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The Importance of Correct Tire Pressure

Tire pressure is a basic part of vehicle maintenance that is sometimes overlooked. Having the correct tire pressure is essential for a number of reasons. Many drivers are unaware that it can be just as detrimental to over inflate your tires as it is to have them underinflated.

If your tires have too much air, the weight of the vehicle will not be evenly distributed along the tread. When underinflated, it not only can wear out the tread, but it will also negatively affect your gas mileage. It can be dangerous to have low tires as this causes more friction…
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Better Safe Than Sorry With Brake Fluid

One of the worst things you can do when it comes to your vehicle is put anything off. It does not matter if you do not know when to change your brake fluid and oil. You are only making yourself vulnerable to unfortunate occurrences if you put off important things

This is especially important when it comes to brake fluid. At some point, you are going to find it very hard to stop your car if you neglect your responsibilities to your brakes. If you don't know when to change your brake fluid, there are signs that you can…

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Why Use a Clay Bar Treatment

Most people don't realize that your car's paint has to face pollutants, brake dust, road debris, rust, and other issues that wear down its natural luster. If you want to get your car looking its best and keep it that way, there are a few services you can request when detailing your car.

With the exterior of your vehicle, you probably expect certain types of detailing, such as a full wash and wax. However, there is another treatment that you can request that will elongate the natural lifespan of your car's paint and protect it against corrosive…
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DIY Headlight Cleaning Techniques

Properly illuminated headlights play a critical role in assisting drivers to get a clear view of the road and arrive safely at their destination. If you feel that your headlights have become too cloudy, yellow, or scratched, there are a variety of home remedies that anyone can use to get the lights working at optimum levels. Rubbing toothpaste with warm water on plastic headlights can work wonders to get that shine back. Insect repellent containing DEET is also an effective cleanser, however, because the repellent can eat away the paint, it is recommended to spray it on a rag first…

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What Do Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings Mean?

When you hear viscosity used in reference to motor oil, it simply means the thickness of that liquid. Your manufacturer’s guidelines and temperature are the key components to choosing the correct oil. If it’s too thin, the oil won’t be able to lubricate the engine’s parts well enough. Oil that’s too viscous, or thick, will overwork it.

The markings on a multi-grade bottle of oil tell you the viscosity it reaches in both cold and hot temperature conditions. The 10 in a 10W30 weight, for example, means that’s the highest viscosity your oil will…

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How an Alternator Works

Automobiles don't use a battery to operate the electronics that are equipped in a cabin. A car battery only generates power so that a driver can successfully crank the engine. While a motor operates, all of the electrical hardware that's scattered throughout an automobile pulls energy from the alternator. However, an alternator is a vital component because it strategically charges the battery.

A generator and an alternator operate in a similar manner. The energy distribution process happens shortly after an engine begins to run. While a motor operates under a hood, various...

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Why is Windshield Fluid So Important?

When checking fluids in your car, make sure you check your windshield wiper fluid. Driving is hazardous if you can't see well. Using windshield wiper fluid instead of water to clean your windshield will help ensure good visibility.

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Summer Road Trip

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Summer in Alberta is all about road trips. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty to do inside the town limits, because let’s face it, if you live in Edmonton, you live for these fantastic summer months. But with the wilderness and outdoorsy stuff we got going on in Alberta, and in either adjacent province, I can’t blame you for wanting to get out of Dodge (or get in a 2016 Honda HR-V?), and head to someplace where you can get your feet wet.

But before you go, here are the five things you need to…

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What maintenance does your car need this summer?

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What maintenance does your car need this summer?

Summer is kind of a big deal around the Edmonton area. That may be partly due to the fact that we wait around through generally awful weather for around eight months out of the year to finally get a bit of heat and sunshine. But before you do so, you need to make sure your vehicle is up to snuff. It doesn’t matter if you drive a 2016 Honda Civic, which is known for its reliability, or a 2016 Acura TLX, which is a phenomenal machine, you need to ensure your…

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Getting your vehicle road trip ready

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Getting your vehicle road trip ready

Summer is upon us and it’s that time of year where Alberta is ripe for the pickin’.  Say what you will about winters in Edmonton (they’re awful, they truly, truly are), but summers in Alberta are incredible (most of the time). We’re surrounded by forestry, lakes, and even mountains, which provide the perfect window dressing for hikes, picnics, and of course camping. But before you pack your gear and head out on your journey, there a few things you need to do to ready for vehicle for said journey.

Here are…

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