the hazy, lazy days of summer. Lying on the beach, cooling
off in the water. Then walking back to the car, opening the door and
being hit with the wall of super heated air. First thing is to start
the car and put the air conditioning on full force.
If you have an older car, the refrigerant used is likely freon or R-12.
However, R-12, is partially responsible for depletion of the ozone layer.
The refrigerant is no longer manufactured and its use is strictly controlled.
If you have a failure with your air conditioning system, you will likely
require a conversion kit to modify the type of coolant used to a much
less harmful R-134a. These conversions are reliable, and let you do
your part to protect the environment.
leading cause of traffic accidents is brake failure. WOW!
And brake failure is nearly always preventable. Stop worrying about
potential failures and enjoy peace of mind. Victoria Park Automotive
is a brake specialist. Come in for a brake inspection.
Pads and shoes for wear
Drums and rotors for wear
Wheel cylinders and calipers for leaks
Hydraulic lines and hoses for leaks, kinks and blockages
Fluid in the master cylinder for level and condition.
your brake system regularly will often save you in the long run. Replacing
worn pads before they damage the disks or drums is a modest cost. If
you wait until your car is sounding like a streetcar, you will likely
have more extensive repairs and a higher cost.
any work is necessary, we will give you a choice of parts. A better
grade of materials (pads for example) may be one of the best bargains
around. They will last longer and perform better then standard grades.
You are in control. Both here at Victoria Park Automotive and on the
road when the need arises.
you know that the main cause of failed mufflers is simply a broken clamp?
And that the cost of a clamp amounts to pocket change? If you're aware
of this, chances are you already deal with us, because at Victoria Park
Automotive we believe an informed customer is a contented customer.
We like to help take the mystery out of automotive repairs. Our clients
really appreciate that. Besides, explaining about all of the "little
extras" we provide is good for business.
example, when you bring your car in for an oil change, our technicians
always check the exhaust system. Just a "little wiggle here, and
a little wiggle there" to make sure everything is firm and tight.
You may not even be aware, and yet this simple precaution could save
you hundreds of dollars in unnecessary repairs.
Because those "little wiggles" pre-test the clamps. If a clamp
gives out while your vehicle is in operation, it could well lead to
extensive exhaust system repairs. Repairs that were preventable! Like
so many other things our technicians do, taking the time to check the
clamps on your muffler and pipes can save you unnecessary expense.
alone won't prevent exhaust failures. But if you do require an exhaust
system, we can help with that as well. And our mufflers come with a
Lifetime Warranty, of course. But our mufflers also come with something
extra. They come with a little wiggle, too!
one from your father to your buddies to your bank manager has said to
change your oil regularly. Well, everyone at Victoria Park Automotive
will join the chorus. Your engine generates temperatures in excess of
200 degrees, or
higher. Your motor oil lubricates and helps to cool your engine.
time motor oil loses some of its viscosity (its ability to flow) It
is recommended that you change the oil in your car every 5,000 kilometres.
Just call us at Victoria Park Automotive. We can change your oil this
time or set up a schedule for you to regularly have your oil changed
with the seasons, or each month depending on your driving habits.
And be sure to check your oil regularly. The proper fluid level is important
to have your engine function at its peak efficiency.
You will begin to
Roll or sway
Front end "dives" when braking
Rear end "squats" when accelerating
Excessive bouncing or sideways slides on rough roads
Your vehicle "bottoming out"
Once you take it
to Victoria Park Automotive the first things that we look for are:
Leaks on housing
Dents on the strut or shock body
Worn rubber mounting bushings
Abnormal tire wear
Damaged compression bumpers
Damaged protective boots
Loss of control
of any vehicle will endanger lives of others on the road. If you are
concerned about your car, call us today at (416) 444-7899. We will carefully
examine your car and give you the options you want to repair the situation.
Tires - Get a Grip!
you ever stopped to think how much contact your car actually has with
the road? Your car (and YOU) stay on the road because of 4 hand-sized
pieces of rubber compound. Let's keep your tires properly inflated and
rotated. And let's replace your tires when the tread gets worn.
there's more to it than that. Your tires can also be an early warning
system for other problems.
they worn on only one side? An alignment will help to solve that problem
and improve your car's fuel efficiency.
Does your car shake a certain speeds? It may need a wheel balance. A
very slight difference in the weight from one half of your tire to the
other can create a powerful vibration at high speeds.
Worn shocks can create other difficulties with your tires.
Here at Victoria Park Automotive, we like to see your tires and know
what to look for. Bring them in for a visit.
you position yourself behind the steering wheel, turn the ignition key,
shift the gear lever into "D" and press down on the accelerator
pedal, you expect your car to move forward. If this is not happening,
chances are it's a little late for preventative maintenance on your
The technicians at Victoria Park Automotive take the maintenance of
automatic transmissions very seriously.
They know that regularly
adjusting the bands and replacing the filter and fluid will ensure your
transmission is cooperative when you ask it to propel your car forward,
or to move it backward. And it won't wake your neighbours in the process.
With our tender loving care, your transmission will operate smoothly,
and quietly, too.
yourself can help to keep your transmission happy. Here's some good
driving tips to extend its life:
from Drive or Reverse-to Park while the car is moving. Always bring
it to a stop, and then shift.
Check your fluid
regularly. If you notice darkening in colour or if you see black
specs in it, call us at (416) 444-7899. Let's check things out right
away, before there's a big problem.
If you tow anything
with your car, pay careful attention to the gears you're using.
Generally, you will want to avoid Overdrive. Adding a transmission
fluid cooler to maintain the correct temperature may also be advisable.
Call us today, and
together we'll make sure your transmission continues to move you ahead.
engines operate better, last longer and are more fuel-efficient than
engines of 10 or 20 years ago. And in order to keep them working at
their peak performance, they continue to need a regular tune up. Today's
tune up is very different than one from 20 years ago. Yes, we still
check the plugs, filters and fluid levels, but these days there is a
very different aspect to a tune up.
engines work better in part because of the computer controlled electronics
in your engine compartment. These complex components are designed to
talk directly the scopes and diagnostic equipment here at Victoria Park
Automotive. Our trained technicians can interpret the readings, spotting
small difficulties before they become expensive problems. Their technical
expertise will ensure that your fuel efficiency is optimized, that your
car is running reliably and no problems are looming.
before has a tune up been able to tell us so much about your car. Never
has a tune up been more necessary to automotive peace of mind. Phone
us at (416) 444-7899 and have one of our skilled technicians schedule
a tune up appointment for you!