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Quick Tips on Auto$mart Vehicle Maintenance

We found the following guide on the Natural Resources Canada website which outlines some of their recommendations to keep your vehicle maintenance costs down. Summary: Read the owner's manual Give your tires the attention they need Monthly check Under-inflated tires Neglecting to replace worn-out oil Keeping your vehicle in top operating condition will save you fuel and money, reduce your long-term maintenance costs and minimize harmful exhaust emissions. A well-maintained vehicle is also more reliable and could be worth more when you want to sell it. Read the owner's manual carefully to become familiar with your vehicle's maintenance schedule and requirements. Maintenance regimes vary widely from one vehicle to another – the manufacturer of your vehicle knows best. It's usually best to leave the servicing of your vehicle in the hands of trained automotive professionals. They have the knowledge and tools to diagnose and correct problems and to put yo ... read more

Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Winter in the northern BC can be problematic for drivers in other ways then poor road conditions. Vehicle problems related to the cold can wreak havoc on your car's systems. Follow these tips to improve your safety and reduce overall vehicle repair costs. In areas exposed to freezing temperatures, spray door locks with lubricant to prevent freezeups. You don't want to be stuck on a freezing winter night not being able to unlock your door. Things to have on hand especially in the winter months include: Jumper cables, Windshield Scrapers, Flashlight w/ batteries, Emergency Flares, Traction aids (i.e. chains, sand, gravel). In the event that a cold Quesnel day freezes your lock, Don't try to force turn a lock, you can break the key off inside it. Instead, try one of these tricks: Use another door, Use a cigarette lighter or match to heat up your key before inserting it into the lock, Spray commercial deicer into the key opening, Use a hair dryer to shoot warm heat at the lock ... read more

7 Proven Benefits from Prevenative Maintenance

No one can appreciate preventive maintenance more than those who had stopped on the road side looking for help because their cars broke down. The best way to avoid such situation is to learn the basics of car preventive maintenance. Below, you will find the main advantages of learning car preventive maintenance. #1 Never miss work because of your automobile When you apply the proper car preventive maintenance to your car then you will make sure that your car will be working when you need it. Most of the on road car problems are because of a cut engine belt, blown tire or something that should have been replaced earlier. Make sure to set a good automobile maintenance schedule in order to avoid such embarrassing situation. #2 Keep the value of your vehicle When you sell a car with good maintenance history, the price is much higher. Always keep a track record of your regular car preventive repairing and maintenance in order to prove what you have done with your car for the ... read more