5 ways to maintain your vehicle

57674Whether having your vehicle serviced regularly or attempting to tackle the job on your own, keeping your vehicle in good working condition will maximize its performance and help you to save on costly repairs down the road. The auto team at Canadian Tire has the following tips for Canadians looking to get the most out of their vehicle this year:
The brake system in your vehicle is imperative for keeping you and your loved ones safe. Common signs of brake problems include a high-pitched screeching sound when applying the brakes, brakes that are not as responsive as they should be, a pedal that ‘sinks’ towards the floor, vibration on the brake pedal or a grinding metallic sound. If you experience any of these signs, drop by your local Canadian Tire so an experienced mechanic can take a look.
Keeping your vehicle running well requires constant monitoring of vital fluids. Fluids that should be monitored and topped up on a regular basis include:

Engine oil
Transmission fluid
Engine coolant
Power steering fluid
Brake fluid
Windshield washer fluid

Ensuring your vehicle has adequate shocks and struts will increase your vehicle’s safety and performance. Worn shocks and struts can cause uneven tire wear, damage suspension components, and cause unusual drift and sway to your vehicle.

With the harsh winters we’ve been experiencing, more Canadians have been relying on winter tires for increased safety in cold, wet weather. It is important that winter tires be replaced with all-season tires in the spring, as the rubber compound is different and performs differently in warmer temperatures. Driving on winter tires throughout the summer is hard on them and will decrease their lifespan.

Your car’s filters have a significant impact on engine life and performance – they also have an effect on fuel consumption and emissions.

While the oil filter’s job is to remove oil contaminants, the air filter captures airborne contaminants, like bugs and dirt, preventing them from entering your engine. Left unchanged, dirty air and oil filters can lead to poor acceleration, lower gas mileage, poor engine performance and serious repairs.

Ensure your vehicle runs well this year and for years to come by visiting you local Canadian Tire auto service department for more tips and maintenance products.

-- News Canada