There's a segment of the Sarnia area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance.
Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to LaSalle Auto Centre for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large... read more
High gas prices in Sarnia increase the cost of living for Ontario drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some Sarnia vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to Ontario news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more... read more
A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Ontario news. Sarnia people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate.
A lot of Sarnia motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilo... read more
If you've ever heard a squealing sound under your vehicle hood, chances are it was your serpentine belt. More importantly, the belt powers the alternator. The alternator creates electricity that's used by your vehicle's electrical systems and also charges the battery. Without the alternator, the battery will go dead after a short distance.The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering (some are electric) and power brakes (some use vacuum boost).And, on most vehi... read more
When it comes to their vehicles, some Sarnia residents don't have amaintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Sarnia drivers generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance but just may not have applied it to their vehicles.Here's something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil... read more
All Sarnia service advisors know that without the alternator, the battery will go dead in a few miles.
The serpentine belt may also run the pumps for both the power steering and power brakes. And on many vehicles, the serpentine belt powers the water pump. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine to keep it within normal operating temperatures. (On some vehicles, the water pump is powered by the timing belt inst... read more
Every Sarnia car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty. Here's what goes into the determination of when to change the filter: First, your vehicle owner's manual will have a recommendation of when the filter should be replaced.
Now, most air filters purchased in Sarnia don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that Ontario people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at... read more
These days many people in the Sarnia area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.Go through the maintenance schedule... read more
Myths passed around our Sarnia , Ontario community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the vehicles of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off.
To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the Sarnia area, come over to LaSalle Auto Centr... read more
The median age for cars in the Sarnia , Ontario area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At LaSalle Auto Centre we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise.
If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the Sarnia area, bring it into LaSalle Auto Centre for high-mileage maintenance.214 Lasalle RoadSarnia , Ontario N7T 7H5519-337-7533
Many people in Ontario are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern vehicle... read more