#JiffyHacks: 10 Quick Tips to Spring Clean Your Car
The harsh cold, icy and salty elements of good ol’ Jack Frost sure can be a pain in the automobile. A good deep clean doesn’t have to mean hours and hours of scrubbing to get your car back into mint condition. For instance, motivation can be sparked from something as simple as just clearing out those coffee cups and half-empty water bottles that notoriously end up rolling under the seat.
Read on for some #JiffyHacks and let’s drive on into spring, rejuvenated and refreshed.
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No matter how diligently you try, your car always seems to be a catchall for trash and unnecessary belongings. Once you have removed all the clutter and junk from your car, prevent it from building up again by using a cereal container as a spill-free trash can.
Who wants to clean their car windows in the winter? We sure don’t! Now that the warmer weather is upon us, get those windows sparkling by using old newspaper instead of paper towel. You’ll get a streak-free shine while being green and recycling. That’s a win-win!
Nobody likes to have to re-do things. When detailing your car’s interior, start from the top and work your way down, saving glass cleaning and shampooing for last. As an added little extra, keep your vacuum close to the dusting tool you’re using, as it will help to eliminate that extra debris floating around (which will inevitably land back on your freshly clean surface).
Getting into the nooks and crannies will provide you with that extra clean, fresh off the lot look. Next time you clean those pesky places such as, the dash vents, power window buttons and gear shifter, try using household items like a Q-tip, sponge-tipped paintbrush, or even a screwdriver with a cloth wrapped around the end.
The centre console of your car almost seems to double as a catch basin for that hard to remove grit and grime. Help save yourself the headache of getting into this tough cleaning area by placing silicon cupcake liners in your cup holders. May we recommend having two sets, so when one gets grubby just replace and wash the old ones next time your doing dishes.
It’s a common problem when vacuuming to never feel like you’ve sucked up all of those fine particles, but worry no more! Before you vacuum, give your interior a quick once over with a soft bristled brush. It will help to loosen up that stubborn debris, giving your car a professionally detailed look.
Want a cheap, inexpensive and readily available deodorizer for your car? Baking soda is a staple item in most households, but we bet you didn’t know that you could use it to deodorize your car as well. Lightly sprinkle your favourite brand of baking soda onto the upholstery and carpets of your car, wait 15 minutes and then vacuum. Now that’s freshness, in a Jiffy.
Salt stains are any car interiors winter nemesis. You can luckily get rid of minor salt stains on your own with a spray bottle filled with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. First, you will want to saturate the stain, but not totally soak it. Next gently buff the area, however you will want to avoid scrubbing, as that will force the salt deeper into the carpet fibres. Once the salt is loosened, dab the area with a clean cloth or paper towel to lift the grim and moisture.
Shiny hair, shiny car — that’s right, conditioner isn’t limited to your locks! After giving your car a good bath, smooth a mixture of water and conditioner (2:1 ratio) over the exterior with a clean microfiber cloth. Finish it off with a good rinse and towel dry for a sparkling shine.
Build up of brake dust and road gunk have your rims reminiscing about the days when they were oh so fresh and clean? Have them looking spiffy in a jiffy with a mixture of a half-cup of baking soda, one-tablespoon of dish soap and two cups of warm water. Scrub your rims and tires using a sponge or cloth and then give ’em a good rinse. For more steadfast stains, let the mixture sit for a few minutes prior to cleaning.
DIY isn’t for everyone. Treat your vehicle to its very own spa day at one of our Suds locations!
We hope these quick tips help you spring forward into a crisp, clean car. For more tips on how to #LeaveWinterBehind, be sure to follow us on Twitter at @JiffyLubeON !
Drive in. Drive on.
10 Ways to be Winter-Wise When it Comes to Your Car
Ah, winter, our old familiar friend.
The slippery season that heightens risks on the road and tends to freeze up many key features of your vehicle. We’re happy to tell you, it IS possible to prep your car for the winter in a way that will have you safely dashing through the snow and keeping your spirits bright.
Review this helpful checklist now and be in the know well before Mother Nature doles out her worst!
1. Emergency Kits
An emergency kit is an absolute must when it comes to combating the cold weather. You never know when an accident or poor conditions could leave you stuck on the road and you’ll want to make sure you have the following at hand:
Tools to change your tire
Back-up bottles of engine oil, washer fluid and coolant (just in case!)
Extra outdoor clothing
If you have it, make sure it’s ready to use. It’s rare to activate your 4-wheel drive in the summer and you don’t want to wait until a slippery winter day to find out it’s on the fritz. Consult your owner’s manual to see what conditions your vehicle’s 4WD can operate in effectively, or pop into a Jiffy Lube for a quick onceover and some educational advice specific to your car!
3. Belts & Hoses
The belts and hoses in your vehicle play a large role in keeping your engine active. Usually, these areas are checked during a regular tune-up, but if you’re not scheduled to have one any time soon it’s worth swinging by a to get this part of your vehicle quickly looked at.
Cold temps can be highly destructive to your belts and hoses, and ultimately, your engine and it’s best to detect any cracks or fissures before any big chills.
4. Windshield Wipers
Low visibility is a leading cause of accidents during the winter season. Due to windshield wipers being made of rubber, it’s inevitable that they’ll deteriorate over the course of a year and could begin giving you trouble right when the snow starts to gather on your glass. If you haven’t replaced your wipers since last winter, it’s time to get them checked out!
Make sure that your wiper fluid is topped up and that you have back-up stored in your vehicle as well, to help break down sticky snow and ice in stormy conditions.
5. Defrosting & Heating System
Your defroster usually defeats window fog and your heater naturally keeps you warm and alert. Facing winter weather without either of these systems working in prime form would be a bit of a disaster.
Get these two systems checked now to ensure you don’t have faulty coils or air leaks that could leave you with some serious winter blues.
6. Fuel Tank
Keeping your tank close to empty is actually more harmful than you might think. Not only do you risk stressing and damaging your gas lines, but you risk being stranded during extreme winter weather. This is simply an ongoing reminder top up your tank as often as possible when venturing anywhere in your vehicle!
Antifreeze is what guards your engine from freezing up and what keeps corrosion at bay during the winter months. Your radiator requires equal parts water and antifreeze, but luckily that’s now available in pre-mixed bottles. Make sure you’re topped up going into this season and buy an extra bottle for back-up!
It’s pretty imperative to get your oil changed before we’re in full swing of the winter season. The cold can thicken your oil, which in turn can create some extreme engine problems. Check your oil as per your owner’s manual or have it checked by us before temps drop too low and start to cause issues.
See what you get with a Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change here.
How old is your car battery? If it’s anywhere between 3-5 years, you may be due for a new one. The great news is that fall is often the season that sees battery sales!
Still have a young battery? Have it looked at to ensure it’s strong and free of corrosion as the cold weather puts natural strain on your car’s main power centre.
10. Tire Pressure
Deflated tires mean seriously less traction and during a snowstorm this is the last issue you want to be face with. Inflating your tires is a simple task that can be done at your local gas station. If you’re nervous about the condition of your wheels, or need some pointers on checking pressure, roll on in and we’ll give you a hand!
Our best advice of all? Don’t wait for the white stuff to start falling! When it comes to being safe and saving money, preventative maintenance is the best method. Drive in to a Jiffy Lube near you today and start taking advantage of our winter-ready offers.
See you later, summer!
6 Ways to Make Your Commute More Enjoyable
According to Statistics Canada, Canadian drivers spend an average of 25.4 minutes driving to work, with many individuals spending up to 45 minutes on the road.
When commuting in the fall, Canadian drivers are presented with a ton of obstacles; roads are covered with frost and leaves, deer are on the move (especially from 6-9pm) and we start to experience foggy mornings and less daylight. These factors combined with changing weather conditions and accidents can cause an undesirable increase in travel time.
Commuting can be stressful, but the secret is to feel comfortable and look at your drive home from work as a window of opportunity despite the delays. Here are 6 ways to make your commute more enjoyable:
1. Carpool: Commuting alone can make your trip seem longer, try joining a Rideshare program and engage in conversation to pass the time. You just might learn something or develop a friendship! Plus, you’ll be reducing the amount of vehicles on the road so you can get home quicker.
2. Loosen up: Sitting in the driver’s seat after a long day can make you feel restless. Do a couple of stretches (paying special attention to your hip flexors and chest) before jumping in the car.
3. Bring an extra pair of shoes: Give your feet a break and leave a pair of comfy, well-worn shoes in your car at all times. Taking off your heels at the end of the day sends a signal to your brain that the stress of the day is over!
4. Unplug: Let your commute be your chance to disconnect; reflect, enjoy the scenery and be mindful of yourself and your emotions.
5. Create a playlist: Tired of listening to your go-to radio personality? Put together a playlist in advance that will motivate you on the drive to work, or help you wind down after a long day.
6. Pack a snack: Fueling your vehicle is just as important as fueling yourself. Prepare a healthy, easy-to-consume snack (smoothies are great!) to help you forget about the traffic jam, and avoid becoming “hangry” (when you are so hungry that your lack of food causes you to become angry, frustrated or both!)
Whether you are carpooling in a Rideshare program, or facing the roads alone this fall, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is equipped to handle the drive to work.
As temperatures drop, put your mind at ease and make sure your vehicle is stocked with an ice scraper, a blanket, gloves and even a first aid kit in case of an emergency. By making sure your gas tank is at least half full before your commute home, encountering heavy volumes of traffic won’t cause you any unnecessary stress.
8 Easy Tips to Help Save Money with Better Fuel Consumption this Holiday Season!
If you are concerned about the increase in the price of gas or just want to minimize the impact your driving has on the environment, you don’t have to trade-in your car for a hybrid vehicle. Simply how you drive and take care of your vehicle can have a big effect on how much fuel you use. These 8 easy tips will help you utilize every last drop of fuel you put into the tank of your vehicle while helping you save money on fuel consumption this holiday season.
8 Tips for Better Fuel Consumption
It is recommended to check the pressure of your tires at least once a month. Under-inflated tires burn more fuel. If your tires are under-inflated, (which is not uncommon), rolling resistance of the tires can increase.
When it is appropriate, use the cruise control feature in your vehicle. This can help save on fuel consumption on the highway and for those long road trips over the holidays. It is however, critical to refrain from using cruise control when roadways are filled with ice, black ice, snow and or slush.
Change the air filter based on the recommended number of times outlined in your owner’s manual. It is also recommended to change your air filter more frequently if you drive in dusty conditions.
If your acceleration is sluggish while driving, it could be a sign that your vehicle’s fuel system or filter is clogged, which means lower fuel efficiency and performance. A fuel system cleaning or replacement ensures that your fuel system is free of performance-robbing deposits, leaving it clean for optimal performance and fuel economy.
Inspect the suspension and chassis parts for misalignment. Bent wheels, axles, worn shocks, and broken springs can contribute to drivetrain drag, not to mention the unsafe condition they create.
Many automakers are beginning to require owners to use synthetic motor oil in their cars’ engines. This is because synthetic oil has many advantages over the conventional motor oil. Synthetic oil is designed to be more effective at resisting break-down, withstanding high temperatures, and flowing more efficiently in cold temperatures. This reduces engine wear on your vehicle during cold winter start-ups.
Avoid slamming on the brakes! Occasionally, to avoid an accident, you have no choice. But in regular driving situations such as driving toward a stop sign or a red light, eliminating slamming on your breaks can help conserve fuel. It’s not only a fuel-efficient driving habit; it’s also better for your tires and brakes, which helps you save money in the future on maintenance and repair costs.
Keep your vehicle maintained. Simple car maintenance—such as regular oil changes, air-filter changes, and spark plug replacements—will help lengthen the life of your vehicle, improve fuel consumption, and minimize emissions.
Did you know that your vehicle could burn more fuel if proper maintenance is not performed on a regular schedule? Stop by your local Jiffy Lube® for routine maintenance make sure you’re saving the most money possible this holiday season with better fuel consumption.
A Beginner’s Guide on How to Boost Your Car
Car Battery Dead?
If you’ve been a driver for a while, you’ve likely seen how harsh winter weather can take a toll on your car battery. Maybe you were in a rush to get to work or had returned to your car after a long day to find your battery dead and your engine unable to start. Situations like these can occur to anyone at any time, and knowing how to boost your car can help you get back on the road faster than waiting for CAA to arrive. Keep reading to learn on how to safely boost your car.
What You Will Need to Boost Your Car
To successfully boost your car, you’ll need a few items – jump cables, a friendly stranger, and a donor car. Finding a kind individual to help you boost your car is much easier to find than jumper cables in the middle of an emergency, so make sure to keep these in your trunk at all times. You never know when you may need them!
The dead car is the one that needs the jump. When you hear ‘donor car’ that’s referencing the car that will be doing the jumping. Booster cables are the most important item as it allows the transferring of the battery power from one vehicle to another. Finally, the post is the point on the battery that the cable clamps will connect to.
Jumper Cables for Boosting Cars
Consider the red colour of your booster cables a ‘positive’ quality. Always connect the red clamps of your cables to the positive post on the battery of both the dead and donor car. Additionally, you should find you have a cable with a black clamp. The black clamp is always connected to the negative battery post of the donor car and bare metal on the dead vehicle. A helpful tip – write out this information and store it with the jumper cables in your car so you don’t forget!
Safety Tip When Boosting Your Car
An important safety tip before you begin the jumping process: Always make sure that both vehicles are in park and the vehicle contributing to the revival of the battery is shut off. Most importantly, never let the clamp heads touch each other at any point during this process.
Before you connect those cables and try to start your vehicle pay attention to a few extremely important safety issues:
Even a seemingly dead car battery will maintain some charge. This means the “donor” vehicle will have plenty of power, and there is a potential for a shortage or sparking if the cables are mishandled. It is also recommended to have a pair of safety glasses in your car at all times. This will allow for the protection of your eyes in case sparks go flying in the air.
Connecting cables incorrectly can not only be dangerous, but can destroy some very expensive electronics, so pay close attention and take your time.
Car batteries rely on a corrosive combination of acid and water to store electric energy. Be extremely careful of any transfer of material from the battery to your hands or clothes, especially that powder-like white or light green residue around the terminals where you will be connecting the cables.
Now with a clear understanding of the function your cables, jump cables in hand, and a friendly person ready to help, follow the process below and begin to carefully to jump start your car.
Steps to Jump a Car Battery
Step 1: Connect red to dead + (positive battery terminal) Step 2: Connect red to donor + (positive battery terminal) Step 3: Connect black to donor – (negative battery terminal) Step 4: Connect black to dead, bare metal Step 5: Start donor vehicle Step 6: Start dead vehicle Step 7: Disconnect in reverse (steps 4,3,2,1)
How to Prolong your Vehicle’s Battery
Vehicle battery maintenance is essential to your car’s overall health. Functioning to both store and provide energy to many electrical components during start-up including the ignition and fuel systems, a healthy battery is key. Regular vehicle battery maintenance or a vehicle battery replacement from Jiffy Lube® prolongs your vehicle’s battery life, keeping all the components it runs clicking, blinking, honking and shining even during the harshest Canadian winters. Visit our battery maintenance and replacement services page or check out our blog on how to get your vehicle battery winter ready to learn more.
Here at Jiffy Lube we stress the importance of preventive maintenance. Before you get stranded curb-side or are late for an office meeting because your car won’t start, drive into your local Jiffy Lube and have your battery put to the test. Drive In. Drive On.
Air It Out: Let’s Talk About Your Vehicle’s Air Filtration System
Dust, dirt and grime, oh my!
Working as a layer of security, air filtration systems let the good air in and stop the bad impurities from entering your vehicle. Want to know more about the two elements of your vehicle’s air filtration system? We’re glad you’ve asked!
Air Filter This component stops contaminants in their tracks before they reach your engine. How does it work, you may ask? The vehicle air filter is a pass through for all air entering your engine. As the air passes through the filter, environmental impurities like dirt, dust and grime are removed, allowing only clean air to pass through. Once the clean air passes through the filter it is mixed with the fuel to power your vehicle.
