Tag Archives: Seasonal Maintenance

Are Winter Tires Necessary?

Are Winter Tires Necessary?

This time of year means two things: the local department store starts stocking holiday supplies, and your vehicle needs winter tires. But what is it you need to look for to make sure you’ve got what you need? First up, if you live somewhere where you get snow, ice, sleet, or freezing rain, and temperatures below zero (hello Prince George, anyone?) winter tires are crucial. The softer rubber, while it may wear out faster than an all-season tire, grips better in snowy and icy conditions. A good set should last about 20,000 km’s. Talk to us about studded vs stud-less tires as well. While studded tires can grip better in icy conditions, they’re sometimes not worth it depending on your driving habits, and can only be used part of the year because of the damage they can cause to pavement. It might seem odd to take lifestyle into account, but it's important when making an investment that you get exactly the product you need. That's what we're here for. When it ... read more

Get Ready for Winter

Get Ready for Winter

Winter Is Coming. Like House Stark, we do have to remain vigilant with this time of year and make sure our vehicles are prepared to keep us safe through until spring. First up, change your tires. Four matched tires that carry the mountain/snowflake symbol are best. Tires marked with an M+S, which means Mud and Snow, is acceptable, but do not give the same degree of performance as the mountain/snowflake in extreme conditions. Next, get us to do a winter maintenance check up. Preventative maintenance is the way to go. Having all your systems checked before they break down will save money and headaches in the long run. Have your battery, brakes, lights, fuses, and heating systems, electrical and exhaust systems all given the once over by a certified mechanic. While you’re at it, have your wiper blades changed to winter blades. They’re heavier, and will push ice and snow more easily. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful and remove as much snow and ice f ... read more

Is Your Car Ready for Fall?

Is Your Car Ready for Fall?

Well, whether we like it or not, summer is almost over, and autumn is on it’s way. And while autumn here is different than elsewhere in Canada, it does present its own unique set of challenges. Here are some things to be aware of to make sure you’re ready for autumn. Your battery. Your car battery had it easy during the summer. The fall can be a wake-up call for the life of your battery. As the weather gets colder, a dying battery will display some signs that it’s wearing out. If you notice anything unusual, have it checked. That way any issues can be solved before the real cold weather hits. It’s bothersome enough having a battery die on you unexpectedly. It’s even more bothersome when it’s cold out. Leaves. As unusual as this may sound, leaves can wreak havoc in the fall. When they fall off their trees, they can lead to slippery roads, and sometimes manage to cover up potholes and puddles, and clog drains on the ... read more