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How to inspect the belts and hoses on your car

January 22, 2022

  Belts and hoses play an essential role in your car’s ability to function safely and efficiently. If these components fail, you may find yourself contending with an overheated engine, loss of power steering or an electrical charging system failure. These are all issues best avoided, so make sure to have your belts and hoses inspected as part of your car’s regular maintenance. The causes…

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5 tips for choosing an auto repair shop

January 22, 2022

  You depend on your vehicle to safely transport you and your loved ones, so you don’t want to rely on just anyone to handle its repairs and general upkeep. There’s a lot to consider when searching for an auto repair shop but, if you put in the effort, you’ll thank yourself later. Here are five tips to follow when deciding where to bring your…

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Consumers Choice Award Winner 16 Years Straight

January 15, 2022

Minit-Tune Brake & Auto Centres is proud to announce that we’ve received the 2022 Consumer Choice for Auto Repair in Vancouver! It’s the 16th year in a row that we’ve earned this prestigious title, and it’s a testament to the outstanding service we provide to every customer who visits our auto centres. For more than 30 years, Consumers Choice Awards (CCA) has recognized and promoted business…

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5 Warning Signs of Faulty Wheel Bearings

December 13, 2021

Wheel bearings connect your car’s wheels to axles. They’re steel rings with small, lubricated steel balls inside them that allow the wheels to spin at high speeds with minimal friction. Although rare, faulty bearings can cause an entire wheel to fall off your car while you’re driving. Learning when your wheel bearings need to be replaced can help you prevent dangerous driving situations and keep…

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6 Signs You Need To Replace Your Power Steering Pump

December 13, 2021

A power steering pump is an integral piece of your car’s steering and suspension system.  It sends fluid to your car’s steering components to help you quickly and easily steer. Identifying when your pump is having trouble can prevent costly repairs and dangerous driving situations. Here are six signs of a worn-out power steering pump. 1. There’s a squealing sound when you start the car…

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9 Steps to Replace a Flat Tire

December 13, 2021

Many drivers will need to deal with a flat tire at some point in their lifetime. It may seem daunting, but changing a flat tire is a relatively simple process. Follow these nine steps to get moving again quickly. 1. Pull over If you suspect you have a flat tire, slow down and find an area on the side of the road away from traffic…

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Everything You Need to Know About Engine Block Heaters

October 19, 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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How To Protect Your Car From Road Salt This Winter

October 19, 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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When Should You Use Your Emergency Brake

October 19, 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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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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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.