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Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Experts at Glenwood Auto Explain Belts and Hoses and 2018 Vehicles with Low Maintenance Costs

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Glenwood Auto Explains Belts and Hoses and Shares 2018 Vehicles with Lowest Maintenance Costs


At Glenwood they believe that staying on top of regular maintenance keeps your vehicle running better for longer. Glenwood Auto are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair Experts, and they are ready to help you with all your maintenance needs. In their latest auto blog, they discussed the role of belts and hoses in your vehicle.

 

Here is some advice and facts from the experts at Glenwood themselves:


Vehicle Systems Overview - Belts and Hoses







What are the belt and hoses?

A vehicle’s belts and hoses are essential elements of the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems of the engine.  When a belt or hose breaks down it can leave you stranded, so it is important to meet the set replacement intervals recommended in your owner’s manual.


What do belts and hoses do?



Timing Belt 

The timing belt is a notched rubber belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. A timing belt is sometimes called a Gilmer belt or a camshaft drive belt. The camshaft opens and closes the valves in synchronized movement with the engine’s pistons.

 

Serpentine Belt

Serpentine belts, also known as drive belts, provide power to the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, air injection pump, and more.


Coolant Hoses

Coolant hoses include the upper and lower radiator hoses plus heater hoses. Some cars include a bypass hose. Hoses provide a flexible connection for coolant flow between the engine, radiator, engine and heating block.


TYPICAL WEAR AND TEAR ON BELTS AND HOSES

Key items that affect the replacement interval for belts and hoses:

  • Vehicle age;
  • Electrolytic corrosion;
  • Mileage;
  • Oil contamination;
  • Belt tension; and/or
  • Failed hose clamps.

 

SYMPTOMS

  • Squeaking noise from under the hood during start-up or operation;
  • Coolant leaks;
  • Dashboard light illumination;
  • A/C system failure;
  • Engine overheating; and/or
  • Smell of burnt rubber.




Glenwood Auto Service Shares 2018 Vehicles With The Lowest Maintenance Costs



Kelley Blue Book announced the winners of its seventh annual 5-Year Cost to Own Awards where Hyundai took the win on the lowest maintenance costs and repair side of things, followed by Acura.

 

The 2018 Hyundai Accent came out on top for maintenance and repair costs. Over the course of 5 years, customers would pay $3,002 to take care of their vehicle, or about $600 per year. Kelley Blue Book pegged repair costs at $553, with the costs of maintenance being $2,449 (all prices in U.S. dollars).

 Hyundai was named this year’s top brand for lowest total ownership costs, the second time it has finished on top since the program was created. Hyundai models won thanks to top marks in almost all categories, such as low repair costs and superior warranty program. Its Sonata model won in the mid-size car category, with the Elantra and the Accent coming in second place in the compact and subcompact car categories.

 

Acura took the win for the best luxury brand for the third year in a row, backed by its ILX and MDX models.

 


In particular, the 2018 ILX saw repair and maintenance costs come in at $3,521 over the first five years or $704 annually. Kelley Blue Book listed repairs at $1,154 and maintenance at $2,367.


Third place belonged to the 2018 Chevrolet Spark, which won for the best subcompact car. The maintenance and repair costs are estimated at $3,950 which would equal out to paying $790 a year. The repair costs amount to $1,869 with maintenance costs sitting at $2,081, according to Kelly Blue Book.

On average, in all 23 categories of the vehicle winners, the costs of repairs over the course of 5 years is around $1,550 with maintenance at $2,718 – or $4,268 combined.


The 5-year Cost to Own information takes into consideration the areas of the vehicle that people’s money goes into like depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees. These categories are all areas that come into play when making a vehicle purchase.


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Even the highest quality vehicles need regular maintenance. If you need maintenance or repairs, book an appointment with Glenwood Auto today!



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The Trusted Saskatoon team believes giving back is always in style. We are proud members of the Saskatoon business community. We love our city and do what we can to support local events, non profits and to help individuals in need. This Christmas we want to help a local family in need!  If you know a family who could do with help this Christmas ..please read on and nominate them! 

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A HUGE Thank you to Sven and the big hearted team at Fineline Developments - they stepped up to donate $500 to the chosen family and are title sponsors of the 2016 Trusted Saskatoon Community Christmas giving back initiative! 


The Trusted Team are donating a $500 Trusted Saskatoon Gift Certificate - that can be used at any of the Trusted Saskatoon Partners featured and promoted on Saskatoon's Best Directory  


  • A big thank you also go's out to Jess and the team at Just For You Day Spa for donating a $100 spa certificate to the recipient family so Mum can have a much needed relax and pamper at a Trusted Saskatoon spa!
  • Thank you Rob and the Glenwood Auto Service team - for stepping up to be turkey sponsors! They are Trusted Saskatoon auto service, repair and tire pro’s!  
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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair Shop Supports Teen Challenge in Saskatchewan

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Glenwood Auto Service Supports Teen Challenge

Dennis Smail started with Teen Challenge 14 years ago and implemented a 12 month strategy to turn the program around. The Teen Challenge program supports men and women that are 18 years old and up to be able to turn their life around. These men and women are involved in drug or alcohol abuse, prostitution or other crimes. Teen Challenge runs a men’s and women’s program to provide these people with a place to stay that is safe and provides them the support they need to change the direction of their life in a positive way. They live on site and over 50% of men and women that are part of the program stay clean and become ambassadors for the program.

