Westworld Alberta

Winter 2014

Westworld Alberta

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(TOP) CURTIS TRENT, (ILLUSTRATION) KEVIN HOUSE W I N T E R 2 0 1 4 | W E S T W O R L D A L B E R T A 55 OIL AND FLUIDS: Keep them flowing Motor oil: Sub-zero temperatures can freeze your vehicle's uids and make oil a little slug- gish. Synthetic oil can be used year round, but some people switch to it in winter to help pre- vent this, says Stuart Krause, operations manager for Mr. Lube in northern Alberta. "It ows more easily so it allows the vehicle to run more e ectively." e biggest bene t – similar to plugging in your car when temperatures drop to around –15 C – is less wear and tear on your engine. Windshield wiper uid: Summer wiper uid will clean the bugs o your windshield, but the winter variety contains methyl hydrate, so it can stand up to –40 to –45 C temps and still stay liquid. Ideally, you should switch around October, but it's never too late. Antifreeze: Also known as coolant, this uid keeps your engine's temperature optimal, so make sure you routinely top up with a 50-50 mixture of coolant and water. Dylan Hughes and Jenni Stockton of Mr. Lube, a Canadian-owned company with more than 160 locations. Save 10% on oil changes and services at Mr. Lube. AMARewards.ca/ MrLube WIPER BLADES: REPLACE TO CLEAR Snow, slush and ice can wreak havoc on your visibility, making winter wiper blades essential. "The advantage of winter blades is their ability to resist snow and ice buildup," says Mark Jones, senior market manager, NAPA Canada. The rubber on winter blades is designed for extreme weather conditions, and their heavier frames push away ice and snow more easily. Winter blades also have fewer small moving parts that can freeze up, Jones explains. Thankfully, wiper blades feature a simple connecting system that makes DIY installation a snap. *Check website for participating locations. Save 10% on regular-price auto parts and accessories at NAPA Auto Parts.* AMARewards.ca/ NAPA

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