We’ve all been in this situation before, you fire your car up but suddenly a small yellow light appears in the corner of your eye. If you’re like most car owners, you are unsure if you should panic and pull over immediately or calmly continue on your route. To the average car owner, we understand this light is a negative sign; however we are unsure how to properly diagnose and deal with this issue.
The often mistaken Check Engine light can be a signal of a number of issues; these issues can be both significant and insignificant to the operation of your vehicle. Typical issues include: Broken Oxygen Sensors, A misfiring engine or something simple like a loose gas cap.
The Check engine light is not telling you to pull over and turn off your vehicle immediately; however the light is telling you that it is time to bring your car into a registered OEM service center. By ignoring the light, you could cause further damage to your vehicle.
If your check engine light is on, it’s time to visit the factory trained service technicians at our local service center, we can diagnose what’s behind your light at the fraction of a price compared to a private garage.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure the longevity of your car's engine is to check the oil level regularly. Luckily, doing so is a rather quick and easy task that will help keep your engine running in top shape with minimal effort.
How To Check Your Oil Level (In 5 Easy Steps)
Changing your vehicle's oil at the recommended intervals is the best thing you can do to ensure it has a long life. As simple as this task may sound, many people are confused about exactly how often their car's oil needs to be changed.
How Often Should My Oil Be Changed?
In the past, it was average for oil changes to be performed every 5000 km; however this average has changed along with the improved quality of oil over the years. You can ensure a long lifetime for your vehicle by following the manufacturer's recommended oil change schedule.
Driving habits can differ greatly among individuals, as such, how often your oil is changed should depend on your personal driving habits.
If you happen to be driving a brand new vehicle, following the manufacturer’s recommended timeline for oil changes is essential to keeping your car warranty. Many manufacturers require the warranty holder to have their oil changed at specific times in the vehicles life cycle. If your vehicle happens to need a warranty covered repair in the future, your manufacturer has the right to decline the cost if you did not follow their recommended timeline for oil changes. To avoid costly repair bills & headaches, Contact our service center today, we’ll get your service schedule back on track.
While changing your oil at home is not a difficult task, our service center provides a quick, one stop destination for getting your services performed. Our quick oil changes allow you to go about your daily schedule without breaking your wallet.
If you are still unsure about the right time to change your oil, feel free to contact our service department. Our certified technicians will be happy to help.
Eventually, A flat tire is going to catch up with all of us. Many drivers are covered with roadside assistance, however it is always good to know how to change a tire.
Syncing your phone to Bluetooth in your vehicle can vary depending on the vehicle you drive. The process is generally the same however, first go to the setting menu on your phone and go to the Bluetooth settings. Next you will need to find the system (Your vehicle) that you would like to connect to. Simply connect and you should be on your way to hands-free calling while in your vehicle.
If you are experiencing any further difficulties connecting to Bluetooth in your vehicle, visit our service center today, our product experts will have the tools and the knowledge you need to get connected.
Replacing windshield wipers is a quick and easy task. You can find the correct sized, OEM recommended wipers at our service center.
Removing the old wipers:
Measuring the coolant level in your vehicle is fairly simple. The opaque coolant overflow tank is most commonly located next to the radiator underneath the hood, and is best to be checked when the vehicle is cold. The tank is opaque to allow you to see whether or not the coolant is at a safe level with level indicator markings on the side. If the level appears to be low, the tank should be topped off with a 50/50 mixture of water and coolant. This allows your radiator the optimum boiling/freezing protection that your engine needs. You can usually purchase this liquid pre-mixed at an automotive parts store.
Here's how to do it:
Inspecting your transmission fluid level in your vehicle is a simple task and should be performed monthly to ensure your vehicle is running at its peak potential. To ensure an accurate reading, you should check the transmission fluid with a warm engine and keep the engine operating as you measure. As with any fluid level reading, make sure your vehicle is on a level surface.
Check if you need to change your transmission fluid
Make sure you take the time once a month to check your transmission fluid level
To begin, ensure your vehicle is on a flat surface, your vehicle is in park with the brake on, and that the engine is running the entire time you are checking the transmission fluid level
Make sure your vehicle is up to regular operational temperature by checking your temperature gauge on the dashboard of your vehicle; it should be around the halfway mark on the gauge
Open up the hood of your car and locate the ‘transmission fluid’ dipstick
If you have a rear wheel drive vehicle, the dipstick should be on the passenger’s side of vehicle, towards the back of the engine compartment.
If you have a front wheel drive vehicle, the dipstick should be on the driver’s side of the vehicle, by the transmission or coming straight from the transmission.
The dip stick is usually either red or yellow to make it easier to find.
If you are having any issues locating the transmission fluid dipstick, please refer to your owner’s manual.
There is a chance that your vehicle may not have a fluid dipstick. Over the past few years, many manufacturers have taken the transmission fluid option out of the engine compartment and replaced it with sealed units. This type of new transmission requires testing devices that the average vehicle owner would not have access to. If this sounds like your vehicle, give our service center a call and we would be happy to assist you. Ensure you make this appointment with us at least twice a year.
Check the transmission fluid levels
Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a lint free cloth.
Replace the dipstick and carefully remove again.
Check where your fluid level is compared to the warm and cold labels on the dipstick. Because your vehicle’s engine is warm, the fluid level should match up to the warm label mark.
