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How to Choose the Right Tires for Your Vehicle

February 7, 2023

All-season tires may seem like an easy, less-expensive choice for your vehicle, but they’re not necessarily the best. Choosing quality winter or summer tires can make driving safer on Vancouver streets and British Columbia’s highways. Here are some tips for choosing the best tires for your car. How to Determine the Correct Tire Size When choosing replacement tires for your car, you must determine the…

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6 Reasons Your Car Battery Keeps Draining

February 7, 2023

A dead car battery can leave you stranded in the worst of situations. By understanding what causes a dead battery, you can take steps to extend your car battery life and prevent your car battery from draining. Here are six reasons why your car battery could die. 1. You left the headlights on Newer car models feature headlights that turn off automatically when you stop…

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Things That Can Void Your Car’s Warranty

February 6, 2023

One of the advantages of buying a new car from a dealership is that it comes with a warranty. This means the manufacturer covers the cost of repairs for a certain number of years or kilometres. However, to ensure you’re protected, you must make sure you don’t unintentionally void your car warranty. Here’s how to avoid car warranty issues. What Can Cause Your Warranty Claim…

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How to Choose the Right Coolant for BC Winters

January 10, 2023

Driving in British Columbia winters can be treacherous. From strong winds and heavy snow to freezing rain and slippery slush, your vehicle gets put through the wringer. Ensuring your car has proper antifreeze will keep your engine running smoothly in any conditions. Here’s what you need to know about choosing the right coolant. What’s Antifreeze? Antifreeze, or coolant, is a glycol-based fluid made primarily from ethylene glycol…

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5 Signs Your Vehicle’s Oil Pan is Leaking

January 9, 2023

Engine oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. Without it, your car simply can’t run. Therefore, it’s crucial to keep your oil levels topped up at all times. Even a small leak can have disastrous consequences if not caught early on. Here are five signs your oil pan has a leak. The low oil warning light comes on If the low oil warning light illuminates…

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Everything You Need to Know About Out-Of-Province Car Inspections

January 9, 2023

Did you recently purchase a vehicle outside of BC? Bringing it back home may be more challenging than you think. First, your vehicle may be subject to an out-of-province inspection required by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. To ensure complete compliance, here’s a quick guide to answer your questions and help you determine if you need an inspection. When Is an Out-Of-Province Inspection Required?…

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Winter Tire Rules for B.C. Drivers

November 22, 2022

Winter road conditions in B.C. can vary wildly over short distances. You can begin your trip on a dry road under a sunny sky but soon end up battling treacherous snow and icy highways on a high mountain pass. That’s why there are strict snow tire rules in B.C., and it’s your responsibility to equip your car correctly. Here’s what you should know about winter…

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Winter Car Maintenance Tips: Get Your Car Ready for Winter

November 22, 2022

B.C. winters can be hard on your vehicle. That’s why winter car care is essential for keeping your ride running smoothly and efficiently. Booking a winter car maintenance service at a reputable and trusted auto centre has many benefits. Here are some winter car maintenance tips to help get your vehicle ready for winter. What Does Winter Car Maintenance Do for Your Vehicle? Annual winter…

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How Long Should Brake Pads Last?

November 4, 2022

Brake maintenance, including brake pad replacement, is necessary from time to time. It’s how you can trust your brakes will work when you need them the most. How long do brake pads last? Here’s an answer to that question, plus some factors that affect a brake pad’s lifespan. Brake Pads Lifespan Generally, you can drive between 48,000 to 110,000 kilometres before changing your brake pads.…

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5 Signs You Need to Schedule a Brake Fluid Flush

November 4, 2022

Brake fluid is vital to your car’s braking system. The hydraulic fluid transfers pressure from your brake pedal to the discs and drums, so the harder you press the pedal, the faster you stop. It also lubricates the parts and protects them from corrosion. Replacing your brake fluid before it gets too old is vital to your vehicle’s safety. Here are five signs 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.