How do you know it’s time for Brake Repair?

 

Having a perfectly functional braking system is not only essential for optimum performance but also for your safety as well. By regularly checking your brakes you avoid unnecessary circumstances that will not arise by simply doing routine checkup and following these steps;

 

  • Timely check your brake pads for wear and tear, if your brake pads are anywhere less than a quarter inch you should look for a replacement
  • When you hear squealing noise while breaking, that is also because your brake pads are worn out and now the metal pieces are rubbing against the brake rotors.
  • If you notice that your vehicle is pulling to one side, this can be an alignment issue but also keep in mind that when your brake calipers are not fully released they result in generating more force on that wheel hence pulling your vehicle to one side.
  • One more thing that should not be ignored is if there is a sighting of any liquid which is yellow in color, usually brake system leaks release a yellow colored liquid and this can lead to a complete loss of your braking system.

              

We all love our cars and we never want to be in a situation where we cannot drive them even after having one. Arguably brakes are one of the most important element in keeping your car on the road, so you should not take any issue related to your vehicle braking system lightly. If you think your car is in need of brake repair take your car to a service center and consult with a professional mechanic. Make sure you get quality replacement parts for peace of mind, longer brake life and maximum performance.

 

Gary’s Automotive has over 36 years of brake repair experience. We offer competitive service pricing to give our customers great saving on brake repairs. Try out one of our four convenient locations today for your brake repair needs.

Most of us don’t know that a car can heat up to 20 degrees in less than 10 minutes. If it is hot and the temperature is around 40 degrees outside your car can reach twice that temperature when closed & regardless to say such high temperature is harmful for you.  What we do not realise is even when we are driving in our air conditioned cars if we do not regularly check them they can be dangerous to our health.

 

Tips for optimum use of Car Air-conditioning;

Turn on Air conditioning once the car starts moving: because the compressor will run faster when the engine is running fast, you will just be wasting your gas by letting the car cool before you actually go.

 

Keep the Temperature low: Keeping the car air condition at low temperature dries the air out lesser than on higher temperature and also saves you some fuel. If you set the air conditioning at a high temperature that will reheat the air hence more fuel burnt.

 

Keep your car filter Clean: airflow is directly affected by a dirty air filter and the airflow you get will not be optimum. Make sure to check the air filters regularly

 

Regularly go for Car Service: Your car just like your house needs your attention and care and if you know how to service your air conditioning at home that’s well and good and if you don’t than try to take your car in for service every once in a while. Do not wait for a year before you back to the garage only to find out that a small problem has now cost you replacement of the entire cooling system.

 

Things not to do with your car Air conditioning system:

Fresh air vent should be closed when switching on the Air conditioner, if you don’t that will allow hot air from outside of the car to mix with the cool air and reduce cooling as a result.

 

Do not operate the air conditioning with low refrigerant gas as that will lead to the premature failure of the car compressor.

 

If you prefer to service your car at home, make sure you have proper vacuuming for the system before recharging the car air conditioner refrigerant, improper vacuuming will lead to loss of cooling.

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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