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From oil changes to diagnostic services

When it comes to complete auto repair services, you can always count on the trained technicians at Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres.

From oil changes to diagnostic services, we’re here to help you extend the life of your vehicle and stay safe on the road. We perform tune-ups, fluid flushes, steering and suspension repairs and more, always making your complete satisfaction our top priority. And all of our technicians are trained on the latest automotive technology for your added peace of mind.  Maintenance is an integral part of keeping today’s sophisticated vehicles on the road and running reliably and efficiently.  Our shops are up-to-date on the latest technological changes, it’s why are customers trust us to fix their vehicles.

Take a look at our Service Menu for a complete list of services and repair expertise offered at all of our Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres locations.

When your vehicle needs service, bring it to the guys you can trust.

Our Auto Repair Services:

Air Conditioning

Your A/C system needs special care and attention to keep running when you need it. Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres recommends running your A/C year-round so the internal lubricants remain active. We offer a complete A/C system diagnostic where we can check for any leaks or provide A/C service to help you keep cool on hot days.

Alignments

Wheel alignments adjust the angles of the wheels so  they are set to the carmaker’s specifications. These adjustments maximize tire life and ensure your vehicle tracks straight and true (without pulling to one side or the other).

Participating Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres can properly check and diagnose wheel alignment problems, and carry out repairs to keep your car running smoothly.

Belts & Hoses

Your engine works hard and, over time, parts wear out. This is particularly true for  belts and hoses, due to the high pressure and stress the engine puts on them. Good preventative maintenance includes replacing belts and hoses based on  the manufacturer’s recommendations. Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres technicians are fully trained in the replacement of all the belts and hoses in your engine.

Brakes

Your brakes are the most important safety system of your vehicle. Braking systems are becoming  more sophisticated and should always be  serviced by experts who are trained  on the latest brake innovations.

Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres has been repairing brakes for over 40 years. We have skilled technicians who are trained to diagnose and repair today’s complex braking systems. Together, our technicians perform approximately 30,000 brake repairs every year.

Don’t take chances with your brakes. Make regular brake inspections part of your vehicle’s ongoing maintenance to ensure safety and reliability. We’ll examine your brakes, consult with you on the work that needs to be done and provide a written estimate before starting. That’s a good reason to bring your vehicle to the experts at Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres.

Charging

The charging system is often described as the heart of your engine, without power you aren’t moving. Today with sophisticated computer systems your charging system is under a lot of stress and it has to work right. The clicking sound you might hear or fading headlights can both be signs of battery issues and worth a quick and simple diagnostic.  

Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres can check your battery and tell you in advance if it needs replacing.

We offer batteries from leading brands like ACDelco. Featuring rugged construction, they are designed to withstand temperature extremes. They also provide increased reserve capacity to meet the extra power demands of onboard accessories, stereos and computers – not to mention your vehicle’s emergency power needs.

Batteries & Electrical

Batteries, alternators and electrical components are all part of your vehicle’s charging system.

Alternator

It sends power back to your battery so your engine is ready to be started and provides ample power for all of your accessories. Problems with your alternator can result in dimming of the headlights, hard starts and loss of engine power.

Starter

You engage the starter when your turn the key in your ignition. Starters can fail as a result of electrical or mechanical problems.

Cooling System

Your vehicle radiator can reach temperatures up to 230 degrees F. Your cooling system reduces the heat around the engine by circulating coolant/antifreeze.

Cooling System components   – Radiator

A series of fins around the radiator allows coolant to dissipate heat as air passes over these fins. Radiator cores can become clogged and require flushing or replacing.

Rad Hoses

Transfer coolant from the radiator to the engine block. Water hoses are designed for extreme heat and pressure, and must be replaced according to your vehicle maintenance guide.

Thermostat

The radiator thermostat controls the coolant sent to the engine for heat management during operation. Without a properly operating thermostat, your engine will overheat, potentially causing serious damage. Signs of thermostat trouble include very high or very low temperature readings. Remember to always allow your engine to cool down when checking the radiator for problems. The radiator cap should be cool to the touch before opening.

Water Pump

The water pump is a simple centrifugal pump driven by a belt connected to the crankshaft of the engine. The pump circulates fluid whenever the engine is running.

The fluid leaving the pump flows first through the engine block and cylinder head, then into the radiator and finally back to the pump.

The water pump uses centrifugal force to send fluid to the outside while it spins, causing fluid to be drawn from the centre continuously. The inlet to the pump is located near the center so that fluid returning from the radiator hits the pump vanes.

Diagnostics

Today’s vehicles have numerous onboard computers. You may not be aware of them or  the  thousands of adjustments they make per second so you can experience a smooth ride.

