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.

What It’s Like To (Safely) Total A Car

crashed malibuHave you ever been cleaning around the house, and almost hit your head on a shelf? Almost poked your eye on plant or something else sticking out?  For a few seconds after the fact, you smile and think “boy that was close” and “I almost hit my little finger in the door, I SHOULDN’T BE ALIVE!”. Every day, people get in car accidents. Some lose a bumper or some paint, some lose much more. I was fortunate enough to experience the former, although only by inches.



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Top Automotive Upgrades

Multi-ExhaustWhen you own a car, you want it to perform it’s very best. Gary’s is here to help provide regular service and repairs on your vehicle, but also to provide helpful mechanic advice on the top automotive upgrades for your car. If you’re looking to get the most out of your vehicle, then you’ve come to the right place!

Upgrading Your Engine

If you want to really get the most out of upgrades, you’ll have to start with the engine. There are a number of ways to really get the most out of what’s under your hood, starting with increasing the power:

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What To Do After A Car Accident

What To Do After A Car AccidentWith the temperatures slowly rising and the snow gradually starting to melt, we begin to get out on the road more. Even the most careful drivers may at some point find themselves in an accident, and knowing what to do after a car accident is crucial for saving time, effort, and money. With a little advice, you can get through a tough day with ease.

You’re probably thinking, if the roads are getting nicer, why worry about accidents now? Research has shown that more accidents occur when the weather is nice. During or after a heavy snowfall, people are more likely to avoid driving. Driving under adverse conditions, people tend to lower their speed and drive more cautiously. In nice weather, people can get distracted easier and may speed more. This can lead to more accidents. Accidents can happen anywhere at any time, so it’s good to be prepared.

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Car Facts Episode 4 – Everyday Driving Skills

everyday driving skillsIf you’ve been following our Car Facts series so far, then you’ve got a basic idea of what’s going on in both your own vehicle as well as vehicle extremes from around the world. You’ve also become a savvy shopper and know when to book vehicle service. All of this information is for nothing if you aren’t confident in your driving abilities. There are a few everyday driving skills that a large amount of people don’t have, like driving a manual transmission or even changing a tire. Gary’s Automotive is here to share some basic everyday driving skills and to help keep you safe out on the road.

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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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Automotive World RecordsThe last two episodes of Gary’s Automotive car facts have been focused on learning important facts when it comes to vehicle service and knowledge. While learning the technical aspects of cars is important, sometimes vehicles specs are part of a bigger picture. This week, we’ll take a look at some automotive world records, and the stories behind them.

Automotive world records don’t necessarily add up like one would expect. The largest producer is China, the most popular model is Japanese or American, but the first car was German. Lets start by looking at some basic vehicle facts:

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Car Care Myths

car care myths true or false signIn the world of automotive care, information can often be handed down throughout generations, or spread through poorly quoted sources. It’s no surprise then, that any person seeking quality automotive service can come across plenty of car care myths. Not only are there a number of myths out there, but in many cases the “actual facts” are just as bad as the myths they are replacing. At Gary’s Automotive, We’ll get to the bottom of what myths are true, what myths are false, and what you really need to know.


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Stick To Your Car Resolutions!

car resolutions 2015Sticking To Your Car Resolutions?

Every year, people around the world gather to count down the start of a new year. With that, people vow to make big, often jarring, lifestyle changes for the better. Things like getting into better shape, eating healthier, or saving money are consistently at the top of peoples lists. For most people the first two weeks of January are their healthiest weeks of the year. Now that the month is coming to an end, many people have abandoned their new routines and sunk back into old habits. While Gary’s Automotive can’t help you put down the pizza and go for a run, we can help you stick to any car resolutions you may have, such as saving money, becoming more informed, or becoming a better driver.

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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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Car Facts Episode 1 – Learning Car Engines

Learning car engines subaru bayThere are some people out there who can simply hear an engine rev and tell you the make, model, and even year of the car producing that sound. While you may have some knowledge of vehicles, chances are if you’re reading a garage’s blog, you might not have the same knowledge as some gearheads out there. That’s not a bad thing! Gary’s is here not only for expert service, but for quality help as well. Here we’ll take a look at the common ways people talk about learning car engines, and how you can use these terms in your day to day life.


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