Windshield Wipers Servicing and Replacement

Windshield Wipers Servicing and Replacement

How often should you change your Windshield Wipers?

It is easy to ignore your windshield wipers until you find yourself needing them. Driving in the rain or snow can be dangerous enough without reduced visibility due to worn our windshield wipers.  Like other car parts, your wipers deteriorate over time and due to use and need to be replaced to ensure optimum visibility. (more…)

Servicing and Maintaining Battery & Cables

Servicing and Maintaining Battery & Cables

 

When should you replace your Battery and Cables?

 

Most people don’t think about their battery or the cables attached to them until they hear that dread “click” and then nothing. Or the sad sound of the engine trying to start and slowly getting weaker.

Battery Cables Need Attention

You may have noticed that batteries are not lasting as long as they used to. The reason for this is that there are far more demands on the battery today because of all the extra electronics gadgets and systems.

Another factor that can shorten the life of your battery is the heat associated with our hot Okanagan summers. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate leading to damage to the internal structure of the battery.

There are some telltale signs that your battery is need of an inspection from your technician.

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  • If your vehicle struggles with starting then it might not be holding it’s charge between start-ups. If it eventually starts then it is likely to be a problem with the battery.
  • The lights fade while starting the vehicle or shortly after it has started running can be an indication.
  • There is the clicking sound we mentioned earlier. Clicking without starting is very likely a weak or dead battery problem.
  • Electronic devices such as power windows operating slower than usual, lights and indicators not as bright, etc.

Most batteries won’t last 4 years before needing replacing without proper maintenance.

Along with maintaining your battery you must pay attention to the battery cables too. The typical problems that can interfere with your battery cables doing their job are loose connections, corrosion and breakage.

Your battery cables connect to your battery. If the connection has vibrated loose then this can lead to a weak or intermittent flow of power. It can also affect the charging of the battery.

Corrosion associated with your battery typically is first seen on the battery terminals and the battery cable connections. Left in this condition it can lead to failure to start your engine. It can also cause problems for your vehicle’s onboard computer.

Corroded or internally damaged battery cables can lead to the replacing of other more costly charging components.

What does proper battery and battery cable maintenance consist of?

  • Battery must be clean of all corrosive material.
  • Battery connections must be tight
  • Serviceable battery needs to have the fluid level checked
  • Battery should be tested

Talk to your Car Craft Automotive technician about the condition of your battery and cables. They want your vehicle to start the first time, every time and so do you.

 

Testimonials

“I went to Car Craft a few years ago BECAUSE I was looking for a car shop that had integrity and offered only services that were needed as cost has always been a factor since I was female and taken advantage of previously by unscrupulous service shops.”

Lavana

I own a Ford 2004 F350 Diesel and have had terrible experiences with other shops.  After my first experience with Tony and Car Craft, I know I’ve found the right shop.  I get better mileage now which relates to less wear on my vehicle thanks to Car Craft.

Wayne Donecz

Norm at the front desk provides unreal service each and every time. Owner Tony is very professional and friendly. Car Craft is definitely doing their best to become the neighbourhood garage. Great staff, and great work.

Alex Labreque

Norm Grube is knowledgeable & trustworthy.

Murray Neuman

Professional, courteous, competent and friendly

Shirley Gordon

I got a recommendation from the local Napa parts dealer for Car Craft to help me with my check engine light coming on while I was visiting my parents in Kelowna from Puyallup, Washington. I was leaving to go home the next morning over the Coquihalla Pass Highway. It was after 3 pm when I pulled in. They took great care of me and had the problem diagnosed and the light turned off and I was on my way just after 4 pm. Fantastic people with a great attitude to help you.Hats off to these folks it’s not about the money to them it’s all about taking care of you.

ANONYMOUS

Norm has been very professional.

Bob & Lynn Houle

Fast, friendly service. I did not feel bamboozled by these guys – they explained what I needed to have done and were great about telling me the work that was not necessary. I really appreciated that. I think women can rest assured that they are not getting ripped off when the bring their cars in on their own. That is a real concern for a lot of us.

Kate

I found the staff to be friendly, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend them to others. I will be using their services again in the future.

ANONYMOUS

Rob, Norm, Tony and their crew are as professional and trustworthy as I have seen in any profession. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to look after my vehicles. Both my wife and I take our personal and work vehicles to CarCraft. We are very grateful for their outstanding service.

ANONYMOUS

Well done and great service

Frank Sebastian

Friendly staff and very knowledgeable

Roxanne

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Lifetime Protection Plan

When you have your vehicle serviced by Car Craft using TerraClean products you are eligible for a Lifetime Protection Plan that protects you against Brake System Failure. Make sure to ask your service adviser for the details.

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Choosing a Tire For Your Vehicle

Choosing a Tire For Your Vehicle

 

How do you choose the best tire for your vehicle?

 

When it comes to buying tires, knowing a few important factors will help you decide which is best for you and your vehicle needs. Two main factors when purchasing tires depends on your vehicle and driving habits.

