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Myths vs. Reality: What Vancouver Auto Mechanics know and their Customers Should

When it comes to maintaining your car, common misconceptions abound. And even the best intentions can lead you to spend more money than necessary or even compromise your safety. Here are a few common car care myths that can do more harm than good.

Myth: A dealership must perform regular maintenance to keep your car’s factory warranty valid.

Reality: As long as the maintenance items specified in the vehicle owner’s manual are performed on schedule, the work can be done at any reputable auto-repair shop. If you’re knowledgeable, you can even do much of the work yourself. Always be sure to keep accurate records and receipts to back you up in case of a warranty dispute on a future repair.

Myth: Inflate tires to the pressure shown on the tire’s sidewall.

Reality: The PSI (pounds-per-square-inch) or kPa (Kilopascal) figure on the side of the tire is the maximum pressure that the tire can safely hold, not the automaker’s recommended pressure, which provides the best balance of braking, handling, gas mileage, and ride comfort. That figure is usually found on a doorjamb sticker, in the glove box, or on the fuel-filler door. Perform a monthly pressure check when tires are cold or after the car has been parked for a few hours.

Myth:If regular-grade fuel is good, premium must be better.

Reality: Most vehicles run just fine on regular-grade (87 octane) fuel. Using premium in these cars won’t hurt, but it won’t improve performance, either. A higher-octane number simply means that the fuel is less prone to pre-ignition problems, so it’s often specified for hotter running, high-compression engines. So if your car is designed for 87-octane fuel, don’t waste money on premium.

Myth: After a jump-start, your car will soon recharge the battery.

Reality: It could take hours of driving to restore a battery’s full charge, especially in the winter. That’s because power accessories, such as heated seats, draw so much electricity that in some cars the alternator has little left over to recharge a run-down battery. A “load test” at a service station can determine whether the battery can still hold a charge. If so, some hours on a battery charger might be needed to revive the battery to its full potential.

Myth: Let your engine warm up for several minutes before driving.

Reality: That might have been good advice for yesteryear’s cars but is less so today. Modern engines warm up more quickly when they’re driven. And the sooner they warm up, the sooner they reach maximum efficiency and deliver the best fuel economy and performance. But don’t rev the engine high over the first few miles while it’s warming up.

Looking for a Reputable Auto Repair Shop in Vancouver – Granville Island?

Tremblay Motors has built its over 80 year solid reputation as a leading automotive service facility through the delivery of high-quality maintenance and repair service to all makes and models of foreign, domestic, light truck and commercial-fleet vehicles. Our comprehensive service offering includes complex diagnostics, maintenance services, under hood, undercarriage services and much more.

We are a trusted and reliable source for all of your family’s automobile maintenance & repair needs. At out centrally located facility at the entrance to Vancouver’s Granville Island, near False Creek and the Fairview area of central Vancouver between Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant.

Because our each of our technicians specializes in multiple models of Domestic, European or Japanese and Korean vehicles, we have the skills and experience required to service your family’s entire fleet of vehicles. Our reputation remains as solid & trustworthy today with our good standing in the Better Business Bureau, we have a long and trusted repeat customer base by virtue of fair & honest rapport with our loyal customers.

Our services include:

  • Vehicle Inspections
  • Out-of-province, Commercial, and Pre-purchase Vehicle Inspections (Check-To-Buy)
  • Notice of Order Inspections
  • Oil Changes
  • Battery Replacement
  • Tire Purchases and Installation
  • Factory Recommended Maintenance (your vehicles factory recommended maintenance schedule is in our computerized database)
  • Advanced Engine Diagnostics
  • Electrical/Electronic Systems
  • Steering and Suspension Systems
  • Engine Performance and Repair
  • Brake Systems, including ABS
  • Safety Systems, including Airbags
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Automatic and Manual Transmissions/Transaxles
  • Exhaust Systems

We keep service information for every make and model of many manufacturers so technicians know what your vehicle needs are, at the right mileage interval. We’ll keep you informed of each required service to minimize your cost of vehicle ownership.

Tremblay Motors will repair and service any make including exotics like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus, Infinity and Volkswagen. We also service Ford, GM, Chrysler, Dodge, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Mazda, Kia and Hyundai.

Aside from being the area’s most complete Automotive Repair facility, we have a friendly, competent and highly trained staff of licensed professionals to look after all of your motoring service and repair requirements.

We are one of the only alternatives to franchised dealership service centers for your European needs in Vancouver. We have two major benefits over a traditional new car dealership service departments:

Fair Prices – Our services are priced at a discount to prevailing dealership labor rates

Honest Advice – Tremblay Motors only recommends maintenance and repairs that are justified by your vehicle’s needs.

Our mission: We strive to perform the best possible work at fair prices, attempt to meet our customers’ time restraints and deadlines, and always stand behind our work. We will use our extensive knowledge of these cars to act in a consultative role to help you make the best decisions based upon your needs and your budget. At Tremblay Motors, you will always be treated fairly, honestly and with respect.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your particular needs, or to ask us any questions that you may have. Just call (604) 682-0044 or click here to send us an email.