SPRING SHOWERS BRING POTHOLES!
Spring brings with it a fresh crop of perennial problems: Potholes. Anyone who has had the misfortune of hitting a pothole knows they can damage tires and rims, but potholes can also cause much more serious – even deadly problems. Visible damage such as buckled wheels or lumps in the tire is more obvious. However, hidden problems such as cracked alloys can be just as dangerous. If you hit a pothole, it’s important to check the pressure in your tires regularly over the next few days.
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We are your friendly, local automotive sales and repair service station. G&C Voisin Automotive Ltd is a family run business that has been passed down through the generations since 1946. Our core mission is to service your vehicle as quickly and effectively as possible, providing expert advice and service.
Oil changes, Tune-ups, Brake services, Exhaust repair, Tire repair or replacement, Heating and cooling system service, Transmission repair, Electrical repair, Battery testing and replacement, Alignments, Steering and suspension, Fleet maintenance
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4 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdANTIFREEZE POISIONING
Pets may become exposed to antifreeze if it’s leaking from a car radiator onto a garage floor, driveway or the street. Pets can also gain access to antifreeze should it not be flushed from a home plumbing system or directly from the containers in your garage if they are not stored out of reach.
This sweet-tasting poison is unfortunately appealing to animals and consumption of a very small amount can lead to rapid kidney failure and death within a very short period of time. Immediate veterinary treatment is necessary to prevent the toxin from being absorbed into the pet’s liver.
•Keep antifreeze in sealed containers out of reach of pets.
•Dispose used antifreeze containers and rags in a garbage can pets can’t access or open.
•Routinely check your garage floor and driveway for antifreeze leaks or spills. Cat litter is one way to absorb antifreeze leaks – dispose of it immediately after use, in a garbage bag that can be securely sealed.
•After returning home from a walk, wash your pet’s paws in warm, soapy water in case he was unknowingly exposed to antifreeze while outside.
•Switch to a pet-safe, propylene glycol based antifreeze. Although not 100% nontoxic, it’s considered less toxic than ethylene glycol based antifreezes.
5 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdTIPS FOR DRIVING IN A SNOW STORM.
1. If you must drive, clear the snow off of your windshield, windows, mirrors, headlights and brake lights (no one can see covered brake lights!!). Put your four way flashers on so the driver behind you can see you.
3. Drive slow! Go well below the speed limit – ice, heavy snow, traffic and poor visibility will require longer following and stopping distances (allow at least 8 to 10 seconds for stopping).
These vehicles cannot stop or maneuver as well as a compact car can! Do NOT try to pass the snow plow or truck – that could easily cause an accident.
7. Don’t changes lanes unless it’s necessary – you could catch a wheel in the heavy snow or an ice patch and lose control.
TIP: WINTER BRAKING
Keep firm, steady pressure on the brake to keep the system on and fully-operational. Not sure if your car has ABS? Talk to your car dealer or auto technician.
6 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdKEEPING YOUR COOL DURING THIS DEEP FREEZE
Be sure you have the proper amount of antifreeze in your vehicle. Antifreeze works to prevent the engine block from freezing. Also, be sure to check your entire cooling system, including hoses, belts, and radiator; to make sure it is functioning properly.
14 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdSURVIVING THE DEEP FREEZE
Cold temperatures affect cars negatively in many ways. Consider some of the following:
1. Heaters will delay engine warm-up. Newer autos supply interior heat almost right away, but this, in turn, delays engine warm-up since you’re siphoning off much-needed heat during those vital first few minutes. Waiting 20 minutes before turning on your heater might save some gas, but frankly, I’d rather be warm.
2. Your engine block will be more vulnerable to cracking due to frozen coolant. Freeze-up protection can be checked with an inexpensive float-ball tester.
Use the correct coolant type and mix when topping up. Don’t add plain water alone, as it will dilute the mixture and lessen freeze-up protection. Don’t mix regular (green, two-year) antifreeze with long-life (yellow or reddish, five-year) coolant, since it reverts to the shorter lifespan
16 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdONLY FILL WITH WASHER FLUID
Don’t add water to the windshield washer reservoir. It won’t clean as well as washer fluid, and it may freeze in cold weather and damage the system. Don’t try to run your windshield washer system once you suspect there’s no more fluid in the tank, or you may damage the washer fluid pump.
17 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdSAVE ON FUEL CONSUMPTION
The cost of an insurance deductible is more than the cost of winter tires. Winter tires provide better fuel economy and increase the likelihood of avoiding a costly collision. Research shows that using winter tires in the winter and summer tires in the summer reduced fuel consumption by up to 5%.
18 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive Ltd$10.00 Tire Change, with Tires On Rims
$20.00 Tire and Rim Change, Includes Tire Balance
G&C Voisin Automotive has been proudly serving our community since 1946. We have knowledgeable, expert technicians that will handle your car with care.
We are a Full Service automotive facility, offering Diagnostics, Alignments, Oil Change, Brake Inspection/Replacement, Vehicle Sales, and Much More
18 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdDON’T WAIT FOR THE SNOW!!!
When the leaves begin to drop off the trees and the days start getting shorter, it’s a sign that the winter months will soon be here. It no doubt happens every year – just like everyone else, you wait until the snow hits to put your snow tires on and you’re faced with long line-ups at your local garage OR your tire size is no longer in stock. To avoid the delay, call your service centre in early fall and inquire about the best time to make the switch. At G&C Voisin Automotive we will store your tires for you for a small fee.
21 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdCHECK YOUR BATTERY
22 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdDID YOU KNOW????
INSTALLING WINTER TIRES GIVES YOU AN AUTO INSURANCE DISCOUNT.
