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

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Fortunately or unfortunately our Canada Day statutory holiday falls in the middle of the week.  Many people have used this to take an extra long weekend.  If you are going away you may notice an increased police presence on the roads so be careful when you are driving. I recently read an article and it said that speed related deaths are higher than texting and drinking related deaths.  I personally like to use cruise control when I drive.  This also helps with your fuel economy.  Safe travels if you are travelling this Canada Day holiday, be responsible and enjoy some holiday fireworks!

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Canada Day was originally called Dominion Day and it was changed to Canada Day in 1982.  Canada is 148 years old!

This month's topic: Road Trip Preparedness

I’ve written about this before but it always good to get a reminder of things we already know we should be doing but may be a little lax on.

The worst thing that could happen is to break down while you are on your way to your destination. You have the car loaded to the hilt, the kids are getting tired and you blow a tire or worse yet have something bigger happen to your vehicle. All because you weren’t proactive in taking your vehicle in to be checked out. About 2 weeks before your planned trip you should be going to your local Active Green and Ross and have a “health check”. This will give you peace of mind that you did what you could do to be prepared. If you need to find a location go to www.activegreenross.com

Below are some additional things to think about when getting ready for your road trip.

  • Planning your route is another great idea. Some people use traditional paper maps, which I like, but I also use an app called “wave” that will tell you how long to your destination in real time. If it finds a quicker route, it will redirect you.
  • Let your neighbours know you will be away so they can keep an eye on your place for strange activity. I never post my trip on Facebook until I return for safety reasons. You just never know!
  • Make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit.
  • Check the spare tire to make sure it has air in it and that you have the items you need just in case you need to change a tire. I.e. Jack, tire wrench
  • Fully charged cell phone and charger.
  • Emergency food. I.e. bottled water, trailmix, and snack bars. Items that won’t go bad if you forget them inside for a while.
  • A few light tools can always be handy as well. I.e. Wrench, screwdriver, bungy strap
  • A last of all, practise safe driving habits. Observe the speed limit, unnecessary lane changes and aggressive driving.

If you want some games or additional items to think about when getting ready for your road trip I’ve attached the link to Be Car Care Aware summer road trip guide.
http://www.activegreenross.com/images/pdf/BCCA_family_road_trip_guide.pdf

 

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

 

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Spring is finally here!  I trust everyone has been enjoying the nice weather and getting their winter tires taken off.  If you bought your tires at Active Green and Ross, the changeovers are at “no charge”.  I also wanted to mention if you don’t have anywhere to store them, ask your local Active Green and Ross to store them for you.  Having said all that, tires are not what I am talking about in this newsletter.  You have all been to one of my car care clinics and have heard me talk about what happens when your serpentine belt comes off.  If you don’t remember, I always say that you will lose your power steering!  In the last little while I’ve been doing research and see that more and more cars are coming with Electric Power Steering (EPS).  You’re probably thinking what does this have to do with the serpentine belt and losing power steering if it comes off.  Well, that’s my point, with electric power steering it no longer uses the serpentine belt and I wanted to tell you more about this.  So keep reading!:-)

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More and more of the cars on the road today have electric power steering instead of hydraulic power steering.

This month's topic: Power Steering

When cars were first invented they had what I like to call “Armstrong steering”. Some of you may remember driving a car that didn’t have power steering. I remember my 1987 Fiero GT didn’t have power steering, but the car was light, so it was no big deal unless I was trying to park. In the 1950’s “Armstrong steering” was replaced by hydraulically assisted power steering and this is where the serpentine belt comes in. Hydraulic power steering requires pressurized hoses and belts to operate the system and it made our life a lot easier. As the belts and hoses age, we as vehicle owners sometimes encounter leaks or failures which require us to take our vehicle in for repairs. In the late 1980’s some vehicle manufacturers were starting to flirt with electric power steering and now many cars have it and you wouldn’t even know it.

Electric power steering uses an electric motor and sensors to detect the position of the steering wheel and a computer module applies assistive help via the motor. The slower you are going the more “assist” it gives and the faster you drive, the less “assist” it gives. Don’t worry, if the EPS fails, there is still a mechanical linkage to help you steer but you will be back to “Armstrong steering”. Don’t get this confused with your serpentine belt coming off. If you have EPS and your serpentine belt comes off, you won’t notice a difference in your steering. Instead you will see lights like your temperature and battery light come up on your dash.

Electric power steering has many benefits; one of them being that it improves fuel economy because there is no serpentine belt driven hydraulic pump constantly running. A by-product of this is a simplification in the manufacturing process as well as maintenance. Manufacturers can also offer great safety features such as lane keeping and Park Assist. If you have either of these features on your car, then you have electric power steering! I tried to find a list of what vehicles came with EPS, but this wasn’t to be. What I found though was that most manufacturers have EPS on some of their products. The new Honda civic, Porsche 911, Corvette Stingray, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and some BMW 3 Series. Really, I’m only scratching the surface of what vehicles come with Electric Power Steering. If you really want to know what you have, when you take your vehicle in for an oil change at Active Green and Ross ask the service advisor when you drop it off.

 

This month’s photo: I know you all recognize the steering wheel.  Well this is how it connects to your wheels.  You can see the tie rods at the bottom on both ends and ultimately your wheels are connected here as well with a few other bits and pieces…

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