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Frequently Asked Questions

At our AutoService garage, we fully appreciate how difficult it is for people to find reliable and trustworthy garages where they can service and repair their cars. We are always keen to prove to our customers that we are different!

Parts to keep my warranty valid?

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Legally, automakers cannot specify which parts are used to complete your vehicle’s service. You may use any brand-name quality parts such as CARQUEST Auto Parts to replace fan belts, hoses, brakes, exhaust or chassis parts and more.

Keep my car or truck’s warranty in effect?

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Make sure your vehicle is serviced at the intervals specified in your owner’s manual or warranty booklet and keep clear records of your vehicle’s maintenance. Be sure to include the date, parts installed, vehicle identification number, and mileage recorded on the invoice. Keep your receipts in a safe place. If you have a service log in your owner’s manual or warranty booklet, we highly recommend that you use it.

What maintenance services be performed?

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Check your owner’s manual. It will give you all of the information you need regarding specific parts and service intervals. Make sure to read it thoroughly and note any exceptions or severe service notations. Warranties are there to protect the consumer, but you must follow the requirements.

Aftermarket parts ?

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Warranty related problem with a dealership

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If you have a warranty-related problem, we suggest that you contact the customer service department of the car manufacturer and ask for assistance. They also strive for 100% customer satisfaction and are the best people to help with these types of concerns.

What is Preventative Maintenance?

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Preventative Maintenance is regular maintenance of your vehicle that helps keep your automobile running efficiently and eliminating potential problems that may leave you stranded. Manufacturers know that a properly maintained car will be more dependable, safer, last longer, and increase your satisfaction with their product.

Preventative maintenance includes:

Servicing Windshield Wipers

Tune-up or servicing/replacing spark plugs, ignition wires, distributor cap and rotor.

Replacing air filters

Engine oil change

Differential(s) gear oil change

Trans-axle oil change

Routine hose inspection

Battery service

Exterior drive belt replacement

Servicing/replacing transmission oil and filter

Timing belt replacement

Brake fluid flush

Power steering flush

Antifreeze replacement/flush

Rotate tires

How do I know when my car needs a tune up?

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You may see your gas mileage decrease. Your vehicle may start running rough. If your check engine light comes on that could also be an indicator that your vehicle needs a tune up. The owner’s manual that came with your vehicle may suggest a tune up at a certain mileage.

Car Tips

Thank you for reading our fundamental car tips for caring for your vehicle. We offer complete automotive services toAlberta and the surrounding area. Alberta Automotive at 306-681-7851 if you have any questions.

 

  • According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are caused by automobile maintenance neglect.
  • Cooling systems should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked at this time.
    (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is typically recommended.)
  • Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The condition of belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a professional.
  • Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual more often (every 3,000 miles) if you make frequent short jaunts or extended trips with a trailer or heavy load.
  • Replace your other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc) more often than recommended if you drive in dusty conditions. If you are experiencing engine problems such as hard stops, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc, make sure to get them corrected at a quality automotive shop.
  • A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
  • Have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check tire pressure once a month; making sure to let the tires cool down first. Don’t forget your spare and be sure your jack is in good working condition.
  • Check your owner’s manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car’s engine needs.
  • Keep your tires inflated at their proper levels. Under-inflated tires make it harder for your car to drive which means your engine uses more fuel to maintain speed.
  • Lighten the load. Heavier vehicles use more fuel, so clean out unnecessary weight in the passenger compartment or trunk before you hit the road.
  • Use the air conditioner sparingly. The air conditioner puts an extra load on the engine forcing the vehicles to use more fuel.