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Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - August 2015

 

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Next weekend is the long weekend.  This is both good and bad.  We get an extra day off but the Labour Day weekend signifies the end of summer and back to school for many people.  I’ll be back giving women’s car care clinics so be sure to check out my Facebook page to see if there are any booked in your area. This month’s topic is about diagnosing problems in your vehicle.  I decided to write about this not to scare you but to enlighten you to the challenges technicians are facing with all of the new technology coming out in today’s vehicles. In the meantime, have a fun and safe long weekend!

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On September 1st distracted driving laws are increasing to between $300-$1000 plus three demerit points.  Drivers will also be required to wait for pedestrians to completely cross the road at school crossing and pedestrian activated light crossings.

This month's topic: Diagnosing problems in your vehicle

 

Today’s vehicles have become so complicated and the technicians need to take a lot of extra training to be up on all of the new technology coming out. I’ve recently been at a lot of repair shops training technicians on some new technology and I’ve had the opportunity to walk around and also see what the technicians are doing on cars. What amazes me is how much time goes into diagnosing the problem before it can be fixed. Vehicles used to be so much simpler. Now…they’re complicated. We can still do the regular maintenance items like oil changes, air filters, windshield wipers etc. but when it comes to other problems in your vehicle it may take a technician longer to figure out what the problem is. I now understand why many places are starting to charge for diagnosis because sometimes it can take an hour or more to figure out the problem.

The check engine light seems to be the biggest challenge. To us, all we see is the check engine light is on again, but really it is coming on for different problems in the vehicle. The technicians need to use a scan tool to determine where the problem is coming from. At that point they need to delve further. The scan tool is providing a starting point of where to start diagnosing further. Oh the joys of working on our technologically advanced vehicles. We like all the new things like “lane assist” or “back up assist”, but they bring their own problems when things start to go wrong…

 

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Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - July 2015

 

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Since this month’s topic is what to do when you break down, I thought I would share one of my life experiences with you.  My mom’s side of the family is from Quebec and back in the late 80’s my mom and I decided to drive to Chicoutimi to visit my aunts and uncles.  This drive is about 9 hours and we made it there fine.  On the way home we were just outside of Trenton and my mom’s 1987 IROC started running bad.  We somehow were able to limp the car to gas station on the highway.  This was also pre cell phone time so we had to use a pay phone to try and call my dad as we didn’t have any roadside assistance.  However, my dad was sitting outside waiting for us to get home since we had given him our anticipated time of arrival.  A couple of hours later we finally got a hold of him and he had to load up a trailer and drive 2 hours to Trenton to rescue us.  I don’t remember how we loaded the car, but we did eventually make it home.  This trip left an impact on my memory:) Enjoy your long weekend this weekend!

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The first Monday of August is a civic holiday in most provinces except Quebec.  In Toronto, it is known as Simcoe day but in other cities it is known by other names.

This month's topic: What to do when you break down on a road trip


You may be headed to a wedding three hours away or maybe you’re driving up to Algonquin park to do some camping. Either way, you’re not close to home and all of a sudden you find our vehicle is either running very poorly or won’t run at all. Now you are on the shoulder of the road, what do you do? Although you feel like crying, crying won’t do you any good. So take a few minutes and gather yourself.

Roadside assistance is your best friend and is worth the investment. Especially when you are broke down. If your vehicle is new enough you may have roadside assistance included with it. This will take you to the nearest dealer. If it is out of manufacturers roadside assistance then it is worthwhile to invest in CAA or something like that. There are different levels you can purchase. I personally buy the CAA Gold as it gives up to 200km towing/4 times/year.
If you end up breaking down in Ontario and you get your vehicle towed to a nearby Active Green and Ross, they can see the history of your vehicle when they swipe your drivers license. For a list of the 75+ locations, click here. www.activegreenross.com

If you are waiting for a tow truck and are on a busy road such as the 401, it is a good idea to stay inside your vehicle. This is the safest spot. I often see people waiting outside their vehicle and cringe. This is how people get killed, because many drivers suffer from object fixation and they drive towards the person standing on the shoulder of the road without realizing it.
If you are a female and you are by yourself, sit in the passenger seat while you are waiting for help. This way passing motorists will think that someone else is with you.

Be prepared with some supplies. Bottled water, sunscreen and an emergency roadside kit are among the few items I would make sure to have in my vehicle. If it is winter time,
blankets, boots, collapsible shovel etc.

There is nothing worse than being broke down on the side of the road. So be sure to be proactive when taking care of your vehicle. Don’t wait till it’s broke to fix it since this may end ruining your vacation or whatever else you had planned.

 

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