Hartzel Auto Marine

96 Ormond Street South
Thorold, Ontario L2V 4V6

(905) 684-0050

Have You Checked Your Headlights?

Posted on July 24,15 by napademo



Like everything on the Thorold automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. Ontario car owners can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on Thorold highways, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision, helping you to see the sides more clearly. The more you can see, the quicker you can react to road conditions. This is important because nearly half of traffic fatalities take place at night. And as Thorold's population ages, everything that helps older eyes is welcome.

Most new pickups sold in Thorold come with halogen headlamps. A decade ago, halogens were exotic and expensive. Now that they are standard equipment, the price has come way down. Many luxury cars are equipped with high intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps. You have probably seen them on Thorold freeways, they're very bright and have a bluish tint.

From behind the wheel, there is no doubt that HID headlamps are the best thing going. However, many Thorold auto owners complain about HID lights in oncoming traffic or when they approach from behind. In fact, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration called for public comment, they received a record number of complaints about HIDs. This has lead to several studies - your tax dollars at work. Some expect future regulation of HID lamps.

All halogen headlamps dim over time. Your knowledgeable Hartzel Automotive & Marine tech recommends that they be changed out once a year. AutoNetTV suggests you replace your headlamps in the fall at the end of Daylight Savings Time. It's easy to remember - when you change your clock, change your headlamps. Remember to replace all headlamps at the same time - then all your lights will be equally bright. You will appreciate it during those long Ontario winter nights.

If you have an older pickup with old-school headlamps, you might be able to get a halogen replacement. You'll be amazed at the difference this upgrade will make.

In addition to regular halogen lamps, Thorold motorists can upgrade to premium lamps that filter some of the yellow light, making a bright white light that's more like natural sunlight. This light's easier on the eyes and should improve reaction time.

Now, you may be able to step up to HID headlamps, depending on the kind of car you drive around the Thorold area. These lamps should last the life of your car, but cost several hundred dollars a pair. If you want other Thorold auto owners to think you're running HID lamps, you can even buy regular halogens that have a bluish tint. Does she or doesn't she? Only her Hartzel Automotive & Marine technician knows for sure.

Over time, plastic headlight covers can get cloudy or yellowed. In fact, AAA reports that nine out of ten headlights are dirty or yellowed, greatly reducing vision. In addition to helping you replace your headlamps, many service centers such as Hartzel Automotive & Marine in Thorold, Ontario can restore headlight covers. Headlights can be restored at a fraction of the cost of replacing.

PCV Valve Replacement

Posted on December 12,14 by napademo



Hello Thorold car owners, let's talk about your often-unnoticed but extremely important PCV valve. The energy from exploding fuel is what powers your engine. But some of the vapors from the explosions escape into the lower part of the engine, called the crankcase. The crankcase is where your engine oil hangs out. These gases are about 70% unburned fuel. If the gases were allowed to stay in the crankcase, they would quickly contaminate the oil and turn it to sludge. Thorold folks know that sludge is one of the biggest enemies of your engine, clogging it up, eventually leading to expensive failures. Also, the pressure build up would cause seals and gaskets to blow out. Therefore, these gases need to be vented out.

Pre-1963, gasoline engines had a hose that let the detrimental fumes vent out into the air. In 1963, the federal government required gas engines to have a special one-way valve installed to help reduce dangerous emissions. (Can you imagine how polluted our Thorold air would be if every car had been releasing those poisonous fumes for the last fifty years?) Diesel engines are not required to have these valves.

The positive crankcase ventilation, or PCV, valve routes crankcase gases through a hose and back into the air intake system where they are re-burned in the engine. Fresh, clean air is brought into the crankcase through a breather tube. It's really a pretty simple system, but it does the job. The re-circulating air removes moisture and combustion waste from the crankcase, preventing sludge. This extends not only the life of your oil, but the engine as well. The PCV relieves pressure in the crankcase, preventing dangerous oil leaks.


Eventually, the PCV valve can get gummed up
. Then it can't move enough air through the engine to keep it working properly for Thorold auto owners. If the PCV valve is sticking enough, you could have oil leaks, excess oil consumption and a fouled intake system. If you experience hesitation or surging or an oil leak, it may be a sign of PCV valve problems. Your car maker's owners' manual may give a recommendation for when the PCV valve should be replaced - usually between 20,000 mi/32,000 km and 50,000 mi/80,000 km. Unfortunately, some manufacturers don't list a recommendation in the manual, so it can be easy to overlook.


Many PCV system problems can be diagnosed with an automotive analysis by your knowledgeable Hartzel Automotive & Marine technician. Fortunately, PCV valve replacement is both quick and inexpensive at Hartzel Automotive & Marine. Proper oil changes will greatly extend the life of the PCV valve. Skipping a few recommended oil changes can allow varnish and gum to build up in the valve, reducing its efficiency. So now when your Thorold service technician tells you its time to replace your PCV valve, you will know what he's talking about. If you have had your car for a while and this is the first you've ever heard of a PCV value, ask your service specialist to check yours out or call Hartzel Automotive & Marine at 905.684.0050.

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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.

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

Saturday
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Sunday
Closed


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