Comfort and handling

If you are looking for dependability, touring tires are an excellent choice on wet and dry pavement. They offer a smooth, quiet ride.

Sports car for handling and performance

Your best bet is high-performance tires designed to be used at higher speed in wet or dry weather conditions. These tires have a softer rubber compound built for better grip necessary to take sharp corners.

Pickup truck or SUV

For light trucks to drive in challenging terrain on off-road conditions, durability and traction is what you need to look for. For on road, select SUV tires because of their comfort-tuned applications.

Commercial Vehicle

Select tires designed to handle driving through dirt, mud, potholes. Made for more rugged conditions the wear and tear on your commercial vehicles contend with daily.

We live in an area with four seasons. There are different factors to consider when choosing the right tire for what you need. Factors include winter conditions where snowfall is expected, or all season where there is more rainfall. Then there is the adventurous enjoying off road travelling.

Winter tires

Winter tires are made for cold, icy, wet, snowy weather. They are designed to grip for optimize handling and traction during cold winter season.

All Season tires

All season tires support most road conditions and have a greater life in warm weather. These tires have a deep water channel for wet traction and a harder rubber compound.

Off-road tires

Ideal for vehicles to drive off road and limited to on-road. The tires have stiffer sidewalls for increased resistance to puncture while traveling off-road. Tread patterns are spaced wider to help remove mud buildup between the treads.

Select the tires that meets your needs. Think of the conditions you will be driving on a regular basis when choosing a tire for your vehicle. An example is how do you want your vehicle to perform on wet or dry roads? Is traction a higher priority than cornering at high speeds? What performance you are looking for and the conditions, on or off-road. The more you know what you need, the better that the experts at Car Craft can help you with the right tire for your vehicle.

Testimonials

“I went to Car Craft a few years ago BECAUSE I was looking for a car shop that had integrity and offered only services that were needed as cost has always been a factor since I was female and taken advantage of previously by unscrupulous service shops.”

Lavana

I own a Ford 2004 F350 Diesel and have had terrible experiences with other shops.  After my first experience with Tony and Car Craft, I know I’ve found the right shop.  I get better mileage now which relates to less wear on my vehicle thanks to Car Craft.

Wayne Donecz

Norm at the front desk provides unreal service each and every time. Owner Tony is very professional and friendly. Car Craft is definitely doing their best to become the neighbourhood garage. Great staff, and great work.

Alex Labreque

Norm Grube is knowledgeable & trustworthy.

Murray Neuman

Professional, courteous, competent and friendly

Shirley Gordon

I got a recommendation from the local Napa parts dealer for Car Craft to help me with my check engine light coming on while I was visiting my parents in Kelowna from Puyallup, Washington. I was leaving to go home the next morning over the Coquihalla Pass Highway. It was after 3 pm when I pulled in. They took great care of me and had the problem diagnosed and the light turned off and I was on my way just after 4 pm. Fantastic people with a great attitude to help you.Hats off to these folks it’s not about the money to them it’s all about taking care of you.

ANONYMOUS

Norm has been very professional.

Bob & Lynn Houle

Fast, friendly service. I did not feel bamboozled by these guys – they explained what I needed to have done and were great about telling me the work that was not necessary. I really appreciated that. I think women can rest assured that they are not getting ripped off when the bring their cars in on their own. That is a real concern for a lot of us.

Kate

I found the staff to be friendly, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend them to others. I will be using their services again in the future.

ANONYMOUS

Rob, Norm, Tony and their crew are as professional and trustworthy as I have seen in any profession. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to look after my vehicles. Both my wife and I take our personal and work vehicles to CarCraft. We are very grateful for their outstanding service.

ANONYMOUS

Well done and great service

Frank Sebastian

Friendly staff and very knowledgeable

Roxanne

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Replace Spark Plug Wires Regularly

Replace Spark Plug Wires Regularly

 

When do I change my Spark Plug Wires?

 

Most people will make the decision to change their spark plug wires for two reasons. The first is when their owner’s manual recommends it and the other when the engine begins to misfire.

Why do spark plug wires fail and why do they need to be replaced?

Your spark plug wires are exposed to high under hood temperatures that can really take its toll on the spark plug wire’s insulation. When you combine this with newer vehicles having high-output ignitions it’s easy to see why the wires could be overstressed. Other factors that can weaken the insulation on the wires are water, oil and gasoline vapors. When your spark plug wires are damaged it can cause increased resistance resulting in a weak spark. What you notice is your engine misfiring or sputtering. While this can be embarrassing and annoying, it can also be quite dangerous. Imagine if you were trying to merge with traffic and your engine sputters and doesn’t allow you to pick up enough speed. No one wants that experience. Another reason to change your spark plug wires is that it can dramatically improve your engine’s operation. Performance is automatically better when your spark plugs are getting the spark they need.

Testimonials

“I went to Car Craft a few years ago BECAUSE I was looking for a car shop that had integrity and offered only services that were needed as cost has always been a factor since I was female and taken advantage of previously by unscrupulous service shops.”

