Why Hansma Is The Best Brake Service Provider In Kitchener

Are you looking for the best brake service provider in Kitchener? According to the "Three Best Rated" website, Hansma Automotive was chosen as the best car repair shop in Kitchener. Three Best Rated is a website which handpicks the top 3 local businesses, professionals, restaurants, and health care providers in a city. The businesses chosen do not pay to be listed, so you know that you are getting an unbiased opinion. They carefully make their choice based on the business' reputation, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost, and general excellence using their 50-Point Inspection. If you need your brakes checked or repaired, contact the brake specialists at Hansma Automotive.

Posted on October 7, 2017 and filed under best brake service.

Car Has No Power - What To Do

You're driving along and suddenly your car has no power. What should you do? In this post we will discuss where the power to run your car's electrical systems comes from, what your battery and alternator do, and how to check the source of a sudden loss of power. If you are experiencing a loss of power in your vehicle and you need to have a professional look at it, contact the experienced and trustworthy experts at Hansma Automotive.

Posted on September 23, 2017 .

Car Tune Up Service in Waterloo

The term car tune up service has changed a great deal over the years as the way cars are made have changed. The need for preventive maintenance on your vehicle has not changed; however, just the processes required. There isn't a precise definition of what a tune-up should exactly include, but according to autotap.com's technical library,  most mechanics would agree that it should include replacing spark plugs and making other adjustments to maintain and restore your engine's performance. In this post we will help you determine if you need a tune up, what a tune up should include and how long it will take. If your vehicle needs a tune up, contact the experts at Hansma Automotive today to book an appointment.

Posted on August 26, 2017 .

I Need a Good Mechanic

I need a good mechanic. We've all probably said those those words at one time in our lives. But how do you go about finding the best mechanic and one that you can actually trust. We've put together a list of 8 steps that you can take to make your search for a good mechanic successful. Our steps include start looking before you actually need one, ask your friends, search Google reviews, find out who is servicing the big businesses, ask lots of questions, do an honesty test, and test them out with a small job first.

If you are looking for a good mechanic come and see the specialists at Hansma Automotive. Since 1987, Hansma Automotive has been servicing the Kitchener-Waterloo region with high quality auto repair and maintenance. Our loyal customers trust us with their vehicles and so can you. Contact us today to book an appointment to have your tires changed.

Posted on July 15, 2017 .

The Best Mechanic Youtube Channels

Have you tried searching the internet for some help with car repairs, but weren't sure which were the best mechanic YouTube channels?  We've made a search for you and have come up with what we believe are the top 5 YouTube channels related to vehicle mechanics. We've even thrown in an honourable mention. Our top five list includes Chris Fix, Real Fixes Real Fast, Eric The Car Guy, Nthefastlane, South Main Auto Repair, and, our honourable mention, Mighty Car Mods.

Posted on May 20, 2017 .

Ontario Drive Clean Test & Licence Sticker Renewal Quiz

Do you like taking quizzes? Are you up to date on all of the rules and regulations surrounding Ontario's Drive Clean testing program and Licence Sticker Renewals. There have been recent changes that you may not be aware of. Test your knowledge on Ontario's Drive Clean testing program and Licence Sticker Renewals by taking our 10 question quiz. It's both fun and informative. Does your vehicle need a drive clean test? Contact the friendly and trustworthy professionals at Hansma Automotive. We are able to perform drive clean tests and carry out any necessary repairs you require, quickly and reliably.

Posted on May 12, 2017 .

The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide - Overview

f you are concerned, as many of us are today, about saving money on fuel costs while conserving our natural resources and being environmentally friendly, then this overview is for you. We've put together in this post an overview of The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide. Our series covers helpful topics such as Why Is Fuel Economy ImportantDriving Habits, Maintenance, Most Economical Cars Trucks, and SUVs. At Hansma Automotive, we are concerned about fuel economy. Contact us today to discuss ways in which we can help get your vehicle into top running condition.

Posted on April 23, 2017 .

The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide - Chapter 5 - Most Economical Trucks and SUV's

We began this series with  Chapter 1 of The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide, where discussed why fuel economy is so important.  Following this, in Chapter 2  we suggested 8 ways that improve your fuel economy by changing your driving habits In Chapter 3 we pointed out 6 ways to further enhance your gas mileage by improving your vehicle maintenance. Of course, the most effective way of improving your fuel economy is by purchasing a more fuel-efficient vehicle. We discussed the most fuel efficient cars in Chapter 4. Here, we will direct you you to some of the most fuel-efficient trucks and SUV's currently on the market. One thing you can be sure about, at Hansma Automotive we're not just concerned about repairing your vehicle, we are also concerned about helping our customers save money by conserving fuel. For more information on how you can improve the fuel economy of your current vehicle, contact us at Hansma Automotive today. 

Posted on April 9, 2017 .

