Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - May 2012

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This spring has been pretty busy with me giving car care clinics and they are starting to wind down.  If you are interested in attending a clinic be sure to check out the website as I update it as soon as a clinic is booked. 

Since this month’s topic is the “30 Point Inspection”, which is what you get when you get an oil change, I thought I would share with you a tidbit from my clinics.  This year more than any other year, I’ve seen quite a few vehicles where the oil is barely touching the dipstick.  This isn’t good!  When was the last time you checked your oil?  Adding some oil before you are due for an oil change is much less expensive than having to replace a seized engine because you ran it out of oil…………. Remember, as a vehicle gets more kilometers on it, you are likely to start burning oil. If your vehicle is newer, perhaps you have an oil leak?


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Ralph Chiodo founded Active Green and Ross, and he’s been in the automotive business since 1959. Active Green and Ross was originally called Active Tire and in 1993, Ralph bought Green and Ross. In 1995, Active Green and Ross became the new operating name and now there are over 75 locations in Ontario.

This month's topic: 30 Point Inspection and why it’s important.

When you take your vehicle in for an oil change, have you ever asked your service advisor what they are checking?  Or, do you assume you are just getting an oil change and nothing else? Some automotive service providers do really only change your oil.  Which in my opinion isn’t good.  Having an oil change on your vehicle is like going to the doctor for a “check up”.  Not only are you revitalizing the engines “life blood”, you are also likely to avoid some potential costly repairs by catching them before they become catastrophic.  Every time you take your vehicle into an Active Green and Ross for an oil change, the technicians perform a 30 Point Inspection on your vehicle.  When the oil change is complete the service advisor should be going over the inspection sheet with you and inputting this information into their system as well.

I won’t write everything here that gets inspected, but if you look at the photo below you will be able to see the full inspection sheet.  Some of the items that get inspected during an oil change are: tire tread wear, brake pad wear, battery, all fluids, ball joints and your wiper blades.  When the technicians are inspecting your vehicle they fill out the full sheet and they have to check off one of three categories.  At the top of your inspection sheet you will see the letters “O”, “S” and “R” and “comments”.  “O” means everything is “okay”,  “S” means it is “suggested” based on your maintenance schedule, and “R” means that it is “required”.  Perhaps the “required” box is checked off because there is a failure or a failure is about to happen.  At this point the technician should be writing something in the “comments” section to help the service advisor.  Ideally, when you take your vehicle in for an oil change you would like for all of the “O” boxes to be checked off, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case.

Being proactive with your vehicle maintenance is important for both your pocket book and your safety.  The last thing you want is to be broke down on the side of the road.  So if you are ready for an oil change make sure you take your vehicle into an Active Green and Ross and you’ll get a complimentary 30 Point Inspection.

Take care of your car and it will take care of you!

This months photo:

30 Point Inspection Sheet

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