Most Sarnia residents have experienced a flat tire. You know it's inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn't just a big safety issue for Sarnia drivers – it also has a financial impact. With high Ontario gas prices, we've all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to save on gas. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer.
There's another danger with un... read more
Is your vehicle sometimes hard to start early in the morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your vehicle's fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty, which robs you of performance and hurts your fuel economy.
Most Sarnia vehicles have fuel injectors, rather than a carburetor. Fuel injection systems have fewer problems... read more
If you've been paying attention, you've noticed that vehicle engines are getting more and more powerful in Sarnia . At the same time, they are getting better and better fuel economy. I've gotta tell 'ya, most of that's because of technological advances in transmissions. To get a better understanding of why that is, let's talk bicycles.You've probably seen plenty of cyclists on Sarnia roads. Perhaps you ride yourself. Then you know that a cyclist's cadence is the number of times... read more
We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and Sarnia drivers want to make them last as long as possible. We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says... read more
Isn't it amazing how much of our stuff is disposable these days? Clothes, electronics, housewares, furniture.Remember the days when Sarnia families mended their clothes, polished their shoes and neatly put away their toys every night? If something was lost or ruined through neglect, your parents just told you to do without, that you should have taken better care of it. They considered the loss a “life lesson.”But today many Sarnia drivers tend to neglect one of the... read more
If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around Sarnia , Ontario.Unless they drive a vintage car, Sarnia auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your vehicle owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at LaSalle Auto Centre in Sarnia has the tools and chemicals t... read more
At LaSalle Auto Centre, we occasionally see severe tire damage that could have been prevented with proper wheel alignment. During a LaSalle Auto Centre alignment service, your vehicle is put on an alignment rack where the tires,steering and suspensionparts are inspected for problems. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the vehicle factory settings. Adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into alignment. This gets all four wheels movin... read more
Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in Sarnia , who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your LaSalle Auto Centre service advisor that your differential needs serviced, or it's seen it as an option up on the service menu. Differential service at LaSalle Auto Centre covers a lot of things, so let's fi... read more
The price of gas in Ontario has got people in Sarnia talking. It seems that Sarnia folks who need a bigger vehicle to carry family and gear, or provide four wheel drive, are hit especially hard. That is why we thought it would be good to review some things that anyone can do to improve fuel economy. First let's start with how we drive around Ontario. People in Sarnia may not realize that they can really save on gas by just changing a few driving habits. One of the bigge... read more
Hey Sarnia - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of cour... read more