The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide - Chapter 4 - Most Economical Cars

In Chapter 1 of The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide, we discussed why fuel economy is so important.  In Chapter 2 suggested 8 ways that you could change your driving habits to help your get better fuel economy and in Chapter 3 we gave you 6 maintenance suggestions to further enhance your gas mileage. But ultimately, the most effective way to improve your fuel economy is to purchase a more fuel-efficient vehicle. In this installment we will tell you about some of the most fuel-efficient cars, one conventional and one advanced technology, in the Subcompact, Compact, Mid-Sized and Full-Sized classes.  At Hansma Automotive we're concerned about conserving fuel. For more information on how you can improve the fuel economy of your current vehicle, contact us at Hansma Automotive today.

Posted on March 26, 2017 .

The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide - Chapter 3 - Maintenance

In Chapter 1 of The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide, we looked at why fuel economy is so important.  In Chapter 2 we listed 8 ways that you could change your driving habits to help your get better fuel economy. In this post, we will give you 6 maintenance suggestions to further enhance your gas mileage.  We will discuss how keeping your vehicle properly tuned, replacing spark plugs and mass air flow sensors, keeping your tires properly inflated, using the correct grade of oil, and replacing your air filter can add up to improved gas mileage. Hansma Automotive is concerned about conserving fuel. For more information on how you can improve the fuel economy of your vehicle, contact us at Hansma Automotive today.

Posted on March 12, 2017 .

The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide - Chapter 2 - Driving Habits

In Chapter 1 of The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide, we looked at why fuel economy is so important. In this post, we will give you 8 suggestions about how you can change your driving habits to get better gas mileage. We will discuss how slowing down, idling less, not warming up your vehicle, removing excess weight and drag, buying the correct and cheapest gas, and planning your trip can save you money over time. For further information on how you could improve the fuel economy for your vehicle, book an appointment to talk to the professionals at Hansma Automotive.

Posted on February 26, 2017 .

The Ultimate Fuel Economy Improvement Guide - Chapter 1: Why Is Fuel Economy Important?

Many people are concerned about fuel economy these days and not only because it can save you a lot of money. In addition, it is good for the environment, it reduces oil dependence costs, increases energy sustainability, and can drive job growth.  Fuel economy is particularly important in places that are cold like Canada. It can help to offset the poorer mileage that accompanies the colder weather.  In this post, we will further explain the benefits of fuel economy for yourself and the world we live in. If you are concerned that your vehicle is not as fuel efficient as it could be, talk to the professionals at Hansma Automotive about ways that you could reduce your fuel consumption.

Posted on February 12, 2017 .

The Best Car of 2016 (So Far)

In this post, we will look at 5 of the best-rated cars of 2016 according to various experts from around the internet. The list includes the best compact car; the best mid-sized car; the best large car for the money; the best mid-size SUV; and the best sports car. We will point out what factors make these vehicles the best buys for 2016. At Hansma Automotive, we live and breathe cars so we are confident that, like us, you will find this list interesting. If you are in need of repairs to your current vehicle, come and visit the professionals at Hansma Automotive.

Posted on January 2, 2017 .

Vehicle Diagnosis Quiz

Here at the shop, we thought it might be fun to create a quiz by listing vehicle symptoms, then matching them to the correct diagnosis. We all like to think of ourselves as experts at providing the correct diagnosis, even with the trickiest of symptoms. Try the quiz for fun, and if your vehicle is displaying any of these symptoms, book an appointment at Hansma Automotive.


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How to Take The Quiz

We have listed a series of symptoms that are common and will provide clues about what is wrong with your vehicle. Look at the clues and then guess at the answer. The answers are at the bottom of the page. Regular maintenance can prevent many issues from becoming serious problems. It will only take a few minutes to answer the quiz.


List of Symptoms #1

  • The temperature gauge is rising
  • The radiator level is dropping
  • There is a puddle of coolant underneath the car

List of Symptoms #2

  • There is a whining noise while you are driving
  • There are burning smells while you are driving or when you first stop the vehicle
  • The car is struggling to shift gears

List of Symptoms #3

  • The lights on your instrument panel are becoming dimmer
  • Your car radio provides little volume or has cut off entirely
  • The wipers are only working slowly or not at all

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List of Symptoms #4

  • The car is pulling to one side
  • There appears to be a grinding noise coming from your wheels
  • The car is difficult to steer


Symptoms #1 - The vehicle is losing coolant, causing the temperature to rise. The problem may be in the radiator itself, or somewhere in the hoses. Take the vehicle to a reputable automotive repair shop immediately. Check out or blog entitled "My Radiator Coolant is Leaking - What Should I Do?"

Symptoms #2 - There is a problem with your transmission. Transmission repairs can be costly. However, if you provide your car with regular maintenance, the chances of having to pay for an expensive repair drop considerably. Read our post entitled " "How To Know If Your Car Transmission Needs Repair or Replacement."

