Learning how to jump start a car battery isn’t difficult, but it can definitely be intimidating for first-timers. Here are some of the reasons why your battery might have died and some tips for jumping starting your battery that will help you get back on the road in no time. [Read more…]
Before hitting the road this summer, you can take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump. Extreme heat and long drives can be tough on cars. Cracked hoses, leaky radiators, under inflated tires and dirty filters can significantly lower your fuel efficiency, or worse, lead to a total breakdown. [Read more…]
Like a patient who exhibits certain symptoms when they’re sick, your car has ways of telling you it isn’t well. Although most of the time you need a mechanic’s tool set and know-how to fix the problem, there are a few initial diagnostic tools which come free to everyone: sight, smell, hearing and feel.
Many underlying engine problems can begin to be solved by making an exhaust smoke color diagnosis. The important thing as a driver is to pay attention to your car’s operation and notice if anything seems off. Excessive exhaust smoke means you have an engine issue on your hands, which could be as simple as changing the air filter, or as big as a crack in the engine block itself.
Before you go into panic mode, narrow down the problem according to the color of the smoke. [Read more…]
As we go about our daily routines, many of us consciously make small decisions that we know make a big difference to our environment, like recycling or turning off lights when we leave the room. Every little bit counts but did you know this is especially true when it comes to our vehicles, which emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) when burning fuel?
According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, passenger cars and light‐duty trucks produce 13 per cent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Canada and the average light‐duty vehicle produces roughly three times its weight in CO2 every year. That adds up to a lot of emissions in a vehicle’s lifetime. Fortunately, there are some things you can do throughout the life cycle of your vehicle to reduce its carbon footprint:
Ottawa – May 1, 2016 – Winter has been hard on your car – among other things, the cold temperatures and icy conditions have taken a toll on your belts and hoses, brakes, and exhaust system. Though you may not notice these changes, they can put your car at risk of breaking down.
Small car problems have a tendency to become major ones at the most inopportune moments. Most Canadians report that they do not budget for repairs, so these surprise car troubles put them at risk of being stuck with a hefty garage bill they can’t afford. Avoid getting caught off guard – invest a little in a thorough inspection and basic maintenance now to avoid major damage, prepare financially for upcoming repairs, and ensure your safety. [Read more…]
Potholes are an inevitable part of living in a multi-season environment which most of Canada experiences. For example, Toronto repairs on average 200,000 potholes a year. Cities with warmer annual temperatures like Vancouver repair on average 32,000 potholes a year. Spring is usually when we see our first crop of these lovely hazards but sometimes they show up sooner especially during milder winters.
While their presence can’t be avoided there are a few things you can do to help your car make it through this unofficial season unharmed. [Read more…]
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Start the new year fresh with this car maintenance checklist! Our general service schedule is easy to follow based on month intervals and focuses on what items need to be checked and when.
Not only does routine auto care and preventative maintenance help keep your car safe and dependable, but it helps save money and aggravation. This infographic helps you understand what items should be inspected, either by you or your mechanic, to determine if there is a maintenance need before it becomes a bigger problem.
Learn more about these maintenance items here, or in our printed Car Care Guide. Remember, this is a general service schedule and every vehicle is different. Consult your owner’s manual for specific maintenance intervals.
Cold weather is notoriously harsh on vehicles, which is why it’s all the more important to give your car a little extra time and attention when the mercury dips. Fortunately, the Be Car Care Aware program has some tips to make sure that your car won’t cause you any trouble. [Read more…]