Windshield washer fluid keeps dirt and debris from collecting on a vehicle’s windshield, allowing the driver full visibility and making it an essential safety item. Windshield washer fluid should be checked monthly and drivers should use a fluid that is specially formulated for their climate.

Engine oil lubricates the moving parts of a vehicle’s engine, helping keep the engine clean and preventing wear and overheating. Neglecting to change a vehicle’s oil can lead to costly repairs, including replacement. Engine oil levels should be checked frequently and changed per the owner’s manual.

At AutoTrust we use BG Motor Oil Additive to aid in prevention of additive depletion and the creation of sludge and other harmful buildup in the oil. To date this has save numerous engines from failure.

Coolant absorbs heat from the engine and dissipates it through the radiator and heat exchanger. Because coolant breaks down over time, neglecting it can lead to corrosion, rust and engine overheating. Flushing and replacing coolant every two to four years, depending upon usage , will help prevent costly repairs.

Checking fluids is vital to the life of your car and when done in a timely fashion is inexpensive to do.

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Your transmission and driveline are essential to making your car go. The transmission takes the power produced by your engine and delivers it to the wheels.

You need to keep up with maintenance BEFORE symptoms are noticed. Most transmission problems are easy and inexpensive to fix when caught early, but ignoring early warning signs can turn into thousands of dollars in repairs. This makes it especially important to recognize the warning signs:

  • Do you have a Check Engine light coming on? Modern automobiles have multiple sensors to monitor systems and provide you with an early warning.
  • Do you see leaking fluid? Transmission fluid can be distinguished from engine oil by its cherry red color. A lack of fluid can cause the transmission to seize.
  • Do you feel gears slipping? This is when the power from the engine is not able to deliver all of its power to the wheels.
  • Is your car rough shifting? This is when your automobile jerks into motion
  • Do you smell burning? This can be caused by overheating or leaking fluids. This needs to be addressed immediately to avoid the risk of fire.

Any questions you have regarding your transmission, please stop by and talk to us about your concerns.

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In towns and cities we have to apply our brakes a lot more often than during highway driving. If you spend the majority of your time driving where starting and stopping is a major part of your driving experience you need to pay extra attention to your braking system.

Maintenance is key to safe braking. Today's anti lock braking sytems are vulnerable to their fluids breaking down. You can also find deposits and varnish taking place in your braking system. A brake maintenance service is vital and replaces those deteriorated fluids. If you find your brakes feel spongy or soft you need to have a service done.

We will inspect the entire braking system for leaks, master cylinder corrosion, worn pneumatic parts, harmful varnish build-up, broken or rusted bleeder valves, worn rotors and drums and air in the brake lines. Then we apply new quality brake fluids giving you a long lasting and safer braking system.

Remember, winter tires are only part of the answer to safely navigating winter roads.

The BEST animation and explanation of a growing concern on oil consumption and carbon buildup on intake valves, which causes driveability problems.
Ask for a Performance Oil Change on your next visit, and remember, preventative maintenance does not cost, it Pays!

Rust is an electrochemical reaction which occurs when moisture contacts bare steel. Creases or depressions in the metal can trap moisture, increasing contact time which causes more rusting to occur.    The rate of rusting increases with temperature.

Vehicle rusting began to be a serious problem in the 1950s when increasing amounts of salt (mostly sodium chloride and sometimes calcium chloride) started being used as a safety measure to melt road ice in winter.

Here in  Alberta salt isn't used much on the road ways, but vehicles that travel on muddy rural roads can trap moisture and residue causing rust.

Today's car manufacturers use alloys and coatings that can help to impede rust from causing damage.   They have also changed design to decrease the number of spots that rust can begin by smoothing out the shape under your car .   As a result, vehicles are now lasting longer, even without additional rustproofing.

However, because vehicles are on the road longer, other parts, such as brake and fuel lines, cooling and power steering tubes, and electrical connectors have become more likely to rust and corrode during the life of the vehicle.  A careful greasing every year or two with a light oil-type treatment can greatly prolong the life of these components and significantly reduce maintenance costs.

Undercoating is also available and is an additional source of revenue for many vehicle dealers. This is not really a good choice to make if you wish to keep your vehicle for a long time.   Not only do thick coatings not protect many of the parts a fine oil-based spray reaches, but if improperly applied may actually promote rust by plugging critical drain holes.

Because corrosion is an electrochemical reaction, electricity can, in some cases, be used to stop or slow the reaction. So-called “cathodic” corrosion protection uses a negative electrical charge applied to the protected metal. Cathodic corrosion protection has been around since it was first used for ships in 1824 and continues to be a proven way to protect metal in such applications as pipelines and storage tanks.

Dealerships are now promoting electronic rust inhibiting systems costing hundreds of dollars. While lab tests have shown this works on sheet metal it has not been proven that it will provide any significant protection for a motor vehicle in everyday use. You will only know if it doesn't work years after you have paid for it. If ever.     Greasing of vulnerable areas of your car is still the best protection for now.   In a decade the results from these new electronic rust inhibitors will be known for sure.

dsc_0627dsc_0628dsc_0626Here are images of a recent fuel line repair due to moisture retained along lines.

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