Maintenance

Cooling System Service

Cooling Service

Problem: 
Coolant is depleted of buffering ingredients and becomes extremely corrosive, literally eating holes in cooling system components. By-products of corrosion damage, as well as rust and scale, clog the passageways that conduct the water through the radiator and choke off the flow. This may result in an overheated engine that may be damaged beyond repair.

Solution:
The entire cooling system is first cleaned and then all debris and worn out coolant is completely removed from the system. Then, fresh new premium coolant is added. Conditioners are also included to prevent rust and corrosion and BG Universal Cooling System Sealer is also included to prevent leaks.

Diesel Injection Service

Diesel Injection Service

Problem: 
Deposits accumulate in the entire diesel fuel system, including the fuel lines, injector pump, fuel injectors and combustion chambers. This causes rough idle, vibration at idle, loss of power, decreased mileage, increased smoke, slowed throttle response.

Solution:
Clean the diesel injection system with a chemical designed to remove deposits. You’ll experience improved throttle response, fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

Premier Oil Change Service

Premier Oil Change Service

Problem: 
Deposits form in the oil and fuel injectors and combustion chambers over time.

Solution: 
Eliminate the build-up of fuel and oil deposits between oil changes by installing:
• BG MOA®, a premium engine oil additive with deposit inhibitors
• BG CF5™ maintains a clean fuel system by eliminating deposit build-up

 

Performance Oil Change Service

Problem:
High engine temperatures caused by heavy stop and go driving conditions lead to thermal breakdown of engine oil. Not all of the oil is removed during a drain and fill oil change. Deposits are left behind and form sludge and varnish in the engine resulting in smoke from the exhaust and increased oil usage.

Solution:
A BG 9800 tool safely and effectively cleans and removes oxidized particles and fluid contamination left behind from previous oil changes. Install new oil and filter along with BG MOA® to fortify new oil for optimum performance and engine protection. The result will be improved engine compression, increased power and increased fuel economy.

Climate Control Service

Climate Control Service

Problem: 
Condensation in your vehicle’s air conditioning system promotes fungus, mold and bacterial growth that is blown into the passenger compartment. Add to this nauseating smell the sound of an A/C compressor making a clacking sound due to a depletion of oil.

Solution: 
Clean out the air conditioning lines, evaporator and ventilator and then kill any bacteria mold or fungi. Then, deodorize the entire A/C system and the vehicle’s interior. Finally, after a complete inspection for leaks and wear, our technicians will measure and replenish the oil in the compressor. The air inside your vehicle will be much cleaner and 4 to 5 degrees cooler, thanks to increased efficiency.

Battery Service

 

Battery Service

Problem:
Over time corrosion accumulates on the battery posts and terminals to the degree that this build-up begins to drain power from the battery. That’s one of the reasons battery failure is the #1 culprit for calls made requesting roadside assistance.

Solution: 
A battery cleaner and leak detector is applied after a thorough cleaning and inspection. Anti-corrosion BG Battery Terminal Protectors are installed and the battery posts, terminals and case are sealed.

Headlights and Daytime running lights

This is just a friendly reminder…daytime running light and headlights are not the same thing.  They are two different bulbs or lights on the front of your vehicle.  With the short days now here, we are going to using our headlights a lot more and it is illegal to be driving around with a burnt out headlight.  Yes, you can get a ticket from our friendly police officers.  It does make sense, seeing and being seen is important on our roads at anytime of year.   At AE Auto Plus, in Thornhill, we inspect all your lights every time you come in.  Whether you live in Toronto, Markham, Richmond Hill or Thornhill come in for a visit and let’s see if all your lights are working.  Some headlights are simple and some not so simple and we do recommend changing them in pairs…cause if one has gone, you are rest assured that the other headlight will go shortly too.

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10 Overlooked Services In Thornhill

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over Thornhill. Some days it’s all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That’s why you’ve gotta be organized. Lists, PDA, calendar- we have to keep track of it all.

So let’s talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten.

We have a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked. They’re all very important 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 service advisor if it’s time for a power steering check-up.

2. Wheel Alignment
When your wheels are out of alignment your car pulls to one side. It’s pretty annoying, but it’s also dangerous. And it causes your tires to wear out really fast; which is expensive! Most owners’ manuals suggest you get your alignment checked once or twice a year.

