Car AC Repair: What You Need To Know

In the heat of the summer, the last thing you want to deal with is car AC repair. At Hansma Automotive, we recommend getting your vehicle checked early so you’re not left sweating it out when you need to remain cool. In this article, we’ll discuss what you need to know about car AC repair, including common problems and how to detect them, and what to do next. If you’re looking for car AC repair in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, contact Hansma Automotive - we will make sure your vehicle’s air conditioning system is functioning properly.

Posted on May 17, 2019 .

How To Winterize Your Car - Top 5 Resources

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Getting your car ready for winter can feel like a challenge if you just don’t know where to start! The cold can do a number on your car, but fortunately, there are many ways to help ‘winterize’ your vehicle. Check out the top 5 resources below to get you and your car prepared for the winter.

Five Great Resources To Help You Winterize Your Car

If you need some tips for getting your car ready for the cold, snowy months, see the following resources to ensure you (and your car) and prepared!

Note - these resource are not in any particular order, we think they are all great!

1. How To Winterize Your Car - CARFAX

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This guide from CARFAX offers 10 great tips on how to winterize your car before winter even begins! You can find out what areas to begin working on in the fall, such as deep cleaning your car before it gets too cold and giving your vehicle a tune up before you run into problems in the winter. Click here to view the guide!

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This guide from Consumer Reports offers 8 excellent tips for not only preparing your car for the winter, but tips for using your car efficiently in the winter. For example, it recommends starting up your vehicle and letting it warm up a bit before driving. Even though modern cars don’t need this warm up period, it’s still beneficial and can ensure your vehicle runs smoother during those extra cold days. Click here to check out the guide!

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Family Handyman provides readers with 14 tips on getting your car ready for the winter, as well as precautions you should take in the winter (such as keeping winter tools in your car and packing a survival bag in the event you get stranded). Click here to view the guide!

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This checklist by Kal Tire goes over all the essentials for getting your car winter ready. It is broken up into three sections: Tires, Fluid, Systems, & Hardware, and Emergency Supplies. With this checklist in mind, you won’t forget any of the major things you need to worry about before your car is ready to hit those snowy roads. Click here to view the checklist!


If you are a visual learner and would rather watch a video than read a checklist, this video guide is for you! This quick video by Howcast shows you some of the best ways to prep your car for winter, and even includes some unexpected ideas (such as keeping a bag of kitty litter in your trunk to help weigh your vehicle down!) Check out the video above to see all the great ideas for getting your car winter ready.


How To Winterize Your Car - An Infographic


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Live in the Kitchener-Waterloo area? Ready to get your car winter ready?

Posted on April 17, 2019 .

Explaining Changes to the Ontario Drive Clean Program

Did you know there are significant changes coming to the Ontario Drive Clean program that will affect all owners of passenger vehicles? Read on to learn more, and if your vehicle is in need of general maintenance to keep it functioning at a high level, trust the experts at Hansma Automotive - we perform efficient and high-quality service in order to keep your vehicle on the road and help keep our environment clean.

Posted on April 5, 2019 .

Spring Clean Your Car - Tips To Get Your Car Ready For Spring

Winter can be hard on your car - both inside and out. Salt build up on your mats and carpets, dirt and grime from those wet, muddy end-of-winter months, and general messiness that comes with the winter. Learn how to spring clean your car with these great tips, resources, and videos - including how to remove salt stains, how to deep clean your car, and even how to organize your vehicle. See how below!

Posted on March 28, 2019 .

How Can An Automotive Service Technician Help You?

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Finding a reliable and trustworthy automotive service technician is so important for every vehicle owner.

Trust Hansma Automotive, a Tech-Net professional auto repair facility that is committed to serving you, our customer, with professional auto service repair at a reasonable cost.


What Does An Automotive Service Technician Do?

An automotive service technician should be knowledgeable in all areas of your vehicle, provided they are properly trained.

If we look at the objectives for the Automotive Service Technician (Apprenticeship) course at Conestoga College, for example, we see all the areas in which a successful candidate should be proficient in several areas, including the following highlights:

  • Use and maintain motor vehicle shop tools and equipment safely; employ correct fastening, sealing, basic welding techniques.
  • Repair and operate air conditioning systems.
  • Service suspension, steering and brake systems.
  • Service clutch assemblies, manual and automatic transmissions, drive lines and transaxles, differentials and axle assemblies.
  • Define engine terms and measurements, diagnose failures in internal combustion engine assemblies, describe/service cylinder head and valve train assemblies and components and perform engine re-conditioning procedures.
  • Service lubrication and cooling systems, intake and exhaust systems, turbochargers, superchargers and their controls.
  • Describe electrical/electronic system fundamentals and applied test equipment.
  • Describe/service cranking systems, charging systems and control circuits; maintain wiring, lighting, power accessory and instrumentation systems, electronic fuel injection systems, emission control systems and ignition systems.
  • Service supplemental inflatable restraint systems, as well as optional security and convenience systems.


When To Visit An Automotive Service Technician

Not only should an automotive service technician be able to help diagnose and rectify all of the above, but they should also be trusted to prevent small issues from turning into major problems.

Preventative maintenance is crucial in order to keep your vehicle running smoothly. A great technician should be able to, for example, spot and take care of exhaust problems before the situation devolves into a full-blown carbon monoxide leak.

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How To Find An Experienced Technician

Finding trustworthy, reliable and affordable vehicle care can be a trick proposition, but it's entirely possible.

Take it from Craig, a Hansma Autmotive customer:

"We had a bit of a hard time finding a knowledgeable, trustworthy shop and a friend recommended Hansma Automotive. I wish I had found them years ago! Friendly and highly skilled at what they do, Pete, Adrian and the whole crew have helped us out of a couple jams and have mastered the art of letting you know what your vehicle needs without the pressure that I have experienced at other service counters in the past. Highest possible recommendation!"

Read more testimonials here.

Do some research online, read customer reviews, ask around; a good automotive service technician is waiting to care of you and your vehicle!


The Hansma Difference

At Hansma, we offer service with a difference. We have worked hard to gain a reputation for honesty and quality work. 

Trust the professionals at Hansma to only recommend and carry out the repairs that you actually need. We will let you know what you need done and when it should be done.

Our customers have come to consider us as their mechanic friend. And as your mechanic friend, we promise to give you top-notch service at reasonable and competitive rates. 

Click here to meet our friendly team, read our testimonials, or contact us today and find out about the Hansma service difference for yourself.

We are open every weekday from 8 AM to 6 PM. Come see us at 88 Shoemaker St. in Kitchener, Ontario.

Posted on September 4, 2018 .