Thursday, 31 July 2014

Month of Myths - #8

Myth 8: The service schedule is just a way for service people to make money.

Your vehicle's service schedule was designed by automotive engineers not service technicians and is the minimum required service interval. Maintaining your car helps keep your driving trouble-free while it preserves your investment. 

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Month of Myths - #7

Myth 7: The only fluids I need to worry about are oil and gas.

Most people neglect the other fluids in their vehicle, these include:
  • Brake
  • Coolant/Anti-Freeze
  • Power Steering
  • Transmission
  • Washer Fluid
This two-part article will provide more information on fluids and the importance of regular maintenance. If you have any questions about your vehicle, our service advisors are ready to answer your call. (306) 244-6522. 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Month of Myths - #6

Myth 6: I get my vehicle serviced twice/year, so I don't need a pre-trip vehicle inspection.

Vehicles need to be properly maintained year round. But a pre-vacation inspection performed by a qualified automotive technician can avoid costly repairs and inconvenience. 

Visit our post on pre-holiday maintenance for more info, click here: Previous Post

Friday, 25 July 2014

Summer And Vacations Go Hand In Hand

Start your summer vacation off on the right foot; have your vehicle properly serviced and ready for the trip ahead. Hot weather and cold weather have one thing in common, your vehicle doesn't like either one. Ever notice the vehicles sitting on the side of the highway are usually a long way from home? That’s because the shorter trips we normally take don’t get all the moving components up to temperature like a longer trip does. Even a 1 or 2 hour trip to the lake can be enough for some vehicles to succumb to the heat and pressure created from an extended drive. Belts, hoses and cooling systems take a real beating with the added heat generated which can leave you stranded for a few hours or days if you haven’t been fortunate to stop in time, ending up with a serious mechanical failure and your car undriveable. Cooling system failure can happen very fast with devastating results, this is also a major cause of engine damage; and that’s never cheap to repair. While you are driving be sure to keep an eye on the temperature gauge, if you see it rising beyond its normal position to the “hot” zone you can try turning off the air conditioning. If that doesn't help and the gauge is at or in the hot zone, pull over as soon as possible to avoid creating any additional problems from the heat.

Start your trip out the safe reliable way; have a comprehensive inspection performed to make sure you don’t have any surprises when you least expect them. Routine service inspections are intended to identify potential trouble areas that should be addressed before they become problems. This helps have a stress free holiday or even a weekend away.  

Let the Crestview team get your vehicle ready for travel. To book an appointment and read more about us visit us on line at 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Month of Myths - #5

Myth 5: Warm weather means less car worries. 

Cooling system neglect is cited as a principal reason for mechanical failure of a vehicle. In addition to the danger and inconvenience of a breakdown, the damage to the engine and transmission can add up to thousands of dollars. Discovering a leaking radiator, hose connection, a sticking thermostat or other cooling system component that's on "borrowed time" can save the life of your engine. 

Contact Crestview Auto Service today and ask about our complimentary inspections. We look forward to serving you and discussing your summer maintenance needs. 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Month of Myths - #4

Myth 4: Vehicle technology today is so advanced I don't need to worry about emissions. 
To help reduce emissions, keep your vehicle well maintained. A poorly maintained engine can use up to 50% more fuel and produce 50% more CO2 than one that runs properly. 

At Crestview Auto Service, the Service Advisors will help you find the right maintenance schedule for your vehicle. The technicians can provide maintenance services (such as an oil change) to vehicles still under warranty (see Myth #1). Cars, Trucks, Motor homes and Fleet vehicles are all welcome. 

Contact: (306) 244-6522 or 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Month of Myths - #3

Myth 3: I can wash my vehicle with mild dish soap.
More than one-third of car owners use damaging non-automotive products when washing their cars - products that could contain harmful detergents, abrasives or additives. 

Enjoy a complimentary car wash when you bring your vehicle into Crestview Auto Service for repairs or maintenance. Call today to find out more (306) 244-6522, or visit our website at 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Month of Myths - #2

Myth 2: Paint chips and nicks don't affect my warranty. 

To keep your new vehicle paint and corrosion warranty valid, have dents, scratches and collision damaged panels inspected and repaired. New cars have a minimum five-year rust perforation warranty. Unprotected panels that cause rust will not be covered by the manufacturer's warranty.

Crestview Auto Service is a quality service facility and a proud partner of Trusted Saskatoon. Visit us at for more information or to book online.  

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Month of Myths - #1

Myth 1: To maintain my warranty I can only have my car serviced at a dealership.

Service at a dealer is not mandatory to keep your warranties in effect. Maintenance may be done by any qualified service facility or by a person who is skilled in automotive service. Keep all receipts as proof of completion, and have the service provider fill out the Maintenance Record.

Crestview Auto Service is a quality service facility and can assist in all of your maintenance needs. Visit us at for more information or to book online.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Certified Technicians

Did you know?

Crestview Auto Service has quality certified technicians waiting to look after you and your vehicle, whether for general maintenance, specialized service, larger vehicles (including motorhomes), and/or SGI inspections. Crestview is also a proud partner of Trusted Saskatoon and the only NAPA AutoPro in Saskatoon. Easy and convenient to book online or by phone. We look after cars, trucks, motorhomes and fleet vehicles. Visit our website, Google Plus page or Blogger for more information about us.

