Archive for February 2015

Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. Advice on Buying New Tires

Posted February 25, 2015 12:00 PM

Today's tires and wheels offer a lot of options for every Mississauga driver's style, habits and driving conditions.

Tires are designed for high-performance in winter or summer and even come in a long-wearing variety for all Ontario seasons.

Mississauga off-roaders should be excited about the options available to them as well. The tread on off-road tires is designed to handle the wear from bumps and rocks. The tires' high profile protects rims from damage.

But what if you own an SUV but aren't interested in off-roading around Ontario? You can change out those high-profile beasts for a lower, wider look if it suits your style.

Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. tire professionals can offer great auto advice on how to choose tires that match your needs and style.

If you just need to purchase new tires, a tire professional at Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. can also help you select the tires that are best for your driving needs and habits. The right tires will protect you and your vehicle on the road.

So personalize your vehicle, but don't forget that good car care will keep that sassy ride on the road in Mississauga a lot longer.

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



Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd.

Posted February 18, 2015 12:00 PM

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Ontario news. Mississauga people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate.

A lot of Mississauga motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so.

There are plenty of Mississauga drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in Ontario.

The Mississauga drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change.

That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it's really not. First off, oil is the life blood of your vehicle's engine and it needs to be clean to properly lubricate. Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and sludge that is bad for your engine.

There's another reason the scheduled oil change is so important for Mississauga car owners. It's simple – a Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. professional is going to be looking at your car. All of your fluid levels will be inspected and topped off so they won't get so low that damage can be done. If there is a significant fluid loss, let's use brake fluid as an example, your Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. technician can look for the cause of the loss and find the problem before it leads to an accident or repair.

Your friendly and knowledgeable Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. service advisor will also visually inspect your vehicle for worn belts and hoses, uneven tire wear, leaking shock absorbers and more. Problems get addressed before they lead to repairs that cost more than the car's worth.

Realistically, things are going to wear out as your vehicle gets older. On the way to 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) you'll go through several batteries, probably a couple of alternators and water pumps, a set of shocks and likely some brake rotors.

Of course, these things cost some money, but they are less than new vehicle payments in Mississauga. With proper service at Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. and regular inspections, you'll keep surprise repairs to a minimum and more money in your wallet.

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



Helping Mississauga Drivers Get the Right Tires

Posted February 13, 2015 12:00 PM

Every Mississauga vehicle owner has to purchase tires at some time or another, so it's a good idea to understand what the choices are. The best seasonal performance is achieved by purchasing tires to match the season you are driving in. Summer tires are designed for hot temperatures. The tread is engineered for good traction on dry or rainy Ontario roads. But the rubber compound in summer tires gets stiff when temperatures drop below 45°F (7°C), and snow and mud can pack into the tread, reducing the traction of the tire.

Winter tires are designed for good traction on snowy surfaces. The tread actually throws snow off of the tire as the wheel turns. The rubber compound in a winter tire is soft so that it will remain flexible at temperatures below 45°F (7°C). At higher temperatures, however, the softer rubber wears down rapidly.

All-season tires sacrifice some of the extreme performance of summer or winter tires, but they maintain adequate traction in either type of Mississauga weather.

So your first consideration when buying a tire is where you live in Ontario, and where you usually drive. If you require maximum summer and winter performance you can go with dedicated summer and winter tires; you would just need to change out your tires each spring and fall.

For serious winter driving in Ontario, look for tires with a severe snow rating. These tires are labeled with a mountain-and-snowflake logo.

Your second consideration is the quality of tire to purchase. Summer, winter and all-season tires come in a variety of grades and styles at Ontario tire stores. Mississauga drivers will want to purchase a tire that will give them good wear and that will handle their driving style and road conditions. Your Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. tire professional can give you auto advice as to which type of tire will best fit your needs.

Mississauga vehicle owners who drive off-road around Ontario may want to look at a high-grade tire that is designed for off-road use. These tires are designed to handle the extra wear of off-roading while still giving good performance on Mississauga streets and roads. There are a number of options to choose from so that you can find the right tire whether you are only an occasional off-road explorer or a serious rock climber.

New wheels can be purchased in Mississauga as a statement of style or to add personality to your vehicle. There are almost unlimited options. If you change the size of the wheels on your vehicle, however, you will need to get some professional help to make your vehicle compatible with its new wheels. Talk to your Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd. for more information about tires.

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



Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

Posted February 3, 2015 12:00 PM

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Mississauga residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all Mississauga residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Mississauga service center.

To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call:

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

These recalls always affect safety, so Mississauga residents would be wise to take them seriously. It's really easy to find out if a vehicle is being recalled. For links to government sites, look in the AutoNetTV website.


Other website include: carfax.com; autobytel.com; and dmv.org. All of these sites have free recall searches.

Recalls are pretty serious for Mississauga residents and don't happen all that often. But sometimes cars have less serious problems that Mississauga residents still might want to know about. For these less serious cases, the vehicle manufacturer issues what is known as a Technical Service Bulletin – or TSB. These bulletins tell Mississauga service centers (including Meadowvale Auto Repair Specialists Ltd.) how to repair a problem that occurs frequently or is especially difficult.

Your Mississauga service center receives updated information through subscription plans, which are sometimes available in consumer versions too.

Whatever your source, pay attention to Mississauga vehicle recalls to keep you and your passengers safe.




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