What are Fuel Additives and When Should You Use Them?

February 9, 2018

You have seen the advertisements, and you wonder if fuel additives are worth the hype. Some claim to improve fuel economy, while others promise that they will make your engine last longer. Yes, there are benefits to using fuel additives, but before you can pick which one suits your vehicle, you need to consider the various types. Not all vehicles need fuel additives, while some…

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Tire Pressure: Does the Air in Your Tire Really Matter?

February 9, 2018

Forgetting about your vehicle’s tires is easy. After all, they are not in front of you every day, and even while driving, it is normal to take them for granted. Yet, those tires on your vehicle are critical to keeping you and others (your passengers, as well as other drivers) safe on the road. One of the most critical safety checks you can perform on…

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What is a Timing Belt and When Should It be Replaced?

February 9, 2018

Your vehicle relies on numerous components to run, and one that you might have forgotten about was the timing belt. Timing belts are critical components in vehicle engines, and without them, engine performance would fail. Therefore, when you bring your vehicle in for auto repair and you are told you need a new one, it is not something you should ignore. To fully embrace the…

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When Should You Change Your Wiper Blades?

February 9, 2018

Your wiper blades most likely have not been changed recently, let alone in the past year. However, they should regularly be replaced as part of maintaining your vehicle’s safety. When wiper blades are too old, they cannot contact the glass properly, which leads to annoying squeaking sounds, smears, streaks, and minimal visibility; which is the last thing you want to be dealing with while driving…

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Everything You Want to Know About Buying Winter Tires

February 9, 2018

Living in the Vancouver area, you know that winter is harsh; more so when you have to drive in it. Even if the hail, sleet, and freezing rain has already begun, it is never too late to buy yourself a quality set of winter tires. Winter tires provide you the grip you need to drive safely in fresh powder, frozen over snow, and ice. If…

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Is Your Vehicle Ready for Winter?

February 9, 2018

Winter is already here, which means it is time for your vehicle’s seasonal tune-up. After all, you tune-up your home’s air conditioner for summer, and the furnace in the winter. In much the same way, it is important to also tune-up your vehicle for the harsh conditions of winter. Doing so might save you thousands in repairs, and of course the hassle of a breakdown…

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How Clean is Your Gas Tank?

December 28, 2017

When you refuel, do you consider the cleanliness of your gas tank? If you are like most car owners, you do not think twice about it. However, if you have ever replaced a fuel pump, then you are more than aware of how much a dirty gas tank can cost you. In fact, the leading cause of fuel pump replacements is a gas tank. Think…

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Do You Need Winter Tires When the Temperature Drops below 7C?

November 30, 2017

The temperatures are dropping fast throughout the country, but do you need those winter tires on your vehicle just yet? If you are still sporting your summer treads, you might notice your tires slip plenty but do not provide you with any traction; primarily as the ice forms on the roadway. All-season and summer tires are just not meant for Canadian winters; regardless of how…

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A Quick Guide to Warning Lights on the Dashboard

November 28, 2017

If you look at your vehicle’s dash panel carefully, you will see numerous symbols. Naturally, you might not put much thought into those small indicators until one illuminates. A light on the dash is no reason to panic, but it is your vehicle’s way of telling you that it is time to act. Not only should you bring in your vehicle for auto repair in…

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How Important is a Vehicle’s Air Filter?

November 22, 2017

You do not put much thought into your car’s air filter until your technician tells you on your oil change appointment that it needs replacing. While it might seem like an insignificant component of your vehicle, your air filter is critical; just as the air filter in your home’s HVAC system is essential. When you change the air filter of your car regularly, you can…

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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.