Our Winter Driving Tips

Winter might be taking a nap, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to come. It’s coming whether we like it or not! Winter is the toughest season you and your car can face. We can prepare your vehicle for the ice, snow and freezing temperatures.

Winter Tires

All four wheels need them regardless of whether it’s a front-wheel, rear-wheel, all-wheel, or four-wheel-drive. All-season tires are not winter tires. Winter tires reduce the number of collisions by almost 20 per cent. Enough said.

Winter or summer, your car tires are the only point of contact that your vehicle has with the road, they need to be in good condition at all times to ensure your safety. Inspect your tires regularly for wear and any damage to avoid any sudden problems. Check your tire pressure monthly and before every long trip.

Driving with incorrect tire pressure can affect your car’s handling and braking, particularly in wet conditions, and can seriously compromise your safety. Driving on severely under inflated tires can cause heat build up and eventually a premature tire failure. Read more about winter tires…

Brake

You car brake system should be in top working condition at all times. Have your brakes checked by a professional regularly? Your and others life depend on it.  At winter time is more important than ever, in the case of slippery conditions like icy snow covered roads, the effectiveness of your traction control and ABS system depends on the quality of your braking system. Have it inspected and tested by a professional for ultimate safety in any weather and or road conditions. Bring your car in  for ABS and brake system service.

Battery Test

If your car is five years old or older have your battery tested for strength and performance to prevent possible no start condition in foul weather. It might not necessarily need a new battery, but having it tested can save a lot of headache.  To prevent breakdown and keep you on the road safely, we use Midtronincs GR8-1200 Electrical System Tester – Analyzer to check, test your battery and your automobile electrical system. Read more about battery testing…

Fluids

While the use of long-life engine coolant has increased, it still should be checked for strength and condition every fall.

Washer fluid level is an easy check and a spare bottle should be in your trunk all year long and especially in the winter.

The engine oil in your car has to go thru temperature extremes. Therefore it’s very important to have your engines lifeline the engine oil up to the highest possible standards, by performing your oil service on time, especially on today’s modern high tech engines, during winter operation thanks to fuel contamination from cold starts and water contamination from condensation. If you getting close to oil change, start off the season right with a fresh oil and filter change. While we perform your oil change we also check your brakes, tires and most fluid levels for your added safety.

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Wiper Blades

Windshield wipers consumable items. Doesn’t matter what brand name they are, they due for replacement at around 18 months of use or sooner. Most wiper blades can freeze, even dedicated winter wiper blades can get stuck to the windshield in extreme conditions.

When we inspect your car’s wiper blade, we lubricate the hinges to prevent water and ice formation at the base.

Locks & Doors

Before the Canadian deep freeze hits, we lubricate door locks, latches, and hinges and treat the door and window seals. We use silicone lubricating compound (Made in Germany). By spraying the door and window weather seals, they will be less likely to freeze you out on a cold winter morning.

Floor Mats

Never stack floor mats on top of one another or use a mat that’s too thick. The risk of jamming your accelerator pedal to the floor is real and the results can be catastrophic. Winter floor mats are great for reducing salt stains on the carpeting.

You should remove mats from time to time throughout the winter to dry them out indoors. Moisture on floor mats is the cause of hard frost appearing on the inside of windshields and door glasses.

Full  Tank of Gas

Drive with full tank of gas at winter is a good idea. Never know when you stuck in the snow, so you can keep your car and yourself warm if you have enough gas in your gas tank.

Some people put something heavy, like a 50 kg concrete block in their car’s trunk to get better traction, but if you get in a collision, consider the damage a 50 kg piece of concrete will do. The best weight to carry to improve traction is fuel in the gas tank. This brings the mass lower to the ground for improved stability and reduces the effect of winter water contamination in the tank.

But if you still want to put something heavy in your car trunk put there a bag of Kitty litter? Yes, kitty litter!

