Local Automotive offers servicing to all models of vehicles including high-end luxury cars, electric vehicles and trucks. Please navigate through our drop-down menus to find the service you are looking for. We also do cooling systems, differentials, fuel-system cleaning, serpentine belts, steering, timing belts, alternators, battery maintenance and more.
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It’s annoying when features such as power windows, windshield wipers, and even the instrument panel stop working. And when items like the oxygen sensors act up it’s time to see our qualified technicians.
Properly working windshield wipers are an important safety feature when you are on the road. Don’t ignore electronic sensors when they are acting up.(Local Automotive carries windshield wipers as well, so when snow and rain are smudging your windshield come on in and let us help you.)
Imagine what it would be like to breath though the air filter of your clothes’ dryer—impossible. Well vehicle filters can get just as clogged, and it is equally important to keep them clean. A clogged air filter can reduce your gas mileage, your horsepower, and even cause your engine to run rough and stall out.
A clogged cabin filter can reduce the effectiveness of heat and air conditioning in your car and if left clogged can even act as harbour for moulds and other nasty microbes. How often you need to change your filters will vary widely based on two factors: How many kilometres you drive each year and the atmospheric conditions during those kilometres. If you drive in severe conditions (rural dirt roads, or urban areas with a lot dust from construction) you will probably need to change the air filter more frequently.
If your vehicle’s engine isn’t in the best of shape (burning oil under the hood) those fumes can contaminate the filter as well. In extreme circumstances, these conditions can cause a filter to become unusable in as little as 1,600 kms.
Seasonal Car Maintenance
Local Automotive is pleased to provide seasonal maintenance in winter, spring and summer, but firmly believes that preventative maintenance all year round is key to keeping your vehicle running well.
Winter, summer and spring inspections include:
- Lube, oil, and filter
Multi-point visual inspection
- All lights and signals
- Air filter / cabin filter
- Coolant reading
- Drive belt / Timing belt
- Wiper blades
- Battery case, cables and clamps
- Brake fluid
- Windshield washer fluid
- Power steering fluid
Multi-point visual inspection
- Differential fluid (RWD)
- Transfer case fluid (4WD)
- Transmission fluid
- Tire pressure
- Tire rotation
- Tire wear and tread depth and visual shock / strut inspection
Visual brake inspection
- Inspect calipers
- Inspect rotors and drums
- Inspect brake lines and hoses
- Inspect parking brake cables
- Inspect wheel cylinders
- Check master cylinder fluid
- Measure Break Linings
Oil is what keeps your engine’s parts rotating smoothly and working properly. Over time, very tiny particles of ash from the fuel that we burn contaminate the oil and reduce its effectiveness. Heat from the engine also breaks down the oil. Just like any other fluid, heat will reduce the thickness of the oil. If the oil becomes too thin, it won’t lubricate the engine as well as it should, and parts wear out faster.
Look out for increased oil consumption—if you think you’re topping off the oil too much, it could be a sign of a bigger leak.
An oil and filter change can be done by most competent home mechanics who have the proper tools. But it usually isn’t worth the savings to do it yourself because you still have to recycle the oil and filter. If you think there’s a leak or the oil light has come on in your car, immediately check the oil level. Running out of oil will result in the internal engine parts contacting each other directly and wearing out prematurely. Never changing the oil will result in the engine seizing; if that happens, it will have to be replaced.
If you have enough oil to drive without causing damage, then bring your vehicle to Local Automotive to find out what’s wrong. While we are checking your oil we also take the time to inspect the undercarriage and suspension of your vehicle while it is on the hoist.
How often you need to change your brake pads varies based on your driving style, the type of driving you do, the weight of your vehicle, the quality of the brake pads, and the condition of your brake rotors.
So, how can you know if you need change your pads? Almost all brake pads come with a built in wear indicator! This usually consists of a small metal tab on the brake pad. As the pad wears down, this tab comes closer to the brake rotor. When it finally makes contact, you will hear a slight screeching or scraping sound. Once you hear the scrape, it’s time to change the pads. Running the pads too low can cause damage to your rotors. This causes your brakes to be less effective and could cost you more money in the end.
