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Yearly Archives: 2022

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Stiff?

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Stiff?

When you press down on your brake pedal, it should be able to move back up without any resistance quickly. But if the pedal feels stiff and challenging to push down, this could indicate a severe issue with your brakes. To understand why your brake pedal might feel stiff, it's essential to look at the components of your braking system and some common causes of stiffness. What Makes Up Your Braking System? Your vehicle's braking system comprises several components that all work together to allow you to slow and stop safely. This includes the brake lines, wheel cylinders, master cylinders, calipers, rotors, and discs – all essential for properly functioning brakes. Common Causes of Brake Pedal Stiffness There are a few critical causes of brake pedal stiffness that could be impacting your vehicle. These include: Leaks in the braking system: Often, the entire system will be affected if there is an issue with one component of your brakes. This can create a vacuum leak, ma ... read more

Ministry Safety Inspection Safety Standard Certificate Changes coming 2023 and beyond for Ontario

I've always been a believer in completing proper SSC Safety Standard Certificates or a Ministry Safety Inspection. These certifications need to be completed for several reasons: Transfer of ownership in Ontario ( buying or selling)  Transfer of ownership to another family  member Transfer of ownership from leasing company to your personal name or company name Importing of car  from the USA or another province to get Ontario plates.  Requested by insurance company due to age or transfer to another company After a vehicle has been rebranded    Several years ago there were changes to the auto repair safety standards paper manual. https://www.ontario.ca/files/2022-03/mto-passenger-light-duty-vehicle-inspection-standard-en-2022-03-18.pdf These changes were well overdue with additional c ... read more

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8 Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

8 Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

The average Canadian spends CA$150-200 on fuel per month, depending on lifestyle and mobility needs. Fuel cost is the main cost of a running car, so you need to be efficient in how you use your fuel to minimize costs. Here are tips on how to boost your fuel efficiency. Maintain Tire Pressure Underinflated tires have high friction or rolling resistance on the road. If the tires have 10psi less than required, fuel consumption increases by up to 10%. Always ensure your tires have sufficient pressure before hitting the road. Reduce the Load In the Boot Many people have a habit of carrying unnecessary luggage in the boot. Every extra 50kgs in your car increases fuel usage by two percent. Ensure the items in the boot are essential, and remove all unnecessary stuff. Drive at Optimal Speed When cruising at 110km/h, your car's engine consumes 25% more fuel than at around 80km/h. Similarly, driving at lower than 50km/h consumes more fuel ... read more

How Does a Vehicle's Cooling System Work?

How Does a Vehicle's Cooling System Work?

If you've ever had to replace your car's cooling system, you know how expensive it can be. But what if you didn't have to worry about that? What if your cooling system could keep running without any problems? When a car's cooling system fails, several things can happen. For instance, the engine can overheat and shut down due to a lack of coolant flow. A cooling system keeps your vehicle's engine, transmission, and other components from overheating. Well, stick around to find out more about automobile cooling systems. How Does a Cooling System Work? The cooling system working is not complex. The best coolant fluids continuously pump through the engine block channels to power and cool the system. A water pump is used to push coolant through the cylinder block. The solution picks up heat from the engine as it travels via these channels. This hot fluid exits the engine and enters the radiator, which is cooled by air flowing through the radiator grill of the vehicle ... read more

What Fluids Need to Be Changed in My Car?

What Fluids Need to Be Changed in My Car?

Flushing (replacing) car fluids such as brake fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid are important. These fluids play a vital role in the proper functioning of your car, and over time, they can become contaminated or degraded. Flushing your car's fluids regularly helps to ensure that they are clean and effective, and can help to prolong the life of your car. Below is a closer look at the importance of flushing car fluids according to the manufacturer's recommendation. Brake Fluid While brake fluids rarely need flushing, it is important to flush brake fluid according to the manufacturer's recommendation to keep your brakes functioning properly. Brake fluid can become contaminated over time, and this can lead to braking problems. Flushing the brake fluid will remove any contaminants and help to keep your brakes working correctly. Power Steering Fluid Flushing your power steering fluid according to the manufacturer's recommendation is important for severa ... read more

Is It Important to Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

Is It Important to Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

With the surges in the automobile market, it seems like pre-purchase inspections are more worthwhile now than ever. You don’t want to get sucked into buying a car that you have headaches and stress over. That is why it is important for you to get a professional pre-purchase inspection before committing to a car.   When buying a vehicle, you want to get the most bang for your buck. A quality pre-purchase inspection will protect you from buying a car with underlying problems. Here is what the inspection encompasses: Diagnostics - You can always expect a full and thorough diagnostic inspection with every PPI. We will go from bumper-to-bumper to gain a better understanding of the vehicle’s health. Additionally, we will inspect fluid levels, engine health, and other systems to check the condition of particular components. Test Drive - A good and effective pre-purchase inspection will include a test drive. During this run, our tech will look for any squeals, grinding, sk ... read more

What Are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

What Are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

Most modern cars use fuel injectors in place of carburetors, commonly used in the past. Fuel injectors play a vital role in your car's daily performance. As the name suggests, the components' primary function is to deliver fuel into engine cylinders while maintaining all relevant parameters (correct timing, controlled fuel atomization and controlled fuel volume). Below are a few signs you have bad fuel injectors. 1. The Car Sounds Rough While on Idle Bad fuel injectors can interfere with the delicate balance of air and fuel making its way into the engine. The result is a crackling engine while on idle. If your car is vibrating more than it did before, it's time to check your fuel injectors. 2. Your Cars Starts Consuming More Gas Than Before If you notice, your car is spending more fuel than it should, according to the manufacturer's guide. Depending on how long you have had your car, you can tell if there are any changes in fuel con ... read more

How Long Are Shock Absorbers Supposed to Last?

How Long Are Shock Absorbers Supposed to Last?

Shock absorbers are a vital component in your car’s suspension system. They keep your car from bouncing excessively by absorbing the road impact. That way, when you drive on bumpy road surfaces, you won’t feel it that much. Shocks can be found near both the front and rear wheels. They have hydraulic fluid to dampen the uneven motions. With a smoother drive, your car is able to hold the center of gravity and help you maintain control of your vehicle in different road conditions. Since the shock absorbers are always working, they can wear down over time. On average, a set of shocks can last you about five to ten years. In other words, they can last anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000 kilometers. Unfortunately, bad road quality, towing, frequent braking, and reckless driving can all wear them down quicker. You can also tell when your shock absorbers are wearing out by looking out for the following signs: Bumpy or rough ride - This is the most obvious sign. If your car feels like it lose ... read more

What are the Different Types of Tire Wear?

What are the Different Types of Tire Wear?

If you've driven or owned a car for a while, you've most likely noticed that its tires don't last forever. With usage over time, your tires naturally wear down. Sometimes, they can even wear down in various patterns. Here's a quick overview of the different types of tire wear: Cupping: Cupped tires have scoop-like appearances in random spots. This type of uneven wear pattern is typically caused by suspension problems or improper tire inflation. Scalloped: Scalloped tires have raised areas that look wavy. This type of unevenness is often brought about by improper tire inflation. Please be sure to fill up your tires to their appropriate psi. Inner Wear: Inner wear means that there's more wear on the inner side of your tires, and it is commonly found to be linked to alignment problems. To fix this problem, please have your tire alignment checked. Outerwear: Outerwear, as it implies, occurs when the outer edges of the tires wear down quicker than the inside. This ty ... read more

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

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