Winter Tires

The winter can be very dangerous when it comes to driving. That's why it’s very important to make sure your tires are in tip top shape. If it is very cold where you live, it may be best that you get winter weather tires.

Your tires will wear and tear throughout the years, but the most crucial time of the year is during the winter. Your tire pressure will begin to go out faster. This could cause your tires to blow or worse. If you live where it's below...

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The Simple Way to Test Your Car's Battery

A dead car battery can ruin your day. At Alfa Romeo of Oakville we want car owners to know how to test a car battery. This simple test will tell you if your battery is in need of replacement.

You will need a tool called a multimeter. This inexpensive tool can be found in any chain hardware store. You will touch the positive and negative leads on the multimeter to the corresponding battery terminal. A good battery should read 12.4 volts or higher. A bad battery will register less than 12 volts. As your battery gets older it is…

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Avoiding Vehicle Damage from Salt Corrosion

Winter driving is always stressful for everyone, taking extra steps to keep themselves and other drivers safe on the roads but it is also important to care for your vehicle as well. Avoiding corrosion damage from salt on your vehicle in the winter is very important to maintaining a functional and good-looking ride. This is why we at Alfa Romeo of Oakville have put together some quick tips to protecting your vehicle from salt in the winter.

  • Wash your vehicle every 10 days or less when the temperature is above 40 degrees F.
  • Be sure to thoroughly wash the underside…
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What is front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive?

One of the most important features you can check before purchasing a car is the drivetrain. Will you be driving a fuel-efficient front-wheel drive (FWD), or do you have a performance-driven rear-wheel drive (RWD)? The difference is clear in the way that the two drivetrains are configured to accelerate.

An FWD vehicle is pulled forward by the front wheels. This results in a slower acceleration to start with, but you can still hit top speeds, especially if you have a turbocharged engine. The true power of an FWD is the fuel efficiency. You’ll get better gas mileage with an…

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How to Correctly Apply Touch Up Paint

Do you have a paint scratch on your vehicle? Here are some tips for touching up your vehicle's paint job; because at the end of the day, we want you to be a well-informed vehicle owner.

Choosing the Right Paint

Locate the paint code on your vehicle so you know exactly the right color to use. You can find it on the VIN which is usually located inside the driver's side door, on the dash or under the hood.

Prep the Surface

Before you paint, clean the surface with a wet microfiber cloth and then scuff it up…

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What Do Gaskets Do?

Under the hood of every car is a complicated grouping of many different materials, parts, and fluids all of which must work together in harmony to help your car run. But just what keeps all of these parts together and keeps the fluids from leaking out? Luckily, our team at Alfa Romeo of Oakville is here to tell you all about how gaskets save the day.

When two different surfaces are placed together, there is always somewhat of a space between them. This space, however small, can lead to leaks of liquids or gasses if not properly sealed. 

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Winter Driving Safety Tips - How to Get Out of a Slide on Ice

Are you prepared for winter driving? Let us help at Alfa Romeo of Oakville. As the winter weather sets in, sliding is a common occurrence and can be dangerous if drivers don't know how to respond. The next time that you start to slide on ice, follow these winter driving tips.

Remain calm and don't panic. While it's easier said than done, if you stay calm, it can help you stay in control. It's also helpful if you refrain from hard braking because it can help you avoid sliding. The brakes can cause you to slide…

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How Winter Tires Keep You Safer

Winter driving season is upon us and with it, all of the dangerous snow and icy road conditions. As long as your tires are fairly new, everything should be okay, right? If you have all-season tires, you may want to consider getting snow tires to battle the worst of winter in our climate in Oakville.

All-season tires are fine for moderate winter driving conditions, but when it comes to the heavy stuff, you'll end up having problems. They won't give you the grip on the road and sharp handling that you need to drive safely.

 

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How Do I Eliminate Car Odors?

Have you been pondering how to eliminate car odors for some time now? A lot of people go through a stage of this as they begin to fret that they have not done nearly enough to take care of this particular issue. Luckily, there are solutions that are available to anyone who wants to get serious about things.

Charcoal and baking soda are two fan favorites that are available to just about anyone. If you can get your hands on either of these two things then you can get yourself one step closer to a cleaner car.  

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Keep Safe With Good Tires

Maintaining your tires is important to your safety. You need to know when it's time to start planning to buy a new set. Pay close attention if you vehicle starts vibrating. Many people, particularly new car owners, don't associate vibration with bad tires but heavy vibration that worsens over a few days is a solid indicator your tires are about to blow.

Look for weak spots. Things like nails in your tires can be patched, but weak spots can't be fixed. You find a weak spot by looking for blisters, smooth tread, or visible wires where the…

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