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All About Your TPMS in St. Thomas

All About Your TPMS in St. Thomas

St. Thomas drivers know that underinflated tires wear out more quickly. Underinflation is also a major cause of tire failure for Ontario auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of underinflated tires.It's hard for many St. Thomas drivers to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your owner’s manual recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your tire is considered significantly under-inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.Uncle Sam to the rescue! A recent U.S. federal law required vehicle manufacturer’s to include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System - or TPMS system - in all vehicles. Many Canadian vehicles have them as well.  The system is a dashboard mounted warning light that goes off if one or more of the tires falls 25% below its pressure recommendations.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for St. Thomas car owners ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Recommended St. Thomas Service Intervals

Recommended St. Thomas Service Intervals

Everyone in St. Thomas, Ontario, knows we are advised to go to our St. Thomas dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious St. Thomas residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can't be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found – "Everything's fine, see you in six months." Or "You've got a small cavity starting, let's schedule an appointment to take care of it." By the time you leave, you have a plan for addressing any necessary issues.This system works so much better than waiting for a painful problem before going into the dentist. Small problems are fixed before they turn into big problems. And you avoid those huge bills.If St. Thomas folks understand the wisdom of using this system for handling dental care, why do many resist when facing the same system for our vehicle maintenance? Following the vehicle manufacturer's recommended intervals can be confusin ... read more

How to Know When to Change Your Oil at Gurr Auto

How to Know When to Change Your Oil at Gurr Auto

Today in the Gurr Auto auto care blog, we're going to talk to St. Thomas drivers about oil change intervals. It seems that as engine technology advances, oil change intervals become longer for Gurr Auto customers. For example, recently four of the world's largest vehicle manufacturer's shortened the published intervals for several of their engine models. They originally published intervals that extended out to a much as 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers).In real world St. Thomas driving, the oil started to sludge up before the recommended change interval. Oil sludge is a thick jelly-like substance: quite literally petroleum jelly – like Vaseline. This goop was clogging vehicle small engine passages so the oil wouldn't flow to some parts of the engine. This resulted in engine damage. We see it too often at Gurr Auto in St. Thomas.The vehicle manufacturers began to offer an extended warranty to cover sludge damage. But there was a catch: the vehicle owner had to follo ... read more

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Fluids

Tire Tread Depth for St. Thomas, Ontario Drivers

Tire Tread Depth for St. Thomas, Ontario Drivers

Driving on bald tires is like playing roulette. Though you may be fine today, eventually your luck is going to run out.The Feds don't have any laws for tread depth, but 42 of the states, and all of Canada, do have regulations. They consider 2/32 of an inch to be the minimum legal tread depth. Two other states, including California, consider 1/32 to be the minimum and six states have no standards at all. Call us at Gurr Auto; (just call 519.637.9861) to find out what your requirements are in the St. Thomas, Ontario, area.Since 1968, U.S. law has required that a raised bar be molded across all tires. When tires are worn enough that this bar becomes visible, there's just 2/32 inch/1.6 mm of tread left. But does that older standard give St. Thomas vehicles enough safety?Consider this: Consumer Reports recommends tire replacement when tread reaches 4/32 inch/3.2 mm. And the recommendation is backed by some very compelling studies. Now before we go into the studies, you ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Differential Service in St. Thomas, Ontario - What You Need to Know

Differential Service in St. Thomas, Ontario - What You Need to Know

Scratching your head? Don't worry, if you don't know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in St. Thomas, Ontario, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. Some St. Thomas vehicles might even have two or three.Not surprisingly, a differential's job is to compensate for differences; specifically, they're the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner near your St. Thomas, Ontario, home. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you turn the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel.The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while still providing power to your vehicle. Without a differential, St. Thomas residents' tires would scrub and hop along the pavement during turns like the early cars ... read more

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Drive Train

Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

Stop It! You Need Good Brakes

Good brakes are obviously very important. If you've ever had your brakes go out while you're driving around the St. Thomas area, you'll know how terrifying it can be. Today we'll focus on how to tell when you have a brake problem and how to make good repair choices. Often, the first indication that something's wrong with the brakes is an unusual sound. It could be a squeal, chatter or grinding sound. Some brake pads have a little piece of metal embedded in them that will make a squeal or chirping sound when the brake pads have been worn down to the point that they need to be replaced. It's an early warning indicator. When you hear that sound, schedule an appointment at Gurr Auto soon. Now a chattering sound is more urgent. That usually indicates that something is loose. It could be a brake pad or even the brake calipers. If one of those parts falls off, you could have some serious trouble stopping the vehicle. It would be a good idea ... read more

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Brakes

"Current" Affairs (Blown Fuses)

You may be driving along and find that suddenly your radio stops working.  There are no numbers on the display.  Then when you get home, you notice the garage door opener doesn't do a thing when you press the button. Hmm, this was working just fine this morning.  Are the two problems somehow related?   No, your vehicle doesn't need an exorcism. This has all the signs of an electrical issue, and when you experience symptoms like those, you've probably blown a fuse.  Most vehicles have fuses just like most houses have circuit breakers (some houses still have fuses). They cut the power when it reaches a pre-determined threshold that could cause major damage if it was allowed to continue.  You might say fuses take one for the team. Most modern automotive fuses are plastic with a thin strip of metal in them designed to melt when a calibrated amount of power passes through.  The philosophy is it's better for an inexpensive fuse to be destroyed than your sou ... read more

Clean Fuel Makes a Happy Engine in St. Thomas, Ontario

If the fuel system in your vehicle is dirty, you will be hurting your engine and losing performance as you drive around St. Thomas, Ontario.Unless they drive a vintage car, St. Thomas auto owners have fuel injectors which need to be properly maintained. That is why your vehicle owner's manual has a schedule for cleaning your fuel injectors and other parts of your fuel system.Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Gurr Auto in St. Thomas has the tools and chemicals to do the job right. Gurr Auto uses a process that gives your car a deep, professional fuel system cleaning. The particles, gum and varnish that build up in your fuel system are removed so that it can run cleanly and efficiently.After a professional fuel system cleaning atGurr Auto, you'll notice more power, improved and reduced exhaust emissions. We strongly recommend you follow your fuel system cleaning service recommendations to keep your vehicle running s ... read more

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Fuel System

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in St. Thomas?

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle in St. Thomas?

There is a clear and vocal demand in St. Thomas and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the Ontario market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on St. Thomas area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. St. Thomas auto owners should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are before running out and purchasing one of these alternative fuel vehicles at your nearest St. Thomas dealership.St. Thomas drivers should carefully research the vehicle care before buying an alternative fuel vehicle, as it may or may not coincide with the standards for gasoline vehicles. You should look at costs as well; these vehicles may help save our environment here in St. Thomas, but that might not represent a savings to your wallet. You'll need to decide what you can afford and wha ... read more

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Automotive News

Make Your Battery Last

Make Your Battery Last

Today's report from Gurr Auto is on vehicle batteries, why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadn't. You may be surprised to learn that only 30 percent of St. Thomas vehicle batteries last for 48 months.Now that's an average. How long a battery lasts depends on many factors. You may not know that one of the biggest factors is the temperature where you live and drive around in Ontario. You might suppose that cold weather was harder on batteries because it takes more power to crank a cold engine, but the opposite is actually true. For more information on your battery, please visit us:Gurr Auto845 Talbot StreetSt. Thomas, Ontario N5P 2A8519.637.9861 Batteries in very cold climates have a life expectancy of 51 months as opposed to 30 months in very warm climates. The reason is simple: batteries are chemically more acti ... read more

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Battery
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