Dennis estimated that Glenwood Auto Service’s support of the program for over the last ten years would be valued at over $150,000! This is what Dennis had to say about Rob Scott, owner of Glenwood Auto Service: 

“Rob is committed to supporting the program, he is the first guy into the shop and last one to leave and takes pride in his business.” 

Dennis has also been a customer of Glenwood Auto for over 15 years and he said that “Quality lives long after price is forgotten.” He feels grateful to be able to work with Rob on the Teen Challenge program and refer to him as a friend. 

So what does Glenwood Auto do to support the program? 

Glenwood Auto Service gives complimentary service for the Teen Challenge 10 passenger vans and other vehicles used for the program. They also make donations through gifts in kind. Rob and the Glenwood Auto team's support has helped the program to be able to continue to run. This allowed the Teen Challenge staff to use funds and donations for assisting the men and women that are part of the program as opposed to fixing vehicles. They are currently building a new women’s facility out by Hague!


After speaking with Rob about his involvement he was, as usual, very modest. He said, “This program helps encourage a better community and supports these kids to have a better future by getting back on the right foot!”



Glenwood Auto Service are proud to be corporate partners for Teen Challenge Saskatchewan and the Trusted Saskatoon team  are proud to partner with Glenwood Auto Service!

 

Glenwood Auto your Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Expert Preparing an Emergency Kit for Your Car

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Here they share a great tip on Preparing an Emergency Kit for Your Car:

Slippery or snow-covered roads, reduced visibility and bitter cold: these are all conditions that can make driving difficult and even dangerous during cold weather months. Winter also brings an increased risk of getting stuck in your car, so dress warmly before heading out.

Follow these tips to learn about winter driving risks and prepare an emergency kit for your car.

Exercise extra caution when driving in these winter road conditions:

  • Blizzards: The most dangerous of winter storms, combining falling, blowing and drifting snow, winds of at least 40 km/h, visibility less than one kilometre and temperatures below -10°C. They can last from a few hours to several days.
  • Heavy snowfall: Refers to snowfalls of at least 10 centimetres in 12 hours, or at least 15 centimetres in 24 hours; accumulation may be lower in temperate climates.
  • Freezing rain or drizzle: This can lead to ice storms, with ice covering roads, trees, power lines, etc.
  • Cold snap: Refers to temperatures that fall rapidly over a very short period of time, causing very icy conditions.
  • Winds: They create the conditions associated with blizzards, and cause blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility and causing wind chill.
  • Black ice: Refers to a thin layer of ice on the road that can be difficult to see or can make the road look black and shiny. The road freezes more quickly in shaded areas, on bridges and on overpasses when it is cold. These areas remain frozen long after the sun has risen.
  • Slush: Wet snow can make for slushy roads. Heavy slush can build up in the wheel wells of your vehicle and can affect your ability to steer. Large trucks and buses can blow slush and snow onto your windshield, leading to a sudden loss of visibility.

Follow these tips if you are stuck in the snow:

  • Try to stay calm and don't go out in the cold. Stay in your car: you will avoid getting lost and your car is a safe shelter.
  • Don't tire yourself out. Shovelling in the intense cold can be deadly.
  • Let in fresh air by opening a window on the side sheltered from the wind.
  • Keep the engine off as much as possible. Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning and make sure the exhaust pipe is not obstructed by snow.
  • If possible, use a candle placed inside a deep can instead of the car heater to warm up.
  • Turn on warning lights or set up road flares to make your car visible.
  • Turn on the ceiling light; leaving your headlights or hazard lights on for too long will drain the battery.
  • Move your hands, feet and arms to maintain circulation. Stay awake.
  • Keep an eye out for other cars and emergency responders. Try to keep clothing dry since wet clothing can lead to a dangerous loss of body heat.

Prepare an emergency car kit

Always have winter safety and emergency equipment in your car. A basic car kit should contain the following:

  • Food that won't spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water—plastic bottles that won't break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes or boots
  • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind‑up flashlight
  • Whistle—in case you need to attract attention
  • Roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan

Items to keep in your trunk:

  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares

Print or download the Emergency Car Kit list. Cross items off the list as you put them in your car.

Follow us on Twitter for helpful tips on emergency preparedness: @Get_Prepared

To learn more about road safety and winter driving, visit Transport Canada.

These tips have been brought to you by Public Safety Canada, in cooperation with Transport Canada.

 

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