Hartzel Auto Marine

96 Ormond Street South
Thorold, Ontario L2V 4V6

(905) 684-0050

Go Straight: Wheel Alignment For Thorold Automobiles

Posted on December 23,14 by napademo



Thorold car owners may have an alignment problem if their car drifts or pulls to one side, the steering wheel’s off center, they notice uneven tire wear or the car doesn’t feel like it handles right as they drive down Thorold, Ontario streets and highways.

When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other objects around Thorold, Ontario are great ways for Thorold auto owners to knock their car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin.

The team at Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold wants you to know that driving for an extended time when your car is out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. Sometimes the tire can be worn so badly that it will fail.

At the very least, Thorold drivers who drive with wheels out of alignment will have to replace their tires sooner. You could end up with premature wear to your suspension system, which can be pricey. The front wheel alignment is adjustable on all vehicles, and the back wheels are also adjustable on some cars.

Now, let’s discuss some alignment basics. Wheels are adjustable for toe, caster and camber. The ideal alignment for your car was designed by its engineers.

So, what is involved in an alignment check at Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold? First, there’s an inspection of the steering and suspension to see if anything is bent or broken. Tire condition will also be evaluated.  Next, the vehicle is put on an alignment rack and we take an initial alignment reading.

If all four wheels are adjustable, they are lined up perfectly parallel with the vehicle’s centerline. If the back wheels aren’t adjustable, the direction they push is determined and the front wheels are aligned to match.

Like most things, vehicle manufacturers have recommended a mileage interval for having alignment checked. But if you run into a curb, pothole or something else that’s given you a big jolt, pay attention to whether your vehicle is pulling to one side when you drive around the Thorold area. It’s better for Thorold car owners to have their alignment checked before waiting to see if there is uneven tire tread wear – by then, the damage is done.

Getting your alignment checked at Hartzel Automotive & Marine when necessary is a great way to extend the life of your tires and suspension parts. It also makes sure that your tire meets the road properly for maximum performance and safety in Ontario.

Come see us at  for more information about your tire alignment. We look forward to serving you.

Trip Inspection at Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold

Posted on December 12,14 by napademo



Thorold drivers love their cars. And one of the most enjoyable things about them is taking a road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it’s great! But there’s nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.

Now Thorold auto owners can’t always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. The first step is to look at your trip plan from your vehicle’s perspective. What kind of roads will you be traveling – winding Ontario byways or freeways? Purple mountain majesties or fruited plains? What weather conditions are you likely to encounter? How many miles will you travel each day? How much weight will you be hauling – passengers and luggage. Pulling a trailer, roof top carrier, or ATVs? Will it be dusty?

Prepared with answers to these questions, you can schedule a trip inspection at Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold to help you prepare your pickup for your big adventure. A lot of our Thorold customers prefer to go through this exercise with their knowledgeable  service specialist to get their input and make sure they haven’t overlooked anything.

A great place for Thorold motorists to start is with the tires. Inspect them for tread wear and proper inflation. Is it time to rotate your tires? Replace them? Are they up to the job – you wouldn’t want to drive regular highway tires on a muddy off-road adventure on Thorold rock-crawling trails. 

Shocks and struts play a major role in both driving comfort and safety. If they need to be replaced, you’ll really be glad you did once you hit the road. Is it time for a wheel alignment? Fighting a car that’s pulling to one side all day can be tiring and dangerous for Thorold drivers. 

And don’t forget your brakes, Thorold car owners. Any strange noises, grabbing, soft or hard peddle feel? If there is any doubt, get a brake inspection at Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold before you leave.

Moving under the hood, have a belts and hoses inspection. If something is excessively worn or near failure, the stress of a long road trip might just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Talk to your knowledgeable Hartzel Automotive & Marine service advisor.

Your engine air filter will be vital. For every gallon of gas you burn, your car will filter and use 12,000 gallons of air. If the filter needs to be changed, you’ll notice improved fuel efficiency on your trip.

How close are you to your next oil change? Will you be able to complete your trip before it’s due? If not, just get it taken care of before you go so that you don’t need to interrupt your trip. In fact, a full service oil change at Hartzel Automotive & Marine is a great idea because they will top off all your fluids and check to see if any other important maintenance items are due, such as transmission or cooling system service.

Do you notice any unusual odors in your pickup? If so, it could as harmless as a dirty cabin air filter. But if it’s an exhaust leak it could be fatal for Thorold motorists and their passengers on a long trip. Of course you’ll want to be comfortable, so get an air conditioning service if you aren’t getting the cold air you used to. 

Are your wiper blades still working well? If not, that is quick and inexpensive to fix for brilliant Thorold motorists. Headlamps are often overlooked when planning for a trip. If you haven’t changed the bulb in six months or so, replacement bulbs will really light up the night on your trip and provide the necessary after-sundown visibility.

All the items mentioned are part of any good vehicle maintenance plan. These are things that you want to take care of anyway, but they all become more important as you plan for your trip.

They will always save you bucks in the long run and may prevent inconvenient and expensive delays on your trip. After all, you wouldn’t want to miss the world’s largest ball of string, would you?

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Hartzel Auto Marine

96 Ormond Street South

Thorold, Ontario L2V 4V6

Phone: (905) 684-0050

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We have FREE maintenance inspections.
Our shop offers FREE pick-up and delivery.
We also offer marine repair, maintenance, sales and parts for all boats and PWC.

Feel free to call or email us to schedule your next appointment.


Business Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday
Appointment Only

Sunday
Closed


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