It takes technology to accurately pinpoint, diagnose, repair and service all of the latest technological advances found in today’s high-tech engineered automobiles. It also takes a skilled technician to operate that technology. Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres has both to ensure expert analysis and repair of your vehicle’s problems to get you back on the road again.

Up to date diagnostic equipment, combined with our experienced Technicians insures that you will receive an expert analysis of your vehicle’s problems.

If your vehicle’s check engine light comes on we can tell you why, fix the problem and get you back on the road again.

Designated Inspection Facility

Many Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres are approved government vehicle inspection facilities. Our licensed technicians perform pre-purchase, out-of-province and government CVI inspections, giving you a full report on the condition of any vehicle.

Air Care-certified means that we have a certified technician on the premises to repair your vehicle’s emission systems in accordance with the Air Care regulations in BC.

Fluid Flushes

Your vehicle requires  proper fluid levels for cooling, transmission, steering and brakes. We offer fluid flushes for all your components to  keep them at their optimal operating strength. We also check to make sure that none of those important fluids are escaping from your vehicle.

Cooling System

Maintaining proper levels of coolant/antifreeze is essential to regulating engine temperature.

Transmission

Transmission fluid mainly provides the hydraulic (fluid) power used by an automatic transmission to perform its basic functions. It also lubricates and cools the transmission.

Steering

Power steering fluids operate under high pressure and temperature, breaking down over time. That’s why scheduled replacement of the correct type of power steering fluid is important.

Brakes

Brake fluid, commonly known as hydraulic fluid, ensures optimized braking performance and protection of your hydraulic brake component. Brake fluid is hydroscopic (absorbs moisture),  so it becomes ineffective over time and  should be changed at recommended intervals.

Windshield Washer

While servicing your vehicle, Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres can check your windshield washer fluid level and top you up. Depending on the season, we can add fluids that won’t freeze up when you need a clear view, or a specific summer mixture to help get those pesky bugs off your windshield.

Fuel Injection Change

Engine temperatures and changes in gasoline quality can lead to a buildup of olefin wax, dirt, water and many other additives. Unique to each engine is an air control design that may suggest different levels of carbon deposits, such as oil control, or just the location of the component or control device itself. Come in for a fuel injection change today.

Fuel injector system servicing includes:

  • Check fuel pump operating pressure and volume
  • Test pressure regulator for operation and leakage
  • Flush entire fuel rail and upper fuel injector screens to include pressure regulator
  • Clean fuel injectors
  • Decarbonize engine assembly
  • Check minimum air-flow rate and adjust if needed
  • Relearn onboard computer
  • Clean throttle plate and idle air control (IAC) passages

Lights

Because it’s hard to see what’s happening behind your vehicle, you may not know that  a rear turn signal or brake light bulb has burned out. Inoperative or burned out lights can be a safety issue. Fully functioning running lights, head lamps, brake lamps and turn signal lights are required by law.

Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres  can service all lighting systems in your vehicle, including:

  • Headlights
  • Tail Lights
  • Brake & Park
  • Running Lights
  • Hazard Lights
  • Interior Bulbs

Mufflers & Exhaust Systems

Your car’s exhaust system is crucial to its performance. While the exhaust system is mainly designed to reduce noise, it also reduces harmful emissions that impact the environment. Any leaks in your exhaust system can also be very dangerous for  passengers in your car.

Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres knows how to repair and maintain your exhaust system. This includes catalytic converters to meet all government requirements for pollution reduction.

We are experts at replacing standard Original Equipment Manufacturers’ systems, as well as custom exhaust systems, for all makes and models of vehicles.

See us for all your vehicle’s exhaust system needs.

Oil & Filter Change

One of the best things you can do to extend the life of your engine is regular oil changes.

At Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres we not only do outstanding oil changes, we also  check your car to ensure it is safe and reliable. Our mechanics will recommend the right services to help keep you on the road, and keep your peace of mind.

Oil filters are easy to replace and help prevent unnecessary engine wear. The oil filter removes soot, rust particles and other solid contaminants from the oil. We use Fram products and have several quality brands of motor oil, including Quaker State, Pennzoil and ACDelco.

Most manufacturers recommend changing your oil filter and engine oil every 8,000 kilometres. If you’re wondering when you should change yours, call  your local Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centre, or check  your owner’s manual.

What is Viscosity?

Viscosity  is an oil’s resistance to flow and shear. It is the single most critical physical property of the oil as it affects both fuel efficiency and the rate of wear.

Water is a low viscosity fluid, while oil, likesyrup, is a high viscosity fluid. As you increase the temperature, the viscosity lowers, meaning it flows faster, or more easily.

Which Viscosity Grade is right for you?

SAE VISCOSITY GRADE MOTOR OIL: 5W-30

Temperature conditions: Below 0° F

Description: Provides excellent fuel economy and low-temperature performance in most late-model automobiles. Especially recommended for new cars.

