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Car Care Tips

At Cainsville Tire Discounter, we want our customers in Brantford, ON, Cambridge, ON, Ancaster, ON, and surrounding areas to get the most out of their vehicles.

What’s the key to keeping your car running for a long time? Following the recommended maintenance intervals outlined in your owner’s manual and checking for potential problems before they happen are essential to overall vehicle maintenance. But when the time for necessary auto repairs arrives, remember where to turn: Cainsville Tire Discounter.

Follow the Car Care Tips below to keep your vehicle running reliably.

  • Change oil within the suggested service intervals

    Checking and changing your oil and oil filter will help your engine and vehicle run smoothly. While changing your oil as required is important, using the manufacturer’s recommended oil for your vehicle can improve gas mileage by 1-2%.

  • Regularly check and lubricate moving components

    Moving components require regular lubrication and should be checked as often as the oil is changed. Driveline components, like CV and u-joints, are flexible components that, if not properly lubricated, can break down and cause other major components to go with them.

  • Check transmission and differential fluids during service intervals

    Transmission and differential fluid are other important fluids to check during service intervals. Unusual noises, sluggish shifting, or abrupt gear changes are all signs that your transmission service interval is quickly approaching or has passed. For fluid specifications, be sure to consult your owner’s manual for your manufacturer’s recommended transmission fluid type and viscosity.

  • Pay attention to battery life and health

    Battery connections should be kept tight, clean, and free of corrosion. Batteries rarely provide warnings before failing, so be sure to seek battery replacements as necessary.

  • Consider changing brake fluid on a regular interval

    Brake fluid can attract moisture, which will corrode components. Brake fluid should be replaced once a year to keep calipers, hoses, and other components in top operating condition. Other important fluids to consider changing on a regular basis include power steering fluid and coolant. Each fluid has its own service interval, so be sure to check with the manufacturer.

  • Service climate control systems heading into warmer seasons

    Fully functioning climate control systems are important to your comfort and your overall safety. A complete flush and fill of the coolant system is necessary for ridding the system of dirt and rust collected from the engine, radiator, and various hoses. Refrigerant may also be checked prior to the onset of warmer seasons.

  • Wheel alignments help realign your wheels to manufacturer’s specifications

    Wheel alignments improve straight-line tracking and reduce tire wear. If you feel unusual pulling to one side, it is time for a wheel alignment.

  • Avoid stop-and-go driving

    Stop-and-go driving wastes fuel and adds unnecessary wear and premature age to crucial components.