Back-To-School Maintenance Tips

back-to-school maintenance

Students from around the city are heading back to school soon which means there will be a lot more school buses and traffic on the road. As parents and students busily get ready for the new school year, it’s likely vehicle maintenance is not at the top of the to-do list.

Car care is often overlooked when getting ready for a new school year which is why we’ve rounded up five back-to-school maintenance tips to help you prepare.

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Benefits of A Free Vehicle Inspection

Free Vehicle Inspection

 

With so many different components to a vehicle, it’s not always easy to tell when you need repairs. At Gary’s Automotive, we offer free inspections that cover nine major components of your vehicle. Our free inspections save you significant money while diagnosing the issues you’re experiencing with your ride. Not only is taking advantage of our free services a way to save on your auto repairs, it’s a great way to stay proactive about your vehicle’s health.

Even though you may not think anything is wrong with your car, a small rattling noise or squeak can lead to a much bigger issue. We’re here to help explain the benefits of a free inspection and what each service can do for you.

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What Effects Does Construction Have On Your Vehicle?

 

Road Construction

Summertime in Ottawa is known best for the endless amount of road construction. In fact, there are currently over 100 road work projects active in the city this summer. From potholes to stop and go traffic, there is definitely no shortage of work on Ottawa roadways. Though construction can create delays and driver frustration, it can also impact your vehicle. From shocks and strut repair to brake replacement, our automotive specialists are experts in diagnosing the biggest issues road construction can cause to your vehicle. Gary’s Automotive has the top five issues to look out for.

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How To Protect Your Car From The Summer Heat

Summer Heat

There’s no doubt that summer brings uncomfortable weather, but what we often forget is the summer heat also affects our vehicles. Gary’s Automotive is here to help you learn how to protect your vehicle from the summer heat with our easy-to-follow heat protection guide.

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Car Safety Check Ottawa

A car safety check is a mandatory requirement by law in the province of Ontario. As a certified motor vehicle inspection station, Gary’s Automotive is here to answer your top questions about what a car safety check is, why you need one and more.

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How To Fix Squeaky Brakes

squeaky brakes

Squeaky brakes aren’t very pleasing to the ears and is enough to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. No matter how old your brake pads are, the irritating sound does not always mean your brakes have given up on you. There are many influences that can cause your brake pads to make these cringe-worthy sounds. Our brake specialists are here to help stop that awful squeaking and get you back to driving a silent, smooth ride.

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How To Detail A Car | Part One

How To Detail A Car

Cleaning your car seems pretty straight forward: you fill up a bucket with sudsy water, grab a sponge and fire up the garden hose. Half an hour later your ride is looking clean and you go on with your day. The problem, however, is that your car doesn’t have that sparkle and shine you’d expect after putting in so much tender, love and care. For a vehicle that truly stands out you need to know hot to detail a car.

Not only does detailing your car make it look great, it helps to improve and maintain its health, safety and reliability. Along with the professionals at Prime Choice Auto Parts, we’ve created an easy guide for you to learn how to make your vehicle look and feel like brand new on the inside and out with these easy tips on how to detail a car. Let’s get started with part one of our Car Care Month series by focusing on the interior.

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In the spirit of National Car Care Month we’ve created an annual car maintenance checklist to help you know when different parts of your vehicle need to be checked and maintained. Regular car maintenance is an essential part of owning a vehicle and can be difficult to keep track of. Use our easy guide to stay on top of your car care so you can stay safe on the road and drive a more efficient ride.

 

Frequent Car Maintenance:

  • Dashboard indicator lights
  • Exterior & interior vehicle lights
  • Tire inflation & condition
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Engine oil level

Check Every Three Months:

  • Transmission & power steering fluids
  • Battery & cables
  • Belts
  • Engine air filter
  • Exhaust
  • Hoses

Check Every Six Months:

  • All of the above  +
  • Chassis lubrication
  • Wiper blades

Every Twelve Months:

  • All of the above +
  • Brakes
  • Cabin air filter
  • Coolant (antifreeze)
  • Steering & suspension
  • Wheel alignment

 

Regular car maintenance is important. By following our vehicle car care guide you can prevent serious issues and damages to your vehicle. Schedule your regular check-up with Gary’s Automotive today and drive away with a safer and smoother ride. Stay tuned for more car care tips throughout the month of May here on our blog and our social channels on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Car Care Month | Why Car Care Is Important

Car Care Month

 

Not only does the month of May signify  the hopeful beginning of spring, it’s also National Car Care Month. Vehicle maintenance is just as important as regularly visiting your dentist. It’s important to maintain a good bill of health so you can not only take preventative measures, but help your vehicle live a long and healthy life. When it comes to having a safe and smooth ride you can depend on Gary’s Automotive as your source for the best car care tips to keep your vehicle on the road. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing essential tips and tricks on how to keep your vehicle fit and running safely.

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6 Most Neglected Auto Services

neglected car service

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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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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