No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Sarnia residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all Sarnia residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Sarnia service center.
To find out if your... read more
Sarnia area drivers love their vehicles. And one of the most enjoyable things about them is taking a road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like vehicle trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.Now Sarnia drivers can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. The first step is to look at your trip plan from your vehicle's pe... read more
A lot of us drivers are asking ourselves the same question lately: how can we save on fuel? Sarnia area residents are all cutting back, if not in fuel consumption, then in other areas of our lives.
Preventive maintenance is an important way people in Sarnia can conserve fuel by improving fuel economy. And one of the easiest and most effective ways to do that is to keep the oil in our vehicle adequate and clean.Oil lubricates your vehicle engine and... read more
One topic that hits the news in Ontario on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some Ontario drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in Sarnia who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into LaSalle Auto Centre is one of the best ways people in Sarnia can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel eco... read more
No one in Sarnia , Ontario, likes to spend a chunk of change at the gas pump. Rising Ontario fuel prices, however, have spurred Sarnia drivers to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally drive billions of miles/kilometers less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive (we love our vehicles, after all!), so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can.Let's look at a real life example. This man has one of those real... read more
At LaSalle Auto Centre we get a lot of Sarnia drivers asking about vehicle trip preparation. That's a big deal. You could be driving through mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas around Ontario, so it's important to know that the vehicle is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.Smart Sarnia drivers plan ahead for a major road trip – and there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear... read more
Sarnia residents may have heard that vehicles don't need their oil changed as often as they used to. That's true. But it's not the whole story.Owing to improved engine technology and higher oil quality, most newer vehicles can go longer between oil changes than their older counterparts.So what is a good time interval for oil changes? How do Sarnia residents know when to change it? And why do we change it in the first place?Oil lubricates a vehicle's engine, which protects it from friction dama... read more
A big part of the service we provide at LaSalle Auto Centre for our Sarnia customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions.
And we're always open to questions from our valued Sarnia area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our LaSalle Auto Centre automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask.
We've found our Sarnia customers like the service reminders. They've gro... read more
Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Sarnia drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale in the Sarnia area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some Sarnia used vehicle owners sell them because they don't want to d... read more
Many Sarnia drivers probably don't think of their shock absorbers as an important safety system; but that's just what shocks and struts are. They're all about ride control – keeping your vehicle tires in contact with the road and managing body motion.Every time you hit a bump or pothole on a Sarnia road, your tire wants to bounce up. The bigger the bump, the higher the bounce. Your shocks or struts push down on the tire to maintain the traction you need to start, stop an... read more
Honda Civic Type-R by Titoy' / CC BY 2.0