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Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - August 2016

 

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This weekend will be the last long weekend of a fabulous summer we’ve been having.  What are you going to be doing?  Taking a road trip? Driving to the beach? I will be in Montreal working but will still have the Monday to enjoy. Be safe this long weekend in whatever you will be doing.  Read below some tips I wanted to share with you to not get caught on the side of the road waiting for roadside assistance.

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Labour Day originated in Canada! In 1872 a parade was held in support of a strike against the 58 hour work week. 

This month's topic: Long weekend prep and tips

Labour Day weekend is a very busy travel weekend for many people.  With gas prices being what they are many people will be driving somewhere.  If you’ve been putting off some automotive maintenance then be sure to get it done before you head out somewhere.  An example of maintenance that should be done would be, are your brakes squealing and you need to have them replaced? If so, make sure this is done before you travel.  When you take your vehicle into Active Green and Ross it will also give the technicians an opportunity to do a once over check on your vehicle.  Other items that you would want to check before you head down the road would be:

  1. Tire Tread- Are your tires down to the wear line?  If you look at your tires you will see a line of rubber that goes across the face of the tire.  When your tires get to this point, your tires are considered worn out.
  2. Tire pressure-  Tire pressure should be checked once a month. Look for the tire pressure placard which is commonly found inside your drivers side door jam on the “b” pillar.  Never go by the pressure that is indicated on the side wall of the tire.  This is a maximum pressure only and will prematurely wear out your tire.  Just like if your tires are low in air pressure, they will be prematurely wear out and make you burn more gas.
  3. Battery terminals- Look at your terminals and see if there is any green corrosion on them.  If there, go to your Active Green and Ross shop and ask them to clean the terminals.  Chances are if you are already having your vehicle serviced there it is being taken care of because they check your battery every time you go in for service.

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Here are some additional tips to make your weekend a great weekend.

  1. Plan your departure time and day- If you can go a day earlier and/or stay a day later.  This will avoid any travel problems.  If you must travel on the Friday and Monday go early or go late and this will minimize traffic congestion.
  2. Don’t be THAT person- be extra careful when you are driving so that you don’t cause an accident making the driving even worse that it already is.
  3. Download WAZE- this is an amazing app. It will help you navigate the fastest route and will likely keep you off of many of the congested roads so you will get there quicker!
  4. Have an Emergency Roadside Kit- go my website if you want to see what is in mine and I would also add energy bars, bottles of water and whatever else will make you feel better if you are stranded somewhere for hours.
  5. Have roadside assistance- just in case you break down!

 

Take care of your car and it will take care of you!

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The first lead acid car battery was invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Plante and is the oldest type of rechargeable battery.
 

Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - July 2016

 

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Well I hope everyone enjoyed or is enjoying August 1.  This is the civic holiday that goes by various names.  In Toronto it is called Simcoe Day, in Vaughan it’s called Benjamin Vaughan Day and in Burlington it’s called Joseph Brant Day.  Regardless of all the names the civic holiday has, it’s a day off to be enjoyed! I however, will be working at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Monday helping raise funds for the Motorsport Hall of Fame.  If you are looking for something to do, come on out.  It’s $25.00 to ride for three laps in a car around an historic racetrack.  Could this be a bucket list item for you?  Ron Fellows will be there giving laps in a 2016 Z06 Corvette, 650hp and 650 torque… Could be fun.  I also wanted to let you know that maintenance is very high on the corvettes that Ron uses.  He routinely is checking for brake wear and tire wear as well as monitoring for anything else that could happen.  The last thing he wants is for a very fast car to get a flat tire or have no brakes when he’s coming up the back straightaway at a very high rate of speed.  Maintenance at any level is important and you don’t want to be breaking down on your way home from the cottage or vacation, do you?

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The first lead acid car battery was invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Plante and is the oldest type of rechargeable battery.

This month's topic: Batteries

How often do you think about your battery?  I can’t say that I think about it on a very regular basis and yet I found this statistic online that said of 1.95 vehicle breakdowns under the age of 6 years, 52% were due to batteries and only 15% were due to flat tires. Yet we always say “make sure you check your tire pressures before going on a big trip”. No one ever says “check your battery”.  This statistic is from 2007 but I can’t imagine things have changed much.

I thought I would explain to you what a battery does but when I looked it up, here’s what I found.

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I don’t know about you, but it looked like a foreign language to me, but I guess it’s because I didn’t take chemistry in high school. Basically what the battery does is convert chemical energy to electrical energy, which is necessary to power your car.

The job of the battery is to give your vehicle power through the alternator and to also continuously be charged so that it will start for you the next time.  As I mentioned earlier the car battery is the first battery that is able to be recharged and it really hasn’t changed much since it was invented.  At first they weren’t sealed, but since the 1970’s batteries have been sealed so the acid can’t spill out of it

The average life of a battery is 3-5 years.  Our driving habits (frequent trips under 20 minutes) and exposure to extreme elements can greatly shorten the life of your battery.  In Ontario we have extreme temperature swings from summer to winter and believe it or not, a lot of the damage our batteries sustain is in the summer due to the extreme heat.  At Active Green and Ross, they check your battery every time you bring your vehicle in for service.  This is a great value added service and can potentially keep you from having a “no-start” situation by spotting the weak battery before it becomes a “dead” battery.

Rarely does a battery give you many signs that it isn’t long for this world, but here are a couple of symptoms. The engine may be slow to turn over; lots of different lights are coming on  your dash, or possibly the battery may be swollen or bloated.  More often than not we don’t get any notice or we don’t notice the symptoms, instead we get the click, click, click and then we are calling roadside assistance or getting someone to boost us. Something else to look out for if you ever opened your hood and see green corrosion on your battery post you will want to get this cleaned off as it is robbing your battery of power and shortening the life of it.

A weak battery will also put a great stress on other parts of your vehicle such as the charging system, starter motor and starter solenoid.  One small battery not being up to snuff could cause all kinds of problems!  Take care of that battery!

 

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