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Why Does My Car Smell like Maple Syrup?

Why Does My Car Smell like Maple Syrup?

When it comes to breakfast, the sweet smell of maple syrup is pleasant and delicious. But if a similar smell comes from your automobile, it could mean serious trouble. When you catch a sweet scent in your car, you likely have a coolant leak. How Does Coolant Work Coolant fluid, a blend of antifreeze and water, regulates your engine temperature and prevents it from overheating. It also plays has anti-corrosion properties to keep your cooling system healthy. Coolant plays a significant role in your vehicle. When coolant leaks within the system, your engine will not receive a proper amount of fluid to keep a stable temperature.  What Happens If You Drive with a Coolant Leak If you have a coolant leak and continue driving, you run the risk of engine overheating. When your motor gets too hot, the damage done to the engine components is irreversible. It doesn't take an experienced driver to know that repairing such damages is costly. To save you time and money, please don't ... read more

5 Causes of a Shaky Steering Wheel

5 Causes of a Shaky Steering Wheel

If your steering wheel shakes when you accelerate, brake, or both, you're probably scared of getting behind the wheel. If you're wondering what it could mean, you've come to the right place. Read on to learn some of the most common causes of a shaky steering wheel.   What Can Cause a Steering Wheel to Shake? You may wonder if your car is safe to drive when you're steering. While your vehicle may still operate and get you where you need to go, you must seek help right away. The problem can worsen if you ignore it, putting your safety at risk. Below are 5 common causes of an unstable steering wheel: Unbalanced wheel - The weight of your tires should be evenly distributed whenever you get a wheel balancing service. However, when the weights aren't equal, you'll feel your vehicle vibrating. Wheel misalignment - Minor accidents, like flying over speed bumps or ramming into a pothole, can knock your vehicle's w ... read more

Are Fuel Injection Services Necessary?

Are Fuel Injection Services Necessary?

If you want to get years and years of use with your automobile, regular maintenance is key. While most Alberta drivers are well-versed with their oil changes and tire rotations, they often forget about their fuel injection service.    Your vehicle's fuel system health is crucial for good engine performance and the overall condition of your car, SUV, or truck. Fuel is stored in this system, and its parts support the engine by supplying it with the perfect amount of fuel at the right time. Over time, its components, especially the injectors, can get dirty or collect carbon buildup. As a result, it can cause problems with the fuel-burning process.    Signs That Indicate You Need to Service Your Fuel Injectors Engine vibration Poor gas mileage Laggy acceleration Car starting problems Excess engine smoke Our Calgary auto repair shop offers routine preventive maintenance, including fuel injection cleaning to eliminate the carbon buildup. Our certified technic ... read more

Why Pre-Purchase Inspections Are 100% Worth It

Why Pre-Purchase Inspections Are 100% Worth It

When you are looking to buy a used car, you have the option to have it go through a pre-purchase inspection. A qualified mechanic does this type of detailed test to see whether your potential car has any underlying issues. The mechanic will also give you a rough estimate on how much it will cost to fix the discovered repairs.   Pre-purchase inspections are always worth the additional cost. On the eye, the average person cannot tell whether the car has been through a serious accident or suffered major damage, and it usually takes a skillful mechanic to answer those questions. A used car is a significant investment, and you don't want to end up spending more on repairs in the future. Getting all of the car's essential systems checked will give you peace of mind and help you with your purchase decision.   What Does a Vehicle Pre-purchase Inspection Entail? Whenever you bring your car, SUV, or truck to Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres, you will receive a thorough ... read more

What Is Brake Fade?

What Is Brake Fade?

Overheating in one or more components of the braking system causes "Brake Fade," which is when the vehicle's braking system fails to slow or stop. In this case, it is not a result of wear or mechanical failure. Unpredictable braking is the outcome. There are times when the brake pedal seems like it is functioning, but the car does not come to a complete stop. Also, it may feel like a "spongy" pedal at times. Brake fade may occur in three distinct ways: As the Friction Dissipates The most prevalent sort of fade, known as "pad fade," is friction fade. It's because the pad material is beginning to melt. If you're braking down a long slope, transporting a hefty weight, or racing, you're at risk of this. A brake pad's ability to handle temperatures up to 350°C - 650°C depends on the design. Typically, the resin or binder melts first. Reduces friction between the pad and rotor by applying a layer of lubricant between them. As a ... read more

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