Car Air Conditioning Myths

With the hot weather rolling in, we get quite a few questions surrounding air conditioners here at Searles.  Air conditioning is a precious summer commodity, as anyone who has done a hot summer drive without AC will tell you.  Even in the cooler parts of Canada, it’s rare to find a vehicle without this feature.  Still this old invention’s popularity hasn’t stopped some very interesting strategies from popping up around AC, fuel efficiency and engines.

Here at Searles, we take a look at some of the myths surrounding AC and put them on ice!

Air Conditioning Myths

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We got an Award!

The Searle’s Blog recently ranked as #27 on Feedspot’s Top 100 Auto Repair Blogs. Way to go team!

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Summer is nearly upon us, and that means the season for summer road trips is here! Living in BC, we are fortunate to have so many incredible destinations within easy reach.  Previously we’ve shared our favourite road trips right here on Vancouver Island. This year, we have assembled a list of our favourite scenic drives through BC, along with some handy tips to keep your trip safe and enjoyable.

 

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5 Signs Your Brakes Need to be Replaced

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You think a lot about our car’s engine, but how often do you think about what stops it?

Using the brake is second nature to any seasoned driver, but until you have to pull an emergency stop, it’s easy to overlook just how often your vehicle’s most important safety system is being engaged.

Like anything in your vehicle, brakes need maintenance.  Brake pads thin over time, making them less effective.  By keeping your brakes up to date can help you avoid costly repairs in the long run – not to mention collisions.

The good news is that even if you have never so much as looked under your car before, there are a few key indicators to let you know when it’s time to get your brakes looked at

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The Top 4 Automotive Repairs You Need a Professional For

DIY (do it yourself) has always been a popular mindset when it comes to the automotive industry, and for good reason. Paying a professional for car repairs can be awfully expensive. Opting to do your own vehicle repairs is tempting because it saves you money, gives you a feeling of satisfaction, and gives you the rewarding feeling of independence.

We at Searles always encourage people to take an active interest in how their vehicles operate and to tinker with their vehicles as much as possible without endangering themselves in the process, without voiding their warranties, and without causing problems (i.e., accidents!) for other drivers down the road.  Read More

7 Mistakes to Avoid on Your BC Driver’s Test

Driving Test

The team of auto mechanics at Searles sees a lot of cars come in with N’s on their bumpers, so we figured it was time to write a post geared towards new drivers.

The reason a lot of new drivers keep their N for longer than they are required to is sometimes financial, sometimes not having the time, but in a lot of cases it’s due to nerves about having to take another road test. The key is to relax enough so you don’t end up making these top seven mistakes that are commonly made on driver’s licensing tests across British Columbia.

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The True Costs of Owning a Car

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When you first got your driver’s license, your mom and dad probably warned you that driving is expensive. It’s a huge cost that many teens incur before they have even moved out of the house.

 

Before the reality of learning how to cook for themselves and doing their own laundry kicks in, the cost of owning a vehicle usually hits teenagers right in the bank account before they are even done high school.

 

Whether it meant paying back our parents for gas money, or saving up cash from our part-time jobs in order to buy a clunker, cars became expensive as soon as we learned how to drive them. Most of us justify the costs because the convenience of owning our own cars is simply unbeatable in many places, Victoria being one of them.

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3 Car Problems to Stay on Top of This Winter

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Happy New Year, everyone! Now that the holidays are officially a wrap, it’s time to get back to the daily grind, and for some of you, the daily commute. If one of your resolutions for 2017 was to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance schedule a little bit better, this post ought to help out with that.

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Is Your Car Trying to Tell You Something?

decode car noises

Whether you drive a used car or a new car, it will wear down as time passes.

If your car is suddenly making a new noise, it’s probably trying to tell you something. Don’t ignore this new noise as it could end up costing you more in the long run. Instead, listen carefully to it, what exactly does this noise sound like?

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Searles Presents: How NOT to Drive in Winter Weather

winter driving stuck in ditch

Here one day, gone the next. That is almost every Vancouver Islander’s attitude when it comes to snow and ice on the roads. It’s no wonder why drivers all blame each other for “not knowing how to drive in this crap.” Unfortunately, the City of Victoria also gets needlessly blamed for not responding fast enough…

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