Kanata Car Safety Checklist To Keep Your Kanata Car Running

Hopefully you’re visiting your Stittsville/Kanata garage on a regular basis as owning and maintaining a car is a big responsibility.  If you yourself are handy with cars, there are many things you can do yourself. If when it comes to cars you are more likely to understand rocket science, take your car into a Kanata garage you trust for regular service.

Check Your Oil
You should be changing your oil 3-4 times a year depending on how much you drive, but if you own an older Kanata auto, you may burn oil or leak oil.  Keep an eye out for spots on your driveway and make an occasional check of the oil dip stick to make sure you have enough oil.  Newer cars have a check oil light – but if your car is older, and you want to keep it on the road, you’d be smart to check the oil on occasion.  And of course, keep to a rigorous oil change schedule.

Check Your Oil
When you take your car in for a regular Kanata oil change, make sure that the Kanata service center checks all of your fluids.  Ask the Kanata auto technician how your brake, transmission, power steering, coolant, and windshield washer fluids measure up. Most will do this, but also have the Kanata auto technician inspect your car’s filters and hoses.

Belt Check
Make sure your Kanata auto technician looks at your belts.  They obviously need to be replaced when leaking, brittle, cracked, rusted, swollen, or restricted. Make sure they are not loose and keep in mind that your timing belt will need to be replaced between 90,000 and 145,000 kilometers.

Check The Brake System
You can probably tell when your brakes are starting to wear – but whether you have started to feel the wear or not, have your brakes checked out when you are visiting your Kanata garage for service. Caught early, brake problems are manageable and relatively affordable. If you neglect/put off your brake problems, you’ll have regret.

Check The Battery and its Connections
Make sure your battery connections are clean, tight, and corrosion-free. If your battery is three years old, test it as it may be time for replacement. It’s much easier to replace a garage in a Kanata garage after testing rather than being stranded somewhere from a dead, out-of-life battery. .

Your Exhaust System
More than a noise nuisance and embarrassing, any leaks from your exhaust system pose a major safety to you and all of your passengers – don’t delay getting your car into a Kanata garage for attention.

Schedule A Tune-Up
yes, you’re visiting your Kanata garage for regular oil changes, but that’s not all you need to keep your car running safely.   A tune-up can help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy and produce the lowest level of emissions.

Inspect The Steering And Suspension System
Inspect the steering and suspension system annually, including shock absorbers and struts, and chassis parts, such as ball joints, tie rod ends, and other related components.

Check Tire Pressure
This is relatively easy to do with an eyeball test, but make sure you walk around your car to make sure your tires are properly inflated. Additionally, look for tread wear and uneven tread wear – one means you need new tires, the other may simply require alignment services.

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