If you’ve notice that your car isn’t measuring up in the fuel economy department, it may be time to have your filter changed.
Cabin Air Filter Aspiring to be your lungs best friend is your cabin air filter. This trusty road trip companion filters out allergens, grime and gases from entering your car’s interior. Keeping up with regular maintenance will keep you breathing easy, as allergens and dust can collect and inhibit filter performance.
Like its indoor relative – the furnace filter, your vehicle’s filters need to be checked and changed regularly to continue function at peak performance levels. Stop in at a Jiffy Lube near you today to have our technician do a once over on your air filtration system.
Drive In. Drive On.
Alert Enlightenment: What Your Dashboard Warning Lights Are Trying To Tell You
Are the lights on, but you’re still in the dark?
Whether it is just one light or your dashboard has begun to resemble the Vegas strip, warning lights are a key component of your car-driver communication system. Dashboard warning lights come in a few main colours (red, orange/amber, green/blue) signalling their severity, and could identify a variety of different issues, making them intimidating for any driver.
Jiffy Lube is here to help!
We’ve compiled a list of the most common warning lights and their potential meanings for you. Read on to find out more…
Engine Warning Light
Overnight, your vehicle can go from having the little engine that could, to the little engine that just can’t anymore. At the most unexpected and inconvenient moments you might find yourself looking at a flashing engine light that naturally gives way to instant panic, so here’s what might be going on:
Your dashboard could be giving you this warning for any number of reasons, including a loose gas cap, ailing spark plugs, or a faulty oxygen sensor.
FYI: A check engine light that remains on constantly signifies there’s a performance problem that needs fixing, however, this same light may flash on and off telling you that something is currently faulting, and to avoid further damage it is best to pull over safely, and call the pros (that’s us!).
Don’t wait until your stuck curbside with a smoking hood; Pop in to your local Jiffy Lube immediately to get your car scanned and identify the exact source of your engine issues.
Battery Warning Light
Similar to how your body can need some R&R when feeling drained, your car battery can need the same recharge treatment or even replacement. Your car’s essential power system consists of a rechargeable 12-volt battery, which in most cars is accompanied by a volt regulator and the alternator. Failure of any of these components could lead to your battery warning light coming on. While technically you wont damage your engine by driving with this light on, it is better to be safe than sorry; have a technician check this problem out ASAP. Is you car feeling burnt out? Pop in to a Jiffy Lube near you today, and we’ll put your battery to the test!
Oil Pressure Warning Light
It’s a well-known fact that your car needs a minimum amount of fuel to get you from point A to point B, but did you know that the same goes for your vehicle’s oil level? This light will illuminate when your oil level dips below the necessary level needed to maintain ideal pressure. As oil is crucial to the functionality of your engine, when you see this light come on, it is best to pull over in a safe place and call the professionals, who can instruct you on the best course of action. Before you have an oil light emergency – find your local Jiffy Lube contact information to have on hand!
Oil Change/ Service Light
Just like our signature “service reminder sticker” reminding you its time for an oil change, your car has the capability to warn you as well. Modern technology has given your car the ability to tell you when it needs to be serviced, however, it is best not to rely on this light and follow your car’s required service intervals. Not familiar with your vehicle’s service requirements? No problem, at Jiffy Lube, we sure are!
ABS Warning Light
If you have ever had to come to a stop quickly and felt the pulsing of your brake pedal under your foot – that’s your ABS reminding you it’s there to help. The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) aids your normal braking system by preventing it from locking up when coming to an abrupt stop. The ABS warning light could mean an array of things such as low brake fluid level, or even a fault in the electrical system.
While your vehicle may still have normal brake function, if you find yourself faced with this light it is best to have your car towed to the shop. When the ABS lights come on, your trusted Jiffy Lube technician can suggest a great garage that will do thorough brake onceover!
Brake & ABS Warning Light
As you know now, from reading above, brakes are a pretty crucial component of the functionality of your vehicle, therefore, this light should not be ignored. If you’re driving along and all of a sudden both your ABS and brake light come on, no need to panic! You can reduce your speed naturally by removing your foot from the gas, and gently pump your brake pedal to come to a slow and steady stop. Once safely stopped contact a shop (and possibly a tow truck driver) to have this taken care of immediately. An annual brake inspection is always recommended and your local Jiffy Lube can assist you in finding a qualified mechanic nearby to assist!
Low Tire Pressure Warning Light
Ah, the wheel, what a beautiful invention. Let’s talk tires. Your vehicle’s tires not only allow you to be in motion, but also help to provide proper vehicle handing and load-carrying capabilities (that’s you!). The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) does just as the name says –monitors your tire pressure. When this light illuminates, it can mean you have over or under-inflated tires. Both levels of inflation can affect your vehicle’s control and traction, or ultimately impact the life of your tires. Keep your vehicle on a roll. Pop into a Jiffy Lube near you for pressure checks without the pressure to buy into unnecessary upgrades.
Temperature Warning Light
Too hot, too cold…how about just right! Whether it’s anti-freeze in the winter, or engine coolant during the warmer months, keeping your car running at a moderate temperature is paramount to top-notch vehicle function. As an automobile operator, you can do your part by monitoring the dashboard temperature gauge, however, most vehicles are equipped with a temperature warning light that will let you know when your vehicle’s climate is less than ideal. This warning light can signal many issues, including: a gauge reading error, low coolant levels, or even excessive fluid flow within the engine’s cooling system. To avoid detrimental engine damage, be sure to take you car in for service immediately, when faced with this warning light. Prevent the dreaded damage of overheating or freezing! Stop by your neighbourhood Jiffy Lube to have the job done with expert efficiency.
We hope our insight into your dashboard lights will prevent you from feeling panic or the pain of a vehicle breakdown.
Want to know more? Head in to your local Jiffy Lube today and one of our trained technicians will be continue your dashboard education.
Drive In. Drive on.
Anti-Freeze Education: Must-Read Answers About the Temperature-Controlling Chemical
As a Canadian driver, you’re probably more than familiar with the dark winter mornings, where your car handles are glazed over, your wipers are frozen in place and your windows refuse to roll down. When the deep chill of the season sets in over your world, it tends to bring with it some major automobile inconveniences.
The exterior issues the cold causes your car may be fairly obvious, but it’s how the low temps affect the internal system of your vehicle that you need to be aware of. Ensuring you’re staying topped up with appropriate fluids will be the difference between a smooth ride and a stalled one.
Read on for a bit of anti-freeze education that will keep you cruising safely all winter long:
In A Jiffy, Anti-Freeze Is….
A liquid, usually one based on ethylene glycol, which can be added to water to lower the freezing point of the radiator in your car.
Mixing It Up
Putting straight anti-freeze in your car is a no-no. Running 100% anti-freeze can actually be just as bad as running pure water! It’s actually a proper mixture of water and the glycol-based anti-freeze that will give you the most protection from not only the cold, but the heat of the summer as well. This can be 50/50, 60/40 or even 70/30. There are a lot of product lines that come pre-mixed to save you the hassle of messy measurement, which is what we would suggest purchasing for top-up purposes!
Not sure which solution to use for your car specifically? Pop in and ask at your local Jiffy Lube!
The Seasonal Switch
You read it right! Don’t let the name fool you, anti-freeze is needed in the warmer seasons as well! The proper term for it at this time is actually a ‘coolant’. When you hear the terms coolant and anti-freeze being thrown around, they are actually the same fluid just acting in a different way when faced with different temperature levels.
See, the key component that we mentioned earlier, the ethylene glycol is one cool (no pun intended) chemical. When mixed correctly, it keeps your radiator fluid from freezing in the winter and then also has the power to keep that same fluid from boiling in the summer.
Still have inquiries about proper seasonal vehicle fluids? We’re waiting to answer all your Q’s at a Jiffy Lube near you!
Most anti-freeze manufacturers use a simple system of colouring.
Traditional anti-freeze is a bright green. Dexcool anti-freeze (a long-life coolant used if your vehicle is compatible and if it’s manufacturer recommended) is generally orange or red in colour.
That makes it pretty tough to confuse the two which is necessary, because mixing them together can cause serious problems. There are also ‘universal’ coolants that are typically yellow as well, but universal is a loaded term. It does not mean one-fluid-fits-all in this case, so when in doubt, read the product package or consult your owners manual for specific applications.
Colour isn’t as reliable as specific instructions are. Some manufacturers do have specific colours of anti-freeze which are simply their choice of dye additives (such as blue or just clear, which can easily be mistaken for water until tested).
Still a bit confused by the colour system? Stop by your local Jiffy Lube and let us clarify!
Flushing the System
Many vehicles come with long-life coolant these days and it’s usually recommended that they be serviced between 100,000 – 240,000 kms. Many manufacturers give a time limit as well, which usually doesn’t surpass 5 years.
Chemically, the coolant/anti-freeze may test well for many years but this doesn’t account for deposits that form inside your car’s system. When deposits form they can end up plugging important internal engine parts and reduce the engines cooling efficiency, which ends up making it take longer to warm up in the winter.
How is the testing done exactly? Using a hydrometer (or for even more accurate results, a PH litmus test), you are able to test anti-freeze for its freezing and boiling point. As mentioned above, what can’t be tested is the deposits that form in the system, so service decisions shouldn’t be made solely on this test alone.
If your manufacturer instructs you in your manual with a specific time and mileage recommendation, they have a good reason for that!
Need to have your car’s fluids tested? Jiffy Lubewill get the job done and give you understandable results with expert efficiency!
While this doesn’t have to do with your car, we feel the need to offer a helpful piece of anti-freeze advice regarding your pets and general wildlife. Anti-freeze happens to have a sweet taste to it, and when animals come into contact with the liquid, they’re apt to lap it up. When ingested though, anti-freeze is highly poisonous and even the smallest amount could cause a pet fatality.
So, make sure to mop up any spills after topping up your vehicle, and keep any bottles of fluid up and away from those close-to-the-ground critters!
Where Jiffy Lube Comes In
We hope these anti-freeze facts provided some clarity on the chemical substance, but if your head is still feeling a little fuzzy when it comes to coolant, Jiffy Lube is here for you.
With no appointment necessary, we have everything needed to service any vehicle that drives in. We know what your manufacturer recommends and we can help you make an informed decision about your services needs.
Battery Language: Tips To Ensure Your Car Battery is Winter Ready
You know the feeling you get when a frigidly cold mass of Arctic air moves in and you decide it’s too cold to do anything? Your car battery feels the same way.
Chances are as a Canadian you have witnessed the chugging and struggling of your car’s battery at least once in your life. As you sit in the front seat bundled up and verbally coaxing (please start, please start, please start) your car to turn over, it dawns that your battery may just not have enough juice left in it to beat the cold. Outsmart mother nature and have your battery tested and replaced if necessary before the cold weather sets in and you’re stuck curbside.
If you’ve recently been into a Jiffy Lube Ontario location for a Signature Service oil change, you have likely heard us mention your car battery. Some batteries are harder to access than others, especially in newer vehicles, but we are willing to test any of them as a courtesy check (completely free of charge!). There isn’t always a warning that your battery is getting weak, so if you can spare the time to have it tested, it will be worth the peace of mind. Ask for a battery check on your next visit to Jiffy Lube to help avoid battery breakdowns in the colder winter months.
Our technicians will hook up our diagnostic device to your car battery and provide you with a report of how much power your battery is cranking out. What happens if your battery doesn’t pass the test? We will go over our findings with you and recommend the replacement battery that is the best match for your vehicle.
Resulting in Car Battery Replacement
After your diagnostic is complete we’ll be sure to review all of the results and our professional recommendations with you. Being armed with all the right information allows you to make an informed decision on whether or not to replace your car battery.
Jiffy Lube services vary by location. If your Jiffy Lube offers battery replacement, an expert technician will remove the old battery and replace it with a new unit. Once installation is complete we will test the battery again to ensure everything is working at top-notch levels and you can Drive On confident that your battery is ready to tackle the winter weather. Please find your Jiffy Lube to see if Battery Replacement is offered at your location.
Winter Safety Continued
If you have been following our advice on how to be a winter warrior then chances are you’re ahead of the game. If not, it’s never too late to get prepared. You’ve done everything right, tested your battery and had a replacement battery installed if necessary, don’t skimp now! Make sure to keep a pair of jumper cables in your winter safety kit. That way they are at your disposal if you need them and who knows, you may just come to the rescue of another stranded motorist.
Be Wise and Winterize! Jiffy wants you to get the jump-start on Old Man Winter this year by ensuring your vehicle is ready to take on the cold. Roll into your local Jiffy Lube today to get winter ready!
Beat the Heat: Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle Cool All Summer Long
When the seasons change so do our cars reaction to the outdoors elements. Our vehicles seem to be too cold or too hot, never just right. We’ve all experienced that overwhelming surge of heat that comes from your car after it’s been parked in the hot summer sun all day, and lucky for you we have some options to help you beat the heat!
While this may sound like a no brainer, it is definitely a point worth mentioning. Shaded parking can be a scarce commodity in some areas, however it may be worth the extra time to scope out this prime parking real estate! If you’re parking in an area long term this will drastically help to keep your car’s temperature lower. When you find yourself faced with no shade, park your vehicle facing north, this will help to limit the direct sunlight on your front seats and steering wheel.
Raise Your Shield
The 90’s had it right when everyone used sun shields to protect their vehicles from the sun’s powerful rays. Now that vehicles come equipped with fully functioning air conditioning systems, sun shield popularity has rapidly declined, but they are not without purpose. When that hot summer has its sights set on your vehicle and there is not a tree in sight you won’t regret your purchase as sun shields reflect the effects of Mr. Sun back into the great outdoors.
On The Rise
It’s no secret that hot air rises. Next time you get into your vehicle on a scorching summer day try turning on the air conditioning dial to come out at the lower vents by your feet. This tactic combined with opening your windows all the way will push the hot air up and out of your car.
Do you associate the official start of summer with the first time you sit down on your vehicle’s seat, only to be scolded by the heat? If you don’t like hot cross buns, be sure to keep a blanket or towel in your car and place it on the seat prior to getting in. Your laurels will thank you!
Just A Crack
We know what you’re thinking, and a crack in your window isn’t always a bad thing. This crack is intentional! When leaving your vehicle on a hot day keep your windows open just a crack to allow air to circulate. Keeping in mind security, be sure to leave enough of a gap to allow airflow but not an intruder.
Keeping the interior of your vehicle cool will keep you happy. Make sure to keep your car happy by having it serviced regularly, including having coolant levels checked to ensure your engine doesn’t overheat. Drive in to your local Jiffy Lube today and drive on into the summer!
Drive In. Drive On.
Can You Delay An Oil Change?
Discover what can go wrong when your vehicle goes without an oil change for too long.
You wouldn’t decide to take a road trip without fuel, so why drive with low or dirty oil? Like gas, your car’s engine oil is needed to make sure your vehicle is healthy and operational. Getting your oil changed regularly helps ensure that you are ready to take on the open road.
The engine is the heart of your car, and engine oil is needed to lubricate the moving components in the engine that make your vehicle operational. A car without an engine is like a body without a heart; there’s no lifeblood to stimulate flow and create momentum.
What does vehicle engine oil do?
Keeps the engine parts clean from debris
Minimizes heat build-up in the engine
Protects the engine from corrosion
Helps improve fuel efficiency
Reduces friction and damage
Seals the combustion chamber to maximize engine compression
How often should I get my vehicle’s oil changed?
Several variables must be accounted for in determining how often to change your oil. These factors include mileage, climate, age of the vehicle, automaker, and type of oil. Since each car is different, our experts refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual, as well as the general condition of your vehicle, to determine how often you need an oil change. As a rule of thumb, drive into your local Jiffy Lube® at least twice a year to have our experts assess your engine’s oil and owner’s manual recommendations.
Why can’t I just wait for my car to tell me when to change my engine oil?
Many modern cars are programmed with algorithms that tell us the opportune time to get an engine oil change; however, they are not as reliable as the trained human eye. Your vehicle can’t physically detect the presence of dirt or small particles that get into the engine and its oil. So, your car is guessing when it needs an oil change based on temperature, engine output and various other specs. Instead of guessing, let our experts use their knowledge and experience to tell you if you need an oil change or approximately when you might need one in the future.
