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MODULE 18: Your Vehicle

Lesson 1 with Quiz : Maintaining your vehicle

Maintaining your vehicle in Ontario is an important part of responsible car ownership, contributing to safety, longevity and overall performance on the road. Ontario, Canada, with its variable climate and road conditions, presents unique challenges to vehicles, making regular maintenance essential for optimal performance. 

In this wide-ranging discussion, we explore the importance of vehicle maintenance, key areas to focus on, and the benefits it brings to both drivers and the community as a whole.

Module 18: Quiz 1

Maintaining your vehicle

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You should never use tires on your vehicle that are more than what age?

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If you are uncertain that any part of your vehicle is unsafe, you should…?

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If your vehicle, equipment or trailer is declared unsafe by police officers or Ministry of Transportation inspectors, you may have to…?

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Tires must be replaced when their tread is below…?

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The greatest danger of exhaust leaks affecting a driver comes during…?

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You should check your vehicle to ensure that it is safe…?

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It is legal to use studded tires during winter in which part of Ontario?

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Your tires must have a tread over 3 mm deep if your vehicle weighs more than…?

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Police officers and Ministry of Transportation inspectors have a right to check your vehicle…?

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Keeping your vehicle in a good state of maintenance will help you…?

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The Importance of Maintaining Your Vehicle:

Regular maintenance isn’t just about fixing problems when they arise; it’s a proactive approach to maintaining the health of your vehicle. In Ontario, where weather conditions can vary wildly throughout the year, maintaining your vehicle is even more important. In Ontario, vehicles are exposed to a number of environmental factors that can affect their performance and condition.

Maintaining your vehicle includes a series of checks, inspections and necessary repairs to ensure that all parts of the vehicle are working as intended. This includes everything from oil and tire changes to brake checks and fluid refills. Neglecting maintenance can lead to many problems, from reduced fuel economy to more serious safety issues.

The most important parts of vehicle maintenance are:

Oil Changes
: Regular oil changes are essential to the condition of your engine. Over time, the oil breaks down and reduces the lubricating ability of the engine and its parts. This can cause increased friction, overheating and long-term damage. In Ontario’s climate, where cold temperatures can affect oil viscosity, using the right oil for the season is critical.

Tire maintenance: Tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road. Proper tire maintenance includes regular rotations, alignment and checking tire pressures to recommended levels. In the winter, switching to winter tires is a common practice in Ontario to improve traction on icy or snowy roads.

Brake Inspection: The efficiency of your car and braking system is paramount to safety. Regular brake inspection, including checking the brake pads, rotors and brake fluid, is essential. Ontario’s stop-and-go traffic, especially in urban areas, can contribute to brake component wear.

Fluid Control: Various fluids, such as coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid and power steering fluid play an important role in keeping your vehicle running properly. Regular checks, refills and timed flushes help maintain optimal fluid levels and ensure components are adequately lubricated.

Battery condition: Cold weather can put a particularly heavy strain on car batteries. Regularly inspecting the battery and terminals, cleaning corrosion and general condition testing are important steps. An extremely cold and reliable battery plays a crucial role in starting the vehicle.

Changing the air filter: The air filter is responsible for getting clean air into the engine. Over time, it can become clogged with dirt and debris, affecting engine performance and fuel economy. Regular replacement of the air filter helps maintain optimal engine combustion.

Alignment and Suspension Inspection:
Potholes and uneven surfaces can develop on Ontario roads, especially after a harsh winter. Regular alignment and suspension system checks help ensure a smooth ride and prevent uneven tire wear.

Exhaust System Inspection: The exhaust system plays a critical role in controlling emissions and overall engine performance. Regular inspections, including checking for leaks and repairing rust or damage, are important for both environmental compliance and vehicle performance.

Benefits of maintaining your vehicle:

Improved safety: The most important benefit of regular car maintenance is probably increased safety. Well-maintained brakes, tires and other critical components contribute to a vehicle’s ability to respond effectively to sudden changes in traffic conditions, thereby reducing the risk of accidents.

Extended Vehicle Life: Regular maintenance can significantly extend the life of your vehicle. Solving small problems quickly prevents them from growing into large and expensive problems. This proactive approach will help you get more mileage out of your car.

Better Fuel Economy: A well-maintained vehicle runs more efficiently, which improves fuel economy. Simple things like keeping your tires properly inflated and changing clogged air filters can make a big difference to your vehicle and your fuel economy.

Cost Savings: While some may view routine maintenance as an extra expense, it’s an investment that often pays off in the long run. Fixing minor problems during regular maintenance is much cheaper than dealing with major repairs due to neglect.

Environmental Impact: A well-maintained vehicle is likely to produce fewer emissions, which helps protect the environment. Regular maintenance ensures that your vehicle meets emission standards and operates efficiently, minimizing its environmental footprint.

Reliability: Knowing that your vehicle has been serviced regularly increases confidence in its reliability. This is especially important in Ontario, where weather conditions can be unpredictable and having a reliable vehicle is important, especially during extreme weather events.

Maintaining your vehicle

Tips for Maintaining Your Vehicle in Ontario:

Seasonal Inspections: Given Ontario’s drastic seasonal changes, consider scheduling seasonal inspections to address specific issues. This can include preparing the car for winter by checking the antifreeze, making sure the battery is in good condition and fitting winter tires.

Winter Coating: Since Ontario uses road salt to combat winter ice, undercoating your vehicle can provide an extra layer of protection against rust and corrosion.

Regular washing: During the winter months, road salt and debris can build up on your vehicle, which can cause corrosion. Washing your vehicle regularly, especially in the winter, helps remove salt and other corrosive substances.

Keep emergency supplies: In winter, it is recommended to keep emergency supplies in your vehicle, including a blanket, flashlight and other essential items. This is not only a precaution, but it can also contribute to the longevity of your vehicle by minimizing the stress on its systems in the event of unexpected breakdowns.

Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations: Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance as shown in your vehicle and owner’s manual. It provides guidance on when certain services, such as oil changes and inspections, should be performed.

Choose a reputable mechanic. If you are looking for professional help with maintenance and repairs, choose a reputable mechanic or service center. Word-of-mouth recommendations, online reviews and testimonials help you make informed decisions.