Spring Car Maintenance

The brunt of winter is over and the calendar officially tells us it’s spring. The winter coats and snow pants are being tucked away and light jackets and rain boots are coming out to play. While you and your family are getting ready for spring it’s the perfect time to schedule your car for a seasonal maintenance check-up. Not sure where to start? Here are some frequently asked questions about spring car maintenance and where to start.

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Ask Gary’s | Identifying Car Fluid Leaks

Car Fluid Leaks

Our vehicles are filled with several different types of fluids and sometimes they manage to escape their rightful places and cause a bit of concern to the driver. If you see that your vehicle has a fluid leak chances are you should be able to top it up and continue driving safely. However, the odd time these fluid leaks can be dangerous and need immediate attention. There are two determining factors that help you decide whether or not you should take your car in to be serviced – how big the leak is and what is leaking.

 

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Spooky Car Noises

When you’re driving your car and you hear an unfamiliar sound, it can get scary. Unfamiliar car noises can mean big, expensive repairs. Don’t let your car scare you, Gary’s is here with helpful tricks and treats for getting to the bottom of what could be haunting your car! If you notice any of the following ghouls taking up residence in your car, then it might be time to book service with the experts!

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6 Most Neglected Auto Services

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At Gary’s Automotive, we’re always here to offer you advice on auto repairs and services. Despite our best efforts, there are many people who still neglect some vehicle services they probably shouldn’t. Some are unaware that these services need more attention, while others may argue that the recommended guidelines  are only there to help the bottom line for garages and dealerships. The truth is, these services are crucial for vehicle performance and reliability and really do need to be paid close attention to. Read on to find out the six most neglected auto  services.

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Wheel Alignments – A Must Have Service For Summer

Wheel AlignmentBefore we get started it’s important to note that with the increases in driving done over the summer, ALL services are must haves for both safety and economy. A car that is ready to tackle anything the open road can throw at it is much easier to maintain and will save you more in the long run.

A wheel alignment is so important because not only can improperly aligned wheels be racking up the costs for you, they can also put you in danger. With some advice and service from Gary’s Automotive, summer driving can be a breeze.

 

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car sounds

For the true car fan, nothing beats the roar of an engine or the sounds of a turbo firing up. For the more casual driver, silence is normally preferred as this means nothing is wrong with the car. Next to a visual diagnosis, listening to car sounds is one of the easiest ways to spot something wrong. Unfortunately, listening also isn’t an exact science, so saying you hear a clunking coming from your vehicle can mean a number of different issues.

Here at Gary’s Automotive Ottawa, we’re experts in all things car, including those unusual car sounds coming from under the hood. Learn more about the sounds your vehicle is making and when you should come see our team of mechanics.

 

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Buying A Used Car In Ottawa

Buying A Used Car In Ottawa

 

After years of expert service and maintenance from Gary’s Automotive, your old car has finally kicked the bucket. You’ve counted on us over the years, now Gary’s is here with some helpful advice on buying a used car in Ottawa. Should you buy used or should you buy new? What should you look for when buying used? Lets get started.

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Car Facts Episode 2 – Shopping For Vehicle Wear Parts

Nall vehicle wear partso one likes sinking more money than they need to into their car. Vehicles have so many moving parts that there’s simply no way all of them could last forever. That’s why the concept of vehicle wear parts was introduced. Vehicle wear parts are components that are able to be replaced, as their main function has them deteriorate over time. Oil becoming dirty or brake pads wearing down are example of vehicle wear parts that need to be replaced in time. There are a lot of different options out there for these parts, so Gary’s is here to help make sense of it all.

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Ottawa Vehicle Repairs – When Is It Time?

Ottawa Vehicle Repairs MechanicYour Source For Ottawa Vehicle Repairs

A few weeks ago, we told you what could be triggering your check engine light. However, there are numerous other issues that can arise with owning a vehicle. Some, if not most, of these other issues don’t come with a light to indicate a problem. You already know that Gary’s is the top choice for Ottawa vehicle repairs, and with this handy guide you’ll know exactly whats wrong with your car, and when to get service!

 

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Check Engine Light Symptoms – Know What’s Wrong

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The check engine light can be vague and at times not very helpful. From major engine issues to something as simple as forgetting to tighten the gas cap, Gary’s is here to help you determine what the check engine light can mean when it lights up your dashboard.

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