Long-term com­mit­ment

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Main­te­nance and re­pairs are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant as Cana­di­ans drive their ve­hi­cles longer.

For­tu­nately, ac­cord­ing to a study con­ducted by Des­Rosiers, 85.6 per cent of Cana­di­ans are pri­or­i­tiz­ing ve­hi­cle ser­vic­ing and re­pairs. Rea­sons for main­tain­ing their ve­hi­cles in­cluded avoid­ing large re­pairs in the fu­ture, in­creas­ing fam­ily safety, en­hanc­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance of their ve­hi­cles, and pro­tect­ing re­sale value.

Below are some tips to get your ve­hi­cle ready for the spring sea­son.

Check your fluid lev­els. There are sev­eral flu­ids that re­quire at­ten­tion, in­clud­ing engine oil; power steer­ing, brake and trans­mis­sion flu­ids; and wind­shield washer sol­vent. Flu­ids are typ­i­cally in­ex­pen­sive and easy to change, but without them, ve­hi­cle re­li­a­bil­ity and func­tions may be af­fected, which can lead to ex­pen­sive re­pair costs and pose safety risks.

Change oil and oil fil­ters. Chang­ing the oil and the oil fil­ter as rec­om­mended in your ve­hi­cle’s owner’s man­ual is one of the best ways to keep the engine run­ning trou­ble free. Ne­glect­ing to re­place engine oil can re­sult in poor engine per­for­mance, higher fuel con­sump­tion and even se­vere engine dam­age. Re­place your wiper blades. If they’re torn or cracked your wiper blades won’t do you much good in the mid­dle of un­re­lent­ing spring show­ers when vis­i­bil­ity is re­duced.

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