Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - September 2013

 

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Fall is officially here and although we’ve been having some really great weather, it still feels like fall is in the air.  Unfortunately, this also means that cold weather will be following in “Falls” footsteps.  October is Car Safety Month and this is what I will be talking about in this newsletter.  I wanted to thank those of you who have sent me questions via email.  I try to answer them all, but remember that I am not a technician or own a shop, so if you are looking for pricing or a diagnosis please refer to your local Active Green and Ross.  They will be better able to help you with these questions.


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Daylight savings time happens on November 3 at 2:00am.  We go back one hour.  So we get to sleep in :)

This month's topic: Car Safety Month

Car Safety Month is different from May’s Car Care Month in that we focus on items on our vehicle that keep us safe.  Our headlights, wiper blades and brakes would be examples of safety items.  (Just like at home we try to keep our home safe by installing fire alarms and changing the batteries when they are done.)  With it getting darker earlier and many people are wearing darker colours in the fall, it can sometimes be difficult to see people while we are driving as they are walking across the road or along the side of the road if you live in a rural area.

Many people have burned out headlights and brake lights on their vehicle.  So be sure to do a circle check (walk around) with someone helping you to make sure all of your lights are working.  If people don’t know you are braking or turning because of a burned out bulb, that’s a safety problem.  Also, don’t forget to turn your full headlight system on if it is raining.  It is much harder to see a vehicle when it is raining and your taillights aren’t illuminated either.  

Your wiper blades also impact your ability to see if they are in need of changing.  Remember that wiper blades should be changed twice a year.   Fall is the time to change your wipers. Plus we are getting more rain in the fall then we do in the summer so we want to see where we are going!

Your braking system is one of your most important safety systems on your vehicle.  Your brakes are also a normal wear item on your vehicle and how you drive will greatly impact how quickly you were your brakes out.  Quality parts will also impact brake wear.  Here are some symptoms that there is something wrong with your braking system: the car pulls to one side during braking, the brake pedal pulsates when applying the brakes, the brake pedal feels “mushy”, there is a noise when stepping on the brake pedal and the master cylinder constantly needs refilling.  If you are noticing any of these symptoms you should take your vehicle into your local Active Green and Ross store to have them checked out.  Try to be as specific as possible as to what the brakes are doing, this will help the technician determine the problem quicker.

I always say your vehicle talks to you every time you drive.  So if you are noticing any of the things I just mentioned, it’s time to take your vehicle in for service.

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