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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Distracted Driving: Keep Your Eyes On The Road

When asked, most people think they are good at multi-tasking. Scientific studies, however, reveal that only around 2% of the population can truly demonstrate the capacity to effectively multi-task. For the rest of us Kelowna drivers who are not so biologically wired, no amount of practice can increase our effectiveness at multi-tasking. Turns out, multi-tasking is almost a superpower. Think of fighter pilots: capable of maintaining their orientation in three dimensional space and performing specific and highly complicated functions while accessing life threatening situations and coming up with an appropriate response. Admit it – you can’t do that. There are
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Ongoing Maintenance & Repair Standards

Kelowna drivers may not know that there are vital uniform service and repair guidelines in the automotive industry. The guidelines were created to help automotive service professionals better talk to motorists. It also gives you a common language to use when talking with different repair facilities. Recommendations are based on the following definitions: First, System Failure. This is when parts or a system are out of car maker’s specifications have failed, or are unable to carry out their specific function. An example would be going in for new brakes and your A Plus Automotive service advisor discovers that one of your rotors is
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Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car

Get Fresh Air Inside Your Car BC air quality affects Kelowna drivers wherever we are. Many decades ago, people began to become aware of how air pollution negatively affects health. But what about the air inside your vehicle? Cabin air filters are now coming on most new vehicles since the 2000 model year. These filters clean the air in the passenger compartment. They can filter particles down to three microns, so that’s good enough to clean out dust, pollen and most pollutants. If you suffer from allergies, this is very good news. You can look in your owner’s manual to see
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What gets stolen from vehicles most?

What item is most often stolen from vehicles? Is it: (A) Stereo (B) Wheels (C) Air Bag (D) DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft. (No, we’re not actually kidding!) New airbags cost about $1,000 for Kelowna drivers but go for $50 to $200 on the black market, and what’s worse, stolen airbags are making their way back into vehicles that have been in an accident. Of course, the vital danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that
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