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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
GoodTech

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.

Wheel Alignment

Your car probably needs a wheel alignment, if:

  1. Your vehicle pulls to the left or right
  2. The steering wheel is off center
  3. Shows uneven tire wear
  4. Unusual handling or vibration

Accidents, normal wear and tear, as well as road conditions, including: potholes and curbs can take their toll on your cars steering and suspension system, and may even disrupt alignment settings. Poor wheel alignment affects your vehicle; it can create a pull on your vehicle that can be very straining during long drives, as you are constantly fighting with your vehicle to keep straight. It can cause your tires to wear out unevenly, and therefore more quickly, it affects your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and over time, poor alignment can also damage other components and affect your safety.

Wheel alignment ensures your tires are placed in the correct position —level with the ground, point straight ahead, and parallel to each other—so tires can maintain straight-line tracking.

Proper alignment will help you maximize the life of your tires, help you save on gas, minimize wear and tear of other vehicle components and make the handling of your vehicle considerably easier.

It’s important to have a trained technician perform wheel alignments periodically.

Benefits of regular wheel alignments:

  1. Increase fuel efficiency (save on gas).
  2. Less wear and tear on tires (more mileage out of your tires).
  3. Less wear and tear on other parts.
  4. Easier and safer to drive.
  5. More mileage out of your tires. Proper wheel alignments ensure that your tires wear out evenly, allowing them to last longer.
  6. Better gas mileage. When a vehicles wheels are aligned properly, it cuts down on rolling resistance, this means, that your car doesn’t have to work as hard or burn as much fuel in order to move forward.
  7. Easier to drive. Aligning your vehicles tires provides for an easier drive.
  8. Less wear and tear on other parts. In order to keep the car straight, you need to put pressure on the steering system, and when you brake you often feel the car is pulling, indicating that the brakes need to work harder on one side than the other.

Evidence shows, that regular wheel alignment is beneficial for your car. Not only does having the wheels aligned properly save you money on gas, repairs and tires, but it also gives you the peace of mind knowing you will be safe on the road.

Alex

(416) 739-1717

 

Fatal accidents could be prevented by the use of this technology.

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!

 

Do it yourself or take it to mechanic.

10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  1. Check all fluids. They are: antifreeze, engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer.
  2. Check hoses and belts.
  3. 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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