Even though the brief morning snowstorm in mid-May would like you to think otherwise, we are now well into Spring here in Calgary! It’s a time when the trees bud, the flowers bloom, and the snow melts – which means it’s a great time to go for a drive! But is your Vehicle ready for the road?
Whether it’s been in storage for the Winter, or you’ve had it out on the icy streets, a Spring tune-up is a good idea for any vehicle. For example, if you’ve been driving for the last six months or so, your car has taken a lot of punishment – from freezing weather, to increased brake and tire stress, to more idling to keep it warm. And that’s not even including the build-up of any winter road chemicals, dirt, and grime on the panels and chassis, working its way into the delicate parts of your engine and wearing them down. If, on the other hand, you’ve kept your car in storage, you can still have trouble with fluid systems (like oil or coolant), dust, or settled sediments. This little preventative tune-up can save you a lot of headaches later, by catching – and fixing – any problems early!
So what kind of things do we do during a tune-up?
We check your systems for leaks – this includes transmission, oil, fuel, and coolant lines, among others. This helps keep your engine performing well, and avoids any costly repairs in the future. We’ll also inspect your belts, hoses, connectors and clamps, and the levels of fluids as well. A quick check of all these major systems is the best way to make sure you don’t end up at the mercy of a strange mechanic during a road trip!
We can also go over your brake lines and systems, keeping you (and your passengers) safe. If there are any issues, we can let you know on the spot, rather than you finding out after an unfortunate accident. This safety also keeps your insurance rates down.
And, of course, we check your tires, which is especially important each Spring – they can be worn down from rough Winter driving, or they could be deflated after sitting in storage for months. We’ll make sure there are no leaks or weak spots, and get them up to the proper manufacturer’s pressure. This has an added bonus, too – a lot of people don’t know it, but tires at the correct pressure actually increase your gas mileage quite substantially! Estimates put average annual fuel savings around $300-$500, just for checking your tire pressure.
Speaking of fuel savings, that is another positive effect of getting a tune-up. Some mechanics estimate that an improperly tuned engine uses up to 50% more fuel than one that is running well. With quality fuel costing up to $1.40/litre, that can add up to some pretty big savings.
So why wait any longer? Get your high-end, European vehicle in to Euroworks today for a tune-up, and enjoy the difference that our Service makes!
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