Pre Winter Vehicle Maintenance

We are slowly drifting into fall which brings us closer to winter weather sooner or later.

This is the time to get our cars ready, possibly doing some standard maintenance like oil and filter change. It should be part of an annual maintenance strategy, clogged, saturated filters will effect, hinder engine performance and could cause hard start rough running at times and increased gas mileage as well.

engine analysis Computer aided engine analysis

Make sure the brakes are in great shape. Often overlooked the fact that the traction or stability control system uses the brakes to be able to bring a slipping sliding car under control.

The cooling system should be also inspected for proper freeze point and the quality of the coolant. The system should be also pressure tested to ensure reliable heating and cooling when required. The system pressure is 29.4 psi or 2 bar in most BMW, Mercedes Benz and Porsche automobiles. The cooling heating system level and performance is essential for proper operation especially in or before winter.

Does the heating system, thermostat works well? What about the condition of drive belts, clamps, and hoses? Are they ready for our Canadian winter?

battery testerBattery test’s print out at left.

The battery; Have your car battery checked lately? The battery should be also inspected and tested for reliable starting and idling.

Battery performance suffer with age and in cold temperatures, so system performance including the charging system should be checked out as well, by our state of the art starting- charging and battery system analyzer.

Our heavy duty charging and battery – electrical system tester analyzer also records the alternator performance for maximum reliability, with an actual system performance print out  as a proof of entire system test.

This complete electrical system performance test result essentially provides  a peace of mind in the winter.

The last but not list your car’s tires. New or fresh all season tires are a bare minimum for foul weather, winter tires are the perfect solution which should be the natural choice for this part of the world.

We are happy to help to get your BMW, Mercedes or Porsche prepared for the coming season and wish you safe motoring in the winter weather.

Call us for more details. Telephone: 905.795.0419.

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Winter Driving

We are going to deal with a seasonal weather change soon, which will require some serious adjustment in driving dynamics and economics.

Yes, you guessed it right, we are talking about winter driving and cold frozen roads occasionally snow or ice covered by sudden weather conditions. We highly recommend to properly prepare your BMW, Mercedes and Porsche for this season, which should include of checking the tires and replacing them with appropriate winter tires.

Furthermore you should get your import automobile’s cooling system check out for any leaks or defective worn hoses. It’s extremely inconvenient to break down in the middle of a snow storm or in any winter conditions. It is always inconvenient to break down needless to say in winter, perhaps it is possibly the worst for obvious reasons.

We also recommend to check your car’s service records for the age of your vehicles coolant, suffice to say it should be replaced in or after five years. Chemical degradation is inevitable in a closed high temperature mobile system with multiple dissimilar metals and components.

We recommend a cooling system service which is rather inexpensive in every five years to keep your heating and cooling system in top shape.

The vehicles braking system should be also inspected closely (it’s a perfect time when you switch to winter tires) most folks don’t realize your traction or stability control works by applying your brakes at an accelerated rate to help you keep your vehicle under control. We naturally recommend a complete per-seasonal inspection and last but not least checking and – or replacing your car’s wiper blades, if needed for a clean clear view.

We wish you safe and comfortable motoring in the coming winter season.

All the best from Techmax Auto.

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Our advice for winter driving

The season is upon us again to have our cars in order before the snow flies. The question is what should we do as the mornings are getting colder? How can we keep our cars in great shape as we heading towards to the winter?

How should you prepare a European import car for driving under Canadian winter conditions?

First and foremost have your car checked by a professional?

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We can advise you what work your car will need in the near future as you can carry on with your daily business without interruptions.

Try to build a relationship with your chosen technician, it should be just as important as is your doctor or dentist and the others whom there to make sure you can carry on with your daily life.

The most important is to check your tires and if you do have winters (need less to say everyone should have them in Ontario) have them inspected, pressures checked and brakes suspension and the heating /cooling system perform at their best.