Effective January 2016, the Ontario government made it mandatory that ALL insurance companies must offer a discount from 1%-10% if you install winter tires on your vehicle.
As long as the following are met, based off of the provision put forth by the Ontario government, you cannot be denied the mandatory winter tire discount.
•Tires must actually be installed on your vehicle (not just sitting in your garage)
•All 4 tires must be winter tires
•“All-season” tires do not count as winter tires
•Must be certified winter tires (look for the mountain peek/snowflake logo)
23 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdHAVE YOU INSPECTED YOUR LIGHTS AND WIPERS RECENTLY?
Lights and wipers play a critical role in safe driving, as the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen.
• Keep headlights, tail lights and signal lights clean. External dirt and debris can dim operational lights from being seen by others.
• Make sure that your headlights are properly aimed. Misaimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
• Don’t overdrive your headlights; you should be able to stop inside the illuminated area, otherwise you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.
• If there is any doubt on whether or not your headlights should be on, turn them on. Lights not only help you see better in early twilight, they also make it easier for other drivers to see you.
24 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdDOES YOUR VEHICLE PULL TO ONE SIDE?
If your steering is stiffer than normal or the vehicle pulls to one side, you probably have an alignment problem.
Have your car’s wheel alignment checked every (48,000 km), or as recommended in your owner’s manual. Also have it checked after buying new tires and when you replace a rack-and-pinion steering unit or other steering parts. Improper tire alignment will shorten the life of your tires as well as cause poor handling.
29 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdAVOID HOSE HASSLES
Check the hoses under your hood every month or two to avoid the hassle of a broken hose while you’re on the road. With the car cool and off, squeeze the hoses. If they are hard or make a crunching sound, replace them. Ditto if they are extremely soft or sticky. With the car warm but off, examine hoses for bulges and collapsed sections. If you find any, the hose walls are weak, and it’s time to replace the hose. Never drive with a ruptured coolant hose, or you are liable to overheat the engine and damage it. Other hoses are crucial to operation of your power brakes and cruise-control systems.
32 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdTIPS TO GET THE SAND OUT
1. SHAKE ITOUT - Vigorously shake out all towels and/or beach blankets.
Chairs Rule. Opt for sitting in a chair as opposed to lying on a towel in the sand. This will help keep the sand count down.
2. RINSE AND REPEAT - Rinse off all beach toys and store in mesh bag. Dip the bottom of the cooler off in the water before putting it in your car.
3. DON’T FORGET TO BRUSH - An old, large makeup brush can help get sand off your feet and hands before you jump in the car to head home.
4. CORN STARCH - Rub corn starch on your hands and feet to remove excess sand.
5. COVER IT UP - Put an old sheet or blanket in the backseat AND trunk of your car. This will help collect sand that falls during the transport back home. Carefully remove the sheet/blanket once you’ve unpacked the car.
33 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdDON’T FILL UP IF YOU SEE THE TANKER
If you happen to see a gasoline tanker filling the tanks at your local gas station, come back another day or go to a different station. As the station’s underground tanks are being filled, the turbulence can stir up sediment. Sediment in your gas can clog fuel filters and fuel injectors, causing poor performance and possibly demanding repairs.
34 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdWHAT TO DO IF YOUR KEY IS STUCK IN THE IGNITION
To get a stuck key out of the ignition, first make sure the car is off and in park or in neutral. Try wiggling the steering wheel left and right and turning. This will help you turn the key.
35 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdPREPARING YOUR VEHICLE FOR A SUMMER ROAD TRIP
When the long hot summer months hit, road trips are a great way to explore a new area of the country or a fun way to seek out new adventures. Before you set off on any longer trip, it’s always a good idea to prep your car for so you don’t run into any problems on the road.
1. REVIEW YOUR RUBBER:
Have a look at your tire pressure and make sure it matches up with the guidelines set out in your owner’s manual. Check the wheels for any bulges or cracks and examine the condition of the tire tread.
Are your headlights, blinkers, brake lights, hazard lights and reverse lights all in working order? Are any of the lights cracked or burnt out?
Listen carefully to your brakes to spot any squeaking or scraping sounds. Is there a burning smell or do your pedals go all the way to the floor? This probably means it’s time to replace the brake pads and give the area a good check-up.
If you've ever lost your air conditioning on a hot summer day, then you know what a big difference a little cool air makes. The best way to tell if your air conditioner has a problem is if it can't generate or maintain air temperatures that 10 degrees Celsius below the ambient outside air temperature.
Review the expiration date on your license plate sticker, on your insurance, your passport and on your driver’s license. You might also want to look into a CAA membership or travel insurance so you know you’re covered out on the road.35 weeks ago G & C Voisin Automotive Ltd
36 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdKEEPING IT COOL IN THE SUMMER HEAT
Lack of coolant results in overheating as the engine has nothing to counterbalance the heat. You should check coolant fluid levels in the radiator at least once a week. You should also have your coolant flushed and changed every two years by a trusted mechanic. Remember to never remove the radiator cap until the engine is thoroughly cooled.
37 weeks ago by G & C Voisin Automotive LtdSUMMER HEAT CAN BE HARD ON YOUR BATTERY
Summer heat can speed up the chemical reaction inside a battery, causing the battery to be overcharged. This can dramatically shorten the lifespan of your battery. Heat can also damage the battery by evaporating internal battery fluid
The best way to keep your battery running smoothly is to keep it clean. A dirty battery can actually cause the current to drain. Regularly detach the battery cables and wipe off the terminals. Make sure the battery is strapped down tightly and that all connections are secure.
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