What can happen if I delay my vehicle oil change past the recommended service date?
Poor fuel economy
Premature engine damage
Complete engine failure
Blue exhaust being released from the vehicle
Don’t risk your car’s health or your travel plans; let the experts at Jiffy Lube® take care of your vehicle’s immediate oil change needs and build a recommended oil change cycle for you to follow. For more information about our oil changes and other vehicle maintenance services, click the Find a Jiffy Lube® button below to find your local Jiffy Lube®.
Curb the Worries: 3 Key Things To Know In Case of A Roadside Vehicle Emergency
No matter how well you look after your vehicle or how often you visit yourlocal Jiffy Lubefor professional maintenance, some roadside emergencies are just simply unpreventable.
The summer will see its fair share of unexpected flat tires and windshield cracks which will cause drivers to pull off the highways and back roads to handle the situation.
Once there, would you know what to do? Whether your plan is to fix the car concern yourself or call up roadside assistance, there are 3 standard steps you should know down pat in order to protect yourself and your vehicle in the event of an emergency…
Quick Tip: Although we’re leaving winter behind and driving full speed into summer, emergency essentials never go out of season! Check out our Disaster Defense blog for a comprehensive list of items to include in your vehicles safety kit.
Retreat from the Road
Just saw a rock bounce off your window glass, starting to see smoke billowing from under your hood, or feeling like your steering wheel is pulling to one side? Get off the road. It’s the best thing to do to put yourself and others in your vehicle out of harms way. Just a little friendly reminder that when pulling over take your time and slow down gently. Hard breaking and sudden moves can exaggerate traction and control issues.
When pulling over, if it’s possible to turn into a driveway or parking lot, do so. If a safe space to park isn’t obvious, make sure you’re as far as possible to the side of the road and immediately light up your hazards.
One of the greatest reasons minor roadside emergencies turn into fatalities is when someone gets out of their car to check out the damage or issue and oncoming traffic doesn’t see them. Pulling off the road a safe distance away is the first step to fixing your car concern without adding any injuries to the list!
Send A Signal
In the age of smartphones, it’s rare that you’ll end up stranded without a way to get help, but it’s still highly possible. In the case of a dead phone battery or poor cell phone reception in the area, it’s important that you display a distress signal if you’re stuck on a long stretch of a not-so-busy highway or slow back road.
First, pop your hood. This is a global sign for “I’m experiencing car troubles” and should attract assistance pretty easily. Also, try tying a cloth or bag around your antennae or side window that will wave for attention while you stay safe in the car.
Lock it Up
Feeling especially unsafe on a deserted road? If you’ve already called for support and don’t need to rely on passerby assistance, keep your doors locked as you wait for your help to arrive.
Remember, although some emergencies are unavoidable, proactive preventative maintenance is highly recommended so that your chances of experiencing curbside calamities are super slim.
Find your local Jiffy Lube today and drive in for a quick onceover before you embark on any warm season road trips.
May your summer be roadside emergency-free!
Disaster Defense: A Handy Checklist to Pack the Perfect Winter Safety Kit for Your Car
The snow has started falling, and you’ve not only put on your winter tires, but you’ve topped up your winter windshield washer fluid as well. Feels good, doesn’t it? You and your vehicle are ready for the conditions that may be thrown your way at any given moment, during this long, cold season. Or are you?
Covering the basics is important, but actually being prepared for a driving disaster in the winter consists of much more than external accessories or filling up on one fluid.
Take this trusty checklist and make sure you’ve got your vehicle stocked with the ultimate safety survival kit, whether you often travel long distances or just tend to head down the street. Better safe than sorry!
Remember: If you’re unsure about any of the following items or just want to be extra-prepared, visit your local Jiffy Lube and we can ensure car is well-equipped for winter.
What To Keep In The Car *
Extra, Dry Clothing – A spare sweatshirt, a hat, mitts, and even a pair of sturdy boots.
Blanket – Opt for a fleecy or wooly one to lock in the most warmth.
Water – It’s super important to make sure you pack bottles that won’t break when they freeze. Replace this stock every 6 months.
Road Map – You never know when your GPS could fail you and you’re stuck to find your way out of a detour or dark area.
Whistle – Get the attention of passersby with this trusty tool.
Candle In A Can – Tuck a candle into a deep can so that you don’t risk having the flame catch on anything within your vehicle.
Lighter/Matches – Your candle is nothing without the fueling flame!
Hand/Foot Warmers – These portable packets will be miracle-workers when you’re forced to do any emergency external work on your car in the cold.
Standard First Aid Kit – This kit within your kit will be for medical emergencies and should contain all of the contents the Canadian Red Cross suggests.
Wind-up Flashlight – Don’t bank on a battery-operated accessory to last during dire situations.
Reflective Vest/Hazards – There’s no such thing as standing out too much when you’re stranded in the snow!
Emergency Plan – Write it down, type it out, stash it somewhere in your vehicle. When you find yourself in a stressful and unpredictable situation, it’s so easy to forget the basic and become overwhelmed when trying to recall best next steps.
Scissors – Even a small Swiss Army knife will do, as long you know the tool you pack is sharp and strong enough to slice a seatbelt if need be. Keep these in the glovebox or centre console so they’re within reach!
Scraper/Snowbrush – This is a winter car staple, but many are left looking for it after they use it in their driveway and leave it at home. Always make sure you take it with you as you go!
What To Keep In The Trunk *
Shovel – This one is fairly obvious. If you’re stuck in a snow bank, this back up shovel will be your best friend and can also be used to keep snow from piling up over your exhaust pipe.
Road Flares – The whistle may not always do the trick of grabbing attention on the road, but flares will get you noticed from miles away.
Jumper Cables – This is another year-round essential but it’s especially important in the cold when many cars conk out due to extreme temperatures.
Fire Extinguisher – This could come in handy in the off chance that candle in your emergency kit does catch onto something, or if your vehicle surprises you with unexpected flames. In the event of a large fire, it’s much safer though to get a safe distance away from your car and call for help.
Winter Windshield Washer Fluid – Always, always, always, overstock this item. Extra all-season washer fluid is good to have on hand for when it gets warmer as well. Don’t be left high and, literally, dry!
Sand/Salt – Get some traction in slippery spots you can’t get out of, or even sprinkle it around your car if you’re walking to and from it. The added weight of a salt/sand bag in the trunk also helps if you have a rear-wheel-drive vehicle.
* Keep all of these items in secured crates (one in your car and one in your trunk) so that you don’t have to search your whole vehicle for a life-saving item in a time of need.
Got all the goods now? While there are some items you may feel you need more than others, it’s impossible to predict the unique situation you could end up in and it’s best to bring it all!
Pass this list on to those you care about; it could save a life this season.
Drive into the Jiffy Lube location nearest you for added assistance when it comes to being wise and winterizing your vehicle and stay tuned for more cold-weather topics and tricks within our blog!
Have yourself a safe and happy winter season!
Drive In, Fly On: AIR MILES® Reward Program to Launch at Canadian Jiffy Lubes
Jiffy Lube thinks it’s about time you reap the rewards of good car maintenance!
We’re pleased to announce that the reputable Jiffy Lube brand and the recognizable AIR MILES® brand are joining forces, officially making the AIR MILES® Reward Program available at over 150 Jiffy Lube service centres in Canada.
AIR MILES® reward miles will now be offered to customers for oil changes, as well as windshield wiper replacement and windshield wiper fluid purchased with oil changes, at participating locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
For every $20 spent on the aforementioned products and services, customers will receive 1 AIR MILES® reward mile, and bonus reward miles during special promotions and premium Pennzoil® and Shell Rotella® product purchases.
Why are we doing it? Well, we pride ourselves on speed and convenience when it comes to preventative maintenance, so we figure this offer will only serve to enhance the wonderful Jiffy Lube experience that aims to keep you coming back to us.
Ready to start picking up your points? Between now and May 31, 2015, Jiffy Lube customers can earn bonus AIR MILES reward miles on their purchases in-store, collecting up to 25 bonus AIR MILES when purchasing an oil change with Pennzoil Platinum™ Full Synthetic line of motor oils with PurePlus™ Technology or collect up to 20 bonus AIR MILES when purchasing an oil change with Shell Rotella premium products.
What can you do with the points you accumulate? There are more than 1,200 different reward options that include travel, merchandise, exclusive events and experiences and the program’s instant redemption feature, AIR MILES® Cash, at participating Sponsors.
We’re excited to bring this fruitful partnership to Canada, and to continue to reward our customers with perks and premiums for their continued car maintenance efforts.
You’ve earned it!
AIR MILES® reward miles collectors can visit www.airmiles.ca for complete details on Jiffy Lube offers and participating locations.
To access the original press release, please click here.
Driving Cures: Jiffy Lube’s Geared Up For the 3rd Annual Drive Hope Campaign
At Jiffy Lube, we believe in making car care easy, fast and accessible. So naturally, when looking for a charitable organization to partner with we aimed to compliment our passion for preventive vehicle maintenance with a campaign that helped others through transportation in a meaningful setting. Enter the Drive Hope campaign — a partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope Program with an aim to support cancer patients through volunteer drivers.
Fighting cancer is incredibly difficult in itself. Mixing in long trips to and from treatment centres, makes an already difficult situation even more taxing on cancer patients. With only 15 cancer treatment centres in Ontario, an average of 1 in 5 cancer patients face the challenge of getting to and from their critical life-saving appointments. In light of those statistics, the Canadian Cancer Society saw an opportunity to eliminate the burden of transit and created the Wheels of Hope Transportation Service. The largest of its kind in North America, last year the Wheels of Hope program serviced 2,800 volunteers who logged over 13 million kilometres.
What is the Drive Hope campaign? We’re honoured to tell you more. Raising $230,000 to date, the Drive Hope campaign offers Jiffy Lube customers the opportunity to purchase a coupon booklet containing over $100 in future savings. So how do we translate your savings into life-saving? $2.75 from the sale of each coupon book will be donated to your local Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope Program. Meaning you get to see the results of this program within your own community.
Of course our customers are truly our co-pilots for this program! Without your kind generosity the Drive Hope campaign would not have raised $106,000 last year, or allowed us the honour of receiving the Canadian Cancer Society 2015 Corporate Champion Award.
This year we’re aiming to kick the Drive Hope campaign into overdrive and speed past last years donation total. Who’s with us? To become a volunteer driver or to donate you can get in touch with your local Canadian Cancer Society, or drive into your local Jiffy Lube during the annual Drive Hope campaign.
Let’s raise the checkered flag on cancer’s demise, together.
Drive In.Drive On. Drive Hope.
Easy Decor DIYs For Your Car
You’ve just been approved to purchase your “new to you” car! It may not be the latest model, but with these quick DIY tips you can turn your used car into the slick ride you’ve always wanted!
Declutter Your Car With Car Accessories
Your car takes you and your family a lot of places – while these trips are often fun, they do a number on your vehicle! Give your car that extra ‘oomph’ by adding a few elements of colour and organization. You’ll be surprised at how great you will feel getting into your car.
Step 1: Add a functional and stylish coin holder! This easy DIY project can be made out of any sturdy container that fits into your cup holder (e.g., yogurt container or plastic cup). Once you find the container you desire, coat the outside with patterned duck tape. Not only does this look nice but it’s also a time-saver when you’re grabbing that needed morning coffee!
Step 2: Add a fashionable storage organizer to the back of your seat! We’ve all had those moments where our books, sunscreen and snacks are shamefully thrown on the floor of our cars. Want to solve this organizational nightmare? Hang a plastic shoe organizer behind your seats for extra storage!
Step 3: Add a portable trashcan to the front passenger side of your car! Avoid garbage falling out of a bag (and all over the car) by using a mobile and ‘close-able’ garbage can! Find an old Clorox container or a plastic cereal Tupperware and fasten it in your car. This easy life hack will forever change your car life!
Air Fresheners As Car Decorations!
As an enclosed space, cars can inherit and develop unwanted smells such as pets, food, or even those dirty gym clothes. Don’t worry; we have a cheap, healthy, and stylish solution!
Do it yourself and decorate with air fresheners!
Making your own air freshener will save you money while being health-conscious. Create your own air freshener using essential oils and avoid toxic chemicals from entering your body.
Although there are many materials to choose from, wool felt is a popular option to use when making your own air freshener. It is easy to cut and is great at holding in scents!
Here are the simple steps to follow when making a wool felt and essential oil air freshener.
Step 1: Cut out the wool felt into any desired shape with scissors.
Step 2: Add several drops of your sought out scent from any wide variety of essential oils.
Step 3: Make a small hole at the top of the wool felt. Add a string and it is ready to hang on your car mirror!
Removing Interior Car Stains
Let’s be frank: stains happen! Remove some of the toughest stains with our DIY stain removal recipe!
This easy to follow concoction uses items that you already have at home. You will need the following:
A spray bottle
¼ – cup of vinegar
2 tablespoons of dish detergent
1-cup of water
Add the vinegar, dish detergent and water together in the spray bottle. Spray twice on the stain and pat dry with a sponge. Try not to scrub as it may cause the stain to spread.
‘Do It Yourself’ decors have never been easier! Try these tips and tricks today to save time and money! You will be able to start loving your car again without the hassle!
After you’ve decorated and cleaned the interior, it’s time to consider what’s under your hood. Are you due for an oil change? Find your local Jiffy Lube today!
Filter Faults: Common Signs Your Vehicle’s Fuel Filtering System Needs Service
You’re in control, or so you think! One day you’re about to put the pedal to the metal and rather than taking off in a flash, your vehicle starts chugging along with slow acceleration. At this point you are going to wonder to yourself, ‘What is the problem?’
Fuel System 101
When you press down on the accelerator, it controls the amount of air and fuel the engine takes in, however, over time a build-up of deposits in the fuel system can lead to diminished performance. If sluggish acceleration has got you feeling bogged down, you might be in need of a fuel system cleaning.
Here are some signs your vehicle’s fuel system or fuel filter needs service or replacement:
Reduced power or sluggish acceleration
The engine isn’t idling as smooth as it used to
Decreased fuel economy
Put the pep back in your vehicle’s performance by having your fuel system serviced. This process uses multi-step cleaners that flush out your fuel system, combustion chamber and fuel injectors, removing performance robbing build-up and deposits.
Your vehicle’s fuel filter is a component that contains filter papers, which are meant to screen out rust and dirt particles before they enter your fuel system. Similar to other filters within your vehicle, the fuel filter has a suggested lifespan and should be replaced at regular intervals according to your owner’s manual recommendations. If necessary a replacement will be recommended. Service availability may vary by each Jiffy Lube Ontario location.
Whether you’ve noticed that your vehicle is not performing at top-notch quality, or are simply in the market for preventive vehicle maintenance – stop by your local Jiffy Lube today to give your vehicle’s fuel system some TLC.
Drive In. Drive On.
Fluid Motions: Which Vehicle Fluids Need to Be Checked on the Regular
Free and easy down the road we go. Well, that’s if you’ve kept up with regular vehicle maintenance. Just like water hydrates the body to keep it functioning at optimal levels, your vehicle’s fluids work to do the same for your car.
Your vehicle is home to several types of fluids that all work in their harmoniously to aid in your car’s functionability. Let’s do a quick run through of fluids that should be checked on the regular.
Your vehicle’s transmission fluid is really the driving force behind your vehicles movement. This pressurized oil is crucial to functionality and works to lubricate, clean and cool your vehicle’s transmission. Like all vehicle fluids transmission fluid levels should be checked regularly both for quality and quantity.
When it comes to vehicle fluids, this one takes the cake in popularity, so popular in fact that we’ve designated oil changes to be our Signature Service. Engine oil requires the most maintenance and as such, is the one that you will have to check most often. Working under pressure, this oil functions as a lubricant that keep your engines components moving smoothing and reduces heat. When oil levels drop it causes pressure loss resulting in detrimental engine wear and tear if not addressed promptly.
