Is there anything more frustrating than having a simple question about your vehicle, and not being able to find a simple answer? At Mr. Lube, we’ve compiled some of your most frequently asked questions and added expert tips, to help keep your car in the best condition possible!
Q: Should I use Synthetic or Conventional Oil for my car
A: This is a classic question and the answer is fairly simple – in most vehicles synthetic oil will increase the performance AND be more reliable when it comes to keeping your engine healthy during the frigid Canadian winter. Switching back to conventional oil is absolutely fine even after using synthetic so why not give it a try?
Q: How often should I service my brakes?
A: Even though brakes are obviously one of the most important safety features of any vehicle, you’d be surprised how often people forget to service them. For your safety and the safety of others, it’s best to be proactive when it comes to your vehicle’s brakes.
How often do you need to service your brakes? There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer, but most vehicles should have a brake service every 40,000-50,000km. This estimate really depends on driving habits, terrain, and the recommendation in the vehicle’s owner manual.
Q: Should I change my fuel filter?
A: Do you remember if the fuel filter was changed the last time your vehicle was serviced? We often don’t think about it, but a fuel filter change is basic preventative maintenance. If you can’t remember the last time it was changed, then you may soon have a problem with your engine!
Removing the dirt from the fuel is crucial to a healthy engine. We recommend replacing your filter once a year but check your owner’s manual to see what is recommended for your vehicle.
Q: Should I take my car out for a long drive to keep it in good shape?
A: This is one for the city dwellers. You may have heard, “every once in a while, you need to take your car for a long drive”. Is there any truth in highway speeds keeping your vehicle healthy?
Well actually, there is. Short distances driven repeatedly can increase the grime and gunk in your engine. Driving on the highway, on the other hand, causes your engine to heat up which burns excess carbon and blows it out of the exhaust.
Just 20 minutes on the highway can help clean your engine, so use it as a great excuse for a day trip!
Q: Premium gas? Is it worth it?
A: If you skip splurging on premium gasoline and go for the cheapest, should you feel guilty?
The good news (for most of us) is that we shouldn’t. Experts, such as CAA, say that a very small percentage of vehicles in Canada require premium gasoline.
Just follow the recommended octane requirement from your car manufacturer and your vehicle will be just fine!
Let us know if you have any more questions!
We’ve just scratched the surface, but these commonly asked questions and are the most crucial to the smooth running of your vehicle. If you have a question that you think we can answer, feel free to reach out to us on social @mrlubecanada where we are always happy to help!