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What is an exhaust system: everything you need to know

April 6, 2022

Your vehicle’s exhaust system is made up of a complex system of pipes and devices that serve four essential functions: collect gases from the engine, remove harmful toxins from those gases, reduce engine noise and discharge the gases away from the car’s occupants. Knowing how your exhaust system works can help you identify problems and know when it’s time to take your car to a…

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4 benefits of frequent air conditioner checks

April 6, 2022

Your car’s air conditioning (AC) system is integral to keeping you and your passengers comfortable during the summer’s hottest days. If your AC breaks down, it can be expensive to fix and make your car unbearable to drive. Regular air conditioner checks can prevent expensive repairs and keep you cool. Here are four benefits of getting regular AC checks. 1. Improve efficiency. Using your air…

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Why tire pressure is critical for your vehicle

March 4, 2022

When it comes to safety, your tires are one of the most important components of your vehicle. However, even high-quality tires can be unsafe if they’re improperly inflated. Although often ignored, tire pressure plays a vital role in car safety. Here are two reasons why vehicle tire pressure is so important. Overinflated and underinflated tires can both cause major safety concerns, like decreased directional stability…

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5 tips for starting your car on a cold winter morning

March 4, 2022

Most Canadians have experienced the challenge of starting a car on a cold morning in winter. Whether your vehicle takes longer than usual to turn over or doesn’t start at all, cold Canadian winters can put a lot of stress on your car. Although many people believe it’s a good idea to let your vehicle warm up before driving, this isn’t necessarily true. Here are…

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4 overlooked car problems caused by winter driving

March 4, 2022

Winter officially lasts from December 21 to March 21. However, in most parts of Canada, winter conditions come as early as October and stay as late as April. That’s more than six months of extra wear and tear on your vehicle. Therefore, it’s essential to know how winter driving can impact your car to ensure it receives the maintenance it needs to run as it…

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4 telltale signs your vehicle battery might be dying

February 16, 2022

It’s incredibly frustrating to get in your vehicle only to find out that it won’t start due to a drained or dead battery. One moment you’re expecting to drive off to your destination; the next, you’re stuck wondering if you might need to get towed to a mechanic. To prevent this from happening to you, here are four telltale signs your battery is failing. 1.…

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3 Simple ways to improve car safety

February 12, 2022

In recent decades, car manufacturers have made dramatic improvements in car safety. From seatbelts and airbags to blind-spot detection systems and backup cameras, vehicles are far safer than they used to be. However, regardless of how good these systems are, you must never forget your own responsibilities on the road. Here are three car safety tips to ensure you get to your next destination safe…

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Common types of headlights

February 12, 2022

There are several options when it comes to replacing headlights. Each kind has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s all about finding the one that’s best for you. Here’s what you should know about the most common types of headlights. Halogen A popular option, halogen lights consist of tungsten filaments sealed in a transparent container filled with a halogen gas such as iodine or bromine.…

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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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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.