and well. Short trips of only a few miles and lots of stop-and-go driving, can cause particles in the oil to become deposits in the engine, which can build up over time. These deposits restrict the flow of oil. An engine flush can clear out those deposits, to open narrow oil passages, clogged by gunk, that has been floating around in the oil. Releasing those deposits and allowing the oil to flow freely, saves wear and tear on the engine and keeps parts moving as they should. Most oil filters remove particles as small as 25 microns (about 1/1000 of an inch), but there are particles circulating in your car's oil that are even smaller, particles that even the newest, best filter, can't keep out of the system. Even tiny little bits like that, can cause wear over time. They can also band together to create sludge and deposits. If these particles become excessive, clean oil alone can't flush them out. But the chemicals used in an engine flush can, stopping any further wear and giving the new oil a chance to do its job properly. If the gunk in the engine oil gets too bad, the parts of the engine can get gummed up. An engine flush removes the gunk, which keeps the parts running smoothly. That in turn can make the engine run more efficiently, bringing the power and fuel efficiency closer to what the car had when it left the showroom floor. Book your vehicle today for one of our engine oiling system flushes. It does a masterful job of cleaning the inside of your engine, removing some unwanted engine noises and prolonging your engine's life.