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Stay Safe in St. Thomas by Putting Your Cell Phone on ICE

We don't want to think about it, but each St. Thomas resident who drives or rides in a vehicle is potentially an accident victim. In the worst-case scenario, those people are unconscious and unable to communicate with Ontario rescue workers. Rescue workers and St. Thomas police are well aware of this difficulty, even if the rest of us don't stop to think about it. They can all recount stories of searching through glove compartments, pockets, wallets, purses and cell phone directories for a person's name and for contact information for someone who can help them get the person the medical care they need. This contact information is critical in an accident because St. Thomas medical workers need to know about allergies and potential drug interactions. Also, in Ontario, some medical treatments can't be provided without authorization or consent, and there can be insurance and billing issues if the person's medical care is not properly arranged. ICE provides a solution ... read more

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Emergency Items

Hey St. Thomas Drivers; What Is the Most Distracting Food?

Hey St. Thomas Drivers; What Is the Most Distracting Food?

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around St. Thomas?Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink, or Gummy Bears? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving. But if you chose 'coffee,' then give yourself an extra two points.  Coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in St. Thomas and around the country.Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year!You'll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the types of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You'll thank yourself later for two reasons: one, that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced world, and two, you won't have to worry about ge ... read more

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Maintenance

Gurr Auto Fuel Saving Tip for St. Thomas: Check Engine Light

Gurr Auto Fuel Saving Tip for St. Thomas: Check Engine Light

Here's a question for St. Thomas, Ontario : How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your Check Engine light? Hey, it's not there to create ambiance; it's a warning that something's wrong. (And, by the way, Homer Simpson's fix of covering it with tape is not a good idea.) Many conditions that trigger the Check Engine light can hurt your vehicle. A lot.If your date's eyes are smoldering in the soft glow of the Check Engine light, try to think of all the gas money you'll save by getting it fixed. Give Gurr Auto a call when you are ready. Gurr Auto845 Talbot StreetSt. Thomas, Ontario N5P 2A8519.637.9861http://gurrauto.com/

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Fuel System

St. Thomas Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

Any St. Thomas driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that “if it ain't broke, don't fix it” is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for St. Thomas residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this is the serpentine belt.The serpentine belt gets its name because of its circuitous path around the engine. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine and powers a number of systems, as follows:1. The serpentine belt spins the compressor that generates the cool air for the air conditioning system.2. The serpentine belt powers the alternator. The alternator generates electricity for use in the vehicle's electrical systems and to charge the battery. Without the alternator, the battery wouldn't last more than a few miles.3. In many St. Thomas residents' vehicles, the serpentine belt runs the pumps for both the power steering and the power brakes. In other vehicles, the power steer ... read more

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Timing Belt

Suspension Service at Gurr Auto in St. Thomas

Suspension Service at Gurr Auto in St. Thomas

During an inspection at Gurr Auto in St. Thomas, your friendly and knowledgeable automotive service technician will check for worn, broken or missing parts. Here's a quick rundown of suspension system components: There are the springs which hold the weight of your vehicle. There are several varieties of springs. Springs are heavy duty parts that rarely break or wear out. Shock absorbers work in conjunction with springs to smooth out the ride and help keep the tires on the road. Good shocks are essential for handling performance and ride comfort. You've probably heard of struts. They combine a shock absorber and a coil spring in one unit. Shocks and struts will wear out over time. If your tires develop a cupped wear pattern, your shocks or struts may be wearing out. This is from the shocks bouncing unevenly. You may notice a floaty or drifting sensation when cornering. If the front of your vehicle dives excessively when stopping, or rock ... read more

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Shocks & Struts

Drive Train - What You Need to Know in St. Thomas

Drive Train - What You Need to Know in St. Thomas

One St. Thomas automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around St. Thomas, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is:Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels.That's not really a lot of components, but they handle the full force of the engine. Without the driveline you're not moving. So St. Thomas residents need to take good care of it. The driveline components differ depending on whether your vehicle has front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive or four wheel drive. For purposes of our discussion, we're going to have to oversimplify a bit. If you are ready to have your drive train looked at, give us a call at 519.637.9861. Let's start with front wheel drive. The point where ... read more

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Drive Train

Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at Gurr Auto

Put on the Brakes: Brake Service at Gurr Auto

When it comes to preventive maintenance and vehicle care, most St. Thomas drivers know how important it is to check their brakes. But brakes are more than just brake pads and shoes. There are a lot of components in the brake system, and they all need to be in good working order.The pads and shoes are known as the friction materials in the brake system. They push together, providing friction which stops the vehicle. It's no wonder they have to be checked regularly for wear, and brake pads and shoes need to be replaced periodically.Brake pads/shoes gradually wear out, but that doesn't mean your braking gradually becomes less effective. The pads are engineered so that they maintain good braking until they wear too thin to provide adequate friction. At this point, they need to be replaced.But your braking system also has mechanical parts. These pistons and springs can also gradually wear out or get gummed up by oil, dirt and other road spatter. A brak ... read more

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Brakes

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Gurr Auto?

Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Gurr Auto?

Today's Gurr Auto article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many St. Thomas drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in Ontario who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at Gurr Auto.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance: things like oil changes, transmission service and so on. They say you should change your oil after a certain distanced traveled or after so many months. St. Thomas drivers understand this very well. What they may not know is that there are actually two service schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. The mileage and time intervals are lower on the severe service schedule.Now when you hear 'severe service,' you may think it doesn't apply to you because you don't feel your ... read more

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Maintenance

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in St. Thomas

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in St. Thomas

There's a segment of the St. Thomas area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to Gurr Auto for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new vehicles in St. Thomas have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major repairs are prevented ... read more

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Maintenance

Ask Gurr Auto: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

Ask Gurr Auto: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so maybe you can live without air conditioning and power steering for a while, but your battery can't live very long without an alternator, and when the cooling system goes down, your vehicle engine will overheat. That's why St. Thomas drivers should never wait to get a serpentine belt replaced.Serpentine belts are fairly inexpensive at Gurr Auto in St. Thomas. And they look downright cheap when you compare them to the cost of an overheated vehicle engine, a tow truck, time lost on the road, inconve ... read more

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Timing Belt
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