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Vehicle Maintenance 101: Top Tips From The Ministry Of Transportation

Today’s post shares some vehicle maintenance best practices from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, then explains how to save money by choosing TIRECRAFT for your upkeep.

Read on or use the Find a TIRECRAFT tool to get in touch with a vehicle maintenance specialist straight away.

Regular Vehicle Maintenance: What’s The Best Upkeep Schedule?

In order to keep your vehicle running smoothly, keep your warranty coverage, and avoid major repairs and costly part replacements down the line, it’s important to follow the upkeep schedule established by your vehicle manufacturer.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, “regular maintenance should include oil and filter change, other fluid checks and changes, air and fuel filter replacement, tire rotation and brake inspection.”

For your convenience, our qualified technicians offer all these upkeep services under one roof. For help determining the best vehicle maintenance schedule for your vehicle, check the recommended timelines on our website, or start a free consultation with a TIRECRAFT professional.

Winter Vehicle Maintenance: Keep Your Car In-Shape In The Snow

In addition to packing emergency supplies, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation recommends topping up your windshield washer fluid, considering AGM car batteries, which are more reliable in the cold, and paying extra attention to your exhaust system, as fumes can be especially dangerous when driving with the windows up and vents closed in winter.

Not only can your local TIRECRAFT take care of fluid top-ups and exhaust system upkeep, but we can also help you find the best battery for cold weather. And when you buy winter-ready parts from us, you can collect MyTIRECRAFT Rewards points to lower the costs of future vehicle maintenance.

Tire Upkeep: Optimize Vehicle Maintenance From The Ground Up

The condition of your tires has a drastic impact on your vehicle’s wear-and-tear, so make sure you’re optimizing upkeep from the ground up. To reduce long-term vehicle maintenance costs, the Ministry of Transportation recommends:

  • Replacing tires that have bumps, bulges, knots, exposed cords or tread, and deep sidewall cuts or cracks
  • Maintaining proper tire pressure
  • Investing in regular wheel balancing, alignment, and tire rotation services
  • Selecting tires that meet your vehicle manufacturer’s specific minimum size
  • Making sure you use the same tires on all four wheels of your vehicle
  • Replacing tires when the tread is less than 1.5 millimeters deep or when tread-wear indicators touch the road

For your convenience, your local TIRECRAFT does it all, so you can cross off your entire vehicle to-do list in one place and rack up MyTIRECRAFT Rewards points in the process.

Save Money On Vehicle Maintenance: Contact Your Local TIRECRAFT

For the past 30+ years, we’ve been helping Canadians save time and money on vehicle maintenance by offering all the Ministry of Transportation’s recommended upkeep services under one roof—and we can do the same for you!

What’s more, we now offer a number of cost-control programs, with discounted services available through our in-house vehicle maintenance promotions, national warranty, and customer loyalty rewards.

To learn more and get a free quote on any vehicle maintenance, use the Find a TIRECRAFT tool.