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Everything You Need To Know About Cars, Safety, And Being On The Road

by beetlespa | Nov 16, 2018 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here’s a 10 Minute Road Trip Prep

Getting your car ready for a road trip can take as low as 10 minutes. Here is a quick road trip checklist in order to help ensure your vehicle’s safety and reliability for your travel:

  • Check all fluids like engine oil, power steering, brake, transmission, and antifreeze or coolant.
  • Check all the hoses and belts. A belt that fails can affect the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering in addition to the cooling system.
  • Check tire inflation and inspect the tread for uneven wear. Get an alignment if needed.
  • Check all exterior and interior lights.
  • Check the wiper blades and ensure the windshield wipers are working properly. Keep the reservoir full of solvent.
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by beetlespa | Nov 16, 2018 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Maintain Your Car During Spring

After a long winter, you’re likely ready to quit your hibernating ways for some adventure and sunshine. For many Canadians, this means family vacations, trips to the cottage, camping excursions, and weekend road trips. Whatever your style, chances are you are preparing to hit the road, but are you confident that your car remains in sufficient shape to get you there safely and efficiently?
Winter’s cold temperatures and icy conditions have been hard on your car, so it is likely showing some signs of deterioration. Spring is the perfect time to bring your car in for a full inspection to identify any minor problems before they become major ones.

Here are some tips to keep your car running safely this spring and summer:
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by beetlespa | Oct 16, 2018 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is Your Car Summer Ready

Summer means sweltering heat. As you walk down the street, you’ll notice that you need to adapt to keep cool. You sweat, consuming gallons of water to monitor your perspiration. You wear sunglasses to keep those harmful UV rays away from your eyes. You use some of those mister fans to keep your face cool (although the rest of your body is far from comfortable). And you consider taking a plunge into every fountain that you go by. You need to work to keep cool.

Now, when you’re in your car, your air conditioner does all the work for you; and unfortunately, your car needs to work overtime to keep you cool. And as the AC clicks on, you’re pulling more power from the engine, producing more heat, and demanding more from your radiator. As those temps kick past 100 degrees, you’re stacking all the cards against your vehicle. That’s why it’s so important to give your car some care during the hottest months of the year. So let’s talk shop. Here are our tips for summer car maintenance:
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by beetlespa | Oct 16, 2018 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Common Radiator Questions

Your radiator is essential for maintaining a safe operating temperature in your engine. Without a radiator, a running engine can overheat to the point where parts fuse and break, which can completely total your engine. So, simply put, it’s crucial to maintain your radiator to ensure that your engine is appropriately cooled. So let’s get down to brass tacks about your radiator. Here are the answers you need for the radiator questions you might ask:


Radiator flushes should be performed regularly, although they don’t have to be performed with the same frequency as an oil change. The frequency at which you should change your radiator fluid depends largely on the kind of vehicle you are operating.
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by beetlespa | Oct 16, 2018 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Take Care of Your Car During Summer

Before hitting the road this summer, you can take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump. Extreme heat and long drives may be tough on cars. Cracked hoses, leaky radiators, underinflated tires and dirty filters can significantly lower your fuel efficiency, or worse, result in a total breakdown.
Check the following vehicle components periodically during summer in order to help avoid breakdowns and car problems:
  1. Check the electrical system to ensure sure it is charging correctly by checking the battery terminals.
  2. Make sure to perform a pressure test, thermostat test, cooling fan test and visual inspection for leaks and corrosion annually.
  3. Check hoses and drive belts for cracks, bulges or frayed edges.
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by beetlespa | Apr 16, 2018 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Protect Your Car From Pothole Damage

If you do hit a pothole, take a minute or two, as soon as it is safe to do so, to visually inspect your vehicle and make special note of any damage to the tires. If you see any damage or seem like your vehicle just isn’t driving the way it normally does, visit your local automotive service provider for a quick inspection.
  • Your steering will pull to either the right or the left– this is your alignment and is needed for vehicle handling and proper tire use.
  • If you feel as if your vehicle is swaying left to right, especially when turning corners, or is bouncing/bottoming out, your suspension may have been compromised. This kind of damage could affect anything from your shocks, struts and ball joints to your steering rack, bearings, seals and tie rods.
  • Visually inspect your tires searching for cuts or bulge along the rubber. Try to find bends or cracks in the rims. This kind of damage may seem superficial but could, at higher speeds, cause a blowout.
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by beetlespa | Mar 16, 2018 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Be Environmentally Friendly When Fixing Your Car

As we tackle our daily routines, a lot of us consciously make small decisions that we understand to make a big difference to our environment, like recycling or switching off lights when we leave the room. Every little bit counts but did you know this is especially true when it concerns our vehicles, which emit greenhouse gases (GHGs) when burning fuel?
According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, automobile and light‐duty trucks produce 13 percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Canada and the average light‐duty vehicle produces roughly three times its weight in CO2 each year. That amounts to a lot of emissions in a vehicle’s lifetime. Fortunately, there are some things you should do throughout the life cycle of your vehicle to reduce its carbon footprint:

Buy smart!
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