Learn more by reading
1. Extend tire life and save gas
Under-inflated tires wear down more quickly and also lower fuel mileage. Remember to check your tire pressures once a month and inflate to the recommended tire pressure indicated on the placard inside the driver side door.
2. Tire care
Feel the tread of your tires. If you feel high and low areas or flat spots you may have irregular tread wear. For maximum tire mileage have the vehicle aligned and tires rotated and or balanced at least every 20 000 km.
3. Keep your engine tuned up
Worn spark plugs can cause misfire that reduces fuel efficiency, while clogged air filters can cause your engine to work harder and also reduce fuel efficiency.
4. Winter tires: Are they really worth it?
The first thing you should consider is that winter tires are not just designed for snow. The rubber used in winter tires remain softer and grip the road better when the temperature drops below 7 degrees. Whereas all season tires would become hard and lose the ability to grip the road.
5. Winterizing your car
Before winter is underway, make sure you check your oil, washer fluid, and engine coolant. Be sure to: use the recommended oil as oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, use windshield washer fluid with a -40 degree freezing point (summer washer fluid will freeze and damage the washer pump), and ensure that the engine coolant is the proper mixture and level to protect the engine from overheating. Check your wiper blades for added safety.
Have the battery tested and terminals cleaned. In cold weather the battery can lose half its strength, while corrosion can cause a reduction in power transfer.
7. Inspect your Brakes
Remember to have your brakes serviced/checked once a year. Even though there may still be ample friction material, keeping brake components lubricated and properly adjusted will help prolong and maintain good braking.
The 6 main fluids in a car are: washer fluid, brake oil, power steering oil, transmission oil, coolant/antifreeze, and engine oil. Checking fluids for proper level and color will ensure all systems of the car are adequately protected. Low fluid levels are an indication that there may be potential problems. Ie. Low brake oil levels may be an indication that brake pads are excessively worn down.
It is one of the more complicated components of the vehicle and costly to repair. Keep in mind automatic transmissions cannot have their oil completely drained. About 60% of the oil will be changed when serviced so remember to service it according to the manufacturers recommendations.
10. Fuel/Octane rating
In most cases there is no reason to use and pay for higher octane gas unless your car was specifically designed for it (ie. high-end or luxury cars). Higher octane gas does not improve gas mileage or improve power output.
*It is generally advised to have your vehicle checked out 3 times a year. Usually you should be able to do this with every oil change.
Find out more about
City Auto Repair offers a wide of range of services for your car. Here are some of the basic ones:
- Oil change
- Electronic diagnosis
- Engine check-up
Remember to check your tire pressures once a month.
In most cases there is no reason to use and pay for higher octane gas unless your car was specifically designed for it.