It can help provide better traction for rear wheel drive vehicles, because of the weight, and if you get stuck in the snow a little bit of kitty litter sprinkled under the tires can help you get traction and out of the snow.

We wish you happy winter driving!

Don’t hesitate to contact us. Our phone number is:  905.795.0419

 

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Winter Tire Facts

Yokohama Winter Tire

The winter tire facts why should you invest in them: Winter tires cost money and rather annoying to bother to change them and so fort the saying goes.

Is it right?

The facts are they designed for the cold temperatures not just the snow but the freezing numbing cold road, to stay supple providing your car with traction.

Quebec has mandated winter tires due to the overwhelming statistics of the crash data collected involved people driving on all season tires caused 38 percent of the accidents in.

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The winter months. Do you walk around in flip flops in the winter, or do you use your winter boots? Just as an individual adjust to the seasonal changes, your car needs to be adjusted for the harsh unpredictable winter.

Compare the cost of winter tires to the time money and effort lost if you get involved in an accident, or worst, due to lack of control cause an accident inadvertently. Accident could happen to anyone but accidents are waiting to happen if you have no control over your vehicle. A ton and a half vehicle traveling at speed will need all the help it can get in foul weather.

Please think before you drive. Thank you for your attention.

Take care. Best regards
Attila Jaszai President of
Techmax Auto Repair Inc.

Yokohama Winter Tire

There are plenty of excellent winter tires available for very reasonable prices. Call us for more details at  905.795.0419

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It is time to  check your winter tires. Continue Reading….

Winter & Windshield Wipers

Wetness and dirty windshields will impair the driver’s view substantially. How can you drive safely if you can’t see? Your car’s windshield wiper must be fully functional under different and sometimes in extreme weather conditions.

The new original Bosch Icon all season windshield wiper blades will do a great job…  Continue Reading…

Winter Driving & Winter Tires

Yokohama Winter TiresNothing beats winter tires. Of course it is true only in winter drive condition…

Today’s European Import cars are equipped  with specially designed, high performance summer or all season tires.

Those all season tires and summer tires reduce rolling resistance, and maximize fuel economy. The all season tires perform well in light winter, but they not enough to drive in our Canadian winter.

When temperatures fall below 7 Celsius, traction is reduced, therefore winter tires are recommended during Canadian winter condition for better traction and safety.

Much to often winter tires are portrayed as snow tires. The truth is, winter tires are not only designed to perform in snowy condition, but they are intended to provide optional performance in cold weather temperatures as well. Therefore even the absence of snow on the road surface, the winter tires will continue to provide you with performance and safety.

However winter tires are very effective in the winter season, under difficult environmental, (mud, snow ice) and at low temperature.

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Winter Driving

Please consider it, winter tires are made, and  engineered to stay soft to the touch in the cold and has deeper profiles for the snow and slush.

The regular tires get softer in the heat. When the tire is warmer it will give you more grip, more traction. If the temperature goes down to minus, your summer tire can’t heat up, your car will have less grip.

winter tiresWide Have Selection of Winter Tires

The all season tires are between the two. They  will work better than the high speed summer radials and they definitely will give some traction in winter road conditions, but  not enough to be safe in our winter.

Thoseall season tires weren’t designed for our Canadian winter.

May we say your life and your families life is worth more than a set of tires, don’t you think?

More Winter Driving Related Info

“Motorists are more likely to face car trouble in winter than any other time of year”.

The CAA reports that of the 21 million emergency road service calls they receive, most are in the late fall and winter. Of those calls, 40 percent involve vehicles that wouldn’t start, and 34 percent are for major mechanical failures requiring towing.

Our complete analysis assures that your car is running at maximum efficiency, and provides insight to potential problems.

At winter time every car owner should pay special attention to oils and oil changes,  anti freeze, battery hoses and belts, wiper blades, tires and wheels, filters, etc.

You should make sure your car is 100% healthy. Bring your car in for a winter check! Continue Reading…

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