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Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Specialists Phobia Answer Some Common Questions!

Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Experts at Phobia Auto are based in Martensville and they are a trusted source for honest advice and qualified auto service and repairs. People ask all the time why you can't supply your own parts when they come into Phobia Auto. If you are wondering why Phobia Auto answer the question in the tip below. Phobia Auto Are Trusted Saskatoon & area Auto Repair & Service Specialists. 


THERE ARE NO DUMB QUESTIONS IN AUTOMOTIVE CARE

At Phobia Auto we believe there is no dumb question when it comes to mechanical work. The dumbest question you can ask is the one you don’t.  Steve, Owner of Phobia
 


Do I really need to change my cabin air filter? What happens if I don’t? 

Short answer, yes you do. Once your filter is plugged it will restrict air flow to the vents extending your defrost time in winter. Secondly, with restricted airflow you do not get as much heat and it takes longer for interior to warm up. If after a while you do not change cabin filter it can deteriorate and cause a total loss in airflow inside your car.
 

How do I know if I need a wheel alignment? 

If your vehicle pulls to one side, unusual tire wear, steering wheel off center 
 

How often should I get my oil changed?  

To keep your car running in top shape, Phobia recommends changing your oil every 5000km 
 

Why is it important to get my oil changed? 

The oil is the lifeblood of the engine. To get the most life out of your engine you must maintain it properly. After all, it’s cheaper to do more maintenance than it is to replace the engine!
 

What does the wrench light mean when it comes on? 

The wrench light means your car needs service 
 

What is the mini tea kettle light on my dash? 

That is the oil pressure light and means that your engine oil pressure is low or that most of the oil has been used up. Once the light comes on you should shut off your engine immediately to prevent possible damage and have the vehicle towed to Phobia for proper diagnosis

How often should I change my tires? Are winter tires worth it? 

SGI safety standards fail a tire at 1.6mm tread, but we recommend changing your tires before they reach the minimum limit. Phobia also highly recommends having 2 sets of tires, 1 for summer and 1 for winter.  Winter tires are made differently than all seasons or summer tires, with the rubber being made of a softer compound, which makes them grippier on a smoother surface. Add studs to the mix and you are well prepared for the road ahead. Plus, buying a set of winter tires extends the life of your summer ones! Having 2 sets of tires ends up saving you money and it is a whole lot safer. 


What are studded tires? 

Studded tires have little metal studs installed in special holes on the face of the tire. While the road noise is increased, most say this is negligible compared to the benefits of driving with them. Confidence on the road is key to safe winter driving.
 

I hear people say, preventative maintenance, what maintenance should be done on routine? 

Oil changes, tune up (spark plugs, fuel filter), air filters (cabin and engine), and fluids (driveline fluids). Some cars come with a maintenance schedule that we recommend following, or if you are ever wondering what should be checked or fixed on your vehicle, stop in for a comprehensive inspection to give you peace of mind.
 

What are brake pads and why do they need to be replaced? 

Brake pads are what squeeze down on the rotor to stop you. Just like the brakes on your bicycle, they are what “presses down” to stop you. All brake pads wear down and the time that they wear down varies on your vehicle. We recommend changing rotors and brakes at the same time to prevent uneven wear and keep you the safest on the road.
 

What are struts and shocks and what do they do? Why do they need to be replaced? 

To put it simply your shocks and struts need to always be in working order to keep your vehicle from bouncing up and down and keeps the tires in contact with the road at all times.    
 

Why does my air fuel sensor not read correctly? 

Both the air fuel sensor and the O2 sensor measure the amount of oxygen in the exhaust and communicate with the engines computer. The computer then makes adjustments to the fuel system to make sure the engines working at its optimum efficiency.

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Phobia Auto Are Your Trusted Saskatoon & Area Performance Vehicle Specialist 



Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Services Pros at Phobia Auto Tip On Shop Rates

The Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair & Service Experts at Phobia Auto are based in Martensville and they are a Trusted source for honest advice and qualified auto service and repairs. People ask all the time how the price of an auto repair is determined, usually phrased something like, "Why does my car repair cost so much?" This is a question worth asking, especially if you've been given a repair quote that runs into the hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Steve at Phobia answers the question in this auto tip! 


Why Can Shop Rates Be So Expensive?

Today’s vehicles are not what they used to be. The average vehicle today had dozens of modules and computers. Training on these takes countless hours and often cost a lot of money. In training, technicians learn about manufacture specific software, and the diagnostic tree for that specific vehicle. Because no two vehicles are the same (rolls such as storage, temperature, road type, driving style, towing etc play a huge roll in wear and tear on a vehicle) Diagnostics on a particular item can be difficult without the proper training. Because every year manufacturers are trying to make vehicles more reliable, safe and efficient, the evolution of vehicles is changing rapidly. It’s important to keep the latest software and training up to date.



A shop that specializes in a particular area usually charges higher labour rates for their service than a general service shop. While a specialist may charge more, this type of shop can often wind up being cheaper in the long run. A specialist is more likely to diagnose and repair a problem in a laser-like fashion, fixing the vehicle in less time and using fewer new parts. Shops unfamiliar with a type of problem can end up muddling around, wasting the customer's money on unnecessary parts and long hours of labour just trying to find a solution.







Contact Steve and the team today- check out their reviews and see all they do on their listing here : 
Phobia Auto A Trusted Saskatoon & area Auto Repair & Service Shop
Phobia Auto Are Your Trusted Saskatoon & Area Performance Vehicle Specialist 


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