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Understanding British Columbia’s Snow Tire Requirements

January 16, 2024

Winter in British Columbia transforms the picturesque landscapes into a snow-covered wonderland, but it also brings challenges for drivers. B.C., known for its diverse climates and varying terrains, implements snow tire requirements to ensure road safety during the colder months. Here’s what you need to know about provincial winter tire rules. The basics of B.C. snow tire requirements British Columbia mandates snow tires or chains…

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Importance Of Using Proper Windshield Washer Fluid Instead Of Water To Prevent Freezing

January 16, 2024

Drivers must take extra precautions in winter to ensure their vehicles remain safe and functional in challenging weather conditions. Often overlooked is using proper windshield washer fluid instead of water. Here’s why choosing the correct fluid can make a significant difference in maintaining clear visibility and preventing potential hazards on the road. What’s windshield washer fluid? Windshield washer fluid is a specially formulated liquid designed…

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Consumer Choice Award Winner for the 18th Consecutive Year

December 14, 2023

For nearly 50 years, Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres has been the trusted one-stop shop for all your automotive repair and car care needs. Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres proudly operates 14 locations across British Columbia, offering simple services such as oil changes and tire rotations to complex mechanical and electrical repairs such as engine, driveline, brake and suspension fixes and diagnostics. Minit-Tune & Brake…

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Safe Winter Driving: A Guide For Navigating Icy Roads

December 14, 2023

Driving on icy, snow-covered roads demands unique skills and preparations to ensure you arrive at your destination safely. Hazards — like reduced traction, decreased visibility, and an increased risk of skidding — require a proactive approach to driving and a commitment to equipping your vehicle with the right tools. Here are some must-haves to ensure your next winter drive is safe. Snow tires Snow tires…

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The Importance Of Antifreeze In Engine Health

December 14, 2023

A crucial part of winter car maintenance is your engine’s antifreeze level and concentration. Understanding and maintaining the right balance can prevent engine freezing issues and ensure your car operates smoothly. Here’s a guide for keeping your engine running optimally, even during the most bitter cold snap. Antifreeze explained Antifreeze — known as coolant — regulates your engine’s temperature and prevents it from overheating and…

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Do I Need A Coolant Drain Or Flush For My Car?

November 22, 2023

Coolant, also known as antifreeze, helps regulate the temperature of your car’s engine and prevents it from overheating. However, over time, coolant can become contaminated, which can make it less effective, so maintaining your vehicle’s cooling system is crucial for optimal performance. Here’s what you need to know about coolant. What’s a coolant flush? A coolant flush is the process of removing old, degraded coolant…

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How Long Should A New Car Battery Last?

November 22, 2023

Did you know that the average lifespan of a car battery is between three and five years? While some batteries can last longer, it’s around this time that you might start to notice a decrease in performance. Here are five ways to boost your car battery’s longevity. Drive regularly If you only use your car for short trips or don’t drive for weeks on end,…

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Signs You Need To Replace Your Brake Rotors And Brake Pads

October 13, 2023

While you may be diligent about changing your brake pads, the condition of your brake rotors is equally important. Neglecting these components can lead to decreased stopping power, compromised safety and a costly repair. Here are five signs that it’s time to replace both your brake rotors and brake pads. Squealing or grinding noises. Unusual noises when you apply the brakes are often an early…

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Should You Replace All Four Brakes At The Same Time?

October 13, 2023

Understanding when and why to replace your brake pads is crucial for safe driving and cost-effective maintenance. One common question that arises is whether you should replace all four brakes at the same time. Here’s what you need to know. How brake pads work When you press the brake pedal, hydraulic pressure forces the brake calliper to squeeze the brake pads against the rotating brake…

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Do You Really Need Four Snow Tires?

September 26, 2023

As winter sets in and temperatures plummet below 7 C, many motorists prepare for driving on snow and ice by swapping their summer tires for winter tires. Do you really need to replace all four tires? Here’s a look at why experts agree that replacing all your tires is the safest route to take. What The Law Says Winter tires or chains are required on…

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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.

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