You may not be able to keep your cool if you’re running low on this fluid. Also known as anti-freeze, this diverse fluid helps to keep your engine cool on hot summer days, but likewise works to keep your engine from seizing up during the cold winter season. This ethylene glycol formula is partially water-based and should be checked regularly to ensure optimal performance. For more in-depth information check out our Anti-Freeze Education blog!
Power Steering Fluid
Putting the ‘power’ in power steering, this hydraulic fluid is pressurized to move through either side of your rack-and-pinion steering column to assist you with turning your car’s wheels. If you have ever driven a car without power steering you know it’s hard on the arms, so be thankful that this lovely invention makes turning a breeze. To ensure your steering moves smoothly, up-keep of this fluid is key, as when it gets low you may hear noises when steering or even notice that steering becomes more difficult. Keep your vehicle steering in the right direction with an adequate supply of power steering fluid.
Keep your car moving forward with fluid motion by checking your vehicle’s levels regularly and following your owner’s manual recommended service intervals. We’re always here to help! Stop in at your local Jiffy Lube to have your fluid levels checked and changed.
Drive In. Drive On.
For The Win: Loyal Jiffy Lube Ontario Customer Takes Home The ‘It’s Summer Somewhere’ Contest $5000 Grand Prize
It may be a chilly winter here in Ontario, but ‘It’s Summer Somewhere’ for Kristy Schneider!
Jiffy Lube Ontario aimed to help one lucky customer trade in road salt for a salt-rimmed margarita with the ‘It’s Summer Somewhere Contest’, which ran from December 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015. Contestants were eligible to win the grand prize of a $5000 travel voucher provided by the Marco Travel Group or accept a $5000 cash prize. In addition, three weekly winners were also selected at random throughout the contest and were rewarded with a $100 Jiffy Lube Ontario gift card.
“Jiffy Lube Ontario is proud and excited to name Kristy Schneider as the winner of the ‘It’s Summer Somewhere’ Contest,” said Dianne Hinds, Director of Marketing for Jiffy Lube Ontario. “We know the harsh winters in Ontario can be rough on people’s cars, time and mindset! It always gives us a warm feeling as an organization to be able to engage with our loyal customer base and introduce ourselves to those just getting to know about Jiffy Lube, and the ‘It’s Summer Somewhere’ contest was the perfect opportunity to do so.”
Ironically, Kristy Schneider of Kitchener, Ontario had just returned from a tropical vacation when she got the news she was named the contest’s Grand Prize Winner.
“Before I left for vacation I was involved in a car accident, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I returned,” said Kristy. “I picked up the cheque from Dianne on Friday and Saturday I was able to purchase my new car! I’ve always received prompt attention and excellent service at Jiffy Lube, and I’ve shared my experience with others who say they will go to Jiffy Lube from now on!”
Here at Jiffy Lube we’re about more than just an oil change. Founded in 1979, we are where quick meets convenient – providing top-notch, warranty-approved services with no appointment necessary. For more information on locations and services, visit www.jiffylubeontario.com.
Get A Jump On It: A Beginner’s Guide to Boosting Your Vehicle
We’ve all been there in the winter – the harsh weather does a number on your battery, making it need that extra little nudge to start. But this issue can happen year round. Don’t let a dead battery get you down, get a jump on it and drive on!
Let’s talk terminology! The dead car refers to, you guessed it, the one that needs the jump. When you hear ‘donor car’ that’s referencing the car that will be doing the jumping. Booster cables are the crucial component that transfer the juice from one vehicle to another. Last but definitely not least, the post is the point on the battery that the cable clamps will connect to.
Just a little safety sidenote before we get started: Prior to starting the battery revival process, always ensure that both vehicles are in park and the donor vehicle is also shut off. More importantly, never let the clamp heads touch each other at any point during this process.
Does your set of booster cables have you seeing red? In this case that’s a ‘positive’ quality. Always connect the red clamps of your cables to the positive post on the battery of both the dead and donor car.
You may notice thus far we have negated to tell you about the second member of the dynamic duo we call clamps. Well wait no more, introducing the black clamp. Completing the pair, this piece is always connected to the negative battery post of the donor car and bare metal on the dead vehicle.
Now that you’re well versed in vehicle vocabulary, let’s get to the good stuff. Here is the play by play of how to jump start your car:
Connect red to dead +
Connect red to donor +
Connect black to donor –
Connect black to dead, bare metal
Start donor vehicle
Start dead vehicle
Disconnect in reverse (steps 4,3,2,1)
Here at Jiffy Lube we are big on preventive maintenance – before you get stranded curb side, drive into your local Jiffy and have your battery put to the test.
Drive In. Drive On.
How long does a Jiffy Lube® oil change take?
You’re late for work, need to drop the kids off, and still haven’t had your coffee. Then you see the little light on your dashboard. It’s been on for more than a few weeks now. On top of everything, you’re now worrying about where you’ll fit a trip to the dealership into your schedule.
How Long Should an Oil Change Really Take?
But getting an oil change shouldn’t be an hours-long endeavour at the dealership! The actual time it takes to complete an oil change is not monumental. Although you might find yourself in the dealership waiting room for a few hours, oil changes can take as little as 15 minutes with a skilled technician at Jiffy Lube®. Drive your vehicle into Jiffy Lube®, no appointment, and “drive on” with your day. Our process ensures that you are safe and comfortable throughout your oil change.
The Oil Change Process
With our zero-touch safety measures in place, you can skip the dealership waiting rooms, skip the shuttles back and forth, skip the outdated magazines, and simply stay in your car. Our contactless payment option allows you to pay with tap through your car window.
Warranty-Approved Oil Changes
Not only do we offer a drive-thru, zero-touch service, but our oil changes are also warranty-approved. Even if your new car is still under warranty, don’t worry about a long wait at the dealership. Take your car to Jiffy Lube® for an easy, warranty-approved oil change that takes only 15 to 30 minutes!
Other Great Reasons to Skip the Dealership:
Seasonal Tire Switches
Wiper Blade Replacements
Vehicle Light Replacements
Zero-Touch Service & Payment
Rather than plan your whole day around a dealership oil change appointment, take control of your schedule! Jiffy Lube® makes getting your oil change fast and convenient, so you can spend less time on car maintenance and more time doing things you enjoy.
Where to Get an Oil Change
With over 50 locations across Ontario, you will always find a Jiffy Lube® that fits your busy lifestyle. For more information about our services, click the “Find a Jiffy Lube®” button at the top of the page! Drive In. Drive On.
How to Prepare Your Car For Summer Road Trips
Feel the wind in your hair, take in the beautiful view and taste that warm crisp air! Summer is here, and that can only mean one thing… time for a road trip! Whether you’re a homebody, or a pro road-tripper that travels across the country, we will have you road trip ready after reading this article. Learn how easy it is to prepare your vehicle for your highly anticipated summer road trip ahead!
Road Trip Essentials
Wouldn’t it be great if you could hop into your car and be road-trip ready? Let’s be frank… winter can take a lot out on your car, and safety has to come first! From past experience you may be putting this task off in fear of how long the task will take. We have great news; we have a simple solution that will fast track you forward to spending quality time outdoors with your family and friends.
Take the Time Now, and Save Time Later. Follow These Steps to Prepare Your Car for Summer Road Trips
Check your battery: If your battery stops, you stop. Make sure that the pit stops you make are only the ones you plan, by checking your battery life and making sure your car is in good standing. Regular battery maintenance will prolong the life of your vehicle.
Check your tire pressure: Tire pressure naturally changes over time. It is imperative to check tire pressure as seasons change. Proper tire maintenance will provide you with even road wear during your road trip. Plan ahead and make a note in your calendar to check your tire pressure as the seasons change with an accurate tire gauge (can be found at your local gas station or by stopping by your local Jiffy Lube).
Check your oil level: Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. Ensure that your motor runs smoothly throughout your road trip by checking the oil level and by making sure that you are using the best oil for your vehicle. It’s as easy as stopping by your local Jiffy Lube to get your oil changed on your way out of the city.
Check your cooling-system: A simple cooling system inspection, be it a top up or a flush and fill can help prevent your car from overheating. Keep your vehicle from acting up in the hot temperatures during this summer’s road trip! (Please use caution when doing this, or better yet, stop by your local Jiffy Lube to have this checked with no appointment).
Head to your local Jiffy Lube for your road trip – car maintenance needs! Drive in and drive on to summer fun!
Road Trip Preparation
Preparing for a road trip has never been easier. When getting ready to head out for a road trip this summer, remember to pack an Emergency Kit for your car. The emergency kit should include a first aid kit, a wind-up flashlight, some jumper cables, a fire extinguisher and finally a toe rope. Wherever you go, road trips can throw many obstacles your way. Prepare yourself and consider bringing a spare tire and a portable GPS navigation system.
Road Trip Planner
Worried about forgetting something important? Create a road trip checklist! This will prevent you from having to end your road trip early and have you prepared for whatever obstacle is thrown your way!
Road trips can certainly create a mess inside and outside of your car. Make sure to fill up your windshield washing fluid to wipe away dirt and any “pesky” bugs that find their way to onto your car. Other great items to keep handy are car wipes and seat cleaners for those inevitable road trip spills and messes.
Remain confident while driving on your summer road trip with all these car road trip essentials! Get ready to blast some music, belt out your favourite tune at the top of your lungs, play eye spy, and car count.
Your next road trip is closer than you think! See you on the road.
How To Remove Salt Stains From Your Car
It’s white, it’s everywhere, it’s a tell tale sign of winter and it can leave white stains all over your car. Road salt can cause a lot of wear and tear on the exterior of your car and lead to rust, however, salt also gets inside your car and creates unsightly stains all over your interior. As winter comes to a close the salt that has been spread all over the roads to prevent accidents has now created annoying stains on your car mats. Learn how to to remove salt stains from your car or truck this spring!
DIY Methods to Remove Salt Stains From Your Car
If you are interested in getting a head start on your spring cleaning, a good place to start is to freshen up your car by removing those ugly salt stains on your floor mats! If you prefer a DIY approach below are a number of steps to help you remove salt stains from your car’s floor mats.
Step 1: Vacuum mats or if they are removable take them out and shake off all the built up debris.
Step 2: Fill a spray bottle with half warm water and half white vinegar. Alternatively liquid dish soap can be mixed with the water instead of vinegar.
Step 3: Spray the parts of your mats and carpet that are stained with salt, followed by firmly pressing a cloth on the wet spot for a few seconds. Lift the cloth and if necessary repeat this step until the stain is gone. Make sure to fold the cloth to a clean or unused section to ensure that it is truly effective.
When cleaning your car mats, make sure you are able to dry them off after using a wet/dry vacuum or by airing them out outside. This will protect you from the possibility of creating mildew under your carpets if they were to remain wet.
More At Home Stain Removing Solutions
Think you might need something a little stronger to get the salt stains out of your car’s interior? There are a number of different store bought sprays that you can purchase and use the same steps above switching out the vinegar and water for the store bought spray. Alternatively, if you have access to a carpet cleaner, the upholstery head will work just as well at removing salt stains from your cars carpets.
Now that the interior of your car is looking fresh, it’s important to take care of what’s under the hood. Head to your local Jiffy Lubeand show your car some love by getting some much needed spring maintenance, no appointments necessary!
How to Safely Brush Snow Off Your Car
You wake up from your deep slumber and look out your window to greet the day, only to see that it has snowed once again overnight. You take a hesitant glance over at your vehicle in the driveway and see a pile of white in the vague shape of a car with side mirrors poking out of it. Now you’re going to have to unbury your car AND shovel your driveway…
But before you do, there are a few things you should know that most car owners don’t.
1. Your Windshield Brush Can be Bad For Your Car
Many Canadians deal with the snow so much, they don’t think twice about brushing off their car. But you should. Brushes made from nylon – like the one on your trusty windshield scraper, can do serious harm to your vehicle’s paint job. The action of sweeping – especially the “Gah! I’m late for work and winter makes me angry!” type brushing – can leave light scratches in your body paint, which will later show up in the summer sun.
Any brushing on your windshield or car windows are not an issue; so don’t toss your brush in the trash just yet. The hard surface of glass is much more scratch resistant than the softer layer of paint found on the body of your car.
“But I never use my brush on the body of my car!” you declare, “I brush off the windshield and get in the car, the drive to work will do the rest.” But there is much more to consider.
2. Leaving the Snow is a No-Go
We get it – clearing the snow off your car is a pain – especially when you’re in a hurry. But think twice before you get in the car and drive on the road with a thick layer of snow on the roof of your vehicle. You may wind up having to pay for it.
At least, that’s what happened to a Manitoba man this year. After driving with a large layer of snow on top of his vehicle’s roof, he was pulled over and fined $240 dollars for driving with an unsecured load. Here’s a full article covering the story. No matter how you feel about the fine, bear in mind that it is indeed a hazard for other drivers. It hampers vision as it blows off, and can potentially damage following vehicles if large enough chunks fly off at high speeds.
3. Solutions for Brushing Snow Off Your Car
So, we’ve just told you not to use your brush to unbury your car, but you can’t leave snow on it either. What are you to do? Well, we recommend a few options:
Foam brushes – There are non-abrasive, foam brushes available that are perfect for removing snow while minimizing potential scratching.
Your hands – Seriously! Some gloved hands have a subtle touch that won’t damage your vehicle’s paint job.
Car cover – With a car cover you simply wrap one around your car, and then you lift it up before you go to work although you’re likely to get some snow on you when you do it…
Move to New Mexico – This may not be an option for all of you, so make sure you follow @JiffyLubeOn for more winter car care hacks!
Keep yourself and other drivers on Ontario roads safe! Follow our tips above to completely remove snow piled on to your car without scratching your beautiful paint job.
Do you have any car care tips that’d you’d like to share? Tweet us about it at @JiffyLubeOn!
Jiffy Lube & Suds Car Wash Pair Again For Powerful Drive Hope Program
Jiffy Lube & Suds Car Wash successfully worked within their communities to raise over $100,000 again with the Drive Hope Program, for the Canadian Cancer Society Transportation Service
TORONTO, ON, November 6th, 2014—Jiffy Lube and Suds Car Wash successfully completed their 2nd annual Drive Hope program that ran throughout the summer in support of the Canadian Cancer Society Wheels of Hope Transportation Service – a program that provides cancer patients with transportation to their life-saving treatments. This year’s program raised $106,000 for a total donation to-date of $229,800 through the sale of Drive for Hope coupon booklets.
This much-needed service is the largest of its kind in North America. In Ontario last year, over 2,800 volunteers helped drive 13 million kilometres between a patient’s home and cancer treatment centres. Typically, one patient uses the service 10-17 times during the course of their treatment.
“We have a very loyal customer base and knowing we could support a transportation service that is readily available as someone’s family member is fighting for their life against cancer, was important to us,” says Dianne Hinds, Director of Marketing for Jiffy Lube Ontario and Suds Car Wash. “Together with our customers, we are giving a bit of comfort to our local cancer patients with each and every drive to an appointment, in hopes of beating their cancer.”
“Unfortunately, the demand is growing for the need to provide transportation services for patients that have no other way of getting to a cancer treatment appointment,” says Martin Kabat, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division. “We are so thankful to the Jiffy Lube and the Suds Car Wash throughout Ontario that worked hard to raise these much needed funds.”
Offered free of charge to cancer fighters – many without access to a vehicle or immune systems not strong enough to take public transit – it is one of the Society’s most critical patient programs. Without this service, many cancer patients would not make it to their cancer treatments. Today, there are an estimated 350,000 people living with cancer across the country and this year, almost 75,000 Canadians will lose their fight.
Jiffy Lube and Suds Car Wash Customers Help Shift the Canadian Cancer Society’s Transportation Service Into a Higher Gear
WATERLOO, ON –
Customers who made a pit stop this summer to purchase the “Drive Hope” coupon books that were sold at Jiffy Lube and Suds Car Wash locations across the province made a meaningful difference in the fight against cancer. More than $104,000 was raised through the sale of these coupon books in support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Wheels of Hope patient transportation service.