Monday, 7 July 2014

(Post 5) Tidbits

(P5) Tidbits of information about Canada you may never need:

• 150, the # of new vehicle models and major redesigns introduced by manufacturers from 2010 to 2012
• 260, the # of new vehicle models and major redesigns expected to be introduced between 2013 and 2015

(Information gathered from Government of Canada and the automotive industry, 2013)

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Saturday, 5 July 2014

(Post 4) Tidbits

(P4) Tidbits of information about Canada you may never need:

• $623.47 the average amount Canadians underspent on vehicle maintenance
• $876.00 the average Canadians spent on vehicle repairs and maintenance
• $1491.00 the average yearly cost expected to maintain a vehicle

(Information gathered from Government of Canada and the automotive industry, 2013)

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Friday, 4 July 2014

(Post 3) Tidbits

(P3) Tidbits of information about Canada you may never need:

• 22,500 the # of independent automotive service shops in Canada
• 3,464 the # of automotive dealerships in Canada

Did you know you can book online with Crestview? Visit our website to schedule an appointment at

(Information gathered from Government of Canada and the automotive industry, 2013)

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

(Post 2) Tidbits

(P2) Tidbits of information about Canada you may never need:

How many kilometers is on your odometer? Check this out! The pic is in MILES that equals 854540.7 KILOMETERS! Visit our website to see how you can help keep your vehicle young a long time.

Did you know?
• 320,000, the average odometer reading when a vehicle is retired
• 230,000, the average odometer reading in 2003 when a vehicle was retired
• 103,542 the # of vehicle service bays in Canada

(Information gathered from Government of Canada and the automotive industry, 2013).

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Are your shocks and struts in control of your ride? (*Part 2*)

Vehicle ride, handling and braking are directly linked to the integrity of your suspension components. Like many of the systems on your vehicle, struts and shocks wear very slowly; many people only realize how worn they have become after they have had them replaced. After replacement the vehicle feels like new.

As the internal components of shocks and struts wear, additional internal heat is created resulting in deteriorating ride quality, braking and handling. With this wear, the oil inside the struts and shocks aerates becoming more like foam than the liquid oil it is meant to be. The farther you drive the worse this gets. The air acts like a squishy ball, allowing excessive movement of the vehicle. When we step on the brakes or make sudden steering moves the vehicle starts to rock or roll, this lifts up one end and drops the other end. Any time this happens the tires, brakes and suspension are over loaded on the low side and you don’t have enough traction on the high side. This is the reason it takes longer to stop and you have less control with worn struts and shocks.

Unfortunately we cannot change the oil in the struts and shocks when it gets old like we do engine oil. You may have seen advertising from manufacturers advising you to replace struts and shocks after 80,000 kilometers; this is the reason; the oil is worn out resulting in the struts and shocks not working as they were intended to.

There are other considerations with worn struts and shocks; all of the extra vehicle movement creates wear in suspension and steering components, requiring replacement sooner than needed. The braking system will be over loaded in the front from having too much weight transferred from the back of the vehicle to the front when slowing down. This overloads the front brakes and causes the rear brakes to be less effective creating longer stopping distances. Additionally your tires will wear out far sooner than a vehicle with good shocks and struts.

Regular maintenance inspections, performed by experienced technicians along with the needed services will help you save time and money keeping your vehicle safe and reliable for many years to come.

At Crestview Auto Service “We’ll Keep Your Car Young a Long Time”

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Are your shocks and struts in control of your ride? (*Part 1*)

First, a little trivia about the life of struts and shocks; research by manufacturers shows that on the average road (not Saskatoon’s pothole roads) each strut or shock on your... car cycles (stops and starts moving) 1100 times per kilometer. That works out to be 88 million times in 80,000 kilometers! That’s 88 with 6 zeros added, WOW! When they get worn out they cycle even more. Your vehicle feels the wear, a vehicle with as little as 80,000 kilometers can take an additional 3 meters or more to stop than a vehicle with new struts and shocks! That can be the difference between making a quick controlled stop, or panic and possibly an accident.

Struts and shocks are the components on your vehicle that control the up, down and rocking or sway movement of your vehicle. The struts and shocks don’t hold the vehicle up, that’s the job of the springs. When a vehicle is new, the struts and shocks allow us to have a safe controlled ride. Over time, the struts and shocks are slowly wearing and most drivers do not realize how worn they are until after they have been replaced. The difference in ride and vehicle control after replacement of worn struts and shocks can be dramatic.

In the past we used a visual inspection and a bounce test of the vehicle to determine if they were good or bad. If we saw oil on the outside, or if the vehicle cycled too much after a good bounce we recommended new ones. With the newer manufacturing technology, this only works on struts and shocks that are extremely worn. Over time, as the internal seals, oil and components of struts and shocks wear, they lose the ability to control the springs. This becomes more obvious after driving for a while, the vehicle is relatively stable when starting out but after driving for some time, it becomes less stable and has a mushy feel to the ride. This extra movement creates excessive heat causing the shocks and struts to lose the ability to control the springs.

Watch for part 2 coming soon.

At Crestview Auto Service “We’ll Keep Your Car Young a Long Time”