Lavana

I own a Ford 2004 F350 Diesel and have had terrible experiences with other shops.  After my first experience with Tony and Car Craft, I know I’ve found the right shop.  I get better mileage now which relates to less wear on my vehicle thanks to Car Craft.

Wayne Donecz

Norm at the front desk provides unreal service each and every time. Owner Tony is very professional and friendly. Car Craft is definitely doing their best to become the neighbourhood garage. Great staff, and great work.

Alex Labreque

Norm Grube is knowledgeable & trustworthy.

Murray Neuman

Professional, courteous, competent and friendly

Shirley Gordon

I got a recommendation from the local Napa parts dealer for Car Craft to help me with my check engine light coming on while I was visiting my parents in Kelowna from Puyallup, Washington. I was leaving to go home the next morning over the Coquihalla Pass Highway. It was after 3 pm when I pulled in. They took great care of me and had the problem diagnosed and the light turned off and I was on my way just after 4 pm. Fantastic people with a great attitude to help you.Hats off to these folks it’s not about the money to them it’s all about taking care of you.

ANONYMOUS

Norm has been very professional.

Bob & Lynn Houle

Fast, friendly service. I did not feel bamboozled by these guys – they explained what I needed to have done and were great about telling me the work that was not necessary. I really appreciated that. I think women can rest assured that they are not getting ripped off when the bring their cars in on their own. That is a real concern for a lot of us.

Kate

I found the staff to be friendly, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend them to others. I will be using their services again in the future.

ANONYMOUS

Rob, Norm, Tony and their crew are as professional and trustworthy as I have seen in any profession. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to look after my vehicles. Both my wife and I take our personal and work vehicles to CarCraft. We are very grateful for their outstanding service.

ANONYMOUS

Well done and great service

Frank Sebastian

Friendly staff and very knowledgeable

Roxanne

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Cabin Air Filter

Cabin Air Filter

 

When should you change your Cabin Air Filter?

 

 

Air quality is important. Your cabin air filter or dust filter cleans all the air that enters your vehicle’s interior via heating, vents and the air conditioning system.

When it’s clean it will trap dust, pollen and various airborne materials. This is very important as are often driving with the windows closed for heating or air conditioning reason. If you have allergies or respiratory conditions, then it is vitally important that the interior air be as contaminant free as possible.

How often should you change your cabin air filter?

The recommendations differ from one manufacturer to another. They can range from between 20,000 km to 24,000 km. You’ll also want to take into consideration how much and where you drive.

Something to look out for when it comes to your cabin air filter’s condition is a persistent bad or foul odor. Also listen to hear if the fan sounds like it is working harder than usual while producing poorer results.

Your cabin air filter should be taken out and inspected once per year.

First and foremost we make absolutely sure your vehicle is safe and sound for you and your loved ones to travel in. Whether it is across town for work or play or across the country for a holiday, Car Craft Automotive makes sure you get where you want to go.

It’s our business, and our promise to you.

Let us look after your vehicle, and you.

 

Testimonials

“I went to Car Craft a few years ago BECAUSE I was looking for a car shop that had integrity and offered only services that were needed as cost has always been a factor since I was female and taken advantage of previously by unscrupulous service shops.” Lavana
I own a Ford 2004 F350 Diesel and have had terrible experiences with other shops.  After my first experience with Tony and Car Craft, I know I’ve found the right shop.  I get better mileage now which relates to less wear on my vehicle thanks to Car Craft. Wayne Donecz
Norm at the front desk provides unreal service each and every time. Owner Tony is very professional and friendly. Car Craft is definitely doing their best to become the neighbourhood garage. Great staff, and great work. Alex Labreque
Norm Grube is knowledgeable & trustworthy. Murray Neuman
Professional, courteous, competent and friendly Shirley Gordon
I got a recommendation from the local Napa parts dealer for Car Craft to help me with my check engine light coming on while I was visiting my parents in Kelowna from Puyallup, Washington. I was leaving to go home the next morning over the Coquihalla Pass Highway. It was after 3 pm when I pulled in. They took great care of me and had the problem diagnosed and the light turned off and I was on my way just after 4 pm. Fantastic people with a great attitude to help you.Hats off to these folks it’s not about the money to them it’s all about taking care of you. ANONYMOUS
Norm has been very professional. Bob & Lynn Houle
Fast, friendly service. I did not feel bamboozled by these guys – they explained what I needed to have done and were great about telling me the work that was not necessary. I really appreciated that. I think women can rest assured that they are not getting ripped off when the bring their cars in on their own. That is a real concern for a lot of us. Kate
I found the staff to be friendly, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend them to others. I will be using their services again in the future. ANONYMOUS
Rob, Norm, Tony and their crew are as professional and trustworthy as I have seen in any profession. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to look after my vehicles. Both my wife and I take our personal and work vehicles to CarCraft. We are very grateful for their outstanding service. ANONYMOUS
Well done and great service Frank Sebastian
Friendly staff and very knowledgeable Roxanne
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