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4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Let Your Tire Pressure Get Low

January 29, 2021

Driving on tires with inadequate air pressure can be dangerous and expensive. Here are four reasons why you should never let your tire pressure get too low.   1.It causes undue wear on the tires Low tire pressure can distort your tire’s footprint, which is likely to increase tire wear on its inner and outer shoulder. This type of damage can shorten the longevity of…

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January 12, 2021

For nearly 45 years, Minit-Tune International has been honouring the outstanding dedication and consistent hard work of our Minit-Tune and Brake Auto Centre franchisees. Each year, a Franchisee of the Year is awarded recognition, praise, and the annual trophy. The annual trophy is the same original award, first presented to our winner in 1977. We are happy to announce that our Surrey (Scott Road) Minit-Tune…

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6 Signs That Your Alternator Is Failing

December 28, 2020

The alternator is a crucial part of your car’s electrical system. It powers most of the vehicle’s electrical components when the engine is running, including the headlights, windshield wipers, dashboard instruments, power steering and radio. The alternator is also what keeps the battery charged so that your car turns on whenever you need it. If your alternator starts to malfunction, it can eventually lead to…

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5 Wonderful Winter Road Trips Near Kelowna

December 22, 2020

  Do you need a change of scenery? Fortunately, you don’t have to go far to experience a relaxing winter getaway. Here are five destinations for every type of vacationer — all within driving distance of Kelowna.   1. Big White Ski Resort Just an hour outside of the city is a winter wonderland the whole family will enjoy. Its proximity to Kelowna makes Big…

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Out-Of-Province Antique Car Inspections: Frequently Asked Questions

December 2, 2020

  When importing a classic or antique car from outside the province, there are certain steps you need to go through to get it registered and plated in British Columbia. Here’s what you need to know about out-of-province inspections for antique cars in B.C.   Do I need an out-of-province inspection for my antique car? Yes. To plate an antique car in British Columbia, it…

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5 Telltale Signs Your Car Suspension Needs To Be Repaired

November 23, 2020

Your car’s suspension is the system that connects the vehicle chassis to the wheels. Made up of a number of interconnected parts, including shock absorbers, struts, stabilizer bar links, axles and springs, it allows your car to absorb bumps on the road and to accelerate and brake smoothly. It also helps to keep your tires firmly on the road when turning. In short, the suspension…

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5 Most Common Power Steering Problems Explained

October 27, 2020

Most people don’t think about the power steering in their car until it starts to break down. If your steering wheel is hard to turn, makes loud noises or feels jerky, it’s likely caused by one of the following power steering problems. 1. Low power steering fluid Your power steering system uses a special fluid to help transmit power to your steering system. Low levels…

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Things That Can Void Your Car’s Warranty

October 15, 2020

One of the advantages of buying a new car from a dealership is that it will come with a manufacturer’s warranty. This means the cost of repairs for a certain number of years or kilometres driven will be covered. However, in order to ensure you’re protected, you must make sure you don’t unintentionally void your warranty. Here’s what you should know. What types of things…

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Do I Need to Change My Filter Every Time I Get An Oil Change?

September 24, 2020

It’s standard procedure to get your oil filter replaced whenever you bring your car in for an oil change. In fact, at many automotive centres, a filter replacement is built into the price of your oil change. But is it truly necessary to swap out your oil filter this often? Here’s what you need to know about changing your oil filter. What your oil filter…

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What Can Cause A Vehicle to Fail an Out-Of-Province Inspection?

September 21, 2020

When you purchase a vehicle outside of British Columbia and bring it into the province, or move to British Columbia from another province, it may have to undergo an out-of-province inspection. It’s important to understand in advance that these inspections are pretty strict, and have to be in compliance with Commercial Vehicle Inspection Standards. In today’s blog, we’ve broken down the different categories involved in…

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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.