Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Do I really need to flush my power steering fluid?
  • All manufacturers are now recommending periodic fluid replacement for power steering, brake systems, and automatic transmissions. This is for several reasons, but the main one is these systems are now far more complex and all have some degree of computer control for variable power steering, anti-lock brakes, traction controls, and computer-controlled transmissions. These systems are far more sensitive to contaminated fluids and can be very expensive to repair if they break down, so regular fluid service is a money-saving idea in the long run.
  • The "Check engine" light is on, but my car runs fine. Do I still need it checked out?        

  •  The "Check engine" light is the vehicle's computer control system telling you it has a problem with one or more of its controlled or monitored systems. The cause may be as simple as a loose gas cap or much more complicated. We always recommend getting in as soon as you are able to avoid possible damage to expensive systems or controls.

  • My brakes are almost new, but I feel a shaking when I stop. Why?                          

  •  All components of today's vehicles are being made from lighter components for fuel economy reasons, and the brake system is no different. Proper service techniques and quality replacement parts must be used to return your brakes to Original Equipment (OE) specifications. Less-expensive components can result in noise, vibration and other braking problems. We only use the highest-quality, latest-technology parts and service procedures to provide the best-quality service to these all-important systems.

  • Do cars still need a tune-up?                                                             

  • The short answer is yes, but tune-up work has changed a lot in recent years due to rapidly evolving technology and materials used on today's vehicles. Gasoline-powered cars and trucks still have spark plugs, but they last 2-4 times longer than they did in the past. More important is ensuring all the computer-controlled fuel, ignition, and emission systems are functioning properly to obtain the most reliable and efficient vehicle operation. A tune-up today requires the use of computer-interface equipment and data interpretation, along with other parts like oxygen sensors to provide complete service.

  • My car is Overheating, Why? 

  • What do I do if I suspect my vehicle is overheating? Please, never drive your vehicle when you know or suspect that your engine is overheating, you may cause serious damage. If your temperature gauge is 3/4 or above, pull over and turn off the engine. Do not try to fix it yourself – just raising your hood at the wrong time can cause serious injury. If you do not see any steam or coolant boiling out onto the ground, you should be able to allow your engine to cool off 15-20 minutes, then restart and quickly drive to the nearest phone or service facility, constantly watching the temperature gauge. If in doubt, the safest decision is to call a tow truck. Just a minimum amount of overheating can ruin your engine and cost you a bundle on replacement. Constantly observing all the gauges on your car while driving should be as regular as looking into your mirrors. It’s that important!We realize that sometimes you have no other choice, especially when driving through an area that may be unsafe but be aware that engine repair or replacement can be a very expensive proposition. A small overheating problem can turn into a blown engine very quickly.

  • Buying a used car in Edmonton, Canada

  •  How can we help you with the purchase of a used car? Pre-purchase inspection is not just an inspection by points. Based upon our wealth of experiences with Acura, Toyota, Honda, Dodge, Chrysler, Chevrolet, GMC, Pontiac vehicles and etc, we give insight about possible repair and maintenance, up to a year down the road. This helps you calculate the real cost of purchasing that vehicle.We also try to identify vehicles that are from the East where salt is heavily used and can cause rust that drastically reduces the service life of a vehicle. Our customers need to be warned about the perils of such vehicles.Buyer beware! This applies to every used vehicle, be it from a private sale or a dealership. In almost all instances, these vehicles are sold “as is, where is”. Our meticulous check will help protect you from future problems of a bad car deal.

  • Manufacturer’s Scheduled Maintenance

  • Is it important to observe the Automotive maintenance schedule set by the manufacturer? For years many people have argued about the Automobile maintenance schedule auto manufactures put into the owner’s manuals. They claim that these services are expensive and unnecessary. All that we can share with you is our experience. I believe in following the maintenance schedule whether you own a Honda or a Ford; they are important and they do pay off. We have had several vehicles come in with well over 500,000 km on it, and they all had been serviced according to the maintenance schedule. Most people do not even realize that the car manufacturer or the extended warranty companies can deny most repairs that were under warranty if you do not have receipts showing your maintained the vehicle according to your owner’s manual. Do not underestimate the importance of scheduled maintenance.

  • Strange Noises, Why

  • What do I do if I notice a strange noise while my car is idling, or while driving down the road? Never ignore strange noises. If you drive the car most of the time, and you hear a noise that was not there the last time you drove the car, then you should have someone check it out for you. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.