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When to Use Premium Gasoline

August 3, 2021

When you pull up to the gas pump, do you choose premium or regular gasoline? Premium gasoline sounds like it should be a better choice for your vehicle, but this isn’t the case. Learning the difference between premium and regular gasoline can help you decide which type of petrol you should use. Understanding Premium Gasoline Premium gasoline has a higher-octane rating (91 to 93) than…

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Driving On Gravel Roads: What You Need To Know

July 27, 2021

Driving on gravel roads is very different from driving on paved streets and highways. If you don’t adjust your driving habits accordingly, you’re likely to lose control of your vehicle and end up in a ditch, or worse. Here’s why gravel roads are more dangerous and some tips to navigate them safely. Why Driving On A Gravel Road Is Dangerous Several things make gravel roads…

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Why A Pre-Purchase Inspection Is Important

July 27, 2021

Before you buy a used vehicle, consider getting a pre-purchase inspection (PPI). A PPI conducted by a professional mechanic will provide you with the assurance you need that the car you’re buying is safe and reliable. Here’s what you should know about getting one and how it can help you when you’re buying a used vehicle. What is a pre-purchase inspection? A PPI is an…

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How to Clean Cloudy Headlights

June 18, 2021

Headlights help you see the road when you’re driving in dark, foggy, rainy or snowy conditions. Newer vehicles have headlights that are made of polycarbonate plastics instead of glass. Although these headlights are more resistant to scratches, exposure to UV rays causes the outer layer to degrade over time, resulting in a dull, hazy appearance that can obscure visibility when driving at night. If you…

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The Difference Between Synthetic and Conventional Oil

June 18, 2021

What’s the difference between synthetic and conventional oil? Is one better than the other? It’s not unusual for car owners to have these and other questions about their engine oil. Here’s what you should know. Synthetic versus conventional oil Conventional motor oils come from crude oil that’s extracted and refined, while synthetic oils are manufactured in a lab and contain fewer impurities. One of the…

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What To Do if Your Car Overheats

June 9, 2021

A car that gets too hot is dangerous and can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Unfortunately, car engines can overheat for many reasons A cooling system leak, a seized water pump, failed thermostat, not enough coolant and other issues can all result in your vehicle getting too hot. However, there are steps you can take to prevent your car from overheating and to cool…

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Why Your Car’s Air Conditioning Isn’t Working and How to Fix It

June 9, 2021

There are many advantages to having air conditioning in your car, especially on hot, humid days. However, a vehicle’s AC system is complex and relies on the proper functioning of many different components , hoses and lines. Here are some of the reasons why your car’s AC may not be working and how you can fix it. Signs your vehicle’s AC stopped working In most…

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4 Road Trips Within a Few Hours of Vancouver

April 29, 2021

With summer just around the corner, many Vancouverites are looking forward to getting in their car and hitting the open road. Though the entire province is full of beautiful places to explore, the Lower Mainland is particularly rich in stunning vistas, romantic coastlines and dramatic mountain ranges. Once the current pandemic restrictions are lifted and it is safe to travel between health regions, here are…

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Get Your Car Ready for Spring With Our Maintenance Checklist

April 23, 2021

Canadian winters can be tough on your vehicle. Freezing weather conditions, ice, and road salt are just a few of the things that can damage your car. Consequently, spring is a great time to address the wear and tear caused by winter driving. Here are a few ways to prepare your car for spring. 1.) Remove your winter tires Although winter tires are not mandatory…

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Why Do My Tires Need To Be Rotated And How Often Should It Be Done?

March 29, 2021

Tire rotation is an important maintenance task for your car that involves switching the positions of your tires. This is necessary to ensure even wear of the tread and that your tires last as long as possible. Keeping up with regular tire rotation will help keep you safe while you’re driving and save you money in the long run. Why do tires need to be…

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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.