Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - April 2016

 

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We certainly had a mild winter, but spring sure has been slow to come in my opinion.  Although we did have some amazing weather a couple of weekends ago..  I want my gardens to come up! :-)  If you still have your winter tires on you should be making an appointment to get them off sooner than later.  Remember that the warm temperatures wear out your winter tires quicker.   As you get this newsletter it will be the start of May which is Car Care Month and just in case you didn’t know, October is Car Safety Month.  Since May is Car Care Month that is what I will talk about here.  Taking care of your investment so that it lasts longer and doesn’t let you down!

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Active Green and Ross has over 70 locations across Southern Ontario.  If you have a problem, are out of town and need repairs you can go to another Active Green and Ross store and they can pull up your vehicle information, just like you had been there before!

This month's topic: Car Care Month

Some of you may have the attitude “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. Let me tell you this isn’t a good attitude to have towards your vehicle. Some of you may feel that there’s nothing you can do to your vehicle because of all of the vehicle technology. Guess what, we can still do preventative maintenance. What does preventive maintenance include and why is it important? Your car is like your body. If you don’t treat your body well by having a poor diet or by not moisturizing your skin eventually it will let you down, as will your car! The other thing to keep in mind about your vehicle is that on average you will spend $1200/year for vehicle maintenance. You should be trying to save $100/month to pay for your vehicle…

Things you can do to maintain your vehicle:

Changing your oil regularly is one of the most important things you can do to your vehicle. This is the lifeblood of your vehicle. Make sure you have it changed when you reach the number of kilometers your sticker says or the number of months. Whichever comes first.

When was the last time you changed your wipers? You may have noticed that when you used them while it was raining that maybe you couldn’t see so well? Wipers should be changed twice a year.. Spring and Fall Have them changed when you are having an oil change. That’s what I do.

Do you know if you have a cabin air filter? This should be changed once a year. Spring is a good time especially if you suffer from allergies. It takes the pollen out of the air and filters down to two microns. ( As an aside: I was at a shop the other day and I saw a cabin air filter that still had the dead mouse in it!)

Your air filter should also be changed once a year. Your vehicle will start to feel sluggish if your filter gets too clogged up.

Your serpentine belt(s), radiator hoses and fluid should also be checked but not necessarily changed. Have a look at your maintenance schedule or ask your local Active Green and Ross since they have the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) maintenance specifications in their computer.

The above items are all items are items that should be checked and or be replaced for preventive maintenance. The last thing you want is to be travelling somewhere with your kids or to work and break down on the side of the road because of something that could be avoided. Been there, done that and have the t-shirt.

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