With Whistler weather it’s a good idea to make sure to check the hard brake lines for rust or weak spots too.
What are the warning signs you need to change these? If you haven’t changed the plugs in 160,000 kilometres of use, the engine runs rough and misfires, or you have trouble starting your car, you should replace the spark plugs. Buying the right kind and getting the right service can make all the difference.
With cars built before the 1990s, you can probably do the job yourself. But with most newer models it’s recommended that a trusted mechanic handles it.
If you don’t keep on top of this you might see your fuel economy and engine performance grow worse.
These are the only things between you and the Earth and should be treated with the utmost respect.
Tires, like brake pads, have built in wear indicators. Between the treads, there are tiny little ridges that are 2 millimetres high. When the tread gets even with these ridges, it’s time to get new rubber. In case you were wondering, the ridges are 2mm because that is the minimum safe-tread depth for a road-going tire.
Check your tires every month or so for wear and damage. It only takes a minute. Run your hand over the tread, especially on the inner and outer edges. If you feel anything weird (uneven ridges, waves, wires!) bring your vehicle to Local Automotive so we can help you.
Taking care of your vehicle’s transmission is important for its long-term health. But all too often, car owners misunderstand the basic maintenance that’s needed to keep a gearbox running smoothly. Check you vehicles owner’s manual, but in general your transmission fluid needs to be changed around 40,000 kms. It’s worth noting that intervals for changing transmission fluid vary widely. Some new vehicles, especially those fitted with automatic gearboxes, have transmissions that are almost sealed shut, with fluid that’s meant to last the lifetime of the car.
Remember that unlike engine oil, transmission fluid should never burn off. And a tell-tale sign of a transmission leak is a puddle of red liquid on the ground, usually under the middle or front of the car.
Checking transmission fluid isn’t always easy. In many cases, it’s necessary to have a Local Automotive mechanic put your car on a lift for examination.
You can tell if your exhaust system is reaching the end of its life because your car will get increasingly louder. But remember exhaust leaks can be dangerous and should be repaired at the first sign. Exhaust fumes will eventually enter the vehicle and could make occupants ill. Bring your car to Local Automotive right away.
Shocks and Struts
Does your car bounce up and down as you drive? It might be that you need new shocks or struts. (It could also be uneven tire wear as this is also an early indicator.)
With a failing suspension system, you’ll often feel the vehicle “drift” or “pull” when you’re turning. This basically means the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body stable against the centrifugal force of a turn, increasing your risk of an out-of-control event.
When the shocks are worn out, you’re likely to feel the vehicle body lurching forward and downward nose-first when you apply the brakes firmly. This can actually affect your ability to stop the car quickly (a bad suspension can increase stop time by up to 20 per cent).
Make an appointment at Local Automotive when you notice this as you could experience poor or dangerous handling, and you could wind up with excessive and uneven tire wear. Generally speaking shocks will be noticeably worn at around 80,000 kms.
Usually the first thing a driver notices when wheel alignment goes awry is a steering pull to either the left or the right. There is a fine line between a steering pull and a normal drift, but an easy way to test if your vehicle really does have a steering pull (rather than a drift) is to drive on a smooth straight section of an empty parking lot. If the vehicle still pulls to one side, you need to get things checked out.
The second most common symptom of an alignment issue is uneven tire wear. This is also an easy DIY inspection: Crank the steering wheel so that you can easily view the tread faces of the front wheels.
If they are worn more on one side than the other, chances are good you have an alignment problem. Don’t forget to check the rear wheels, as many vehicles have steering angle adjustments for them as well.
An alignment should be done every time you get new tires or any front-suspension work has been done. Don’t forget even hitting a big pot hole or a curb can put your alignment out.
If you are driving down the Sea to Sky Highway and as you corner you hear a low-tone growl you likely have an issue with your wheel bearings. You should bring it into Local Automotive for a check up or you could face a dangerous driving situation. In an extreme situation your tire could fall off.
Today’s headlamps are often plastic and can get sandblasted by road debris. This can cause their surface to become cloudy, and that can negatively impact your range of vision at night when it is most important. Local Automotive can recondition your headlamps or in extreme cases we can make sure you get the right replacement installed.
1090 Millar Creek Road, Whistler, BC