FAQ: General Vehicle Care and Maintenance

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How do I find out if there is a recall or service bulletin on my car?

There are several ways to do this:

To determine if your vehicle was involved in a recall and has not been corrected, you should contact the manufacturer and provide the vehicle’s make, model, year and vehicle ID number (VIN)

My check engine light is on. What’s wrong?

When the Check Engine light comes on, your car’s computer system is telling you that it has detected a problem by recognizing a fault in one of its sensors. You should have the car checked at the earliest possible opportunity.

How can I prevent my car from rusting?

A major cause of vehicle rust is the salt that is used on winter roads. To minimize rusting, have your vehicle undercoated, be sure to wash your vehicle whenever the temperature is warm enough, or at the very least when the spring thaw starts. Washing should include an undercarriage rinse (available at most car washes) to remove salt from hard-to-reach areas that are likely to rust, such as inside the wheel wells. If you’re washing your vehicle at home, be sure to spray the hose under the car and around the wheel wells. 

My car isn’t starting or performing like it used to and I’m getting reduced fuel economy. What does this mean?

It could be that your fuel system isn’t as clean as it should be. Keizer’s is able to do a Cleaning Service: cleans and conditions your fuel injectors, intake valves, combustion chambers and exhaust emissions by removing harmful deposits and moisture. This can help reduce hesitation and sluggishness, as well as improve fuel economy.

What happens when my tires are not inflated to the proper level?

Tires that are under or over inflated can cause uneven tread wear, reduce the life of the tire, reduce traction and impact gas mileage, reducing your fuel economy. That’s why you should check your tire pressure at least once a month and adjust to the recommended pressure listed in your owner’s manual. You can also find this information on a sticker in the trunk, on the door pillar, in the glove box or on your fuel door.

How can I prevent my car from overheating in the summer?

How can I prevent my car from overheating in the summer? Radiator coolant, or anti-freeze as it is commonly known, works to combat both heat and cold. This helps to ensure your engine doesn’t freeze or over-heat. Over time and with exposure to winter cold and summer heat, the protective components of this fluid are weakened and its effectiveness can be dramatically decreased. Check and service your car’s cooling system at the intervals recommended in your owner’s manual. The Radiator Fluid Change Service will thoroughly flush your radiator and engine block, draining exhausted anti-freeze and replacing it with fresh, coolant that meets the specifications found in your owner’s manual.

How often should I have my air conditioning checked?

Your air conditioner will not operate as efficiently when air and moisture make their way into the system. An annual inspection of the air conditioning system will ensure peak performance and may help prevent costly repairs.

Is premium gas better for my car then regular or mid-grade?

Automotive experts, such as CAA, say that only a small percentage of vehicles sold in Canada require premium gasoline. For most vehicles premium gas will make little or no difference in terms of how well they perform. Follow the recommended octane requirement from the manufacturer and your vehicle will run properly.