FALL & WINTER 2018
ARE YOU READY?
The Lazy Days of Summer are giving way to days filled with schedules and adverse driving conditions. Heading into Fall and Winter it is time to focus on being prepared by being informed. What is the current state of your vehicle? Is your vehicle up to handling the many different and difficult road and driving conditions it is sure to encounter in the coming months? How much do you know and understand about the importance of regular oil changes for your vehicle?
Here are some articles to assist you in making important decisions when it comes to the maintenance of your vehicle.
Does engine oil breakdown?
It’s common knowledge that at some point engine oil has to be changed. Regularly changing your car’s engine oil and filter are one of the most important things you can do to keep your car running efficiently. Over a period of time, your oil will “go bad” or breakdown and your filter will become blocked with contaminants. This can depend on a number of factors such as how much you drive, your style of driving and the type of vehicle. But for most consumers, they are usually unaware of what exactly makes oil changes necessary. So why then, is it so important that we are changing our engine oil regularly and why does engine oil breakdown?
Many factors play a part in your engine oil’s breakdown, but it is essentially the build-up of contaminants in the oil and chemical changes inside the oil that make it unfit for further use. Gradually, oil will be contaminated by dirt/sludge or altered by the extreme pressures and temperatures that are found inside an engine.
How Oil Filters Work
The outside of the filter is a metal can with a sealing gasket that allows it to be tightly held against the engine's mating surface. The base plate of the can holds the gasket and is perforated with holes around the area just inside the gasket. A central hole is threaded to mate with the oil filter assembly on the engine block. Inside the can is the filter material, most frequently made from synthetic fiber. The engine's oil pump moves the oil directly to the filter, where it enters from the holes in the perimeter of the base plate.
The dirty oil is passed (pushed under pressure) through the filter media and back through the central hole, where it re-enters the engine.
The longer a filter is on the car the more particles are suspended in the media, until a point is reached where oil can't flow through it. A bypass valve is incorporated in the engine's filter assembly to handle that situation, but once the oil bypasses the filter no cleaning action takes place.
The Benefits of Full Vehicle Inspections
Next to owning a home or paying for education, buying a vehicle is among the biggest purchases a person makes. However, despite the huge investment, many people take a passive approach when it comes to vehicle maintenance. While regular oil changes are great, they only go so far in keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape. To ensure vehicle safety and to prevent the need for costly breakdown repairs, car inspections are key.
Vehicle inspections are considered preventative maintenance, and we recommend having them twice annually. But it’s also important to have an inspection prior to heading out on a road trip, after an accident (no matter how minor), and before purchasing a used car.
Some key benefits of a car inspection are as follows:
We rely on our cars every day to get our families and ourselves around town. Investing the time and money into a vehicle inspection is a proactive step in reducing your chances of breaking down. Knowing your vehicle is running smoothly offers peace of mind that you and your passengers will be safe and that your daily routine won’t be interrupted by car trouble.
Many vehicle issues build up over time. This means they can be caught and fixed before they cause big trouble. But these little fixable problems aren’t always easily detectable. A vehicle inspection by an experienced and certified mechanic can help catch them long before they result in attention-grabbing sounds or a lapse in function. Vehicle inspections do cost money, but identifying small issues before they become problems will save you big money in the long run.
It is especially important to have a used vehicle inspected prior to purchase in order to identify any underlying issues it may have. This is a common practice as even a test drive can leave large issues unnoticed, and the last thing you want is to invest in a vehicle that becomes a money pit. Generally, sellers who are being upfront about the condition of a car for sale will have no issue with you getting it inspected before committing to the sale.
ANDY’S AUTO CENTER
2018 – 2019
AUTUMN & WINTER
Thanksgiving, MONDAY, Oct 08, 2018 – CLOSED
Remembrance Day, MONDAY, Nov 12, 2018 – CLOSED
Christmas & Boxing Days
TUES & WED, Dec 25th & 26th, 2018 – CLOSED
New Year, TUESDAY, Jan 01, 2019 – CLOSED
BC Family Day, MONDAY, Feb 11, 2019 – CLOSED
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