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Yearly Archives: 2022

Understanding an Electric Vehicle

Understanding an Electric Vehicle

What do all these acronyms mean?ICE – Internal Combustion Engine ( You go to a gas station to fill up) – Most cars HEV – Hybrid Electric Vehicle ( Has a gasoline engine + a battery) – Toyota Prius PHEV – Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicle ( Gasoline engine with a plug in chargeable battery) – Chev Volt EV – Electric Vehicle ( No gasoline engine, just functions on a battery) Nissan Leaf BEV – Battery Electric Vehicle ( Our industry confusing people, same as EV) Chev Bolt / Nissan Leaf The Basics ICE engine no need to explain. PHEV electric vehicles  also have a combustion engine that can act as a generator, which in turn charges the battery for more range. In this case you have a combustion car that also has a small battery and relatively weak electric motor that can turn the wheels in fully electric mode for a f ... read more

What is Oil Sludge and How Does It Hurt My Car?

What is Oil Sludge and How Does It Hurt My Car?

What is Oil Sludge? Oil sludge is a type of gel buildup that can occur in your car's engine due to oxidation and contamination of engine oil. This sludge can block or inhibit oil flow through the engine, which in turn can place huge stress on the radiator and engine cooling system. This weakened oil flow can be accompanied by a loss in oil pressure and fuel efficiency, and can even cause damage to the engine and other components. By performing regular oil changes on your car, you can keep it at top performance and prevent damage to its components. How does Oil Sludge hurt my car? Engine oil, particularly unrefined conventional oil, can gradually oxidize and mix with contaminants to form a gel-like substance that sticks to your engine components. This oxidization typically occurs due to high temperatures and oxygen exposure, usually in areas like the top of the engine, inside of the oil pan, and around the valve cover. Eventually, it can even block the oil screen siphon and preve ... read more

What is ADAS?

What is ADAS?

With so many drivers on the road, there is a need for increased safety measures. Thankfully, most cars come with anti-lock brakes, but that's only the beginning. The advent of the Internet over the last twenty-five years or so has called for more sophisticated measures, and now every newer model has some form of built-in computer system equipped with your safety in mind. Take, for example, backup monitors. These help the driver to determine just how much room there is to back up and how safe it is. This especially helps in situations where you may be navigating your way out of a parking lot by backing out. The technology was created with a camera to help you see the traffic behind and let you know when it's safe to continue backing up. Add in the blind spot monitors and not only will you be able to back up safely, but can be alerted if another vehicle is hiding in the lane next to you on the freeway. Advanced cruise control allows your vehicle the advantage of automatically a ... read more

Can You Use Water For Windshield Washer Fluid?

Can You Use Water For Windshield Washer Fluid?

Replacing your windshield washer fluid should not be a complicated maintenance task for anyone. Does it matter what kind you use? And can you use water in place of it? We'll get down to the bottom of these burning questions today. To answer the latter question: No, you should not use water when refilling your windshield washer fluid. One common mistake that drivers often make is filling the reservoir with water when they're in a pinch or don't want to bother going to the store. While the water might give you satisfactory results in warmer weather, what about in the cold, freezing winter? That's the problem with water; it will freeze up inside your tank and fluid lines, causing damage to the system altogether. Another problem with using water as your windshield fluid is bacteria. The water in the reservoir can grow microbes and make you sick when you trigger your washers. Therefore, you should never compromise by adding water to refill your washer fluid. Please ensure ... read more

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Winter

How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Winter

Winter is already officially in full swing in Oakville, ON, and it will outstay its welcome in most provinces and territories. Most of our vehicles will suffer from a long and harsh winter, but this does not have to be the case for you! We've put together this list of winter auto maintenance items that can help protect your vehicle from the bitter cold. 1. Inspect your wiper blades When driving this season, visibility is a must. Wiper blades tend to lose their efficiency out of the blue, leaving you with nasty streaks on your windshield. Besides replacing your windshield wiper blades on time, please be sure to wipe off the debris and grime every so often to keep them clean. It's also crucial that you remember to flip your wipers out when you park your vehicle outside to keep them from freezing against the windshield. 2. Monitor tire pressure Your tires will fluctuate in pressure once the cold comes around, which is why you should frequently check your tires. Low tire pressu ... read more

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