Wheels of Hope helps cancer patients in Ontario who truly have no other way of getting to and from cancer-related care or who can’t afford the costs associated with travelling.
“I could not fathom having to take my sick little boy on public transit to get him to treatment. Being able to use the Wheels of Hope service took a tremendous weight off my shoulders,” said Kelly, single mother of a childhood cancer survivor. “
I could not have gotten through this experience without the support from the Canadian Cancer Society and its volunteers. It meant so much to me that people donated their time and vehicles to get us to treatment.”
Last year, the Society’s team of more than 2,600 Wheels of Hope volunteer drivers drove almost 11 million kilometres across Ontario. These volunteers helped almost 11,700 cancer patients get to more than 220,000 cancer-related appointments.
“Every day, we hear from people who are in need of the Wheels of Hope service. They tell us that the service is a ‘godsend’ or that it saved their life,” says Martin Kabat, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario. “Thank you to Jiffy Lube, Suds Car Washes and to everyone who bought a Drive Hope coupon book. Your support means so much to patients who rely on this vital service.”
Wheels of Hope is the largest volunteer-provided transportation program of its kind in North America. Typically, a registered patient uses the service 10 to 17 times on one-way trips during the course of their treatment.
“We knew that our customers would support Wheels of Hope and we believe it’s our responsibility as well to give back to the communities we operate in,” says Dianne Hinds, Director of Marketing for QLO Management Inc. and Suds Car Washes. “Together, Suds Car Washes, Jiffy Lube and our amazing customers will continue to assist local cancer patients with every kilometre of their fight.”
About Jiffy Lube and Suds Car Wash
As one of the largest quick oil change companies in the country, Jiffy Lube has over 160 locations offering maintenance services outlined in vehicles’ owners’ manuals. Providing service in minutes, with no appointment, Jiffy Lube has been evolving the vehicle maintenance industry in Canada since 1977. The Suds Car Wash brand launched in 2002. Both Suds and Jiffy Lube are actively expanding in Ontario.
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives and supporting people living with cancer through research funding, services and advocacy. We are Canada’s largest charity fighting all types of cancer and leading authority on cancer statistics and information. To learn more, call 1 888-939-3333 or visit www.cancer.ca
As a locally owned and operated business, we wanted to celebrate two decades of serving the Ontario community. So, we asked ourselves: how can we thank our valued customers for continuing to #skipthedealership?
The answer? Giving away 222 prizes to our fellow Ontarians!
Similar to how oil changes help your car run more efficiently, winning prizes helps grease the wheels of life. Since many people are choosing to stay within Ontario this year, we helped fuel their road trip adventures close to home.
What We Gave Away
Jiffy Lube® Ontario launched an online sweepstakes to give away:
Two (2) Gold Prizes of $2,000 CASH
Twenty (20) Silver Prizes of $200 Shell Gas Cards
Two Hundred (200) Bronze Prizes of a Jiffy Lube® Oil Change Gift Certificate ($100 approximate retail value)
Everyone who entered the contest also received a digital coupon for up to $20 off a Pennzoil® oil change.
Meet the Contest Winners
We’d like to thank everyone who entered the Jiffy Lube® Ontario 20th Anniversary Contest. We had an incredible response; over 20,000 Ontarians entered for their chance to win.
Congratulations to our gold prize winners!
Patti from Huntsville, ON
Mark from Chatham, ON
Congratulations to all the silver prize winners (20 x $200 Shell® Gas Cards) and the bronze prize winners (200 x Jiffy Lube® Oil Change Gift Certificates). We sincerely hope you enjoyed your prize!
Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win or Save
Our 20th Anniversary contest may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still become an Advantage Loyalty Program member. Contest entrants who became members of our Advantage Loyalty Program gained access to special rewards. They’ll be the first to learn more about future contests, promotions, and service discounts. And you can too.
Find Your Local Jiffy Lube® and sign up for the Advantage Loyalty Program to be the first to know about future contests and promotions.
Jiffy Lube® Ontario appreciates your continued support—and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Here’s to many more road trips ahead!
Jiffy Shop Talk #1: Headlight Restoration and Bulb Know-How
Hello everyone, welcome to Jiffy Lube Ontario’s first article in our series: JiffyShop Talk, where we share some automobile knowledge with you: the person who knows everything about the latest iPhone; the person who knows 18 different uses for avocado in salad – but pretty much nothing about vehicles. And we get it – it can be a tad intimidating: so many letters and numbers, a giant vehicle manual that remains curled up in your glove box until the engine light turns on and you flip through the pages in a panic (note: why are the manuals always awkward rectangles?)
But never fear, Jiffy does more than just oil changes, and we’re here to help you steer through the noise (prepare for vehicle-based metaphors) and let your vehicle know-how start to shift gears (told you so).
This month’s topic: the headlight.
Why start here you may ask? Why not the engine, or gasoline, or tires for the first lesson? Well, for starters, headlights are an easy first lesson. Secondly, headlight restoration is not something most people think of when they think of vehicle maintenance. But they need love just like any other aspect of your vehicle, and you’ll need those little guys to be shining at full strength to properly light up your path!
Headlight Bulb Types
If you have a burnt out bulb, and were considering the difference between halogen and LED bulbs, here is a quick rundown:
Standard bulb found in most vehicles
Bright white light emitted
Sensitive to outside materials (i.e. your sweat)
LED: Light Emitting Diode (remember that for your next cocktail party and impress your friends)
Uses semiconductors to emit light, not gas
Is more energy efficient
Not as sensitive
Can generate large amounts of heat
Will require a fitting device for Halogen bulb mounts
If you would like a great guide on what headlight bulbs your car already uses, check out this bulb search engine!
Unfortunately, no matter what kind of bulb you use for your headlight, it is only going to be as bright as the lamp will allow it to be. And sadly, after a few years of use, the protective film on the clear plastic headlamp wears away under the constant pressure of heat from the bulbs, UV rays from the sun, and chemicals on the road. Eventually, the plastic becomes exposed and starts to look foggy or sometimes even yellowish. This can create a diffusion of light so that the headlights will not be as effective no matter how new your lightbulbs are.
Bad News: you can’t buy just the plastic covering. You would have to buy the entire headlight unit to replace.
Good News: you won’t have to buy any new parts!
How you ask? Well for a start, a simple plastic or aluminum polish using a microfiber cloth will show improvement. However, if you really want to make your headlights as bright and clean as possible – and prevent future aging – take it in to us! We can remove the entire headlight unit and restore it for you while you sit in the waiting room for a few minutes scrolling on your social channels – just make sure your local garage offers that service before you drive in – check our service page.
Do you have any car care tips that’d you’d like to share? Tweet us about it at @JiffyLubeOn with the hashtag #JiffyShopTalk!
Jiffy Shop Talk #2: Insurance Reduction! How to Save Money
Readers, welcome back to Jiffy Lube Ontario’s second article in our series JiffyShop Talk, where we share automobile knowledge with you: the person who is an expert in their particular passion, but may not know everything about auto ownership and maintenance. But never fear, Jiffy Lube does more than just oil changes, and we’re here to help. With a few articles like these under your belt, you’ll save money, sound auto-savvy, and be a better vehicle owner.
This article’s focus: Insurance Rates!
Insurance costs represent the highest consistent expenditure for your vehicle by a significant margin, which is why this article is so valuable to new and experienced vehicle owners alike. If you drive in Ontario, you pay the highest car insurance rates in the country! Most people know that the more accidents you are involved in, the higher your rates, so we’ll skip that part and give you a few lesser-known tips. So, let’s waste no time and discuss some ways you can reduce those costs – and save more money for your next big road trip!
Taking a Driving Course
Completing a driver’s training course and submitting it to your insurance provider can help you reduce the premium you pay to drive your vehicle as it shows – on paper – that you are a capable driver. Not only that, but it will probably make you a better driver (we know, we know, you’re probably a great driver already) and reduce the amount of vehicle accidents you’re a part of, which in turn reduces your rates by comparison. Most driving test centres have hours that accommodate full-time workers, so you can complete the course quickly and avoid missing work (and you don’t have to tell anyone around the water cooler if you don’t want to)!
Annual Payments vs Monthly
Switching your payment method from monthly to a single annual payment may make you feel the sting of an insurance payment more since it’s all at once, but it’ll most likely save you money. Annual payments are typically priced lower than an entire year’s worth of monthly payments, meaning if you can squirrel away some cash for the single payment, you’ll pay less!
Most insurance companies will give you a discount if you switch your vehicle’s tires in the winter. Auto-insurers know that winter tires cause less accidents on the slippery winter roads, and may reward those who make the switch. Take a picture of the tires and show your tire swap receipt to your insurance provider and your premium could drop by up to 10% a month. Need help with the tire switch? Check out our tire switch service page.
Increase Your Deductible – Decrease Your Premium
By increasing the amount you must pay toward a claim, you lower your monthly insurance bills. This tip may seem like common knowledge, but few people take advantage of it. Why you may ask? Well for one, increasing your deductible feels like a silly thing to do. Why pay more if you get into an accident? Wouldn’t that just add to the aggravation? Well…yes. But, if you have strong saving skills, and are able to keep an emergency fund untouched – say $1000 – increasing your deductible is a smart way to go. Insurers bank on the fact that most Canadians live in debt, and cannot afford to contribute to the payment of their insurance claim. But if you have the willpower to keep a few dollars saved for your deductible, you will save a significant amount of money in the long run.
As you can see, these tips rely on you being a little more responsible with your driving, preventative maintenance, vehicle care, and spending habits – which is never a bad thing!
Insurers want to minimize risk, so the more careful of a driver you are, and the more financial risk you assume (i.e. paying annually and increasing your deductible), the less money they will feel compelled to charge you – meaning you can keep your coin for things that matter to you, and brag about how safe of a liability you are to all your friends!
Do you have any car care tips that’d you’d like to share? Tweet us about it at @JiffyLubeON with the hashtag #JiffyShopTalk
Jiffy Shop Talk #3: Car “Hacks” You Should Ignore!
Welcome back readers to our April edition of #JiffyShopTalk: where we take some time each month to have a chat that will boost your know-how, learn expert tips from our team, and lengthen the life of your vehicle. So never fear novices – Jiffy does more than just oil changes – we’ll make you that savvy car owner you’ve always wanted to be!
Our topic of the month – Car “Hacks”
The Internet is pretty neat as the amount of information out there is astounding – but that doesn’t mean it’s right. There are plenty of tips for car maintenance that are great ideas, but sadly just as many that are no good at all. And since spring is the season everyone is gearing their vehicles up for the road ahead, we thought we’d protect you from some of the not-so-handy car hacks and maintenance tips out there!
Stretching Tires – Looks Cool, Drives Horribly
Apparently, tire stretching is catching on in certain forum circles – where a tire is fitted to a rim that is larger than the rim for which is was built for. Now, out the gate, this should seem like not a great idea, but some people argue that tire stretching is still safe. We wouldn’t recommend it though. Sure, large rims look neat, but stretching the tread gives you less traction, less speed, less protection from blowouts, and should your insurer find out – they will be none too impressed. Best to not stretch your luck too thin (we couldn’t resist) and keep the size your manufacturer recommends.
Laundry Detergent for Car Wash – Your Car is Not Clothing…
This one has been floating around for a while, and while it may seem harmless to throw some soap on your car and give a wash regardless of whether or not its “car soap” (what harm could soap do?) – it’s really not a good idea. The use of laundry soap can strip the wax from your car and age your paint (car paint is extremely fragile – don’t believe us – check out our previous post on what a snow brush can do to your paint job.
Along with possibly damaging your car, it can also hurt the environment. When you wash your car in your driveway, the dirty water from the wash, which contains soap, detergent, and vehicle residues, enters storm drains intended only for rainwater. As a result, pollutants like phosphate, grease, and oil end up in our streams, lakes, and rivers – yuck! Plus, the average home car wash consumes about 116 gallons of water — that’s 2 to 3 times more than most commercial car washes. It’s a good idea to stick with car washes or buy soap made for vehicles – it’ll be cheaper than a new paint job.
Boiling Water as De-Icer – Save It For Tea
The obvious way to counteract cold is with heat. So, in the winter, when you come out to your car and there is a lovely coat of fresh ice covering your windshield and windows, what do you do? Most drivers will turn the car on, crank the heat and wait for the ice to disappear while they enjoy their morning coffee. More tenacious folk may get out and scrape the ice away themselves. However, there is one hack that has been floating around Facebook for a while now – pouring hot or even boiling hot water directly onto an icy windshield! This winter car care hack is certainly one to avoid at all costs. Depending on the temperature difference between the cold window and the hot water, you have the potential to shatter your windshield, and there is no easy or affordable fix for that.
Do you have any car care tips that’d you’d like to share? Tweet us about it at @JiffyLubeOn with the hashtag #JiffyShopTalk!
Jiffy Shop Talk #4: The Benefits of Synthetic Oil
Here we are, our fourth #JiffyShopTalk blog! The topic this month is right up our alley: the benefits of Synthetic oil. Most people are unaware of how beneficial Synthetic oil can be for your vehicle. Often when you hear the word “synthetic”, especially in relation to your clothing, you think cheap and low quality. But when it comes to car maintenance, that’s not always the case!
Read on to learn more about the Synthetic oil and the benefits for your vehicle.
The cleaner your engine, the better!
The engine is the heart of your car, and keeping it clean and healthy is a top priority at Jiffy Lube. A clean engine will provide you with the performance that was designed by your engine manufacturer. A dirty engine will cause loss of performance, fuel economy and wear of critical engine parts, so regular changes and a better motor oil will assist in keeping your engine running like it should.
The big difference between Conventional motor oils and Synthetics? Conventional motor oil starts with a base oil refined from crude oil, consisting of 80% crude oil and 20% additives. Some of those additives are designed to protect and clean the engine, while others are required to address the impurities of the crude oil. Synthetics are man-made and developed with very specific planned, predictable properties. The base oils used for Synthetics have virtually no impurities, which means the base oil starts at a high level of performance and only requires additives to give it the performance characteristics to protect the engine.
The gist of it? A top Synthetic oil will:
Provide protection of critical engine parts, such as pistons;
Provide better fuel economy;
Reduce loss of horsepower;
Protect against wear caused by friction;
Provide protection from the coldest to the hottest temperatures.
Fact: High Heat can cause oxidation which causes Conventional oils to break down faster than Synthetic oil and produce sludge.
Can your oil adapt to Canada’s constantly changing weather?
From freezing winters to scorching hot summers, you must be prepared to adapt to whatever weather comes your way, as should your oil! The morning flow of your oil is a crucial aspect to your vehicle startup process. Most car owners just fire up and leave, especially on a busy Monday morning, but Conventional oil takes some time to get flowing through your engine – and in the cold seasons, even longer! Switching to Synthetic oil will reduce your wait time no matter what temperature it is outside. In fact, in your owner’s manual, there are two recommendations: one for normal and one for severe driving conditions. Based on the Canadian climate, Canadian drivers should go by the Severe Service Interval.
You can only use Synthetic oil in new cars.
Negative; because of Synthetic oil’s advanced formula it’s often perceived that it would only be compatible with newer cars, but that’s not the case! Whether your ride is old or new, Synthetic oil benefits any engine to provide it a longer, healthier lifespan – it can even handle those turbocharged engines! You’ll hear about Synthetic oils being recommended for use on newer vehicles mostly because of the evolving government mandates on fuel economy, modernized engine designs or even as a remedy for reoccurring performance issues.
Does Synthetic oil need a special filter?
Nope, it’s up to you! Your vehicles filter is like a kidney; they manage to screen out any imperfections regardless of oil type. We know it can be confusing because you have the option of purchasing a “Synthetic filter” or a regular filter, but all this means is that the fiber content has Synthetic material built in vs the normal paper filters. Since filter efficiency is the real measure – the amount of impurities it can filter out of the oil, which is down to the tiny microns (smaller than the human hair) – a Synthetic filter and a Synthetic oil can be a smart solution to keep your engine clean and ensure top engine performance.
Yeah, but isn’t Synthetic oil high maintenance?
