Learn more about your car with some of our fundamental tips for caring for your vehicle.
Today, with the abundance of self-service gas stations, sometimes the only way to ensure your vehicle's fluids receive the attention they need is for you to check them yourselves.
Eventually, every car will need a new battery. Battery ratings, physical size, and post location are important factors in ensuring the proper fit and function of your battery.
By conducting monthly inspections of your belts and hoses, you can help prevent premature engine wear and extend the life of your vehicle. When you're ready to check your vehicle's belts and hoses, be sure to do so before you start your car, while the engine is still cold.
Tires are one of the most important pieces of safety equipment on your car. No tire traction - no control. To provide good traction and safe handling, the tires must have adequate tread to shed water and grip the road effectively.
Windshield wiper blades don't last forever. The life of the rubber blade is typically about sive to twelve months, depending upong their exposure to elements such as heat, road pollution, acid rain and ozone.
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To help with your vehicle’s performance during the winter months, CAA Saskatchewan encourages motorists to follow these important tips:
- Test your battery. Colder temperatures can weaken the battery and cause it to fail.
- Test your block heater and cord. When the temperature falls below -15 degrees C, it’s important to plug in.
- Test your engine coolant. Your vehicle needs the correct amount and strength for optimal performance.
- Check your cooling system. Ensure there are no cracks in the hoses, or coolant leaks.
- Check your tire pressure. The right pressure is important for traction and fuel efficiency.
- Check the ignition system. Replace spark plugs as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer.
- Check brakes. Pulling, a soft pedal, or unusual squealing or grinding may mean repairs are needed.
- Check the exhaust system. Leaks could send carbon monoxide into your vehicle.
- Check your washer fluid. It should be rated in the -40 degrees C temperature range.
- Perform a seasonal vehicle inspection. This will help keep your vehicle trouble free.
For roadside assistance, CAA members can: