Toronto Star Wheels Saturday, October 30, 2010. Now is the time to buy winter tires. Not tomorrow, not next week and certainly not next month. The reason for this is that by mid-November, there will be nary a winter tire in the manufacturers’ warehouses. All of the 2010 winter tires will be at dealers and tire distributors. The racks will be empty waiting for next spring’s tires to start trickling in. For the consumer, that means choices in brands and haggling ability over price diminish as the clock ticks. This is especially true if you have a size that is not common. By mid-November, the tire dealer will be telling you what brand you can have and what price you will pay. When you start shopping for winter tires, arm yourself with some basic information. Start by knowing what your tire size, speed rating and load index numbers are. READ MORE
With the winter season fast approaching, it's that time of year to get your car geared up with Winter Tires. Winter tires' treads have more biting edges for better grip on snow and ice, while their softer compound remains flexible even in extremely low temperatures. Learn more by watching Winter Tire Demonstration videos here!
What’s the Condition of Your Air Conditioner? Summer weather is fast approaching and soon you will be switching on the air conditioning. Make sure that your A/C system is ready to go when you need it most. There is nothing worse than a hot car and no A/C to cool it down. When is the last time you had your air conditioner tested? If it’s been more than a year, your air conditioning system may not be performing at its peak or, even worse, it may not be functioning at all. Don’t risk it! Let us examine your air conditioner before you find yourself stuck in a hot car in a traffic jam. Preventative maintenance is as important for your car’s air conditioner as it is for your home’s air conditioner. They both require regular service to avoid problems and consistently work properly. Your home’s air conditioner filter needs to be replaced every three months. Your car’s air conditioner needs to be tested on an annual basis to detect and repai ... read more
Spring Into Vehicle Maintenance Spring is the perfect time of year to make sure your vehicle is ready for the upcoming travel season. Click here to view the Spring Into Vehicle Maintenance Video! Scroll down to Car Care Minute #7 and select Video to view live on the web
Record Gas Prices Make it Perfect Time to "Be Car Care Aware" With gas prices reaching close to a dollar a litre in some pats of the country, Car Care Canada is offering gas saving maintenance and driving tips that really work. "Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gasoline is wasted every day by motorists, because simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance is neglected," says Car Care Canada’s Marc Brazeau. "Loose or missing gas caps, under-inflated tires, worn spark plugs and dirty air filters all contribute to poor fuel economy." Car Care Canada offers these fuel-saving tips: Vehicle gas caps – In Canada, the provinces with emissions testing programs suggest that this is a common cause for failing an emissions test – yet it is simple and inexpensive to fix. According to US studies, about 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether. Under inflated tires ... read more
The goal of Car Care Month is to build awareness and knowledge to prepare motorists to make sensible decisions about their vehicles. Reversing unperformed maintenance will conserve energy, improve highway safety and benefit the environment. Tips on Preparing for Summer Car Care Canada offers tips to prepare for summer, to keep your vehicle dependable and safe, to protect the environment and to enhance and maintain your vehicle investment. Conduct regular maintenance – follow a scheduled maintenance plan. Replace worn out parts, such as belts and hoses, before they break. Be sure to check all of the fluids (Brake, Coolant /Anti-Freeze, Power Steering, Transmission, Washer fluid) in your car, not just the oil and gas. Hot weather is the true culprit behind car-battery trouble – it actually shortens battery life. Summer is the season for major car-battery problems. Hot summer weather can be tough on a vehicle, even if you ... read more