False! Once you have confirmed your decision to switch oil bases, there is no need to flush your engine out. Synthetic oil mixes just fine with Conventional oil. Also, the frequency of getting your oil changed is less compared to Conventional oil; it’s been reported that Synthetic oil can last between 7,500 to 10,000 kilometers before taking it to your local Jiffy Lube!
The purity of the Synthetic oil formula has been proven to better your cars fuel economy and last longer overall These oils have been tested in real world engines but as you know, every vehicle is different so it is imperative that you go by your OEM recommendation for Severe Service for the benefit of your vehicle and its warranty.
There are tons of benefits to making the switch to Synthetic oil; however, it may not be the best choice for your specific vehicle. At Jiffy Lube, we will always make recommendations on the best service and product types for your vehicle based on the information in your owner’s manual.
Have questions? Feel free to visit your local Jiffy Lube or tweet us at @JiffyLubeON with the hashtag #JiffyShopTalk.
Manual Manifesto: We Follow Your Owner’s Manual For Maintenance
Owner’s manual…what’s that?
If you are like many car owners your owner’s manual has been in your glove box, unused and untouched since the day you drove off the lot. Luckily for you, we’ve got it covered.
Your vehicle’s individual service requirements are as unique as their owner. From the smallest cars to the biggest pick up trucks, each make and model has a specific set of maintenance requirements set forth by the manufacturer. Luckily, it’s not something you have to read up on! With Jiffy Lube you can drive on with comfort and confidence knowing that your car is receiving just what it needs.
All of our trusted Jiffy Lube technicians undergo extensive training on all of the products and services offered in-house at our locations. Each and every employee that services your vehicle completes training courses on products such as lubricants and fluids, including how they work within your vehicle’s mechanical system in order to keep it running in tiptop shape.
Your vehicle drives on the road, not in a test facility. Therefore, the vast majority of our knowledge is implemented in real-life and real-time scenarios. What does this mean for you? Jiffy Lube Service Advisors take the guesswork out of understanding your vehicle’s required maintenance, and through their vast amount of hands on experience can educate you on the steps necessary to prevent, maintain and fix service issues with your vehicle.
Here at Jiffy Lube, service according to your owner’s manual is automatic. Let’s go through a step by step scenario of how a typical Signature Service oil change at Jiffy Lube would go.
Drive In: When you arrive at your local Jiffy Lube location, you will be greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable Service Advisor who will guide you into our service bay.
Getting to Know You: Whether this is the first time you’ve been to Jiffy Lube or if you are one of the 24 million people who trust us with their vehicles every year, we want to know more about your car care needs. If you have been here before we will pull up your vehicle’s service history, if not we will setup your vehicle’s profile in our system. In a Jiffy.
Automatic Assessment: Once we have established your profile, our automatic owners manual goes to work. While completing your oil change we also conduct a multi-point vehicle inspection that includes checking tire pressure, putting your battery to the test, assessing coolant strength and much more.
Fluid Motions: There is never any guesswork. Your Jiffy Lube Service Advisor will utilize your odometer reading and owner’s manual requirements to gauge whether the fluids and systems in your vehicle are due for service.
Tech Talk: Before the oil change is complete you will have the opportunity to talk with your Service Advisor about your vehicle and the service findings. Making car care easy is our mantra, and we do just that. Your Service Advisor will run through your vehicle’s service with you, describing the condition of everything from your wiper blades to your air filter – which you actually get to see up close!
Ready Set Report: During this one to one talk with your Jiffy Lube Service Advisor, you will get to see clearly illustrated graphics of the recommended service items pulled directly from your owners manual. Your vehicle’s service requirements are rated in the same fashion as a stoplight. Green means that the service has been completed or that it does not need to be performed. Yellow shows you what services may be on the horizon — i.e. what particular services you may need in the near future. Last but not least, red indicates that your vehicle is past due for this service, or that it should be done immediately to ensure your vehicle keeps rolling forward with no roadblocks.
Optional Options: We’re here to present the facts, but leave the final choice up to you. If you’re happy, we’re happy! At Jiffy Lube we appreciate you and your vehicle, and show it by giving you the most comprehensive vehicle report we can, so that you can confidently make an informed decision on the extent of service your car receives. Now that’s easy!
Drive On: Once your vehicle’s service is complete you can drive on knowing your car is ready to shift into high gear!
In A Jiffy
We understand that your car is your co-pilot as you journey from destination to destination, and we want to get you back on the road, well…in a Jiffy. Since a ‘jiffy’ is an actual measurement of time, approximately 33.3564 picoseconds to be exact, it was only natural for us to provide fast service. Although it may not be humanly possible we are working on getting our Signature Service oil change down to a jiffy. You can be confident that you will Drive In. Drive On. – before you know it.
We don’t like to show off…okay, well maybe a little. Drive into your local Jiffy Lube today and we would be happy to walk you through your vehicle’s owner’s manual required services. Your tuned-in technician will be happy to answer any and all service related questions.
Drive In. Drive On.
Meet the New Online Jiffy Lube!
As we say at Jiffy Lube, change is good (take oil changes, for example), which is why we are excited and proud to present you with our new online look!
As a company, we’re committed to providing you with speedy, quality care and we wanted to ensure that this efficiency fully extends to our digital domain.
Each of our outstanding locations will continue to offer the same services you know and love, but the details of their availability and excellence will be more readily accessible.
Our user-friendly interface features all the need-to-knows of auto care, from preventative maintenance pointers to premium promotions running at the Jiffy Lube nearest you.
Become informed about our current deals, career opportunities and holiday operating hours, all at the click of a button!
We hope you enjoy our new online presence as much as we do and your feedback is always welcomed and appreciated.
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Preventive Maintenance Tips Your Car Will Thank You For
Free and easy down the road we go…well only if you’ve kept up with your preventive vehicle maintenance. While some may stand by the ‘one size fits all mentality’ – at Jiffy Lube we stand behind a different way of approaching automotive maintenance. We have said it before and we will say it again, preventive maintenance according to your vehicle’s specific owner’s manual and unique requirements is the best form of car care.
Day in and day out, your vehicle transports the most precious cargo (that’s you!) and gets you from point A to point B. But, if you don’t keep up with regular maintenance you could be faced with a broken vehicle that will throw a wrench in your plans. Don’t let costly repairs put a roadblock in your day, and follow our preventive maintenance checklist.
Oil Change, Oil Change, Oil Change
How important are regular oil changes? So important that we had to say it three times. We’ve even developed our Signature Service around this component of vehicle maintenance. Why are oil changes important? You engine oil is a pressurized fluid that keeps all components of your engine lubricated and contributes to optimal engine functionality. Over time and with use, this fluid breaks down and loses its ability to perform – meaning higher chances of engine damage. By following your owner’s manual oil change recommendations, the oil within your vehicle will be changed before engine damage occurs.
During your Signature Service oil change, our technicians visually inspect a multitude of your vehicle’s major components for signs of wear and tear that could impact your vehicle’s performance. What else needs to be checked? Maintaining adequate fluid levels is a pertinent aspect of vehicle care. Likewise, checking headlights, brake lights and turn signals ensures you aren’t falling short of communicating your next move to other drivers. When you drive into a Jiffy Lube we will inspect all of these elements as a part of the Signature Service oil change package, and recommend action if necessary.
The wheels on the car go round and round, but only if they aren’t flat. Visually inspecting your tires tread depth, and adjusting the pressure will allow you to battle the elements with your best rubbers. Be sure to pay close attention to the tread wear as this may affect your vehicle’s driveability. Having your tires rotated in line with your owner’s manual recommendations will ensure even wear and adequate pressure.
Speaking of rubber, how are those wiper blades working for you today? The biggest issue with wiper blades is knowing when to change them. Do you change your wiper blades when it’s a bright sunny day out? Or are you the kind or person that finds out you’re in need of new ones when it’s raining? Your local Jiffy Lube will inspect your wiper blades rain or shine, so you can see more clearly with even the worst weather. Learn more about our windshield services and find the Jiffy Lube nearest you.
At Jiffy Lube we are pro preventive maintenance and proudly provide a full spectrum Signature Service oil change that encompasses all aspects of your preventive maintenance checklist. Drive In today and Drive On ready to rule the road.
Revving Up Relaxation: Meet the Lucky Winners Who Are On the Road to Relaxation
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!
Four lucky winners are throttling full speed ahead on the “Road to Relaxation.”
For those who call this central Canadian province home know that it is filled with an abundance of stunning natural beauty. Here at Jiffy Lube Ontario we want you to embrace the warm weather, round-up your trusted co-pilot, crank up the tunes and hit the open road. After all it feels like summer is gone in the blink of an eye!
“Jiffy Lube Ontario is proud and excited to announce the winners of the ‘Road to Relaxation’ Contest,” said Dianne Hinds, Director of Marketing for Jiffy Lube Ontario. “We know that Ontario summers seem to be gone in the blink of an eye and we’re delighted to provide the winners with the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful province and make some memories while they’re at it!”
Each of the lucky winners will receive a $1,000 travel voucher towards a getaway of their choice. This prize was selected by Jiffy Lube to ensure all winners could select a choice destination that best suits their interests.
With vouchers in hand the four lucky winners Nicole De Luca, Peter Shaw, Matt Domville and Ashley Beaulieu are ready to start their engines and jump on the Road to Relaxation.
Here at Jiffy Lube we’re about more than just an oil change. Founded in 1977, we are where quick meets convenient – providing top-notch, warranty-approved services with no appointment necessary. For more information on locations and services, visit www.jiffylubeontario.com
Drive In. Drive On.
For more information please contact:
Dianne Hinds, Director of Marketing
Jiffy Lube Ontario
519.886.0561 ext. 224
Road Ready: A Preventative Maintenance Checklist to Ring in the Spring Season
Breaking News: Spring weather may cause the urge to take frequent road trips.
Who doesn’t love those first warm weekends of spring when you can crack the windows, crank the tunes and drive comfortably to your destination without worries of atrocious weather? You may be ready for some road tripping; your vehicle on the other hand may not be.
Just as your wardrobe changes with the seasons, your car care should too. Let’s dive right into what your vehicle needs to keep it driving smoothly into spring.
Chances are you have made the switch to winter tires in order to be better prepared for the adverse driving conditions that these infamous Canadian winters throw our way. But snow tires are meant for just that…snow! Once the weather warms up, swap those back out for your standard all-season tires. Snow tires perform best when the temperature is below 7 degrees Celsius; therefore once the weather conditions meet or exceed that, the tires start to lose their performance value.
Quick Tip:If you have noted on your insurance policy that you have winter tires on your vehicle, there may be a timeframe in which you can do a tire swap (usually around April 1). Always consult your insurance company for their specific regulations prior to making vehicle modifications.
Your vehicle fluids are usually the easiest and most cost-conscious seasonal change; however, it is often neglected and eventually can lead to exorbitant repairs. First, after cleaning your windshield countless times throughout the winter, your reservoir might need to be topped up (if it isn’t already empty). Additionally, some fluids that may crave a little TLC include: transmission fluids, standard engine oil, brake fluid and power-steering fluid.
Not an engine fluid expert? We are! Drive into a Jiffy Lube near you and drive on with a car full of fresh fluids.
Cabin filters, air filters, engine filters, oh my! Let’s talk filters. We all are pretty familiar with or have been prompted about changing our engine’s oil filters, but the majority of people tend to dismiss their vehicles owners manual when it comes to this matter. Oil filters help to remove contaminants from the oil and lubricants, which will keep those fluids flushing flawlessly. Now that we’ve covered a filter that takes care of your car, lets talk about another filter that focuses on the passengers. The cabin air filter removes impurities such as pollen and road dust. Leave winter behind and breathe easy this spring by having your cabin air filter changed on your next service.
The lights on your car allow you to see and be seen by other vehicles on the road, which is why your spring maintenance mandate should include a thorough once-over of the vehicles lighting system. Be sure to check that your headlights, tail lights, high beams, signals and four-way flashers are in good working order.
Quick Tip:When tackling your spring car-cleaning checklist, give your light covers a good scrub to remove the build up of grime that undoubtedly accumulated over the winter.
Wiper blades are to your vehicles windshield, as a shotgun rider is to your road trip — essential. These handy little helpers not only help to wipe away the droplets of a spring rain, but also can be utilized to keep your windshield clean. Unfortunately, they are exposed unshielded to the elements all winter long and can take quite a beating. Swapping these out seasonally will give you the green light on clear vision as you drive into spring.
Leave winter behind! Say goodbye to Jack Frost and hello to April showers with a spring ‘refresh’ for your car at Jiffy Lube!
Drive in. Drive on.
Road Wise: Top Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road This Summer Season
From Wine Country to Cottage Country, Ontario has some of the most scenic and highly sought after summer vacation destinations. Maybe we’re biased, after all we are Jiffy Lube Ontario, but having all this beauty right in your own back yard sure is motivation to take a summer road trip, or ten.
Here at Jiffy Lube we’ve compiled a list of road wise tips that will help you reach your desired destination swiftly and safely all summer long!
We’ve all been in the scenario where the sun is shining, and you start to accelerate when your favourite song comes on the radio. Next thing you know your driving faster than intended. It happens to the best of us, but encompassing defensive driving tactics every time you hit the road will ensure that you reach your destination safely. The Canadian Safety Council estimates that 85% of accidents are preventable, so make sure to keep adequate space between you and the vehicle in front of you, obey speed limits and traffic signs, and most importantly drive distraction free.
Devise and Conquer
A summer road trip can be plenty of fun, but forgetting to formulate a fuelling plan can leave you frustrated. Save yourself the headache with some quick and easy planning tips.
Know your route: We are all for using GPS technology, especially when they tell you where the nearest coffee shop is, but they can be unreliable. Read over and write down your directions before departing so you have a backup just in case.
Plan an alternate route: As Canadians we know that summer really should be renamed ‘construction cone’ season, meaning many popular routes will face drastic slow downs or roadblocks. Navigate your way seamlessly by doing research ahead of time and planning an alternate route around heavy construction areas.
Find your fuel: If you are travelling long distances, or heading off the beaten path, make sure to plan out your fuelling checkpoints so that you can grab a full tank of gas and drive on.
Seat Belt Safeness
It’s safe to say that it’s pretty common knowledge that seat belts save lives, but we’ll remind you anyways. It never hurts to take a quick second before you head out to make sure you and your passengers are buckled up. That click you hear when fastening your seatbelt gives you the green light to start your engine and roll forward.
On every trip it’s second nature to secure you and your passengers with a seatbelt, but it is equally as important to ensure your cargo is safely secured as well. Don’t just stow and go, or next thing you know you may be pulled over roadside doing some reorganizing. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that all belongings are packed in such a way that you can still see out of all your windows and mirrors. Additionally, it’s popular in the summer to transport items such as kayaks or canoes and mountain bikes outside or on top of your vehicle. To eliminate any safety hazards, make sure you follow recommended best practices for tying those items down. Adding extra tie downs doesn’t hurt and the person driving behind you will appreciate not having to dodge rogue water toys.
‘Tis the season for towing. Many of you are probably taking various toys such as boats, personal watercrafts and four wheelers to your summer sanctuary. To arrive at your destination with your truck and trailer intact, make time to properly trailer all vehicles and use additional features such as a safety chain for back up. We also remind you to check your trailer lights, as they will let the drivers behind you know what your next move is.
Coming in strong at the finish is preventive vehicle maintenance! To ensure your car is ready to be a trusted and faithful road trip companion, having owner’s manual recommended service performed regularly is a must. Before loading your vehicle up with cargo, make sure you load it up with love by bringing it into your local Jiffy Lube for an oil change and 14-point vehicle check.
Team up with your local Jiffy Lube this summer and together we can ensure your vehicle is always road trip ready, in a Jiffy.
Drive In. Drive On.
