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Get your car ready for the road trip in 10 minutes or less!

  • Get your car ready for the road trip in 10 minutes or less!
  • Check all fluids: engine oil, power steering, brake, transmission and coolant.
  • Check all hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering, cooling system.
  • Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear. Get an alignment if needed.
  • Check all exterior and interior lights.
  • Check wiper blades and make sure the windshield wipers are working properly.  Keep the reservoir filled with windshield washer.
  • This quick pre-trip inspection will help reduce your chances of costly and potentially dangerous road troubles.
  • Drive safe and enjoy your summer road trip!

Call Good Tech Auto (416)739-1717 or email us @ goodtechauto@gmail.com we will make sure your vehicle is safe and reliable.

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Would you like to avoid $$$ costly breakdowns?

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.

Vehicle’s safety and reliability

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.

Pro’s

  • Minimize the risk of being stranded
  • Improve fuel economy

Con’s

  • Unnecessary engine component wear
  • Getting stranded/ Inconvenience of a broken car
  • Extra expense (cost of towing/repair)

 

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Spring Maintenance

Now that winter is just a memory, millions of Canadians will take to the roads to enjoy the warmer weather. The Car Care Council reminds motorists that spring is the perfect time of year to make sure your vehicle is ready for the upcoming travel season.

Whether you’re driving across the country or driving across town, the Car Care Council recommends checking the following vehicle components before embarking on your next trip:

Exterior:

  • Wiper blades play an extremely important role in increasing visibility. Replace every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering.
  • Check the tires. A simple test to check tire tread depth is to insert a penny into the tread of the tire. If the top of Lincoln’s head sticks out, your tires are starting to show signs of wear and should be replaced. Also check the tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear, which could indicate the need for a wheel alignment. Also look for bulges and bald spots.
  • Give your car a good washing from top to bottom. Use a product specifically made for automobiles. Always clean the tires and wheels before washing the body, and don’t use the same mitt for both.
  • If you find minor paint damage, cover the paint chips as quickly as possible. For a quick fix until you can get some touchup supplies, dab a little clear nail polish on the scratch.
  • Spring is an excellent time for waxing, which not only protects the finish but also makes subsequent washing easier. Before proceeding, make sure there are no foreign particles on the paint.

Under the Hood:

  • A good rule of thumb is that a change of season equals a change of oil. Changing your car’s oil and filter every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first, will ensure that your car operates at peak efficiency.
  • Get a tune-up if necessary. As part of the 21st Century Tune-Up on today’s modern vehicles, the following systems should be inspected: battery, charging and starting, engine mechanical, powertrain control (including onboard diagnostic checks), fuel, ignition and emissions.
  • Check all fluids. There are several fluids that require attention, including engine oil, power steering fluid, brake and transmission fluids, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. The antifreeze/coolant should be refreshed every two years.
  • Check hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning and power steering, as well as the cooling system. Cooling system hoses may be deteriorating from within, so old hoses and clamps that appear to be in marginal condition may need to be replaced.

Under the Vehicle:

  • Spring is a good time to check the entire brake system, including brake linings, rotors and drums.
  • Check the shocks or struts for signs of physical damage, such as leaking, rusting, or dents. Also be aware of the warning signs that you may need them replaced: vehicle rolls or sways on turns, front end dives when braking, rear end squats when accelerating, vehicle sits lower in the front or rear, a loss of directional control during sudden stops, and the vehicle bounces or slides sideways on a winding and rough road.
  • If you notice any fluid puddles or stains under your vehicle, it is a good idea to have it inspected. There are several fluids that can leak from the vehicle including antifreeze/coolant, battery acid, brake fluid, clear water, diesel fuel, engine oil, gasoline, gear oil, power steering fluid, shock and strut fluid, transmission fluid and windshield washer fluid.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. To obtain a free service interval schedule, visit www.carcare.org.