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St. Thomas Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

St. Thomas Safety Systems: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of driving around St. Thomas on underinflated tires. Admittedly, it's hard to tell when a radial tire is underinflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your vehicle tires are considered significantly underinflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.New laws require all vehicles to include a tire pressure monitor system, or TPMS. This technology has been used by race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from underinflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It's up to your vehicle's manufacturer to determine which of many TPMS systems available they'll use to comply with the law.Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for St. Thomas drivers. Government studies have estimated the net costs. Of course, the TPMS system itself will cost something. Maintaining th ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Keeping Your St. Thomas Air Fresh When Driving With a Clean Cabin Air Filter

Pop quiz: What is a cabin air filter? A. A filter for your St. Thomas house?B. A fresh, piney scent?C. A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it's C.A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it comes into the passenger compartment of your vehicle. It filters out common Ontario air particles like dust, pollen, spores, bacteria, pollutants, exhaust gas, odors and even sparrows.These high tech filters can block particles larger than 3 microns. By contrast, a grain of sand is about 200 microns.Not all St. Thomas vehicles have cabin air filters. They are fairly new on the scene in Ontario. Last check, about 40 percent of new vehicles sold in St. Thomas come with cabin air filters, but the number is growing every year. Cabin air filters make driving a lot more pleasant for people in St. Thomas. Your vehicle can be a haven during our Ontario allergy season with very little dust and pollen getting into the cabin. Of course, like all filters, the cabin ... read more

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Cabin Air Filter

Using Proper Fluids in Your vehicle

Today, Gurr Auto is writing about the proper fluids for your vehicle. It's become more complicated with changes in automotive design and manufacturing. It's not that people in St. Thomas are confused as much as they don't realize how much things have changed in recent years. If you have questions about the fluids in your vehicle, please don't hesitate to stop by Gurr Auto. You can find us on 845 Talbot Street in St. Thomas, Ontario N5P 2A8.Just give us a call at 519.637.9861. Let's take engine oil. Twenty or 30 years ago, there were just a handful of different weights of oil. The weight of an oil is a scientific measure of its properties, particularly its viscosity or thickness.It was common in those days to use a lighter weight oil in the winter when it's cold outside. That way the oil would be able to splash around inside the engine and protect the parts before it was fully warmed up. And a heavier weight oil woul ... read more

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Fluids

Why People in St. Thomas Hesitate to Get Their Vehicle Serviced

A recent report stated that over 80 percent of the vehicles on our St. Thomas, Ontario, roads have one or more service or repair that's needed but hasn't been taken care of. Now that's a lot of undone service. That translates into something over 160 million vehicles in North America alone. Some of the neglected items are minor. Others are serious safety concerns.There are several reasons we hesitate to take care of recommended services, especially services that our St. Thomas automotive advisor recommends when we're in for something else, like an oil change.The first issue boils down to comfort with car care. We don't always feel we know enough to make good decisions. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that vehicles are so reliable these days. They almost become an appliance. Of course you love your vehicle, but if you don't have to worry about it breaking down all the time, you're not forced to think as much about preventive maint ... read more

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Inspection

The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change for St. Thomas Drivers

People in St. Thomas have been hearing a lot about higher oil change intervals these days. Maybe you're wondering: What are the key issues?Some new vehicle manufacturers are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 8,000 miles (8,000 km to 13,000 km) or more. This practice came under scrutiny when four of the largest new vehicle manufacturers announced that owners like those in St. Thomas were experiencing engine damage resulting from these higher oil change intervals.The manufacturers' standard oil drain service for particular vehicles was scheduled at around 7,500 miles/12,000 km. People following these recommendations were experiencing engine damage. It turns out that oil sludge was building up. This caused small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail.What causes oil sludge? It's a factor of time and mileage. There are hot spots in every engine that cause oil burn off that leads to sludge ... read more

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Maintenance

The Gurr Auto Guide to Saving Fuel: Beware of Myths

There's a lot of auto advice in Ontario right now on how to save money on gas. Some of it is good advice. Some of it isn't. Some of it is myth. And it may well be a scam. Plain and simple. When someone offers you a product designed to save money on gas, ask yourself, “Does this sound too good to be true?” If the answer is yes, do more research.The internet offers us a convenient and quick way to research someone's claims about gas savings. St. Thomas drivers can usually find out in only minutes whether that claim is questionable or not.Chances are other St. Thomas drivers have already tried what you're being offered. If you find evidence that others feel they have been scammed, you should be wary of becoming the next victim. There aren't any pills, magic or otherwise, that you can drop into your gas tank to improve your gas mileage. Drop in enough of those pills and you can actually harm your vehicle. The last thing you need is a ... read more

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Fuel System

Fuel Saving Tip: Dirty Oil in Your St. Thomas Vehicle

If you're a quart low in your vehicle, there isn't enough motor oil to lubricate your engine properly. The extra friction causes drag that reduces fuel economy while you're driving around the St. Thomas area.The same goes for dirty oil; it doesn't reduce friction properly. The result is you get to watch those numbers at your local St. Thomas gas pump rolling higher and higher.The transmission also needs the proper amount of clean fluid to do its work. When it's in need of service, the transmission drags your fuel economy down.So keep it clean at Gurr Auto  and give yourself a fighting chance. Gurr Auto 845 Talbot Street St. Thomas, Ontario N5P 2A8 519.637.9861 http://gurrauto.com/

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Fuel System

Deep Clean Your Fuel System at Gurr Auto

Having trouble with your fuel system? Bring your vehicle into Gurr Auto for a check up.In today's Gurr Auto auto post,we're talking about fuel system cleaning. The first thing to know is how important it is to have a clean fuel system. St. Thomas residents need fuel to go, and the cleaner the fuel system, the more efficiently the fuel will burn. That means more power and better mileage .A clean fuel system saves money for St. Thomas drivers at Ontario gas stations. We guess you could say it all starts and ends at the pump. One of the most important things St. Thomas residents can do to keep their vehicle fuel system clean is to buy good quality gas. Major brands have detergents that keep gum and varnish from rapidly building up in the fuel system.So buying cheaper gas in Ontario can actually be more expensive for St. Thomas drivers in the long run. Now, most cars on Ontario roads are more than five or six years old. That means they've had time for some dirt and ru ... read more

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Fuel System

Automotive Tips from Gurr Auto: Causes of Wheel Misalignment

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. St. Thomas drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major crash, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday St. Thomas driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your car can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at Gurr Auto in St. Thomas can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an inspection every year or two.Give us a call.Gurr Auto845 Talbot StreetSt. Thomas, Ontario N5P 2A8519.637.9861http://gurrauto.com/

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Alignment

To Save Gas Around St. Thomas: Keep up with Your Scheduled Service

  One topic that hits the news in Ontario on a regular basis is the price of gas. The answer for some Ontario drivers is to buy a vehicle that gets better fuel economy. For those of us in St. Thomas who don't want to add a car payment to our monthly expenses, we need to improve our fuel economy any way we can.Following recommended service intervals by coming into Gurr Auto is one of the best ways people in St. Thomas can keep their vehicle running efficiently. That means better fuel economy. When you give it some thought, it only makes sense. Dirty oil or transmission fluid can't lubricate or clean. That means more drag which reduces fuel economy.Keeping up with scheduled oil changes and transmission services will save gas for Ontario drivers.Dirty engine air filters are another efficiency pirate. They rob your engine of enough air to effectively burn the fuel, so you need more gas to get the job done. Replacing a dirty air filter can pay for itself in fuel savings before the next ... read more

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Fuel System