Safety Tips for your car on Halloween
In the excitement of trick-or-treating, Halloween is an occasion where most little ghosts and goblins forget about important safety precautions. For this reason, it is essential that parents and motorists are aware of the safety measures that are involved in keeping everyone safe on Halloween night. It’s best to avoid driving if possible in subdivisions during the hours of 6-9 pm when most trick-or-treating takes place. However if you must get behind the wheel there are several Halloween safety “tricks” to keep everyone safe:
Here are some safe driving tips to remember while out and about on Halloween Night:
Although you drive at a certain speed around your neighborhood on a daily basis, on Halloween night it is highly recommended to drive even slower than normal and be very alert on roads, driveways and alleys. Take your speed into consideration, especially when driving in residential areas, being conscious that there may be pedestrians of all ages roaming around. You don’t want to find you don’t have enough time to stop should anyone unexpectedly run onto the road, or fail to notice someone because you’re going too fast.
We recommend replacing old, worn out windshield wipers with newer ones that are more effective in clearing your view and making it easier to see darker costumes. If your blades have seen better days, come in for a FREE, no appointment wiper blade replacement service at your nearest Jiffy Lube®!
It is especially important to avoid distracted driving on Halloween. Put your phone down so you can keep your full attention on the road and your surroundings. If you are driving the vehicle while in a Halloween costume, we recommend taking off any masks or large hats that could get in your way or impair your vision while driving. If you’re playing Halloween music for the kids, keep it at a lower level so you can to hear if there are any kids or other pedestrians around.
Halloween can bring about some foggy weather, so always remember to use your lights when needed. Here at Jiffy Lube® we know proper lighting is essential to help you see the road clearly. Worried about your view of the road? Come into your local Jiffy Lube® for a complimentary light inspection any time! (link to services page)
If you’re driving children around for trick or treating, make sure the kids are buckled up safely in a child car seat or the vehicle seat belt. Do this each and every time they enter the car, and check before driving to the next stop. Another tip is to pull over to safe locations to let children exit the car curbside, away from the traffic. Use your hazard lights to grab the attention of other drivers of your car location and to implement extra caution.
Stop by your local Jiffy Lube® to get a vehicle dashboard inspection to make sure your hazard lights are operating properly (link to services page) in order to keep you, your neighborhood and family safe this Halloween.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween from Jiffy Lube®!
Halloween is a magical time of year for our youth. Follow our driving tips and join us in our effort to keep communities safe and accident-free this Halloween!
Seasonal Maintenance Solutions for Transitioning Your Car Into Fall
Just like that, the summer season has come and gone in the blink of an eye. As we fall back into our daily routines, it’s important that we take the necessary steps to transition our vehicle maintenance and driving habits accordingly. Read on for automotive advice and fall car maintenance tips.
Summer vacations have winded to a close, the kids are back in school and life is back to the seasonal norm. For many of us this means that we are back to the daily commute and the roads are as busy as ever. Let’s ensure everyone gets home safe and sound by practicing defensive driving, observing the speed limit and remaining alert. Take extra caution when approaching school zones and intersections, as pedestrian traffic and kids aren’t easily visible at all times.
During the summer our cars are used to transport everything from camping supplies to our most precious cargo. All the trips back and forth to the summer destinations can take a toll on both your interior and exteriors cleanliness. Banish the build up of dirt and grime by giving your vehicle a thorough cleaning before the crisp and cold late fall air sets in. Use this opportunity to visually inspect your vehicle from top to bottom, watching for any areas that might need attention. Check out our #JiffyHacks blog for tips on getting your vehicle spick and span.
What good is a clean car if it doesn’t run? Use the changing seasons as a marker to complete thorough preventive maintenance. Our car maintenance checklist includes topping up your windshield wiper fluid and exterior checks such as inspecting your wiper blades, headlights, brake lights and turn signals to ensure they are still in optimal condition. Combine those simple exterior checks with quality vehicle maintenance including an oil change and having your vehicle inspected by a certified technician. Thank your vehicle for being your trusty road trip companion all summer and check an item off your to do list with a trip to Jiffy Lube.
Preventive maintenance is the best plan. Start the fall season off right by driving into your local Jiffy Lube today! Our trained technicians will have your vehicle inspected, oil changed and you on your way, in a Jiffy.
Summertime Safe: What to Pack in Your Hot Weather Car Emergency Kit
Say goodbye to April showers and cue the unofficial start of the Canadian summer. With the Victoria Day long weekend behind us, many of you will now be hitting the open road for the first of many summer road trips.
Picture this. You’re motoring along to your sunny destination of choice and a roadside emergency hits! Are you prepared to handle the situation? Kudos to you if you already have the emergency essentials in your car and a plan in place. If not, we’ve got you covered! Read on for items that every road wise driver should pack in their kit.
1. First Aid Kit: Not just a seasonal staple – this year-round emergency car kit essential should be maintained and restocked seasonally. Not sure what to include? Check out what the Canadian Red Cross recommends.
#JiffySays that with summertime comes allergy season. Have allergy medication on hand for those unexpected seasonal allergy reactions!
2. Seasonal Protection: With the warm weather comes an entire new set of elements that you need to be prepared for. Protect yourself from the hot summer sun by keeping a ball cap or wide brimmed hat and a bottle of 30 SPF sunscreen in your emergency kit.
#JiffySays you should also keep bug spray on hand. If you get stranded on a country road, you’ll thank us!
3. Rainware: While a cool summer rain may feel refreshing, we’re betting you don’t want to get soaked while tending to a flat tire. Shield yourself from the elements with a raincoat or small compact umbrella.
#JiffySays if you don’t have a raincoat, pick up an inexpensive rain poncho or two to include in your kit.
4. Flashlight: Lighten up! Since humans don’t have the benefit of night vision, make sure you have a flashlight on hand for when you find yourself stopped street-side in the dark. This can double as a safety measure as you will be more visible to passing motorists.
#JiffySays make sure you test your flashlight regularly and keep extra batteries on hand.
5. Visibility Kit: When stranded roadside you want to see and be seen. Stock your summertime emergency kit with a few reflective triangles to place around your vehicle to alert other motorists that you are stopped. Stocking up on several road flares will also help you to be seen miles away when in low traffic areas.
#JiffySays consider keeping a reflective vest in your glove box to ensure your highly visible at all times when a roadside emergency hits.
6. Water/Food: This may seem like a no brainer but is something that is often overlooked when creating an emergency car kit. You should keep a minimum of one bottle of water per person on hand at all times, replenishing as necessary. Consider keeping non-perishable food items such as dry cereal, trail mix or granola bars in your car kit as well, just in case.
#JiffySays be doubly prepared before heading out on a road trip. Put together an easily accessible snack pack with fresh water and your favourite munchies.
7. Phone Charger: Before leaving on a road trip you should always ensure your phone is fully charged, but of course things happen. Modern day smart phones have an app for just about everything including CAA and a handy flashlight feature. To ensure your phone isn’t running on empty when you really need it, always keep a car charger, or portable battery bank close at hand.
#JiffySays keep a list of important numbers including your insurance company, CAA and emergency contacts in your centre console so they are easily accessible at all times.
8. Jumper Cables: You never know when you or another motorist will need a boost. You should invest in a quality pair of jumper cables that are at least 10 ft. in length, and keep these handy cables in your car year-round.
#JiffySays print off a copy of our ‘Get a Jump on It’ blog article detailing how to boost your battery and keep it with your jumper cables.
9. Tool Kit: You never know when commonly used tools will come in handy. Keep a small compact multi-tool kit in your emergency kit at all times. We recommend this include a screwdriver with multiple bits, a few feet of rope or twine, pliers and various wrench sizes.
#JiffySays keep an emergency multi-tool that is a combination of a seatbelt cutter and window breaking hammer in your vehicles centre console at all times.
10. Flat Tire Essentials: Nothing deflates your plans as quickly as a flat tire. Inspecting your tires regularly and being aware of their condition can help give you confidence when on the road, but unexpected flats do happen. Investing in a flat repair kit and keeping a tire pressure gauge in your roadside emergency kit can help to keep you rolling forward.
#JiffySays you should make sure that all your tire changing necessities such as a jack and tire iron are in your car at all times. Be sure to check the condition of your spare tire seasonally to confirm it’s in good condition when you need it.
Last but not least, #JiffySays you should pack a map and compass in your emergency kit. Many of us use our smartphones GPS app to get us to and from our destinations, and more often then not it may lead us to place without reliable cell service. You never know where your summer adventures will take you!
Once you’ve gathered up all of your essential items, pack them up in a crate or storage container so that they are always closes at hand. We know that cargo space is valuable, but it’s a small space to give up for big peace of mind.
Have questions or car maintenance concerns? Stop in at your local Jiffy Lube today and we’ll ensure your car is road trip ready. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, preventative maintenance is the best preparation.
Drive In. Drive On.
The Importance of Regular Oil Changes & the Advantages of Synthetic Oil
Engine oil plays a crucial role in keeping your engine running smoothly and efficiently. Over time, however, oil can become contaminated with dirt, debris, and sludge, which can lead to reduced performance and even engine damage. That’s why it’s important to change your oil regularly—preferably with synthetic oil.
Engine Protection and Performance for All-Season Driving in Canada
Synthetic oil is specifically engineered to provide superior protection for your engine compared to conventional oil. It is designed to flow more easily in cold temperatures, making it a smart choice for drivers in Ontario who are all too familiar with cold Canadian winters. It provides better lubrication during start-up, reducing wear and tear on your engine.
Synthetic oil also maintains its viscosity better at high temperatures, providing excellent protection against heat-related damage. This means that your engine is better protected from wear, friction, and heat, resulting in improved engine performance and extended engine life. Bring on the summer road trips!
Improved Fuel Efficiency & Cost Savings with Synthetic Oil Changes
Did you know using synthetic oil can also help improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency? It can! The reduced friction and improved lubrication properties of synthetic oil can help your engine operate more efficiently, reducing internal resistance and drag.
When you choose synthetic oil, your engine doesn’t have to work as hard to function. This results in better fuel economy. Over time, this can add up to significant savings on your gas expenses, making synthetic oil a cost-effective option in the long run.
Compared to conventional oil, synthetic oil is more resistant to oxidation and contamination. Oxidation occurs when oil reacts with oxygen, causing it to thicken and break down. This can lead to sludge formation and reduced engine performance.
But synthetic oil is formulated to resist oxidation. It helps to keep your engine running more efficiently. Synthetic oil is also less prone to contamination by dirt, debris, and other contaminants, which further contributes to better engine protection.
Enjoy Longer Oil Change Intervals with Synthetic Oil
As a responsible car owner, one of the most critical maintenance tasks you need to prioritize is regularly changing your engine oil. But another one of the benefits of synthetic oil is that it typically lasts longer than conventional oil—so you can go longer between oil changes.
While conventional oil typically requires an oil change every 3,000 miles, synthetic oil can often last up to 7,500 miles (or even more, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations and your driving habits). This not only saves you time, but it also reduces the amount of oil waste, making synthetic oil a more environmentally friendly choice.
Consider this a friendly reminder to regularly change your oil—and to choose synthetic oil next time you’re due for an oil change. It may be slightly more expensive than conventional oil, but the engine performance, fuel efficiency, and environmental benefits make it a wise investment.
The Surprising Damage Summer Sand and Dust Can Do to Your Car
Most people know salt can damage their car in harsh winter months, but did you know summer sand and dust can cause a surprising amount of damage to your car in warmer months? Here’s how those trips to the beach can hurt your car, and what you can do to protect it!
The Paint Job
The combination of sun and sand can erode the paint job on your car. Not only does sand start to eat away at the clear top coat of paint on your car, it will embed itself in any cracks or chips in your paint and worsen them.
Much like the paint on the body of your car, sand can cause damage and reduce the strength of your windshield. If there is an existing crack, grains of sand will collect on the windshield and become embedded. This can lead to overall weakening of the windshield. Extreme wind and sand could even scratch the glass and reduce visibility.
Sand and dust can also get in your mechanical system and clog the air filter. Your car’s air filter traps any particles in the air and prevents contaminants from getting to the engine of your vehicle. Too much sand or dust can clog the air filter and reduce airflow to the engine, which can lead to overheating and internal damage to your vehicle. Dust buildup in particular can also clog your cabin air filter and diminish engine oil quality, resulting in a need for more frequent vehicle maintenance.
Jiffy Lube® offers air filtration services that will have you and your car breathing easier on those summer road trips. Click here to learn more and find a Jiffy Lube® near you!
How to Protect Your Vehicle from the Sand
Don’t sacrifice your beach days. There are ways that you can protect your vehicle from the damaging effects of summertime sand.
First, make sure to wash your car regularly. A spa day for your car can remove any sand building up before it can do any real damage. A fresh coat of wax can also protect from future sand buildup.
Regular maintenance also helps. It can protect your air filter from the harmful effects of sand or dust internally. Having your air filter and oil checked to make sure they aren’t clogged will ensure your engine gets the clean air it needs to breath. Find a jiffy lube near you and experience an air filtration service or windshield replacement so you can breathe easy, no appointment necessary!
Drive in. Drive On (to the beach!).
Tips For Driving At Night
Driving at night is a big responsibility that should always be taken seriously. It’s important drivers stay alert and aware of their surroundings to keep themselves and other drivers around them safe.
Driving At Night
There may be less vehicles driving on the roads at night, however the problem is often visibility. It is difficult to see small details on the road during the late hours of the night, or see the same range in front of your car clearly.
Here are some great tips to improve your night drive, while staying safe on the road.
Purchasing LED headlights is a great investment if you are someone who does a lot of night time or highway driving. LED Headlights have a long life, require little to no maintenance, and provide you with a wide range of visibility.
Not sure when to have your headlights turned on? If you are not driving a car with automatic lights, make sure to turn your headlights on one hour before dusk, and off one hour after dawn. This will make sure that other vehicles on the road can see you too.
Note: When replacing your headlights make sure that they are properly aligned. Asymmetrical headlights can actually give you less road coverage and leave the oncoming traffic blind.
Night Driving Tip List:
Put on your low beams when a car is in front of your vehicle.
Keep your windshield clean to avoid glare from other vehicles.
Use low beam lights when you drive on a foggy night to see better.
Don’t speed. Instead – plan for extra driving time. More people speed at night when the road is clear. Drive smart and get home safely.
Remain a good distance behind other vehicles. A great rule of thumb is to stay three seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. Remember that distances are harder to measure at night.
Keep your vision to the right side of the road to avoid being blinded by oncoming traffic.
Check your blindspot before moving into a different lane. It is often harder to see vehicles at night.
Dim your interior dash panel at night for better visibility.
Don’t forget to wear your glasses if you have a prescription.
Whether you’re a beginner driver or an experienced one, night driving can be difficult. Drive with confidence and arrive safely at your destination with these simple tips. Before you go on your next drive, visit your local Jiffy Lube to ensure your vehicle is in top night driving condition!
Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe and Comfortable on Road Trips
All pet owners know what we mean when we say pets are family. You’ve grown to love the toys that are left out, late night walks, belly rubs, and the not so fresh breath that comes with owning a pet. All kidding aside, you and your furry friend have created an inseparable bond. With all of the fun summer activities planned, we understand how hard it is to leave our pets behind!
Pack up the kids, the suitcase, and your four-legged friends because we have some great tips to keep your pets safe and comfortable during your next summer road trip!
No Pet Gets Left Behind
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the warm weather and head outdoors. Although vacations are a time to relax, there are safety precautions to follow to keep everyone safe. As a pet owner, never leave your pet unattended in a hot vehicle. In fact, in less than fifteen minutes your pet can suffer from heatstroke. Signs of overheating include panting, extreme fatigue and drooling.
Five Pet Road Trip Tips
Seatbelt: Just like humans, pets should always have a type of pet seatbelt or restraint in the car. In the case of an accident, you want your pet to stay safe. Smaller pets should remain in their cage with a seatbelt around them and pets with leashes should have enough room to readjust their position.
Pet Kit: You never know where your trip may take you. Remember to pack an emergency kit for yourself as well as for your pet. This should include extra food, water and any needed medicine.
Travelling Goodies: Leaving the comfort of their home environment can be stressful for pets. Make sure you pack a few of their favourite toys to keep them comfortable for the trip ahead. A few ideas of things to bring are a water bowl (or portable water bottle bowl), treats, chew toys, their favourite blanket or pillow.
