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Routine brake checks help keep your vehicle safe

Some warning signs never flash across your vehicle dashboard. Problems such as squeals or a vibrating brake pedal could be your car’s way of pleading for service. 

Don't let all the small electronics turn a good day bad

It’s not enough anymore for your car’s battery to just help start the engine. It also needs to power a navigation system, charge your cell phone, operate a back-up camera and a plethora of 21st century conveniences. 

So how do you ensure your battery has enough strength to do all that and prevent you from being stranded thousands of miles from home on your summer road trip?

Subtle signs indicate need for brake system inspection

You are dropping off your kids at school and slow down your car as you approach a crowded turnout. As you push on the brake pedal your car responds slowly, and you quickly press harder to get your vehicle to stop.

That delayed response and spongy feel may indicate a more serious problem--air or moisture in your vehicle's brake lines. Inspection by a brake expert is critical to prevent possible brake failure.

Simple car wash tips brighten light-coloured vehicles

Reds, blues, greens and greys may catch your eye but the most popular vehicle colour on the planet is white. And that means frequent care to keep it looking good.

“White and light-coloured vehicles require extensive exfoliating,” according to Mike Pennington, Director of Training and Consumer Relations at Meguiar’s Car Care products.  “If you don’t keep your vehicle washed, you won’t see that it’s dirty until you clean it.”

Are your tires safe? Take the Canadian coin test

Everything in your car—including its ability to stop, avoid road debris, handle wet surfaces and reduce road noise—rides on the quality of the tires. They are the lowest common denominator in vehicle safety.

“The contact point on any given tire is about the size of your palm,” said Dan Zielinski, vice president of communications at the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association. “It is a critical piece of safety equipment for your car.”

Early warning signs indicate worn out brakes

You’ve spent your summer acting as the family chauffeur, towing boats and trailers, driving to events and taking extended road trips.

How does all that driving affect the safety of your vehicle and its ability to stop?

How tread design helps tires grip road

Tires are easy to forget until they go flat or your vehicle slides into a stop when you push the brake pedal.

How does tread design affect your driving and safety? And what kind of tread should you use for your driving environment?

"A tire is a complex composite structure with fabric and steel components,” said Jim Davis, spokesperson for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. “There are countless variations as these many components are tweaked, depending upon the intended performance features to emphasize in each product.”

Battery basics: Keep your vehicle's energy flowing

A weak battery can leave you out in the cold, literally. Not all batteries require maintenance, but following some basic health tips can improve the life of your car’s battery.
 
An automobile’s battery is made of lead and plastic components. It contains an electrolyte solution of sulfuric acid and water. When you turn your car key, the electrolyte solution delivers a short burst of high power.
 

Worn rotors jeopardize vehicle brake system

Few things take as much abuse in a vehicle as the braking system. The effectiveness of your vehicle’s stopping power comes down to a few critical parts that need to be inspected regularly.

The high pitched squeal of old brake pads lets drivers know when they need replacing. But what about rotors, the metal discs that play a vital role in stopping your vehicle?

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