Car Mechanic

AUTO
MAINTENANCE:

AUTO
MAINTENANCE:

Regular maintaining of your vehicle is important to
extending it's lifespan.

We all know Alberta weather can go from one extreme to another throughout the year. Scorching hot days and freezing winter conditions can affect key components of your vehicle. It is important to perform seasonal auto maintenance on your vehicle.

No matter the weather, the expert Automotive Service Technicians at Hat Alignment know what auto maintenance procedures your vehicle will need. If you want to get your vehicle ready for the upcoming season, bring it by and we'll have it ready to take on the elements.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO
MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE?

Winter Tires

WINTER WEATHER:

WINTER WEATHER:

When winter is about to unleash freezing temperatures and icy road conditions it is important to make sure your vehicle is ready, no one wants to be left stranded on the side of the road in winter conditions. It is a good idea to have your battery tested before cold weather arrives.  

 

Other winter auto maintenance your vehicle may need, includes coolant system flush, replacing wiper blades with winter rated blades, winter tire installation and block heater testing.

Summer tires

SUMMER WEATHER:

SUMMER WEATHER:

Summer conditions can do just as much harm to your vehicle as winter conditions.

 

One of the most important maintenance checks to have performed on your vehicle as summer approaches is the coolant levels. By having your vehicle’s coolant levels checked you can help ensure sure your vehicle won’t overheat, an inspection of the hoses and the coolant reservoir.

Other key component of your vehicle to have inspected before summer rolls around is the engine belts. Hot weather can increase the rate at which the belts deteriorate and a broken belt can leave you stranded on a hot day.

Tire Patch

Rough and Pothole Filled Roads:

Rough and Pothole Filled Roads:

Potholes or rough and rocky roads can play havoc on your vehicle’s alignment, taking years off their lifespan. Having your vehicle aligned and regularly inspected can save you hundreds of dollars on tires.

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Auto Maintenance Checklist:

If you are worried about the state of your vehicle, come in for a “peace of mind” inspection to give you a detailed report of the items that need attention.

  • Front brake pads, rotors & calipers

  • Rear brake pads, rotors & calipers / Rear brake drums, shoes and wheel cylinders

  • Brake hoses and brake lines

  • Drive belts

  • Battery, cables & terminals

  • Radiator hoses

  • Lights – headlamps, fog lights, turn signals, park lights, licence plate lights, brake lights, and reverse lights

  • Windshield wipers and washer fluid

  • Horn

  • Tires (tire pressure, condition and tread depth)

  • Front differential fluid, transfer case fluid, rear differential fluid

  • Ball joints

  • Tie rods / steering linkage

  • Steering rack or steering gear box

  • Wheel Bearings

  • Stabilizer links and bushings

  • Shocks / Suspension struts

  • U-joints

  • CV joints and boots

  • Fuel lines

  • Air filter

  • Fluid levels & condition – coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, engine oil