SAE VISCOSITY GRADE MOTOR OIL: 10W-30

Temperature conditions: Above 0° F

Description: Most frequently recommended motor oil viscosity grade for most automobile engines, including high-performance multivalve engines and turbo-charged engines.

SAE VISCOSITY GRADE MOTOR OIL: 10W-40

Temperature conditions: Above 0° F

Description: The first multigrade oil introduced. A good choice for controlling engine wear and preventing oil breakdown from oxidation. Note: Always check your owner’s manual or warranty requirements before using this grade.

SAE VISCOSITY GRADE MOTOR OIL: 20W-50

Temperature conditions: Above 20° F

Description: Provides maximum protection for high-performance, high-RPM racing engines. Excellent choice for high temperature and heavy loads, such as driving in the desert or towing a trailer at high speeds for long periods of time.

SAE VISCOSITY GRADE MOTOR OIL: SAE 30 & SAE 40

Temperature conditions: Above 40° F & Above 60° F

Description: For cars and light trucks, where recommended by manufacturers. Not recommended when cold-temperature starting is required.

Note: It is important to consult your owner’s manual to choose the correct grade for your car and the environment.

Shocks And Struts

Whether your vehicle has a suspension system with shock absorbers or a strut-based system, your local Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centre has the know-how to diagnose and repair these systems. We install quality Monroe shocks and struts.

We can also diagnose alignment problems to help you get back on track.

Shocks

Shocks are an important component that serves several purposes, such as keeping your tires on the road and improving braking.

Struts

Struts combine the shock absorber and control arm into one unit, common on many front-wheel drive vehicles.

Replacing your shocks or struts

There are several signs your vehicle may need new shocks:

  • Fluid leaking from the shock or strut
  • Shocks or struts appear damaged or dented
  • Swaying motion
  •  Very bouncy
  • Leaning when changing lanes
  • Tire cupping
  • Ride control manufacturers’ recommend OEM shock replacement at approximately 80,000 km

Steering & Suspension

How your vehicle handles on the road is a combination of steering, suspension and alignment all working together to give you a smooth, comfortable ride. Your suspension system is made up of many moving parts that include:

Alignment

  • Poor suspension can throw your vehicle out of alignment
  • Poor alignment can add stress to your vehicle’s suspension

Steering & Suspension

  • Control arms
  • Rods & Bushings
  • Shafts
  • Joints & Knuckles

Coils and Leaf Springs

It takes teamwork to manage the weight of your vehicle and protect you from the abuse of the road . Coil springs are the large coils located on the front and rear of most cars. Old coil springs can sag, reducing ride height and comfort. Leaf springs are simply a  suspension spring found on most vehicles. These arch-shaped, layered metal leafs are your vehicle’s first line of defence against ride comfort management.

Find a local Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centre near you to help with all your steering and suspension needs.

Timing Belts

This belt plays a critical role in synchronizing the engine’s crankshaft, camshaft and distributor.

Serpentine belts

This belt is responsible for powering all of your engine accessories by transferring power from your crankshaft. Signs of wear include splitting, cracking, slipping and squealing. Find the Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centre nearest you for help with your timing belts needs.

Tires & Wheels: Sales & Service

At participating Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres, you will find a selection of quality tires and wheels for cars and light trucks. Multiple brands are available for all driving conditions, along with services that include:

  • Balancing
  • Flat repair
  • Tire installation
  • Tire rotation

COMING SOON: Tire storage program

Transmission Service

One of the most complex operating systems in your vehicle is the transmission. Precision parts that connect to give you a smooth ride can wear down over time. Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres recommends having your transmission serviced at the same time we change your oil. Preventative maintenance on your transmission can minimize major repairs in the future.

Transmission repairs require a road test by a qualified service technician to help determine the problem. From there, we do an internal inspection of the transmission to pinpoint the problem and provide you with  an estimate for repair.

Wipers

Like everything else on your car, you need to maintain and replace worn out wiper blades. Most of us only think of replacing our wipers when we are in a heavy rainstorm or when a semi-truck passes us on the highway, spraying debris on our windshield.

Obstructed views are a leading cause of accidents, so it is good to have your wipers replaced every 6-12 months. Because wiper blades are made of synthetic material, they  wear down over time,  cracking, splitting, breaking, tearing and becoming brittle. It only takes a few minutes for Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres’ technicians to inspect your wipers.

Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres sells and installs quality wiper blades, including;

  • Bosch
  • Trico
  • Tridon
  • ACDelco
  • PIAA

Tuneup

Tune-up – an old-fashioned word for maintenance that’s nearly non-existent today. With electronic ignition and fuel injection came computers that took control of engine settings. Early versions allowed for some tinkering, but today’s engines require advanced equipment and training.