3. Differential Service
Okay, did you even know you had a differential? Well you do. One, two or three in fact. Differentials are often called gear boxes and they’re part of the drive-train that transfers power from the engine to your wheels. They don’t need service that often, but you can’t just ignore them. Check with your service advisor.

4. Cabin Air Filter
More and more Thornhill cars these days have cabin air filters to clean the air in the passenger area where we sit. They filter out dust and pollen. When they’re clogged up, they can get smelly. Change your cabin air filter on schedule to enjoy fresh, clean air, which can also help with allergies.

5. Timing Belt Replacement
Most cars and some vans and trucks around the Thornhill area have timing belts. Without going into a lot of detail, let’s just say that your car won’t run without it – period. And if it breaks while you’re driving it can do thousands of dollars worth of engine damage. Check your owners’ manual or with your service advisor. If you’re approaching 60,000 miles; absolutely look into it right away.

6. Transmission Service
Transmission service is very basic, but it’s often forgotten. Your transmission needs clean fluid from time to time to keep running efficiently and avoid costly repairs. And it can improve your fuel economy too.

7. Air Conditioning Service
Most of us don’t think about our air conditioning until it doesn’t work. Then if you’re lucky, you just need to add refrigerant. If you’re not, some of the components may have been ruined. Those components are not cheap. Regular air conditioning service adds clean refrigerant which cools and lubricates your air conditioner and conditions the seals.

8. Brake Service
No we’re not talking about squealing, grinding brakes here. We’re talking brake fluid. Over time the fluid gets a lot of water in it. Because water compresses differently than the brake fluid, your brakes won’t work as well. It may even get dangerous. The water can also rust out brake system components and then your brakes can fail altogether. Check with your service advisor for recommendations.

9. Coolant System
Another thing that’s so easy to forget about: When you don’t change your antifreeze on schedule it becomes corrosive. Fresh coolant contains additives that maintain the pH balance in the coolant. These additives wear out and the fluid in the radiator can actually eat holes in the radiator or hoses. Then you’re stranded.

10. Fuel System Cleaning
In times of high fuel prices, fuel system cleaning is so important. Fuel gums up a bunch of parts as it moves from the gas tank and through the engine. A thorough fuel system cleaning will keep clean gas flowing into the engine. Your fuel injectors get gunked up over time and need to be cleaned. Having your fuel system cleaned on schedule will really help your fuel economy.

And there we have it; 10 services that are often overlooked. Did you know that a recent survey showed that 90 percent of vehicles on the road have at least one scheduled maintenance service that hasn’t been performed? Based on our busy lives, we’re not surprised.

We know it takes some thought and effort to actually maintain your vehicle; but it not only saves money in the long run – it saves time too. And we can all use a little more time.

AE Auto Plus can help with any of these services. Give us a all at 905-764-1339.

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At AE Auto Plus

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the news. Thornhill people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better fuel economy and receive a government rebate.

A lot of Thornhill motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They’re good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their importss for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s economical to do so.

There are plenty of Thornhill drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles. We can learn from what they’re doing to keep our own importss on the road in Canada.

Thornhill drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last At AE Auto PlusThat may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it’s really not. First off, oil is the life blood of your imports’s engine and it needs to be clean to properly lubricate. Skipping oil changes leads to clogged oil filters and sludge that can damage your engine.

There’s another reason why the scheduled oil change is so important for Thornhill car owners. It’s simple – a AE Auto Plus professional is going to be looking at your car. All of your fluid levels will be inspected and topped off so they won’t get so low that damage can be done. If there is a significant fluid loss, let’s use brake fluid as an example, your AE Auto Plus technician can look for the cause of the loss and find the problem before it leads to an accident or costly repair.

Your AE Auto Plus advisor will also visually inspect your imports for worn belts and hoses, uneven tire wear, leaking shock absorbers and more. Problems get addressed before they lead to repairs that cost more than the car’s worth.

And your AE Auto Plus advisor will be able to remind you of other services that the factory recommends you get done. Just think of that oil change the same way as you do about going to your Thornhill dentist for your six month cleaning and checkup. Don’t skip it.

Realistically, things are going to wear out as your imports gets older. On the way to 200,000 miles you’ll go through several batteries, probably a couple of alternators and water pumps, a set of shocks and likely some brake rotors.

Of course, these things cost money, but they are far cheaper than new imports payments. With proper service at AE Auto Plus and regular inspections, you’ll keep surprise repairs to a minimum and more money in your wallet.