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How To Protect Your Car From Road Salt This Winter

October 21, 2021

Road salt makes streets and highways less icy and safer to drive on in winter. Unfortunately, the chemicals it contains are corrosive and can damage your vehicle. Here’s why road salt is harmful and some tips on how to protect your car from corrosion this winter. What road salt does and why it’s harmful Road salt contains sodium chloride, which lowers the freezing point of…

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Everything You Need To Know About Engine Block Heaters

October 21, 2021

An engine block heater can help ensure your car will start on even the coldest Canadian winter day. Freezing temperatures can damage your car’s engine, and a block heater will prolong the life of your vehicle if you live in a cold climate. Here’s everything you need to know about this device. What an engine block heater does A block heater helps keep your car…

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When Should You Use Your Emergency Brake?

October 21, 2021

Also called a parking brake, many drivers are unclear about when and how to correctly use their emergency brake. However, being familiar with this essential component can make your vehicle safer and prolong its lifespan. Here’s what you should know. How your emergency brake works Your emergency brake is part of your vehicle’s overall braking system, although it functions independently from your primary brakes. Using…

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How To Safely Drive Through Standing Water

September 21, 2021

Flooded roads are dangerous, and if you happen to come across one, it’s best to turn around and drive the other way. This is because standing water can hide hazards such as logs, rocks and potholes. Plus, it’s all too easy to lose control of a vehicle traversing even small pools of water. In fact, it only takes 15 centimetres of water to flood your…

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The Pros And Cons Of Ceramic, Organic And Metallic Brake Pads

September 21, 2021

If your car vibrates, makes noise or pulls to one side when you brake, it’s important to get your brakes checked as soon as possible. In most cases, replacing the brake pads will resolve the issue. However, there are three types: organic, ceramic and metallic. Here’s what you should know about each kind. Organic brake pads At one time, brake pads were made of asbestos.…

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8 Tips For Reducing Glare When Driving On Sunny Days

September 21, 2021

Glare from the sun and the headlights of other vehicles is more than just an annoyance: it’s dangerous. An extensive study conducted at Canada’s largest trauma hospital in Toronto found the risk of being in a life-threatening crash was 16 per cent higher during periods of direct sunlight than it was in normal weather. To reduce blinding glare, follow these eight safety tips. 1. Avoid…

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Summer Tires Versus All-Season Tires

September 21, 2021

The tires you choose will impact the way your vehicle handles and how safe it is to drive. Though getting all-season tires may seem like a good idea, are they better than summer tires? Here’s what you should know about summer and all-season tires. Summer tires These tires are designed to provide superior traction in warm weather, and they’re made from rubber compounds with sticky…

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4 Ways Running On Empty Can Harm Your Vehicle

August 27, 2021

In addition to stopping you from getting where you need to go, driving on empty can damage your vehicle. Here are four specific ways not having enough fuel in your tank can cause problems. It can clog your fuel filter Your fuel tank can collect debris and sediment over time. Usually, this isn’t a big deal as the material simply settles to the bottom of…

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Debunking 4 Car Maintenance Myths

August 27, 2021

Are you throwing away hard-earned dollars on car maintenance you don’t need? There are many myths about car maintenance that people still believe. Knowing the truth can help you make better decisions about how to properly care for your vehicle. Here are four common car maintenance myths. 1. You must change the oil every 5,000 kilometres This may have been true a long time ago,…

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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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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.