Learn more about your car with some of our fundamental tips for caring for your vehicle.
- If the vehicle bottoms out in a large pothole, you can damage the plastic bumpers and spoilers, if the vehicle sits low to the ground (typical with smaller cars and sportier models).
- Hitting potholes can accelerate the wear and tear of your vehicle’s suspension parts such as shock absorbers, Macpherson struts, coil springs, ball joints and tie rod ends.
- In extreme cases, if parts such as shock absorbers, Macpherson struts, coil springs, ball joints and tie rod ends, are getting old and worn from normal use and you consistently drive on rough roads, the suspension parts can break and the driver will lose control of the vehicle. CAA recommends that suspension, steering and brake systems be inspected twice a year to make sure they are in good condition.
- Potholes and ruts can cause the wheel alignment setting to go out of specification – A wheel alignment should be performed once a year as this will prevent tire wear and allow the vehicle to steer the way the vehicle manufacture designed the vehicle to handle (steering control of the vehicle).
- Other problems motorists could encounter when driving on rough roads could be damage to engine oil pans – Aluminum oil pans on many of the new vehicles could be damaged if the oil pan contacts the pavement surface when a large pothole is experienced (stamped steel oil pans can also be damaged but to a lesser extent as they will bend before they break unlike aluminum oil pans that will crack).
- Tires and wheels can be damaged by large potholes - Tire side walls can be cut by the pavement and wheels can bend or break – Steel wheels will bend and aluminum wheels could break causing the tire too go flat – A flat tire will cause a vehicle control problem for the motorist.
Top 10 car care do's that don't get done - why skimping on car care today will be costly tomorrow! Many maintenance issues, if gone unchecked, can lead to real problems for vehicle owners.
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.
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 five to twelve months, depending upon their exposure to elements such as heat, road pollution, acid rain and ozone.
Need a reality check when it comes to your vehicle maintenance. Find no-nonsense recommendations from CAA about maintaining your car.
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:
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.
How to Go on Ice and Snow presents well-illustrated, easy-to-read information that will aid you in becoming a safer and more efficient driver despite winter's adverse weather conditions. This pamphlet contains information on vehicle systems, driver preparation, winter driving techniques - maximizing traction, maintaining safe following distance and changing speed smoothly - and additional hints and precautions helpful to drivers of front-, rear- and all-wheel drive vehicles.