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Here is my story….

Here is my story…..

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to take things apart to see how they work, and I would put them back together again over and over. I love helping people. I remember one summer day a boy in the neighborhood was trying to put the chain back on his bicycle and he was having difficulty. I came over, flipped his bike upside down, and put the chain back on. As long as I can remember playing, assembling, fixing cars were always a big part of my life. I start learning about cars in school, when my dad auto mechanics with over 50 years of experience would take me to work with him on Saturdays and would tech me the trade secrets. And now with more than 30 years of experience, second generation of mechanics I am pleased to offer you my passion working with cars and greatest joy helping people.

 

What is yours?

Alex
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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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Your car battery may need to be replaced…

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

  1. You hear a clicking noise when you turn on the ignition
  2. Your vehicle has stalled
  3. 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 goodtechauto@gmail.com.