Remember your car is like a fine orchestra, when all is well and every system performs great the whole thing is a pleasure to live with. It’s a cliche to say, all works like a well oiled machinery when you turn the key comes alive and it’s ready for your command.

We are here to help you, stay on the road, it’s our sole business.

Please keep it safe, drive well, stay in touch with your automobile, know your car.

We at Techmax wish you all the best thru the seasons.

Contact us for more at: (1) 905.795.0419

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Probably you alredy noticed tire manufacturer’s advertising,  the term “all-weather” tires. Are they different from “all-season” tires?

For me the term “all weather” tire sounded like the tire manufacturers had come up a new catchy way of marketing all season radial tires for winter driving.

However all weather tires are more than all season tires. All weather tires are a little bit both, like hybrid… They suited for winter driving in a relatively mild winter, but okay for warmer weather  driving too.

The question is; Is our winter, or your winter is mild? It depends on where you live in, and it is a decision that you need to make when you buy your winter or all-weather tires.

In basic terms, an all-weather tire has passed the Transport Canada tests for a winter tire. Unlike winter only tires, all-weather tires can be driven all-year round.

Are the better than winter tires?

All weather tires and winter tire are not the same, they are better for winter driving than all season tires, but not that good as winter tires.

The big difference is between all-weather tires and winter tires is,  that all-weather tires  meet the established standard for winter use, as indicated by the snow flake or mountain icon on the sidewalls.  Plus unlike winter tires, they can be used in spring, summer and fall driving too.

Several major tire companies are producing all weather tires, including Goodyear, Hankook. Nokian, Vredestein and Yokohama. But these same companies produce true winter tires that perform better at low temperatures and in any winter driving conditions.

Yokohama winter tireYokohama Winter Tires from Techmax.ca

The worst choice you can make is to drive on all season radial tires at winter time. Transport Canada tests show all season tires take twice as long to stop in winter time, than winter tire.

Tests conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation showed a subcompact car needs 11.6 meters less distance to stop with winter tires compared to all-season tire. It says a minivan traveling at the same 50 km/h on the same five cm of compacted snow, in below zero temperature, required 12.8 meters more distance to stop on all-season tires compared to winters.

When the temperature drops to or below the freezing point, regardless of road conditions, dedicated winter tires are your best bet. Add a winter storm with freezing rain, snow, ice, slush or other winter conditions and their advantages become even more obvious. If you drive in winter time, winter tires are should not be an area to be satisfied with compromise.

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Winter Tires

The seasonal adjustment to our frequently changing weather and climate changes, in other words, the fast approaching winter in your daily motoring and driving habits, may need to be adjusted soon.

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The frequent questions we get; When should I switch to my winter tires  from my summers? There is any date you suggest please?

The magic number and date is depend on the temperature.  When the temperature steadily stays bellow + 7 Celsius, which is regarded by the tire manufacturers as the temperature threshold of your summer or all season tires, that is the point where your ordinary tires no longer pliable and will not adhere to the road which will get even worst by adding moisture to the same surface.

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Winter tires as the name says are purpose built for the worst conditions what nature can throw at them so they are made from a softer, more pliable compound and have deeper grooves with micro sipes to  evacuate water, sleet and snow between your tires and the road.

Just as seasonal clothing and shoes in particular are strikingly different and are built for the weather, winter boots and flip flops do not mix well in vastly different weather.

Being prepared is half of the battle, between just being there, and or getting there with confidence and staying in motion when you want to, and or stopping when you need to.

We provide proven winter tires from economy to the best brands like Yokohama, Continental, Pirelli and more.

We wish you a safe and happy motoring through the winter seasons.

Thank you for reading and participating in keeping our roads safer.

Yokohama winter tireThe new Yokohama iceGUARD iG52c is the latest winter tire from Yokohama.

Yokohama Winter Tires from Techmax.ca

Contact us for more details at:  (1) 905.795.0419

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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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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.

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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?

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“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.

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