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The Maintenance Free Myth

Sunday 18 September 2016

Sometimes we hear people in Sarnia say, "What's up with all this maintenance stuff? Modern cars just don't break down." While it is true that today's vehicles are extremely reliable, they are also becoming increasingly complicated and use more exotic materials than ever before. All that complexity demands higher tolerances for everything. For example, most Sarnia drivers don't realize how high tech automotive fluids have become,  fluids such as engine oil, trans... read more

The Easy Way to Save Cash in Sarnia

Sunday 17 July 2016

The hottest Ontario news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in Sarnia . If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in Sarnia can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do for yo... read more

Technician Training at LaSalle Auto Centre

Monday 04 April 2016

Your vehicle is important to you, and keeping it running properly is important to your lifestyle. That's why you're smart enough to have it serviced regularly at LaSalle Auto Centre in Sarnia . And even though it may just be routine maintenance, you want it done right by automotive professionals.It's also very important to your Sarnia service center to keep you happy and on the road. You might be surprised at the amount of money our Sarnia auto service center spends annually to make sure... read more

Severe Service Requirements

Sunday 28 February 2016

A lot of Sarnia drivers have asked whether or not they should use their severe service maintenance schedule, which is listed in their vehicle's  owner's  manual. It can be somewhat confusing, so we decided to consult an expert. Cricket Killingsworth is from QMI/Heartland, a manufacturer of automotive products and fluids. She's been in the automotive business for over 30 years and is a speaker, a trainer and a writer. Cricket says there's so much confusi... read more

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at LaSalle Auto Centre?

Thursday 25 February 2016

Today's LaSalle Auto Centre article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many Sarnia drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in Ontario who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at LaSalle Auto Centre.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance: thin... read more

Your Vehicle Is NOT Maintenance Free, Sarnia Car Owners

Tuesday 28 April 2015

A generation ago, Sarnia drivers seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle's preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Taking your vehicle in to your Sarnia shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed.For example, almost everyone in Sarnia used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had mechanical ignition sy... read more

Budget for Maintenance in Sarnia

Thursday 01 January 2015

Sometimes busy Sarnia residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around Ontario in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time Sarnia residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some of those... read more

LaSalle Auto Centre Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Ontario service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some Sarnia drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.LaSalle Auto Centre fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.LaSalle... read more

The Importance of Sarnia Drivers Following Service Intervals

Thursday 16 August 2012

Today in our LaSalle Auto Centre blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life in Sarnia with recommended intervals: Let's start with twice yearly dental check-ups and regular physical exams. How about laundry, watering the lawn and paying the bills?Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals? Well, you'd get more cavities. You may not discover health conditions... read more

LaSalle Auto Centre: Why Replace Your Engine Air Filter?

Friday 06 July 2012

Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your vehicle engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let's go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on Sarnia streets, 20 pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce 20 pounds of carbon dioxide?The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes... read more

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