4 Signs You Need an Oil Change

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Oil changes are one of the easiest—and most inexpensive—ways to keep your vehicle running smoothly. All it takes is a quick appointment every now and then and you’re good to go!

But even though it’s a painless task that’ll save you a bundle in car repairs down the road, oil changes are often shoved to the bottom of the priority list (right next to the dentist). It’s a shame, because your engine needs a steady diet of clean oil in order to do its job.

The best way to know if it’s time for an oil change is to follow your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended oil change interval. If you haven’t been doing that, or haven’t been keeping track, here are a few other signs that will tell you it’s time:

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Why Your Vehicle’s Hoses are Just Like Your Circulatory System

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Why Your Vehicle’s Hoses are Just Like Your Circulatory System

While your body’s circulatory system is busy transporting oxygen and nutrients to your vital organs, your vehicle’s hoses are busy transporting coolant to your engine. And power steering fluid to your steering gear. And brake fluid to…you guessed it, your brakes. If there’s a part of your vehicle that requires life-sustaining fluid, your hoses are the only way to get it there.

So if there’s ever a leak in the system or not enough fluid to go around, you’re looking at anything from sweaty discomfort to a major engine repair. And sometimes, you may even find yourself in a dangerous situation.

That’s why it’s so important to regularly inspect your hoses. Much like your circulatory system, your vehicle depends on them for survival.

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6 Maintenance Tips for Better Fuel Economy

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Everyone wants to save a buck at the pump (especially here in Victoria BC, where gas prices can be a little bananas). And we all know that bad driving habits are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to fuel economy. We’ve all heard the same fuel saving advice: lay off the brakes, stop idling and quit being such an aggressive driver.

But did you know that vehicle maintenance also has a big impact on gas mileage? Here are 6 easy ways to maximize your dollars at the gas pump and create the most fuel-efficient vehicle possible.

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6 Ways to Make Sure Your Mechanic is a Good One

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When it comes to finding an auto mechanic, everyone wants the same things: experienced, reliable, trustworthy. But with so many mechanics out there, how do you know you’re getting a good one?

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5 Reasons Why You Need to Show Your Shocks and Struts Some Love

Your Car's Hidden Stories

 

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, it’s easy to ignore the parts you can’t see. Like your shocks and struts! Tucked away under your vehicle, they don’t always get the attention they deserve.

Because shocks and struts wear out gradually over time, problems may not be as noticeable as, say, a flat tire or a dead battery. The incremental loss of handling, control and comfort may be practically unnoticeable until damage is already occurring.

That’s why it’s so important to have your shocks and struts regularly inspected and maintained.

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Hey, it’s us. Your tires. Listen up.

Shiny Car and Tires

 

Dear Car Owner,

I know you’re super excited to leave the Island and head out on the open road. I don’t know how long we’re going for, but judging by the number of music festival tickets on the fridge, I’m guessing we’re going to be gone a while.

That’s cool. We love road trips.
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3 Cool Things You Need to Know About Auto Air Conditioning (and One You Don’t)

Too Hot in the Car

 

For many car owners, air conditioning boils down to 3 things:

1. I’m too hot.

2. I press a button.

3. I’m not hot anymore.

 

Simple, right? Wrong.
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Simple Preventative Car Maintenance Tips: What You Need to Do and When

Auto Class Is in Session

Want to save a bundle on future repairs?

Extend the life of your car?

Keep your car happy?  Keep YOU happy?

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What Salamanders Can Teach Us About the Dangers of Auto Repair Price Shopping

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Ahh, salamanders. The sharks of the wetlands. Cruising the waters and hunting down all sorts of tasty critters. They’re lean, they’re a little mean, and they’re cold-blooded killers.

Okay, and they’re cute. Really cute. And they sure can teach us a lot about auto repair and the dangers of price shopping.
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How to Google Your Way to an Honest Auto Repair Shop in Victoria BC

When your car breaks down, the last thing you want to do is waste time. Your car is your ticket to freedom, and without it, it’s easy to feel a little stuck.

Well, good news. Thanks to a little invention called Google (you may have heard of it), it’s never been faster or easier to find a shop that’ll have your car up and running in no time—and for a long time.

Besides, if Google can pinpoint the exact location of your bedroom, surely it can point you in the direction of an honest and reliable auto repair shop, right?

Right. Ready? Ready? Go. Read More