Why You Need a Tune Up after Summer Driving

August 30, 2019

Between family road trips and chauffeuring your kids to friends’ houses and sporting events, your car goes through a lot in the summer months. That’s why it’s recommended that you bring it in for a tune up as the season winds down. Doing so will ensure your car is in peak condition going into the cooler months.   Oil Change You should have the oil…

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How to Check Your Tires for Wear

August 30, 2019

Worn tires can make driving in inclement weather dangerous, as braking on wet or snow-covered roads will be much less effective. Additionally, they’re susceptible to blowouts as they can be more easily punctured. In order to continue driving safely, it’s important that you know when and how to check your tires for wear.   When to Check Your Tires Your tires should be checked every…

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How Temperature Affects Oil Performance

August 30, 2019

Most drivers know that oil changes are an important part of routine vehicular maintenance. However, a lot more goes into maintaining good oil performance than just replenishing it every few months. Temperature’s also a big factor and here’s how it affects your car’s oil.   Temperature & Viscosity When oil experiences extreme spikes or drops in temperature, the main consequence is a change in its…

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Brake Wear & Tear Explained

August 30, 2019

While brakes seem relatively simple, there are several different pieces that go into ensuring they work well. That’s why it’s important to stay on top of maintenance and understand the mechanisms behind different types of brakes to know which parts may need replacement or repair.   Why Do Brakes Wear Out? The state of your brakes will depend on a lot of things. They typically…

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What Your Transmission Needs to Stay Healthy

August 30, 2019

Transmission servicing, just like an oil change, helps keep your car in top shape. Depending on your car’s transmission type, there are different types of service which can be performed by your mechanic. While most drivers know it needs to be done, not everyone understands why, so here are a few examples from the team at Minit-Tune & Brake.   Automatic Transmission Fluid Exchange In…

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I’ve Hit a Huge Pothole! What Kind of Auto Repair Should I Expect to Need?

July 18, 2019

Potholes can be quite damaging for your vehicle and with the extreme weather variances that Canadian’s experience (particularly in Vancouver) – they can be quite common.  There are times when the Ministry of Transportation can’t keep up with the damage done to the roads, and it’s important for any driver to take precautions on the road until the ministry is able to do so. Unfortunately,…

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A History of Brakes – by Minit-Tune’s Auto Repair Experts

July 18, 2019

We have come a long way from the horse and buggy. Amongst the most important mechanical innovations of the last two centuries are the complicated braking systems that make our automobiles so safe today. As motorized vehicles became more and more common, people began to discover more sophisticated ways of controlling their cars. From the 19th century to our precision braking technology of today, let’s…

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Different Types of Driving Distractions

June 19, 2019

Driving is an activity that many of us take for granted. Flying phobias are much more common than driving phobias or fears, yet the likelihood of you being injured in a car accident than a flight is significantly higher? What people often ignore is just how dangerous driving can actually be. We are travelling in something that usually weighs over a thousand pounds at incredibly…

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Sure Signs It’s Time for an Oil Change

June 19, 2019

Your car’s oil is one of the most important fluids for the overall health of your vehicle. While gasoline may be the lifeblood of any car, oil is what ultimately keeps the engine lubricated and keeps everything running as it should. If the oil gets too dirty or the level is too low, you can do irreparable damage to your car’s engine. Not only is…

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What Should You Do Before Making a Final Vehicle Purchase?

May 17, 2019

Most of us understand that there’s a certain level of risk that comes with purchasing a used or preowned vehicle. This risk gets exponentially worse when you pick your car up from an unknown lot or purchase it from a private seller. If you have ever experienced the disappointment of buying a vehicle that you thought would be exceptional, only to figure out that it’s…

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Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres Address Common Issues

Here at Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres in British Columbia, we’re always pleased to help our customers get the most out of their cars and trucks. To that end, we’ll add a relevant blog topic from time to time to keep you up to date and getting the most out of your vehicle.