If your fluid does not come up to the warm label mark, you will have to add more and be very careful you do not overfill the fluid.
Before adding more fluid, you should also check the color of the transmission fluid. Dip the tip of your finger into the transmission fluid on the dipstick. The fluid should be a light pink or red colour, and it should have no particles in it. If your fluid is a brown colour, smells burnt, or has particles of any type in it, you should make an appointment with one of our experienced vehicle technicians right away. This could be an indication of more serious issues.
Add transmission fluid.
If your transmission fluid is a light pink or red colour, and is particle free, it is time to add fluid until it is at the right level.
There are many different kinds of transmission fluids, so make sure you check which kind your vehicle needs in your owner’s manual, or give us a call before you add the wrong type.
Set the dip stick aside and carefully add the new transmission fluid in small amounts while checking the level on the dipstick as you go, until it is in line with the warm label mark. Be very careful not to go over this level.
Place the dipstick back in and your transmission will be in great shape for another month!
When checking your transmission fluid be sure to check its colour. Transmission fluid is a pinkish/red colour. If your fluid is brown, that is a sign that there may be something wrong with the car. If this is the case, schedule an appointment, where our experienced technicians are more than happy to help!
There are a number of issues which can explain why your air conditioning is blowing hot air instead of cold air. Below we will highlight some of the common issues which would explain why.
The first possibility could be because of a compressor has gone bad. The Compressor is responsible to pressurize and pump the refrigerant throughout the AC system. The heart of the AC system is generally the compressor, therefore if the compressor is faulty, the entire system will malfunction. A malfunctioning compressor is generally recognized by a loud noise when the AC is turned on.
Another cause of a malfunctioning air conditions unit is a refrigerant leak. Leaks can happen at various points in the Air Conditioning system, so this one might be difficult to spot. If you happen to suffer a leak, we suggest visiting our service center for recommended factory parts.
Another potential cause of a malfunctioning air conditioning unit is an obstructed orifice tube. If the flow of refrigerant is blocked through your orifice tube, your system will malfunction and blow warm air.
Whatever the reason that your air conditioner is not working we are more than happy to assist you! Bring your car to our service centre today and our experienced technicians will assist you in diagnosing and fixing any problem.
Idling problems can occur as a result of many different things. When it does happen, you should be able to feel them in your vehicle immediately. Some symptoms you will notice include your engine “chugging” when at an idle, idling too high, or sometimes even stalling the vehicle completely. You may notice that your vehicle is affected even worse in harsh weather conditions. If your vehicle is idling too high, you may find you have to hold the brake pedal harder than usual to prevent the car from moving. The longer you let these symptoms affect the vehicle, the more damage they may cause, and if left for long enough it can end up costing you more money than it should. A good way of preventing these issues before they arise is to bring your vehicle in for regular tune-ups and make sure your engine is reviewed thoroughly.
Issues with engine idling generally stem from five major categories in your vehicle:
As we all know, the brakes are one of the most important parts of a vehicle and when something goes wrong with this your brakes it can be quite alarming. It's often hard to determine if the noises the brakes make are the result of something simple, for example air in the brake line, or if they are an indication of more severe damage.
It is important to remember that when your service technician recommends any repair to your brakes, it should be it should be done at the earliest possible opportunity to avoid any damage or injury. Whether you need something simple, like a brake inspection, or the problem is something more complex, we can solve it. Our factory trained technicians get your car in optimum condition, and our prices are often lower than those of an independently owned garage.
Below are some answers to common questions related to brakes that we’ve prepared to help you identify any issues you might be having with your vehicle.
Why are my brakes pulsing?
It is not uncommon to hear the term “Powertrain warranty” when you’re in the process of purchasing a vehicle. Typically, a powertrain warranty is a guarantee from a manufacturer to repair an issue with parts of the vehicles powertrain, in the case a defect or an error occurs, based on the contract agreed upon by the buyer.
The powertrain of a car consists of :
An extended warranty is a warranty offered to customers to safeguard against repairs that occur after the factory warranty has expired. It is similar to an insurance policy that helps you in unforeseen events. Depending on how you drive, or for how long you are keeping the car, you may or may not need an extended warranty. If you are not planning on keeping the vehicle for more than 3 years then you should be fine with just the factory warranty. Although you may be tired of making more negotiations and decisions during your vehicle purchase process, an extended warranty may be useful if you are planning to drive your vehicle for more than the length of the factory warranty or if the vehicle does not have a reliable history. The most important thing to do is your research. This may be explanatory but it can save you from having to purchase accessories or policies that you do not need. There are two types of extended warranties: one offered by the manufacturer and one offered by a third party. The one offered by the manufacturer is similar to an extension of the factory warranty and is completed at any franchised dealership with experienced technicians. The one offered by a third party may be cheaper and the work may be completed at a franchised dealership or at a third party repair shop. However, you may be required to pay for the repair first and then send the bill to the third party warranty company for reimbursement. The warranty backed by the manufacturer may also cover more than the third party.
So what exactly is covered under an extended warranty? The answer is, it depends on the warranty. Some cover up to wear and tear and some cover only the minimum. The most important thing is to know your vehicle and what is most likely to break down on it. Only then can you decide if you need an extended warranty and at what level. Keep in mind some components known to most likely fail: