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Service includes a complimentary wash & vacuum.

 

 

 

AROUND ANDY’S

SPRING 2017

What a Winter that was!!! We hope that everyone managed to stay warm and safe throughout the Epic Winter of 2016/2017!

While we did manage to keep up and running here at Andy’s Auto Center, the weather certainly did present some challenges! We extend our apologies for any inconsistencies in our regular service. The freezing conditions followed by the copious quantities of snow resulted in slower service due to delays in parts shipments, towing services and unfortunately our wash bay was non-functional for an extended period of time. If your vehicle was in for service or repair and was not washed and vacuumed at that time, we owe you one and will honor this service. Please just call the office to ensure that Marty is available, then bring your vehicle in and we’ll get it looking spiffy for the sunny spring days ahead. The wash and vac will take about 20 minutes and we invite you to enjoy a coffee or tea and check out our large selection of reading material in the office while you wait.
 
Post-Winter Weather Car Care Tips
What to Do After Weathering the Storm

 
It’s been a tough winter. Snow, ice, freezing rain, slush…we’ve seen just about everything a bad winter can throw at us. While many of you prepared your vehicle for the winter weather, caring for our vehicle after the bad weather just as important.

Tough, cold winter weather can wreak havoc on your vehicle, and it might not all be noticeable from the exterior. Now that the storms have passed, and we’re hopefully in the clear for warmer weather , it’s time to care for your vehicle the way it deserves to be cared for. Post-winter weather care is just as important as preventative care.

Get A Car Wash to remove the salt buildup on the exterior. The salt that gets put down on the roads to help melt snow and ice can cause corrosion to the undercarriage of your vehicle and even work its way through the paint.
Wash the exterior and the undercarriage. Check for any signs of rust or corrosion, and make sure all salt and sand buildup has been cleared from every exterior surface of your car.

Check Your Tire Pressure The colder temperatures are likely to bring changes in your tire pressure. The cold air causes the air in tires to condense, resulting in lowered pressure. Be aware that this change can occur with any dip in temperatures, and be sure you are regularly checking and adjusting your tires to their recommended levels.

Change Out Snow Tires Even though we may begin to see warmer temperatures here on the BC Coast, remember that BC Ministry of Transportation requires that Snow Tires/Mud & Snow Tires are still required to travel on some highways until midnight March 31st .

Check Your Battery After cold weather has passed, be sure you check the status of your battery. Post-winter battery care is important to keep your vehicle running into the spring!

Replace Wiper Blades The rubber on your wiper blades can take a beating with all of the snow and ice they’re forced to remove from your windshield throughout the winter. The slush kicked up from the road that lands on your windshield can corrode the rubber the same way it corrodes the paint on your vehicle.
At the first sign of spring, have your windshield wipers checked and/or replaced to ensure maximum visibility throughout the warmer/rainier) months ahead.

Check Your Fluids Winter weather requires your vehicle to work harder to run correctly. That means your fluid levels go down much faster than usual.
All fluid levels throughout your car should be checked to make sure they haven’t run too low over the winter.
 

The Brakes Stop Here
 
Nothing is more crucial to your safety than your brakes. Typically when people think of their vehicle’s brakes they think only of the brake pads or shoes. The truth is that brake systems are considerably more complicated and have a number of components that can wear and breakdown.

Debris and rust due to Winter conditions and salt on the roads can build up on the brakes leading to corrosion of brake parts and resulting in premature wear. Anti-lock braking systems get an especially hard work-out during winter driving conditions. Indications of brake issues can be pulling to one side when you apply the brakes, squeaking/squealing or grinding noises and a brake pedal that feels too soft. Your brake components may not be worn as yet. Being proactive and having your vehicle brakes inspected and cleaned of any excess debris in the Spring can prevent issues, saving you both time and money in the long run.

!! BEWARE OF POTHOLES !!
 
Avoid the pothole if possible but if you cannot, It is recommended that you DO NOT BRAKE WHEN DRIVING OVER POTHOLES! Slow down as much as you can (safely) before hand and then drive straight through the pothole. If you hit the pothole straight on and something feels off with the way your car drives, have it inspected as soon as possible.
 
Keep Smiling, Happy and Healthy!
Feel free to contact the office by phone, fax, email (andysauto@shaw.ca) or drop by to see us if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions. Thank you again for the opportunity to be of service to you