Symptoms #3 - The problem may lie with your alternator or serpentine belt. This is causing your battery to lose charge rapidly. Unless you can find a reputable mechanic quickly, you will probably find yourself stranded at the side of the road. Read our post about alternators entitled, "Alternator Problems - When Should They Be Replaced?"

Symptoms #4 - There are a number of potential problems. However, the grinding noise, along with the poor steering suggests that you may have a wheel bearing issue. Your steering system is one of the most important systems in your vehicle. Don't hesitate to have the car checked out immediately. Read our post about steering issues entitled "Steering Problems - Car Pulling To One Side."

Where is Hansma Automotive Located ?

Hansma Automotive is located at 88 Shoemaker Street in Kitchener, Ontario. We provide outstanding automotive service as our many satisfied customers are happy to testify. Our skilled team of auto mechanics have decades of experience working with almost every car brand imaginable. Most repairs can be accomplished in a few hours or less. If you need to leave your car while you attend to other things, take advantage of our free shuttle service.

Posted on November 20, 2016 .

The Cruise Control Isn't Working - What Does That Mean?

Cruise control is a popular feature on most North American cars and it is a very useful feature for those longer road trips. But what if the cruise control isn't working? What does that mean? Is it dangerous to drive without it? We'll take a look at the possible causes and potential effects of a defective cruise control. How long does a cruise control last? It depends on each individual situation but most will last the life of the vehicle. Contact us at Hansma Automotive if you are concerned about a malfunctioning cruise control.


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What Is Cruise Control?

Cruise control is a feature present on many modern vehicles that allows the vehicle to be driven at a constant speed without any force having to be applied to the accelerator pedal. Cruise controls have gone through many configurations over the years, with the most recent ones being purely electronically operated. Previous incarnations have been purely mechanical, vacuum operated, and electro-mechanical. The latest innovation is adaptive cruise control which allows the vehicle to maintain a safe distance between you and the car ahead. All of the cruise control incarnations are designed not to interfere with the throttle control when they are not in use, or not functioning correctly. Bring your vehicle to our technicians at Hansma if you are unsure which type of cruise control you have.

How Does Cruise Control Work?

Essentially cruise control works by adjusting the throttle control position - which is what we do when we apply pressure to the accelerator pedal. The difference is that cruise control works by operating an "actuator" rather than by pressure to the accelerator pedal.

Why Might a Throttle Control Malfunction?

Below is a list of the most common problems encountered by cruise controls. If you are unable to determine the cause or lack time to diagnose the vehicle, don't hesitate to contact us at Hansma Automotive. We are a full service automotive repair facility.

Faulty Fuse 

Modern vehicles operate by electrical or electro-mechanical means. A faulty fuse means that the electrical circuit is not working properly. Your vehicle may simply need a new fuse. 

Defective VSS

The Vehicle Speed Sensor reads the speedometer and inputs the data into the computer. If this component is faulty, the cruise control will malfunction. If your speedometer does not seem to be providing the correct information, the VSS is the likely cause of the cruise control problem, not the cruise control itself. At Hansma, we provide general repairs to all makes of vehicles, including cruise control repairs.

Faulty Switch

If the brake pedal switch is not working correctly it may adversely affect the cruise control. If your vehicles brakes operate on the same switch as the cruise control, and your brake lights are not working correctly, the fault may lie in the switch. 

Defective Cruise Control Module

Your first clue to a defective cruise control may be an illuminated check engine light. Have a qualified professional run a diagnostic to determine if that is the problem.

 Faulty Vacuum Actuator

Older electro-mechanical systems have a vacuum actuator which can fail. This is usually due to a faulty diaphragm. If this is the case, the unit will require replacement. 

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What We Do At Hansma Automotive

If you notice any of these signs with your vehicle, then it is time to get your cruise control checked out by a professional. Come and see the experts at Hansma Automotive at 88 Shoemaker Street in Kitchener, Ontario. We will take a look at your vehicle and repair only what needs fixing. We have a reputation for honesty and quality service.


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Posted on November 6, 2016 .

My ABS Light Is On - What Should I Do?

The ABS Light on your vehicle is an important indicator of the status of your braking system. It is normal for the light to come on as you are starting your vehicle. However, if the ABS light comes on and stays on, there is a problem with the Anti-Lock Braking system. Although it may not be serious, it should be checked out as soon as possible by an expert. Contact us at Hansma Automotive if you have any concerns about your brakes.

Posted on October 24, 2016 .

What is A Crankshaft Sensor and When Should I replace it?

Most car owners are unaware that their vehicle has a crankshaft sensor or are aware what it does. However, it is an important vehicle component that may require attention in your car. In this post we provide a definition of a crankshaft sensor and describe some of the symptoms that alert you to its failure. Contact us at Hansma Automotive if you have any problems with your vehicle.

Posted on October 10, 2016 .