Archive for February 2013

Fuel Saving Tip: Alignment for Your Mississauga Vehicle

Posted March 1, 2013 12:00 PM



Imagine you've left Mississauga and you're up in the arctic on a dog sled.

Your dog team is pulling straight and true. You can cover a lot of ground quickly. Now imagine what would happen if one or two of the dogs wanted to go their own way and were pulling off to the side.

That would slow you down. You would have to work harder to keep the sled going where you want it. The dogs are all working as hard as before, but you're covering less ground for the same effort.

You're wasting kibble.

The same is true of your vehicle when the wheels are out of alignment. That wheel that's pulling to the side is dragging down the rest of the vehicle; so you push a little harder on the gas pedal to keep up your speed. You're wasting gas.

So have your wheel alignment checked at least once a year. It is important to get it checked right away if you feel the vehicle pulling to one side.

Sometimes we Mississauga residents bump a curb or hit a pothole and knock our wheels out of alignment. An accident can take the wheels out of alignment as well.

Mississauga residents need to make sure they're tracking straight. You'll get better fuel economy and your tires'll last longer. Now, mush!

Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd.
1705 Argentia Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 3A9
905-821-4992



Tracking True in Ontario: Wheel Alignment in Mississauga

Posted February 19, 2013 12:00 PM

The biggest issue for Mississauga area drivers is always safety. When your vehicle wheels are out of alignment, the vehicle will pull to one side, which could lead to an accident. When you're vehicle is out of alignment, you should have it taken care of right away at Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. in Mississauga.

When undergoing an alignment service at Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd., your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings.

Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels going in exactly the same direction.

Mississauga drivers should be aware of the signs of alignment problems. These include the car pulling to one side. Also, the steering wheel may not be centered when you're going straight. If you see the edges of one or more tires rapidly wearing down, you should have your Mississauga service center look it over. If you've been in an auto accident in Ontario, you should get your alignment checked.

Obviously, a big jolt can seriously knock things out of alignment, but Mississauga area drivers also need to understand that a series of smaller ones can add up.

That's why we recommend periodic alignment checks. If your vehicle owner's manual doesn't specify the interval, once a year might be appropriate. Or check with a service advisor at Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. in Mississauga.

One thing's for sure: the cost of the alignment at Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. is cheaper for Mississauga drivers than having to buy a couple of new tires because of neglect.

 Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd.
1705 Argentia Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 3A9
905-821-4992

 



Deep Clean Your Fuel System at Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd.

Posted February 15, 2013 12:00 PM

Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your vehicle into Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. for a check up.

In today's Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. auto post, we're talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. Mississauga residents need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better mileage .

A clean fuel system saves money for Mississauga drivers at Ontario gas stations. We guess you could say it all starts and ends at the pump. One of the most important things Mississauga residents can do to keep their vehicle fuel system clean is to buy good quality gas. Major brands have detergents that keep gum and varnish from rapidly building up in the fuel system.

So buying cheaper gas in Ontario can actually be more expensive for Mississauga drivers in the long run. Now, most cars on Ontario roads are more than five or six years old. That means they've had time for some dirt and rust to start accumulating in the fuel tank. This junk needs to be filtered out of the fuel before it hits your vehicle engine. That's the fuel filter's job.

When the fuel filter is clogged, the dirty fuel will bypass the filter and go on up to the engine where it can clog fuel injectors and get into the cylinders. So Mississauga residents should have their fuel filter changed when recommended. Check your owner's manual or ask your friendly and knowledgeable Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. service advisor if your fuel filter is due for replacement.

Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd.
1705 Argentia Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 3A9
905-821-4992



What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

Posted February 8, 2013 12:00 PM

With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Mississauga, Ontario, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Mississauga drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of Mississauga customers' minds. It's not uncommon for drivers to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service.

Call Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. in Mississauga at 905-821-4992 for information about differential service, or stop by our Mississauga, Ontario, auto center at 1705 Argentia Road, L5N 3A9.

To better understand what a differential does, think about our local Mississauga high school track. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means that each runner has the same distance to run.

The differential compensates for the difference in speeds between the inside wheel and the outside wheel in a turn, because they have to travel together through slightly different distances.

It's a very important function. When you think of it, all the power to get a vehicle moving goes through the differential. Most cars in the Mississauga, Ontario area weigh between 3,000 and 6,000 pounds (1,400 and 2,800 kg) – trucks even more. The power from the engine goes through the transmission and then through the differential to the drive wheels.

That's a lot of work and requires very heavy duty parts. And those parts need protection. The differential fluid lubricates the gears in the differential and keeps them cool.

The fluid eventually gets dirty and worn down. Some kinds of differentials require special additives that break down over time. So vehicle manufacturers recommend intervals for replacing your differential fluid.

The professionals at Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. will drain the used fluid and check it out for metal bits, which could be a sign of excessive wear on the gears. Then they’ll replace the fluid and install the additives if necessary.

Your Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. service advisor can look up the vehicle manufacture's recommended service interval or you can check your owner's manual. Give us a call at 905-821-4992 for more information about your differential service.

Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd.
1705 Argentia Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 3A9
905-821-4992




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