Car Care Tips

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Take care of your car before you need to...


Air Conditioning

Remember the hazy, lazy days of summer. Lying on the beach, cooling off in the water. Then walking back to the car, opening the door and being hit with the wall of super heated air. First thing is to start the car and put the air conditioning on full force.

If you have an older car, the refrigerant used is likely freon or R-12. However, R-12, is partially responsible for depletion of the ozone layer. The refrigerant is no longer manufactured and its use is strictly controlled. If you have a failure with your air conditioning system, you will likely require a conversion kit to modify the type of coolant used to a much less harmful R-134a. These conversions are reliable, and let you do your part to protect the environment.

 

Brakes

The leading cause of traffic accidents is brake failure. WOW!

And brake failure is nearly always preventable. Stop worrying about potential failures and enjoy peace of mind. Wally's Auto Service is a brake specialist.

Come in for a brake inspection. We will check

Checking your brake system regularly will often save you in the long run. Replacing worn pads before they damage the disks or drums is a modest cost. If you wait until your car is sounding like a streetcar, you will likely have more extensive repairs and a higher cost.

If any work is necessary, we will give you a choice of parts. A better grade of materials (pads for example) may be one of the best bargains around. They will last longer and perform better then standard grades. You are in control. Both here at Wally's Auto Service and on the road when the need arises.

 

Oil Changes

Every one from your father to your buddies to your bank manager has said to change your oil regularly. Well, everyone at Wally's Auto Service will join the chorus. Your engine generates temperatures in excess of 200 degrees, or higher. Your motor oil lubricates and helps to cool your engine.

Over time motor oil loses some of its viscosity (its ability to flow). It is recommended that you change the oil in your car every 5,000 kilometres. Just call us at Wally's Auto Service. We can change your oil this time or set up a schedule for you to regularly have your oil changed with the seasons, or each month depending on your driving habits.

And be sure to check your oil regularly. The proper fluid level is important to have your engine function at its peak efficiency.

 

Suspension

You will begin to notice:

Once you take it to Wally's Auto Service the first things that we look for are:

Loss of control of any vehicle will endanger lives of others on the road. If you are concerned about your car, call us today at (905) 356-7022. We will carefully examine your car and give you the options you want to repair the situation.

 

Tires

Get a Grip!

Have you ever stopped to think how much contact your car actually has with the road? Your car (and YOU) stay on the road because of 4 hand-sized pieces of rubber compound. Let's keep your tires properly inflated and rotated. And let's replace your tires when the tread gets worn.

But there's more to it than that. Your tires can also be an early warning system for other problems.

Here at Wally's Auto Service, we like to see your tires and know what to look for. Bring them in for a visit.

 

Transmission

When you position yourself behind the steering wheel, turn the ignition key, shift the gear lever into "D" and press down on the accelerator pedal, you expect your car to move forward. If this is not happening, chances are it's a little late for preventative maintenance on your transmission.

The technicians at Wally's Auto Service take the maintenance of automatic transmissions very seriously.

They know that regularly adjusting the bands and replacing the filter and fluid will ensure your transmission is cooperative when you ask it to propel your car forward, or to move it backward. And it won't wake your neighbours in the process. With our tender loving care, your transmission will operate smoothly, and quietly, too.

You yourself can help to keep your transmission happy. Here's some good driving tips to extend its life:

Call us today, and together we'll make sure your transmission continues to move you ahead.

 

Tune-Ups

Today's engines operate better, last longer and are more fuel-efficient than engines of 10 or 20 years ago. And in order to keep them working at their peak performance, they continue to need a regular tune-up. Today's tune-up is very different than one from 20 years ago. Yes, we still check the plugs, filters and fluid levels, but these days there is a very different aspect to a tune-up.

Today's engines work better in part because of the computer-controlled electronics in your engine compartment. These complex components are designed to talk directly the scopes and diagnostic equipment here at Wally's Auto Service. Our trained technicians can interpret the readings, spotting small difficulties before they become expensive problems. Their technical expertise will ensure that your fuel efficiency is optimized, that your car is running reliably and no problems are looming.

Never before has a tune-up been able to tell us so much about your car. Never has a tune-up been more necessary to automotive peace of mind. Phone us at (905) 356-7022 and have one of our skilled technicians schedule a tune-up appointment for you!