Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance. The Canadian government does not track the number of deaths that are caused by neglected maintenance, however, according to studies done in the United States, each year, neglected maintenance leads to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that the leading cause of mechanical breakdown on US highways is engine overheating. Low antifreeze/coolant level, worn or loose belts and defective cooling system hoses. These can be avoided easily with a regular maintenance of your car.
Coolant, which is also known as antifreeze, is typically a mixture of water and ethylene glycol. Coolant both lowers the freezing point and raises the boiling point of fluids, which is essential to preserving an engine in both cold and hot climates.
In addition to managing the temperature of your car’s engine, coolant also has corrosion inhibitors and lubricants mixed in. Corrosion inhibitors help protect the car’s aluminum radiator. Lubricants in the coolant helps maintain the seals in the water pump and hoses.
Serpentine belt is a long belt that is flat on one side and often has ribs or nubs on the other side. It snakes around different components in your car’s engine that need auxiliary power, such as, alternator, air conditioner, power steering fluid pump, water pump, radiator fans, etc. If the serpentine belt breaks, it affects other parts as well. Unlike a broken timing belt, a broken serpentine belt does not cause irreparable engine damage; however, your car is not drivable until you have the serpentine belt replaced.
Check your serpentine belt for two things: wear and tension. If the belt is dry, cracked, worn, missing ribs or glazed (shiny), then it needs to be replaced. If the belt ‘gives’ more than a half inch when you press on it, but is in otherwise good shape, you might be able to adjust the tensioner to make it tighter. If you hear a loud squeaking or chirping noise coming from your engine when you accelerate, odds are you need a new serpentine belt.
To avoid costly breakdowns and lost time we recommend changing them every 80,000 km or according to your car owner’s manual.
The coolant hoses are made of rubber and eventually wear out. When a coolant hose bursts, there is a huge explosion of steam from under the hood of the car or the engine simply dies. Either way, it’s unpleasant and highly avoidable by changing the hoses before the fact.
An automotive battery is a rechargeable battery that supplies electrical energy to a motor vehicle and its main purpose is to start the engine. The average car battery lasts three to six years, but extreme cold and poor maintenance can shorten your car battery’s lifespan, leading to increased breakdowns and damage to other systems. Here are four warning signs that your car battery may need to be replaced:
Your vehicle switch on slowly when trying to start
You hear a clicking noise when you turn on the ignition
Your vehicle has stalled
The headlights dim when you are idling and brighten when accelerate
Be sure your battery is in a good condition – have your tech check your battery or check it yourself. Here are some tips when handling the battery
*These tips DO NOT apply to the electric or hybrid vehicle battery systems
Keep your battery and case clean. Dirt and other deposits can
prematurely corrode battery terminals.
Check the cables to make sure they are firmly attached to the auto battery terminals.
Always disconnect your battery’s negative cable first and reattach it last.
Charge in a well-ventilated area. The process of charging a
battery releases highly flammable hydrogen.
Handle batteries carefully. A cracked case could spill harmful chemicals and cause severe burns and/or blindness.
Dispose of a battery in accordance with provincial, territorial, and/or local regulations.
Good Tech Auto offers wide range of auto batteries. If you have a question or your car battery needs to be checked/ replaced call us at (416)739-1717 or email email@example.com.
According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one-third of fatal accidents could be prevented by the use of this technology.
Electronic stability control (ESC), also referred to as electronic stability program (ESP) or dynamic stability control (DSC), is a computerized technology that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction (skidding).
ESC intervenes only when it detects a probable loss of steering control, i.e. when the vehicle is not going where the driver is steering. This may happen, for example, when skidding during emergency evasive swerves, under steer or over steer during poorly judged turns on slippery roads, or hydroplaning. ESC may also intervene in an unwanted way during high-performance driving, because steering input may not always be directly indicate the intended direction of travel (i.e. controlled drifting). ESC estimates the direction of the skid, and then applies the brakes to individual wheels asymmetrically, opposing the skid and bringing the vehicle back in line with the driver’s intended direction. When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually. Some ESC systems also reduce engine power until control is regained. Additionally, the system may reduce engine power or operate the transmission to slow the vehicle down. ESC does not improve a vehicle’s performance; instead, it helps to minimize the loss of control.
ESC can work on any surface, from dry pavement to frozen lakes. It reacts to and corrects skidding much faster and more effectively than the typical human driver, often before the driver is even aware of any expected loss of control. In fact, this led to some concern that ESC could allow drivers to become overconfident in their vehicle’s handling and/or their own driving skills. For this reason, ESC systems typically inform the driver when they intervene, so that the driver knows that the vehicle’s handling limits have been approached. Most activate a dashboard indicator light and/or alert tone; some intentionally allow the vehicle’s corrected course to deviate very slightly from the driver-commanded direction, even if it is possible to more precisely match it.
All ESC manufacturers emphasize that the system is not a performance enhancement nor a replacement for safe driving practices, but rather a safety technology to assist the driver in recovering from dangerous situations. ESC does not increase traction, ESC works within inherent limits of the vehicle’s handling and available traction between the tyres and road. A reckless maneuver can still exceed these limits, resulting in loss of control. Drive Safe!
Check all fluids. They are: antifreeze, engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer.
Check hoses and belts.
Check tires. Check tire inflation and inspect tires for bulges, bald spots and nails.
A last minute checkup is better than no checkup. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps.
Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road troubles, but it also provides an opportunity to have repairs (if any) done by the technician who knows your vehicle and the most important that it provides peace of mind.
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