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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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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Poll: Vote For Your Favourite Car Movie

Favourite Car Movie

Over the years there have been a ton of great car movies. Some so great they’ve even had squeals and remakes. We’ve compiled a list of top car movies and want to know what your absolute favourite car movie is. Not on the list? Add your favourite to the comments below!

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Tips For Driving In The Rain

With this much anticipated spring weather comes the inevitable buckets of rain Ottawa experiences every year. Spring time in Canada is notorious for having unpredictable weather. A snow storm on Tuesday, thunder and lightning on Wednesday and shorts and sandal weather by the weekend. Though the calming pitter-patter of rain is a nice change from the howling winds of winter, it can make it difficult to drive. Like any type of stormy weather, it’s important to take caution when driving. Here are some helpful tips for driving in the rain.

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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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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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