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Understanding the Difference Between Engine Oil and Transmission Fluid

August 31, 2022

Engine oil and transmission fluid are two essential yet vastly different fluids for your vehicle. A surprising number of people damage their cars by substituting one of these fluids for the other. Understanding these fluids and how they work can help you better care for your vehicle. Engine Oil Engine oil is formulated to protect the parts inside an internal combustion engine. Oil lubricates the…

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What to Do When You See the Change Oil Light on Your Dashboard

August 31, 2022

Oil is one of the most crucial fluids in your car, so when your dashboard oil lights come on, don’t ignore them. Your vehicle has two oil lights: one tells you it’s time for an oil change, and the other tells you there’s a problem with the oil pressure. Here’s more information on what these lights mean and what you need to do when you…

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Why You Should Never Let Your Tire Pressure Get Low

July 22, 2022

According to the Canada Safety Council, 23 per cent of vehicles are driving with at least one tire underinflated by 20 per cent or more. That’s a chance you shouldn’t take on the road. Here’s a guide to the risks and what to do to prevent low tire pressure. Risks of Low Tire Pressure Under-inflated tires are a leading cause of tire failure. More rubber touches…

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What Is Coolant or Antifreeze, and Why Is It Essential for Your Vehicle?

July 22, 2022

Coolant is essential to your car’s cooling system, and your engine would quickly die without it. Yet coolant is one of the fluids seldom checked or changed by car owners. To ensure your car is operating at peak performance, you should know what engine coolant does and when to change it. What is Engine Coolant or Antifreeze? Coolant and antifreeze are two contradictory words that describe…

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Signs of Low Tire Pressure

July 22, 2022

Despite the dangers of driving on underinflated tires, research shows that most cars on the road have at least one insufficiently inflated tire. Here’s why you should always drive with properly inflated tires and how to know if your tires have low pressure. Benefits of Correctly Inflated Tires Driving with correctly inflated tires has numerous safety and financial advantages, including: Decreased risk of blowouts. Low…

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How often should you change your vehicle’s fluids

June 2, 2022

Your vehicle’s fluid levels are the lifeblood of your car. Fluids lubricate and cool the engine, and they support your vehicle’s major systems. Leaks or a failure to change your car fluids can have catastrophic consequences. Here are some of the essential fluids in your car and when you should change them. Motor oil Motor oil lubricates the engine’s pistons, valves and other moving parts,…

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Warning signs it’s time to replace your vehicle’s spark plugs

June 2, 2022

Spark plugs are essential for your engine to start and for your car to run smoothly and efficiently. Old or worn spark plugs can cause your engine to knock and misfire, resulting in disastrous and costly consequences. Here are four signs that it’s time to replace your vehicle’s spark plugs. The check engine light is on Your car’s internal diagnostic system will detect if your…

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What are spark plugs, and why are they important for your engine?

June 2, 2022

Spark plugs may be small, but they pack a punch. Your engine couldn’t start or run without them. That’s why you must be aware of what your spark plugs do and why they’re important. Here’s more on the importance of spark plugs and some signs they might be wearing out. What spark plugs do Cars have internal combustion engines, burning fuel to create the energy…

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Cabin Air filter 101: a complete guide on understating air filters

May 11, 2022

Just like the furnace filter in your home, the cabin air  filter in your car requires attention. It’s an essential piece of your car’s heating and air conditioning system and helps remove allergens and other contaminants from the air you breathe. A clean and well-maintained cabin air filter will make your vehicle a healthier place for you and your passengers. Here’s what you need to…

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Essential car maintenance checklist before going on a road trip

May 11, 2022

For thousands of Canadians, summertime means planning a road trip. Your travel checklist may include what to pack and how to get to your destination. However, you should also create a list for the vehicle that’ll get you there. If you don’t inspect your car, you could end up stuck on the roadside instead of having a wonderful time with your family. Here’s a quick…

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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.