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How to Tell If Your Car Needs a Wheel Alignment

How to Tell If Your Car Needs a Wheel Alignment

Many people don’t realize the importance of proper wheel alignment. Like your oil changes and tire rotations, wheel alignments are just as necessary. When you drive with poor alignment, you can be met with a ton of potential road hazards. Read on to learn more about what a wheel alignment service is. A wheel alignment involves adjusting the suspension and wheels so that it meets the road properly and leads your vehicle in the right path. Most mechanics and automakers recommend having a wheel alignment as often as every 1-2 years. More importantly, it should always be done with every tire replacement. What Causes Wheel Misalignment? As you can probably guess, normal wear and tear can slowly change the alignment of your wheels. However, obstructions with large potholes, curbs, and other objects can accelerate wear and tear. That is why it is important to have your alignment checked. When your wheels are knocked out of alignment, it may exemplify the following warning signs: Un ... read more

Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Driving a fuel-efficient vehicle is not only good for the environment, but it's also easy on the pockets. However, there are a few more ways to get more mileage from a full tank because even the most economical vehicles can get a bit thirsty when not driven and managed correctly. The best part is you don't have to spend money following these quick and easy tips. 1. Unload Your Vehicle Do you really need those half-empty boxes and bags in your car? A lot of drivers have plenty of unnecessary items in their trunks and back seats. Unloading your vehicle will spare you fuel because your engine spends more fuel, moving more weight. 2. Stay On Top of the Traffic Numerous apps on smart devices can let you know the fastest routes to your final destination. The less time you spend on the road, the less fuel your engine will consume. 3. Avoid Using the AC Although it is advisable to run the compressor often, you should have it on constantly. Once the heat is up, and the interior i ... read more

How Maintenance Can Help You Avoid Winter Road Hazards

How Maintenance Can Help You Avoid Winter Road Hazards

Winter in Aldergrove, BC gets rough, especially for those who are constantly on the road. Did you know that vehicle accidents increase by 4-5% between the months of December and January in Canada? With this in mind, we thought now was the perfect time to start taking care of your vehicle maintenance. Below are some of the road hazards you may face in the upcoming months: Snow and Ice What is a Canadian winter without some snow? We see it all from sleet, and snow, to sheets of black ice. You will have to prepare for the worst as temperatures dip below freezing. Make sure your tires can gain enough traction by checking their tire pressure, wear pattern, and tread depth. More importantly, do yourself a favor and swap them out for winter tires. Don’t forget to replace your windshield wipers either. Besides wipers, you may need to bring an ice scraper or snow brush. These items will keep you on the move during blizzard conditions. Poor Visibility Another significant hazard of win ... read more

What Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Should You Follow?

What Vehicle Maintenance Schedule Should You Follow?

A vehicle maintenance schedule is a set of guidelines that helps you take care of your car. This can be in the form of a checklist or an online guide. There are many different types of maintenance schedules, and they all have their own set of rules and guidelines. The most popular ones are: Preventive Maintenance Schedule: These schedules focus on preventing expensive repairs from happening by focusing on small, inexpensive fixes. Scheduled Maintenance: These schedules are for people who want to keep their vehicles in perfect shape for as long as possible. Time Based Maintenance Schedule: These schedules focus on the amount of time that has passed since your last service based on the mileage or number of months/years your vehicle has been driven. Emergency Service: Emergency service is when you take your car in after something major has happened like a flat tire, engine failure, or a broken headlight. You should know that emergency services can be very expensive depending on what ... read more

Can You Drive with the Engine Temperature Light On?

Can You Drive with the Engine Temperature Light On?

Dashboard warning lights come on for various reasons, and they seem like they always come on at the worst time. While some dashboard signals are more minor than others, you should never ignore or mistreat the engine temperature warning light.   The engine temperature warning light doesn’t seem as dire or serious as some of the symptoms your vehicle may show. Even if you don’t feel an emergency happening, continuing to drive your car can do more harm. This is because the engine temperature warning light means that your vehicle is overheating. When you continue to drive, excess heat will be let into the engine, causing extensive damage. Instead, please pull over as quickly as you can and call for roadside assistance. It is imperative that you get your car to Crompton’s Auto Care as soon as you notice the light on your dash.    Engine overheating is one of the more serious matters that can happen to your car. Since the cooling system is in charge of ke ... read more

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