Rest Stops: Just like us humans, pets need a break from travelling. Make the long ride more enjoyable by letting them get out and let out their energy and stretch with a short walk.
Practice Rides: Not all pets enjoy car rides. In fact, some animals get anxiety and car sick while travelling and need to work their way up to a long car ride. Start by taking your pet out for small rides and then when the big road trip day comes, they will be more accustomed to it!
Tender Loving Care
Remember to show your pet a little TLC on the road. Just like kids…they may need some extra attention but can easily enjoy the trip! Make the most of your road trips and bond with your cuddle buddy.
Pet Friendly Hotels
Although you may think your pooch is practically human – not everyone does. Plan ahead and research pet-friendly hotels before you take off on your summer vacation. Find fun places to stay while on route or before you take off! This will make sure your whole family gets a good night sleep so you can continue on your way.
Follow these pet road trip tips and you’ll be cruising around safely with your beloved animal all summer long! If you need a small break from your pet, there is also no shame in getting a good pet-sitter.
Visit your local Jiffy Lube before your next road trip to get your car maintenance needs in check! At Jiffy Lube, we are always happy to see your furry friends!
Tips to Keep Your Vehicle in Tip-Top Shape This Season
I’m sure you’ll agree that getting back to the “normal” lifestyle that we all deserve is nice. I enjoy seeing friends and relatives again. In doing so, I’m getting asked a lot of questions about oil life and tires since some people have relied less on their vehicles during COVID-19. You may have similar questions now that you’re back behind the wheel again. I can provide some advice to help you make sense of these two critical items.
Because I’m known as the “oil guy,” one question I often get asked is: why do I need to change my oil if I’m not driving as much? Well, today’s engines give us more horsepower (way more) and burn less fuel (way less) than ever. Motor oil plays a fundamental role in this, and just because our vehicles have been sitting for a few months doesn’t necessarily mean the oil can last a few months more.
Due to lack of driving, unburned fuel and condensation build up in the oil and on critical engine parts because it is not bring burned off. Fuel can thin oil, which is not good. I always tell my family and friends to check their owner’s manual or the electronic oil meter on their vehicle. If it tells you that your oil life is low or if you surpass the six-month time interval for oil changes, it’s important to get it changed. For around $100, it is the cheapest maintenance (by far) you can do on your vehicle. Oil change maintenance will pay off for years of driving!
I also get a lot of questions about tire pressures, especially now that we are getting into cooler months. Your car will probably tell you that your tire pressure is low once temperatures start to dip below 10 degrees. If that happens, a tire pressure light will come on in your vehicle, indicating pressure is low in one of your tires. That is somewhat normal, as air compresses in the cold and some air is lost through the tire and wheel assembly process.
I suggest checking your tire pressures every week during seasonal transitions (summer to fall, fall to winter) or whenever your vehicle’s tire monitoring system tells you to check them. If your vehicle has its original sized rims and tires, you should always set your tire pressure to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. These can be found in your owner’s manual, on the tire placard on the inside of your driver’s side door, or inside your gas filler door. Make sure you try to maintain tire pressures, so you stay safe and get the best life out of your tires.
I won’t want you out in the cold, paying money to figure this out. If you need help with your tire pressures, don’t throw a loonie in the air machine at the gas station. Instead, drive into your local Jiffy Lube®, and we’ll adjust them at no charge; that’s part of our service to our loyal customers.
If you are a regular with us, it will be good to see you again. If you are new to us, welcome! We hope we have earned your trust as your maintenance spot in town.
Enjoy the changing seasons and be safe.
Top 10 must see road trip locations in Ontario.
Summer time is here – which means warmer weather, vacation days and energetic kids who need a good adventure! Road trips help lead to fun-filled adventures and allow you to fully discover all that Ontario has to offer. Unsure where to go next? What to do when you arrive? Don’t sweat it! Buckle up – as we have listed some of Ontario’s outstanding and unforgettable road trip destinations!
Just southeast of Bruce Peninsula National Park, Tobermory is a harbour village that is home to The Grotto – a stunning hiking trail with a stunning view. Explore the caves or take a dip into the crystal blue waters that surround this beautiful Ontario community.
If the name wasn’t already a dead give-away, this sightseer’s paradise has over 1,800 islands residing around the St. Lawrence River. Fully indulge in this unique cultural destination by exploring extraordinary lighthouses, historic castles or enjoying a boat tour around the pirate-patrolled waterway!
Nestled in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario – Huntsville is a must-see cottage country desintation! Plan a family weekend campout at Arrowhead Provincial Park. Want to really test your outdoor adventure skills? Start by tackling the 15 km hiking trails or rent a kayak and tread those Ontario waters!
Have you ordered your provincial park pass yet? You’re going to need it! This reservation is the perfect stop for animal lovers with more than 370 species of birds have made a home here. During the fall you can also find plenty of Monarch butterflies around the park. Snap a couple photos and be one with nature!
Explore the waterfall capital of Ontario– Hamilton! This major city has roughly one hundred waterfalls and cascades in the city. A fan favourite is The Devils Punchbowl Falls – a 37-metre ribbon waterfall! Round up the family and the camera because this breathtaking location is one for the family photo album! End the day off with some retail therapy by heading to Locke street, a strip filled with local clothing and antique boutiques.
The Canadian Automotive Museum
We couldn’t forget about our car enthusiasts! Round up the gang and head over to The Canadian Automotive Museum located in Oshawa, Ontario. ‘Ouu’ and ‘ahh’ over classic Canadian cars, motorcycles and trucks! This fun and educational museum is the home to some vehicles that date all the way back to the early 19th century!
Perfect for science lovers, Greater Sudbury offers tourists a hand-on experience at the science museum; Dynamic Earth. Enjoy the underground tour, multimedia theatres and the newly added outdoor science park! Before you leave, don’t forget to take a selfie with the big nickel!
Prince Edward County
Calling all wine and cheese lovers! This vacation destination is the home to many passionate winemakers. Enjoy a glass of the province’s best Pinot Nior, and then head down to Sandbanks Provincial park to take a stroll along the white sand and waterline.
We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary then to visit Canada’s capital – Ottawa. Sightsee at Parliament hill and make sure to say hi to Prime Minister Trudeau! If you’re feeling more adventurous, the mighty Ottawa River is where you are going to want to be. Get the fishing rods out and catch a big one during a guided fishing tour!
Now that you have a checklist full of places to visit and things to do, it is important to always make sure that your car is prepared for the long road ahead. Keep you and your passengers safe and sound. Come into your local Jiffy Lube so we can service your vehicle and send you on your way to whatever adventures lie ahead!
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This upcoming season, we’re calling for you to ‘Be Wise, Winterize’, so that your car is prepared and ready to prevent any cold weather catastrophes. We’ve decided to help spread the word with our new commercials that give you a sneak peak into what your Jiffy Lube experience will be like.
It’s our goal to make car care easy, and our technicians would be happy to educate you on what it takes to keep your car safely on the road and out of a repair shop this winter.
We believe that in order to be easy, car care must be:
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Come in today to take advantage of the super seasonal savings and our wide selection of winter-friendly services. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!
What You Need to Know Before Buying a Used Car
Buying a used car can be a great option on a budget, but only if you do it right. The wrong car or the wrong price can create added cost and hassle. It can be intimidating, but we’re here to help. Here’s what you need to know before buying a used car.
Know What You’re Looking For
People look for different things in a car. Decide what’s most important to you before you start looking. Is it price? Value? Do you want a specific type of car? This will largely depend on your situation and your needs. Once you’ve figured that out, set a budget and stick with it. It’s good to set your limit before you see the car or speak to the seller. That way, the budget is set before emotions are involved. Don’t forget to consider the depreciation and resale value, the fuel economy and the insurance cost. These additional factors can be easy to forget when you look at the sticker price, but they vary by vehicle.
Know Where to Look to Buy a Used Car
There are many ways to buy a used car in Ontario. Here are your options and some basic information you should know to help you decide what route to take:
Private sale – Private sales are very popular because of the ease of transaction and price advantage. When you buy a used car in a private sale you get the car exactly as it is, which includes any problems with the vehicle. For that reason, it’s important to have a mechanic inspect the car prior to purchase.
Used car dealership – When buying a used car at a dealership the quality of the vehicle and the integrity of the person selling it vary as much as in private sale. Although there are rules and regulations for a dealership, it can be very difficult to recover lost costs. The biggest advantage is the ability to compare a number of vehicles.
Public and private auction – You can find hidden gem at an auction, but you can also act on impulse and spend too much without inspecting the vehicle first.
Consider your options, and consider what method you feel most comfortable with as a buyer.
Inspect the Car
Once you’ve found your ideal car you need to inspect it visually and mechanically. Scrutinize the interior and exterior visually as much as possible. Look for scrapes, rust and any indication of prior accidents.
You also need to take a thorough look at the vehicle information package (UVIP). It’s an offense under the Highway Traffic Act for the seller not to provide the buyer with a UVIP, which contains:
1. A description of the vehicle, including:
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
2. Ontario vehicle registration history
3. Odometer information
4. Outstanding debts (liens) on the vehicle
5. Wholesale and retail values, if available
6. Retail sales tax requirements
7. Bill of sale
8. Tips on vehicle safety standards inspections
Take a Test Drive
Take the car for a test drive. Drive the car at different speeds and test the brakes. See how it handles turns, hills and acceleration. If you like the car, get a mechanic to inspect it more thoroughly. Although it’s an additional cost, it’s best to have an expert look at the car mechanically to verify its condition and identify any potential problems.
At this point, you know all you can about the car. Now’s the time to negotiate.
Finalize the Purchase
Once you’ve found the right car at the right price, it’s time to make the purchase. The seller must give you the UVIP after the sale has been completed. Both the seller and buyer must sign the application for transfer and the seller must also provide a bill of sale. Make sure the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the car matches the VIN on the permit.
It’s important to note that the car will remain registered in the seller’s name until the vehicle transfer has been completed at ServiceOntario. Once you’ve purchased the car and completed paperwork, the next step is to register the car with the government and get it insured. To register the car, you’ll need the safety test certificates, your driver’s license, the UVIP, the bill of sale and the vehicle permit. Once you have your license plate and validation sticker, you’re all set to drive on!
If you want a pre-purchase car inspection or you’ve just purchased a used car that needs a check-up, find a Jiffy Lube near you!
Why Rust Proofing Can Save Your Car and Your Wallet
Please note: Not all Jiffy Lube locations offer rust proofing services, so please check the full service listing at your local Jiffy Lube.
Although they can be beautiful, Canadian winters are not kind to your car. As a responsible car owner you know that there are many steps to winterizing your car from putting on those ground gripping winter tires, to making sure your battery will start your car each and every frigid morning.
Yet another hazard of ice and snow is the damage they can cause to your vehicle in the form of rust! Ice and snow wear away your car’s rust protection over time and can lead to corrosion, which can be a major safety issue.
The salt, sand and gravel that are poured into our streets each and every winter to combat the hazards of snow and ice can cause rust corrosion. Small dents and scratches caused by salt flying up and hitting your vehicle allows the snow to creep in under the rust protection and cause even greater damage.
Rust proofing your car in Canada is a must to not only save you money but also to keep you and your passengers safe!
Types of Rust Proofing
Rust proofing can be performed in several different ways:
Electric Module – This may sound ‘shocking’ but a small device is installed in your car which sends a weak electrical current through the metal to prevent rusting.
Tar-based Spray – A spray applied to wheel wells and other exposed parts of the undercarriage of your car, which hardens to become a protective coating.
Dripless Oil Spray – A colourless spray applied to the entire body of the car, and as the name suggestions is dripless upon drying!
Drip Oil Spray – You might be asking “why use an oil spray that drips, when there’s one that doesn’t!?”. Although these sprays do drip due to being more watery, this feature helps the spray reach harder to reach places on your vehicle than the dripless would on its own.
Visiting a car wash regularly is an easy and effective way to rid your vehicle of salt build-up and will also help to prevent rusting and corrosion. Be sure to wait a week before visiting a car wash after getting your car rust proof sprayed. This will allow the formula to solidify and further protect your car.
Car Safety First!
Some car parts are more prone to rust than others. These are just a few parts that you should check that are essential to protect from rust to ensure vehicle safety:
Many of these areas cannot be seen by simply walking around the outside of your vehicle as the undercarriage is pelted with salt and ice flying up from your tires on a regular basis. It is important to have this area of your vehicle inspected and rust proofed to ensure the safety of everyone in the vehicle.
The Bottom Line
A car is a big investment, and should be treated with the utmost care. Due to advancements in technology many cars are able to last over 10 years these days. Rust proofing your car is an excellent way to keep your car performing its best longer.
In addition, rust proofing will also reduce the amount of maintenance your car will need as it ages which will save you money down the road!
When Should you Rust Proof?
Don’t wait! Although this winter is almost over, loose road gravel, dirt and rain will have a similar corrosion causing effect to snow and salt on your vehicle. If you wait until you start seeing rust on the more visible parts of your vehicle, rusting and corrosion has already started in the less visible parts.
You should always get dents and scratches fixed as soon as you find them to prevent rusting from the beginning.
Why Synthetic Oil Is Set To Replace Conventional Oil
The switch from conventional oil to synthetic oil
You drive into your local Jiffy Lube® and find out that they no longer supply the conventional motor oil you’ve been using since the day you got your first car. The first question that must be going through your mind is, why is synthetic oil replacing conventional oil?
Why synthetic oil will replace conventional oil
All automotive service establishments, including Jiffy Lube® Ontario, have been making the switch from (GF-5) conventional oil to (GF-6) synthetic motor oil. This shift is to support the ongoing push for greater fuel economy. In fact, by 2024, 8 out of 10 cars produced in North America will be equipped with Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (TGDI) engines, and these engines require the increased protection that only GF-6 motor oil can provide. The good news – today’s new GF-6 oils are backwards compatible for most gasoline-powered vehicles on the road today, even older ones.
What’s the difference between conventional oil and synthetic oil?
Conventional oil is a lubricant refined from crude oil, whereas synthetic motor oil is man-made with high-quality chemical compounds. This perfectly curated blend of motor oil is better for your engine, reducing wear and tear and contributing to a longer engine lifespan, and better for your fuel economy. It’s a win-win!
Advantages of synthetic oil over conventional oil
Reduce engine wear: The synthetic compound contains performance-enhancing products, protecting your engine better than conventional oil. This reduces the wear and tear to your engine, meaning fewer repairs and more money in your pocket.
Increased Fuel Mileage: Synthetic oil has a lower viscosity allowing the oil to move smoothly through the engine. This reduces friction and increases fuel economy allowing you to travel farther before your car calls for a fuel top-up.
It keeps the engine clean – As we all know, our engine calls for timely oil changes to prevent sludge from forming. Fortunately, this is less likely to happen with synthetic oil as the compound prevents deposit formation, keeping your engine free from debris.
Better all-weather protection – In cold conditions, common in Ontario, conventional oil takes longer to run smoothly, risking the life span of your engine. However, synthetic oil can flow easier and protect your engine at a much faster rate.
Improving Horsepower: Synthetic oil’s enhanced ability to reduce friction means you can expect your car to move faster than it has before.
Which synthetic oil is best for your vehicle?
As a starting point, you should check your vehicle owner’s manual recommendations to see the grade of motor oil your car requires. Your vehicle’s manual will contain a symbol to tell you what type of compounds your engine calls for, and these symbols can also be found on the synthetic motor oil bottle. Though this switch may appear daunting, rest assured it isn’t one you have to make on your own.
Your local Jiffy Lube® experts will make this switch stress-free. Drive into your local Jiffy Lube® Ontario location and let us take care of your vehicle for you. Our Signature ServiceGuaranteewarrants our products and workmanship for 3 months or 5,000 km after the service.
Leave it to the Jiffy Lube® warranty-approved experts to install the right synthetic oil for your vehicle. For more information about our oil changes and other vehicle maintenance services available at your local Jiffy Lube®, click the Find a Jiffy Lube® button below.