Car maintenance and care - getting back to the basics

While newer cars boast advanced engine technologies, many Canadians are deciding to keep their existing cars even longer. According to a recent survey by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, there has been a 20% increase over the past five years in the number of vehicles on the road that are 16 years or older*.

Do you want to know how to protect the investment you made in your vehicle and stretch the life of your engine? Based on a survey conducted by Leger Marketing, mechanics suggest getting back to the basics:

Change your oil

• 94% of Canadian mechanics surveyed recommend that vehicle owners change their engine oil at regularly scheduled intervals outlined by the owner's manual.

• Replace the oil filter with every oil change.

Choose the right fuel

• 87% of mechanics in the survey agree there's a difference between high-quality and low-quality fuel and 85% responded that they believe the top benefit of using a high-quality gasoline is optimized engine performance.

• Consumers should be more conscious about the quality of the products they put into their vehicles to help protect their investment for the long haul.

• Be it a conventional or modern engine, Jim Macias, a fuels technology manager at Shell, recommends using a high-quality fuel, like New Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, to help protect intake valves and fuel injectors from performance-robbing gunk.

Monitor your vehicle's fluids

• 84% of the surveyed mechanics say that vehicle owners can extend the life of their vehicle's engine by simply monitoring the other lubricants and fluids in their engine regularly.

Check your owner's manual to find out where your vehicle's fluids are contained, how to check them and the type it requires.

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