If you are planning on going on a road trip soon, it's a great idea to have your car checked over to make sure it's running smoothly and in good condition. This will help you to have a safe drive and potentially avoid a breakdown or costly mechanical repair while you are supposed to be relaxing on your vacation!
When you book a road trip check with us - here's what is included:
1 - Fluid check: oil, coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid, and power steering fluid
2 - Tires: we will check the air pressure in all your tires (spare too), as well as the tread for safety. If the tread is less than 1/12" you should consider replacing them before you head out on the road as long journeys will cause them to wear even more and potentially cause a blow out.
If the tires could use a rotation - we will look after that.
3 - Air Filter/Cabin air filter check: it's important to have a good flow of clean air to your vehicles engine to ensure performance and efficiency. The cabin air...
As the weather is warming up it's time to make sure that your AC in your vehicle is performing optimally for those hot temperatures that have finally arrived.
Here at Westwood Auto Tec, our highly trained technicians can diagnose any problems that may be causing your system to not be performing to the best of its' ability.
We have up to date training and our technicians are Manitoba certified to handle all aspects of your air conditioning needs. Our shop adheres to stringent Manitoba laws governing the safe testing for leaks and disposal of Ozone depleting products using approved leak testing methods.
What is air conditioning diagnosis?
When the air conditioner stops blowing cold, or starts making a strange noise, a properly trained and certified technician must perform a set of diagnostic tests to understand what component is at fault, and what is needed to complete the repair.
This time of year we are thrilled to be putting winter behind us and ready for the warmer weather months of Spring and Summer. To ensure that your vehicle is performing to the best of its ability it makes sense to invest in a Summer check.
- load test and service the battery
- pressure test the cooling system for leaks
- check and tighten all hose clamps
- test the antifreeze for quality and strength
- check the condition of the belts for cracks, damage and dried rubber. Adjust belts as necessary
- check the air conditioning temperature
- check all windshield wiper blades for cracks and wear
- check the condition of the brakes, exhaust, cv boots and front end
We all know that oil changes are due every 5000 kms, but sometimes life gets in the way and it gets pushed down on your to do list.
Oil is the lifeblood of your car's engine and it does its best job when it's fresh and clean. The problem with not getting your oil changed is that you won't know how big of a problem you're causing until it's too late.
Here's a timeline to explain what happens to your engine when you don't get your care oil changed:
1. There is a build up of dirt and debris - as the oil moves through your engine, it picks up dirt and debris and flushes it away from the engine's moving parts and into the oil filter. If the oil isn't changed, the dirt and debris will eventually clog the oil filter and bypass it through a relief valve, cycling the dirty oil back through the engine.
2. Engine parts start to wear down - dirty oil is thick and abrasive so every time it cycles through the engine and picks up more dirt and debris along the way, it starts to wear down engin...
Spring is the perfect time to have a wheel alignment done. With the freezing and thawing of the roads, we know its pothole season in Winnipeg. Driving through potholes and down some of our roadways can cause wear and tear on our vehicles. If you find your vehicles tires are experiencing uneven or irregular tread wear, if you find that your vehicle is wandering either to the right or the left, or if your steering wheel is vibrating or sits crooked, it is probably a good idea to have a wheel alignment done.
A wheel alignment is an adjustment to your vehicles suspension system.
It adjusts the angles of the tires.
What happens during an alignment?
A wheel alignment machine is a key tool in restoring a suspension to its proper alignment. It is an elaborate process that brings the car's suspension into its proper configuration, positioning and adjusting components so that the wheels are aligned with one another and the road surface. The alignment should be performed by an...
Having a good set of jumper cables in your car is a great idea but if you don't know how to use them, then you're still in trouble if your battery dies.
Remember to keep people and objects away from the batteries during the jump, and don't touch anything other than the terminals with them unless you are grounding one of them to a piece of metal on the vehicle as per the instructions.
Before you start, take a really good look at your battery - if its cracked or leaking- DO NOT attempt to boost it yourself. Doing so, could create an explosion. A damaged battery should always be replaced as quickly as possible.
If you find that your cars battery is dead quite often, then it may be nearing the end of it's life. Bring it in and we can test it and let you know if you need a new one, and get you back on the road quickly without having to worry about whether it's going to start.
Tire rebates are going on right now! Give us a call before the snow arrives and order your tires and save a few dollars.
It's that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping and snow is either here or on its way depending on where you live. And that means you should think about putting a set of winter tires on your car.
For many Canadians, buying winter tires is what’s called a “grudge purchase” — we don’t really want to lay out the money unless we really have to. Aside from places where swapping in proper winter tires is the law, that means that we can be lulled into a false sense of security by the “all-season” rating of the tires that we drive on the rest of the year.
It gets even worse when you’re talking about all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive vehicles, where manufacturers tout clever limited-split differentials, torque-vectoring capabilities, anti-lock brakes, and complex stability controlling systems. Cars are getting more clever— why can’t we have one type of tire to h...
When Fall comes around and the weather starts to cool off, it's time to make sure you're ready for the colder weather again. This is a great time to check your spare tire. Spare tires are often overlooked, but can be lifesavers when you need them. Check the air pressure and make sure you have all the tools you'll need to change it on the side of the road. Here's a great link to a step by step guide to change a flat on the side of the road.
Check your heater and defroster so you are confident they will work when you need them.
Your air filter, battery and headlights should all be inspected as well.
Call us or drop in to book your Winterize Special. We will inspect your vehicle and make sure it's ready for the cooler temperatures. 204-837-1047
Our Winterize special includes an oil change (up to 5 L), oil filter and lube, load test and service battery, pressure test the cooling system for leaks, check and tighten all hose clamps, test antifreeze for quality and strength, check belt condition and adjust as necessary, check block heater and car warmer and check battery warmer if equipped, check windshield wiper blades, check brakes, tires, exhaust, CV boots and front end, check for tuneup and rotate tires if necessary. Have peace of mind that your car is ready for when winter hits us.
Like it or not, cold weather is coming and your vehicle needs to be ready for it. When road conditions turn nasty, your safety can depend on being properly prepared for the winter weather. Getting everything done on your car in advance helps ensure that an unexpected cold snap or a snowstorm wont' leave you stranded.
We will make sure your blades are fresh so your visibility isn't compromised. Streaks on...