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Caterpillar C15: Most Common Problems

  It’s a workhorse The CAT C15’s ubiquity, fuel economy, reliability and low operating costs make it the engine of choice for fleet and owner-operators all over Canada. From harvesters, pumps, paving equipment, to compressors, dredgers and power equipment, this engine is built to get the job done.   Simple specs make for superior performance Engine Configuration Inline 6, 4-Stroke-Cycle Diesel Bore 137.2 mm (5.4 in) Stroke 171.4 mm (6.75 in) Aspiration: Turbocharged Aftercooled Displacement: 15.2 L (927.56 in³) Compression Ration: 18.0:1 Combustion System: Direct Injection Rotation: from Flywheel End Counterclockwise Its popularity is founded in a long history Following a construction boom in the middle of the 20th century, Caterpillar began branching out their business in the latter half of the 20th century. They entered an expanding global market and began building truck engines for on-and-off highway applications. In the latter half of the 20th century, Caterpillar was looking impro
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5 Signs It’s Time to Book Tire Balancing Near Me

  When it comes to car maintenance, knowing is half the battle. Today’s explains the value of  tire rebalancing services , then highlights 5 signs that tell you it’s time to book with a local TireCraft expert. Why Invest in Tire Balancing Near Me? As you rack up kilometers on the odometer, daily tire treadwear changes the distribution of weight around the tire and wheel assembly. When neglected, this uneven distribution causes: Heavy vibrations throughout your vehicle that may be uncomfortable for drivers and passengers Uneven tread wear Long-term damage to your vehicle due to undue stress on shocks, bearings, and wheel assembly Increased fuel costs due to reduced efficiency Conversely, investing in tire balancing provides: A smoother ride Reduced tire wear Enhanced drive-train components Greater fuel efficiency 5 Signs it’s Time To Book Tire Rebalancing Near Me 1. Your Vehicle is Showing the Signs of Unbalanced Tires Common signs of poor tire balance include: Steering-wheel vibration

All Weather Tires vs. All Season Tires: Top-4 Consumer Considerations

  What’s the difference between  all-weather tires  and all-seasons? Today’s post breaks it down and shares the top-4 consumer considerations you must make for the perfect tire purchase. 1. Will I be driving in harsh winter conditions? To find tires that work year-round, the first thing you’ll need to consider is your seasonal driving conditions. All-season tires  are sometimes referred to as “three-season” tires because they do not meet the Rubber Association of Canada’s severe snow safety requirements, and their performance drops off at temperatures below 7°C. Their tread pattern is designed primarily to reduce noise and provide low-rolling resistance, rather than increasing stability on slippery roads. Generally speaking, all-seasons are intended for use only in warm, dry, and mild wet conditions. All-weather tires, on the other hand, are suitable for mild winter conditions with heavy rain, snowfall, and slush. They’re made using a rubber compound that’s designed to flex, grip, and

Beginner’s Guide to Motor Vehicle Inspections

  Motor vehicle inspections  (MVIs) are mandatory for driver safety and legal compliance. In this beginner’s guide, we explain what’s involved in different types of MVIs, what you need, and how to find trusted local providers. What’s Involved in A Motor Vehicle Inspection? Motor vehicle inspections involve looking at different components  to make sure they’re running correctly, and to determine when repairs or replacements are needed. There are 3 basic types of vehicle inspections: Courtesy Inspections— this quick visual inspection looks for obvious problems in common components, such as tires with low air, frayed wiper blades, corroded battery terminals, or dirty air filters. Insurance Inspection— insurance inspections become mandatory when insurance companies receive requests for coverage relating to newly purchased vehicles, or whenever vehicles change carriers. They’re also required in most provinces when insuring any vehicle that is 10 years or older. The technician will check out

Beginner’s Guide to Car Oil Changes: Maintenance Schedule, Price Standards, and More

  Today’s post is intended to help new drivers understand what’s involved in  car oil changes , how often they’re required, and where to find the best price and service. Read on or  Find a TIRECRAFT  provider straight away! What Can I Expect During A Car Oil Change? Beyond the obvious (i.e. changing the oil itself), every TIRECRAFT  car oil change service  includes: Oil filter maintenance/replacement Air filter upkeep/replacement Complete inspection Lube Greasing any fittings/ball joints as needed Transmission filter service Antifreeze top-up Engine coolant top-up Windshield washer fluid top-up Cabin filter maintenance Headlight check Don’t settle for any less! Recommended Maintenance Schedule For Car Oil Changes Regularly changing your oil is absolutely critical. Oil essentially keeps your engine running, preventing any undue friction, heat, or damage as parts move and rub together. However, over time, the oil in your engine degrades, reducing its lubricating and heat-absorbing proper

Best All Season Tires for Winter: Top-4 Performance Features You Need

  How do I find the best  all-season tires for winter ? The answer is different for everyone depending on driving habits, tire budget and location. For some people, using  all-season tires  for winter is a safe and cost-effective option; for others, it’s downright dangerous. Cut the guesswork and pinpoint the perfect all-season tires for winter by reading today’s post or contacting a TIRECRAFT dealer near you. Do I need winter tires or all-season tires? According to the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada’s (TRAC)  2019  Winter Tire Report , approximately 75% of Canadian motorists used winter tires last year. Unlike closed-tread all-season tires,  winter tires  have open tread patterns that effectively push away ice and snow, which leads to better performance in freezing conditions and lesser chance of hydroplaning. Winter tires also use sipes, which are small slits or grooves cut into the tread to create hundreds of small biting edges. At the end of the day, if you want to maximize

3 Reasons to Invest in Professional Wheel Balancing Services

  Think it might be time for a  wheel balancing service ? We can save you money. Today’s post highlights the top-3 reasons to invest in professional wheel balancing services instead of trying it on your own. Professional Wheel Balancing is Essential For Road Safety As time goes by, daily tread wear gradually alters how weight is distributed around the tire and wheel assembly. As this imbalance becomes more severe, you may begin to experience: Vehicle pulling to one side Uncomfortable vibration in the steering wheel and seat Rapid tire wear Squealing tires Crooked steering wheel while driving straight Not only do these issues wear out your vehicle’s components, but they also make it harder to control on the road. In order to keep your vehicle safe year-round, TIRECRAFT recommends investing in wheel balancing services every 12 months or 20,000km—whichever comes first! Professional Wheel Balancing Services Save You Money Not only do you save money in terms of reduced wear to tires and veh