Got mileage? We’ve got you covered!

Reports say that the median age for cars on the road is over nine years and that two-thirds have over 120,000 km. In recent years those numbers have continued to rise here in Kelowna and across BC. Many Kelowna folks are keeping their vehicles longer, and the fact that modern cars and trucks are more durable and reliable means that owning a vehicle with a high odometer reading doesn’t have to be a painful experience for drivers. Kelowna drivers with over 160,000kms on their vehicles often ask us about what service intervals they should follow, so let’s start with the special needs of the
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Change Your Oil, BC Drivers!

As engine technology advances, recommended oil change intervals have gotten longer. High quality oil in a well-engineered engine has led to extended intervals. Here’s the problem: With longer oil change intervals, it’s extremely important for Kelowna drivers to follow them closely. Back in the day of 3 months or 5,000 kms, if you went an extra month or an extra thousand kms, your oil was still fresh enough that it didn’t have time to build up much sludge. But if your recommended interval is 12,000 kms and you go over another thousand, you’re getting into heavy sludge territory. Kelowna area motorists absolutely need to
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Wipers in the Winter

Wiper blades that may seem like a pretty mundane topic, but think about how important your vision is: We protect our eyes. If we need contacts or glasses, we take care of them too. And, well, wiper blades are critical to our vision when we drive around the Kelowna area. We really ought to think about wipers as part of an important safety system. We should think about maintaining safety not just responding when our wiper blades fail: how many times have you been caught off-guard in Kelowna by the first storm of the season with a streaky windshield you can
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Batter Replacement & Upgrade

Batteries are a huge part of modern life. I mean, how many battery chargers do you have? Of course, our purpose here is to talk about your car battery. When people come into A Plus Automotive and need a new battery, they’re really not that happy about having to spend the money. But the fact is that 70 percent of batteries don’t make it for 4 years. There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. First, keep it clean. If you see it getting dirty or greasy, let us know and we can
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Battery Promotion is Still On

ONE MONTH LEFT! Receive a $25 Visa® prepaid card when you have your battery professionally replaced with a NAPA Legend™, NAPA Legend™ Premium, or NAPA Legend™ Premium AGM battery! Valid until February 28, 2019.  
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Have a 4 Wheel Drive? Check Your Transfer Case!

Most people in the Kelowna area may not know much about transfer cases, but if you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, you’ve got one. It makes sure you have power available for both the front and rear axles.  For example, if you have a rear-wheel drive SUV, power goes to the rear wheels until you need 4-wheel drive. That’s when the transfer case steps in and transfers some of the power to the front wheels as well. You might use a shift lever to go into 4-wheel drive, or it could be a button on the dash or it might
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The Number One Safety Feature You Have

Today’s post focuses on brakes. The mechanical aspects of the brakes themselves are just one issue. There’s also the power brake system and brake fluid. And then there are the tires, which are critical to the effectiveness of the brakes. Let’s step back. A car or truck rolls brand new off the showroom floor. It has brand new brakes with brand new brake pads. The brake lines and the power assist are filled with fresh fluid and are completely clean inside. And the tires are brand new, with full tread. Naturally, at this point, braking power is at its peak performance. Then the kilometres
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Serpentine Belt – Funny Name, Important Job!

Your serpentine belt drives your alternator and air conditioning compressor. The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in many vehicles. In some vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt (in others it’s driven by the timing belt). The radiator cooling fan on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. Serpentine belts do a lot of work for Kelowna drivers, but they’re tough and can last for thousands of kilometres, but just how long will they last? That’ll vary for each individual vehicle. Your car
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Help US Help YOU

One might say the most challenging part of our job is diagnosing a problem before it can be fixed. Cars are made up of a bunch of complex systems. There usually could be a number of reasons for any given symptom. So it’s challenging to track down the actual cause of the problem. And it can be frustrating for the vehicle owner because it can take time and money to get to the bottom of a problem. If it’s not something obvious, it’s easy for the customer to focus on the fixing and not the diagnosing. Let us introduce you to something
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10 Overlooked Services – Let’s Take Care of Them for You

At A Plus Automotive  we have a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked. They’re all very important for Kelowna drivers and need appropriate attention. So here we go, in no particular order. 1. Power Steering Service Be honest, have you ever thought of this on your own? Your power steering fluid gets dirty and builds-up moisture over time. Cleaning out your power steering system means that dirt and gum are removed and your power steering parts are protected from corrosion. Ask your A Plus Automotive service advisor if it’s time for a power steering check-up. 2. Wheel Alignment When
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