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5 Reasons Regular Vehicle Maintenance is Important
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5 Reasons Regular Vehicle Maintenance is Important Your vehicle is not just a convenient mode of transportation. It is a necessary part of life, especially for folks living in a more rural setting. Not only that, it is an investment! You spend a lot of time in your car, whether it be running errands or commuting to work. Take care of your car and your car will take care of you! This is not...

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Tips To Keep Your Battery Running This Winter
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Tips To Keep Your Battery Running This Winter CLICK CLICK CLICK... nothing. Darn it all! We have all experienced the sound of a dead battery in the middle of a cold Canadian winter. It's in that precise moment we regret not having checked on it before cold temps were upon us... darn, too late. Waiting until the battery is completely dead, before replacing, is likely going to find you...

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Top 8 Tips for Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter
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Top 8 Tips for Preparing Your Vehicle for Winter The temperature is steadily dropping, and more mornings than not we wake up to a thin layer of frost covering the ground and our vehicles. This all points to one unfortunate fact: Old Man Winter is coming again. With winter slowly creeping closer and closer it is time to prepare...

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Do Winter Tires Really Make A Difference?
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Do Winter Tires Really Make A Difference? In a nutshell? Yes, the right tire in the right season impacts your vehicle's performance and safety, but also your wallet. Many people tend to overlook the importance of having a winter set of tires and an all-season or summer set because they drive an AWD vehicle or a 4X4 truck. It's true those vehicles are better designed for handling wet or...

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The Different Types of Tire Damage
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The Different Types of Tire Damage "I've got a bulge!" "Most of us do when we get past fifty." "No, a bulge in my tire - in the sidewall - a bubble!" The Damage is Serious! A bulge, bubble, or break in the sidewall of a tire is an issue requiring immediate attention. Typically, the result of an impact - curb, sidewalk, pothole - that damages the tire's...

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Emergency Kit Must-Haves For Your Vehicle
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Emergency Kit Must-Haves For Your Vehicle It's late at night, and the road is dark and unfamiliar. The wind whips up leaves and debris and making matters worse, you're in a cell-service dead zone. Then, suddenly, the steering wheel twists in your hands, and you fight to keep your vehicle from heading into the ditch.Once stopped, you open the door and step outside. In the light from...

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How To Properly Boost Your Car Battery
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How To Properly Boost Your Car Battery Even the best battery will eventually show its age and require replacement. And somewhere along the line, it will likely need to be boosted, and there's a proper way to do it!In 1860, Frenchman Gaston Plante invented the first practical rechargeable battery based on lead-acid chemistry. Today, lead-acid batteries come as original equipment in most...

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Understanding Tire Warranty
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Understanding Tire Warranty Tires are one of the most important and frequently replaced components on your vehicle. With proper care, a set of tires should last for years, but occasionally, they wear out prematurely. All major tire manufacturers have comprehensive tire warranties to protect consumers from paying full price for a replacement tire resulting from an early demise. Some tire brands...

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How To Improve Your Fuel Efficiency
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How To Improve Your Fuel Efficiency Canada is a large country with nearly 40,000 kilometers of paved roads. Though many large urban centers have well-designed rapid transit systems, owning a vehicle (for most people) is still a necessity. Statistics Canada estimates that in Canada, we burn approximately 111 million liters of gasoline per day equalling over 40 billion liters of gasoline per...

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Inspecting Your Tires
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Inspecting Your Tires Tires play a huge role in your driving experience and are crucial to your vehicle's safety and overall performance. Think about it: your tires are the only contact your vehicle has with the road surface. The better the tires, the better the control, acceleration, braking and ride. Tires that are badly worn: Have reduced control Poor ride and handling Put unnecessary...

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What To Do When You Get A Flat Tire
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What To Do When You Get A Flat Tire Let's admit it, a flat tire - whether on the highway or just around town - is a major inconvenience. There you are, minding your own business, when suddenly something doesn't feel right. Tell-tale signs that you have a flat tire might include Difficulty steering - especially when turning, changing lanes or travelling around curves in the road Poor...

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Buying Tires from Big Box Stores vs Local Tire Shops
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Buying Tires from Big Box Stores vs Local Tire Shops OK, it's time for new tires, and you're thinking about getting 'em from a big box store such as Costco, Canadian Tire or Walmart. They have the best prices, right? Maybe not... There is more to consider when deciding on where to buy tires, we agree that price is an important factor. This is an expensive purchase and an important...

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How Are Tires Made?
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How Are Tires Made? The history on a product that most consider relatively simple, is surprisingly a long and complex story. The development of the tire, as we know it today, dates as far back as 1845! Wow, right? No one individual can be credited with inventing the tire.  In fact, several inventors over several decades contributed to creating the tire and here are just a few: 1845...

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The Difference Between a Spare Tire and a Doughnut
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The Difference Between a Spare Tire and a Doughnut Depending on the vehicle you drive, you could either have a spare tire or a doughnut - aka compact spare. The difference between these two "emergency" tires is significant. Spare Tires Spares are full-size tires that match the existing tires on your vehicle. Ideally, the spare will be the same brand, series, dimension and tread...

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What happens to your vehicle's tires when left parked too long?
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What happens to your vehicle's tires when left parked too long? What happens to tires when a vehicle is parked for an extended period of time? You may think because your vehicle is parked - especially in a garage - that the tires will be fine. But here's something to consider: your tires support the entire weight of your vehicle, and if left in one position, they will eventually lose...

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The Danger of Worn Out Tires
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The Danger of Worn Out Tires Depending upon size and the overall diameter, the average tire will rotate nearly 1000 times in one kilometre. And with every rotation, tire treads gradually wear down, resulting in reduced handling, control, and performance. Over time, tires will become worn out - meaning little or no tread is left on the surface of the tire - a recipe for trouble. New tires typically...

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Understanding Your Tire Size
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Understanding Your Tire Size So it's time to buy tires? You call a few shops and one of the first questions they ask is "What size?" A seemingly simple question yet you'll soon find out it's much more complex than small, medium or large. The first thing you need to find is the tire size for your vehicle. You can refer to your owner's manual or the tag on the door pillar...

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What are Take-Off Tires?
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What are Take-Off Tires? What are Take-Off Tires? So, you're looking for options when it comes to purchasing new tires. You'd like a good quality tire, but you need to keep your budget in mind. Have you considered buying a set of take-off tires? A set of ... what? Take-off tires are tires that have been taken off of a brand new vehicle. This is done when the buyer prefers a different...

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New Tires vs Tire & Wheel Sets
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New Tires vs Tire & Wheel Sets If you're looking to buy new tires, first thing is where to buy them? Our Quick Lane Tire & Auto Centre stocks a range of brand name tires for every make and model of vehicle. Our Price Match Promise is your assurance of the best tire deal in Alberta and with FREE TIRE STORAGE, where to buy is an easy decision. To request a quote CLICK HERE. Here's...

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Why do you need Tire Rotations?
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Why do you need Tire Rotations? Quick question: do all tires wear evenly? Well, you might say that the answer depends upon the quality of the tire, the type and condition of the vehicle, and the driver. You'd be right, but there's more to it. Brand new, brand-name tires on a brand-new vehicle will still wear differently, thus the need for tire rotations. Here's the truth: over 60%...

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Do your vehicle's tires expire?
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Do your vehicle's tires expire? It seems today almost everything has an expiry date and that includes your tires. It's a fact! Every tire has a date of birth - when it was manufactured - and expiry date; generally, six years from the time it rolled out of the TBS or Tire Building Machine.  So, that old set of tires that have been sitting in the back of the garage are likely past...

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