Wheel bearings enable your wheels to spin freely. And while some wheel bearings can be serviced, others require hub replacement. For those that can be replaced, preventive maintenance can be done. This procedure involves removing the bearings, carefully cleaning them and inspecting for any imperfection. If the bearing can be reused, we reinstall them, and pack them with grease. If not, we put on new bearings.
Taking care of old bearings is extremely important. When bearings go bad, they produce enough heat to cause the wheel to lock up. In extreme cases, the wheel can even come off! So make sure you get them inspected regularly to stay safe and prevent costly (and avoidable) damage to your wheels.
Cooling system problems are the #1 mechanical failure, and the water pump plays an important role.
Water pumps aren’t something you think about, but they are an important part of your car’s cooling system. Your water pump circulates the coolant that cools the engine, and after years of pumping coolant they inevitably wear out. So if you notice a grinding sound coming from the pump, or see coolant leaking from the pump itself, bring it in for inspection.
The best way to prolong the life of your water pump and cooling system is by regularly replacing the coolant, which will help you avoid a failure in your cooling system that can leave you on the side of the road.
Modern vehicles are now equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, which can detect when tires are under-inflated. Under-inflated tires are a safety concern, because they don’t handle properly and can even overheat to the point where they cause the tire to fall apart, both of which can cause a serious accident.
Under-inflated tires also waste fuel – in fact, you lose 1% of your fuel economy for every 3 pounds of pressure under your manufacturer’s recommended pressure! And lastly, properly inflated tires help increase the life of your tires. It’s for all these reasons that your tire pressure monitoring system is so important to your safety. When you bring your car in for an inspection, your technician can interpret your TPMS system, and reset it when you change your tires to maintain ideal pressurization and handling.
Your car’s shocks and struts’ main job is to keep your tires firmly on the ground. When well maintained, the suspension allows you to maintain proper road handling during acceleration and on turns, ensuring safe braking distances. When shocks are worn, your vehicle won’t handle as well – you’ll bounce over bumps, wallow around corner, your rear will dive when you accelerate and could even become unsafe. Replacing worn shocks and struts will extend the life of your tires, prevent premature tire wear as well as costly suspension damage
The normal lifespan for shocks is roughly 80,000 km. An annual inspection ensures your safety and lets you enjoy a pleasant (and safe) driving experience.
Your exterior lights, headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, backup lights and marker lights are essential parts of your vehicle’s safety equipment. They are the main ways that you see the road, and are seen by other drivers.
Your axles’ main job is to transfer power from your engine to your wheels. They are strong parts that can last a long time if properly maintained. Eventually, your axle will wear out over time and need to be replaced. Sometimes, an axle seal can leak and let water into your wheels, which can cause you axle to fail. A failing axle can cause your wheels to lock up, which can result in costly damage to your car’s transmission, and can even cause an accident.
So if you hear a strange noise coming from your axles, it’s important to get it looked at as soon as you notice the problem – waiting will only make the damage worse.
Your car is a big investment, and like any investment it should be protected and cared for. At Fraser Valley Autopro, we offer you a range of vehicle maintenance and car repair services that help prolong the life of your car. With our highly
–skilled, certified technicians and our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, we have the tools and expertise to help you avoid high-cost auto repairs through a regular preventive maintenance schedule and keep your car young a long time. All of our work is covered by Napa Autopro’s 24 Months/40 000 km Peace of Mind Warranty.
Not sure what’s wrong? If your car is making a noise or just not performing the way it usually does, come and see us right away. Give us a call at (604) 853-3612 or book your appointment online.