You can, however, replace normal maintenance parts and still see improved engine performance, such as:

Basic ignition parts

Spark Plugs: Spark plug replacement varies based upon manufacturers’ recommendations.

Distributor Cap & Rotor: Both the distributor cap and the rotor are usually plastic and, thus, deteriorate with age and use. Cracks may develop, allowing moisture in. The metal contacts on the cap and rotor can then corrode, causing misfiring. These parts should be replaced at recommended intervals, or if they show any excessive wear.

Spark Plug Wire Sets: Spark plug wires have become less of a problem than before. New materials and sizing have reduced failures. Now, they should be tested for proper resistance before replacement. They are no longer replaced routinely with the cap, rotor and plugs.

Filters

According to experts, changing filters on a regular basis may have more to do with your car’s longevity than any other single factor.

Oil Filter: Oil filters are easy to replace and help prevent unnecessary engine wear. The job of the oil filter is to remove dirt, rust particles and other solid contaminants from the oil. Most manufacturers recommend changing your oil filter and engine oil every 8,000 kilometres. If you’re wondering when you should change yours, call your local Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centre, or check your owner’s manual.

Air Filter: Air filters remove dirt by trapping particles as air passes through the filter. They also protect the carburetor in older cars, preventing dirt from clogging the air bleeds and metering jets. They protect fuel injectors in later-model autos.

Air filters should be replaced every 32,000 kilometres, but more often if you live or drive in dusty areas. Any filter that looks heavily loaded should be replaced regardless of kilometres, as should any filter that shows any type of damage.

Cabin Air Filter: Cabin air filters remove dust, pollen, odours and mould particulates from the incoming air, while the heater, air conditioner or vent fan is running. Cabin filters can be particularly beneficial to those with allergies.

It is important to regularly replace the filter to prevent premature damage to the heater, evaporator and air conditioner units.

PCV Breather Filter: The PCV breather filter ensures only clean, filtered air is drawn in through the PCV breather. A clogged breather filter prevents the PCV from siphoning away the blow-by gases and moisture created by engine combustion, resulting in oil breakdown and sludge buildup. The PCV breather filter should be replaced every 48,000 kilometres, but  yearly replacements are a good preventive measure.

Fuel Filter: Contaminants can get into your fuel system and, if not trapped by the fuel filter, they can clog the injector inlet screens. If dirt reaches the injector itself, it can clog or damage the pintle valve and seat. In older cars, dirt can plug the carburetor’s fuel metering openings.

If the fuel filter is not replaced as recommended, fuel flow to the engine will become restricted, resulting in stalling, loss of high-speed power and hard starting. The fuel filter should be replaced according to the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. Budget Brake and Muffler Auto Centres recommend changing it  whenever other fuel system parts are replaced.

Automatic Transmission Filter: Properly filtered transmission fluid transmits energy, plus it cools and lubricates the moving parts of the transmission.

A clogged transmission filter can produce transmission slippage, engagement problems and hesitation. Check your owner’s manual for the recommend replacement mileage. But if you use your vehicle for heavy duty applications like towing or off-road driving, you may need to change the filter more often.

Other maintenance parts

Many maintenance parts are mistakenly seen as non-critical. Alhough they are not true tune-up parts, the functions of these parts can definitely impact the benefit of any tune-up. Plus, as emission laws have gotten more stringent, these parts have become essential if you want your car to pass the first time around.

Oxygen Sensor (O2 Sensor): Your oxygen sensor(s) should be replaced at the recommended intervals. A worn oxygen sensor drastically changes engine settings. For more information on oxygen sensors, see the tech article Oxygen Sensors Are A Critical Key to Passing Emissions[M11] .

Vacuum Hoses: Many major systems depend on the manifold vacuum for signals and function. All vacuum hoses should be checked and replaced as needed. Even a slight leak can cause major problems with performance. In some cases, the car won’t even run if there’s a vacuum leak.

Temperature Sensors: These sensors control the fuel injection system, cooling system and even the exhaust system. And they can definitely be a cause of performance problems.

A few important things to remember

These tips  will help extend the life of your car and improve its overall performance – especially gas mileage and emissions:

Tip #1: General overall cleanliness of your engine is the best preventive maintenance you can perform on your car. A clean engine runs cooler and is much less likely to cause premature failure of other parts. It’s also easier to work on.

Tip #2: Regular routine replacement of all filters, lubricants, coolant and the other parts noted here is critical. Use the mileage guidelines shown as your benchmark. Sensing and mechanical tolerances have become so tight even slight variations can create drastic performance changes.

Tip #3: Know your car’s systems and particular requirements before starting any project. Do not attempt to fix what you don’t understand.

Tip #4: Remember that some improvements may not take effect right away if your car’s computer is designed to learn and adjust. The computer may need to see various parameters before making any permanent setting changes.