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Under Pressure in St. Thomas: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in St. Thomas, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on Ontario roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, St. Thomas drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concerns as ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Below 45 Degrees in St. Thomas: Consider Winter Tires

Remember snow tires? They were basically just regular tires with big, knobby lugs to get them through deep snow. They were loud and rode hard, and St. Thomas drivers couldn't wait to get them off the car. Then along came television advertisements for “all-season” radials. Ontario drivers ran out and bought some and we thought we were done with snow tires forever.Tires have come a long way since then. Modern winter tires sold in the St. Thomas area are much better designed for the wide range of conditions that come with Ontario winter weather. They are made with a rubber compound that helps them stay flexible in cold weather. Regular tires become hard and stiff at St. Thomas temperatures below 45°F (7° C) which reduces their traction. That's a concern in winter, especially with snowy or wet conditions. But it also means that St. Thomas drivers are better off with winter tires in cold weather even when it's dry.The tread design on winter tires has been improved to mo ... read more

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Tires and Wheels

Speak Up: Talking with Your Gurr Auto Service Advisor

About 80% of the vehicles on St. Thomas roads today are behind on their preventive maintenance schedules. That translates to about 160 million vehicles in the United States that aren't performing as well as they could be - thousands right here in Ontario. Some of the maintenance issues are minor. Others represent serious safety concerns. There are many reasons St. Thomas drivers neglect their routine car care. Some of the more common ones are complacency, lack of confidence, lack of trust and budget issues. Modern vehicles are amazingly reliable compared to their older counterparts. They can run for years without any repairs, and we sometimes translate that to mean they don't need any maintenance. The trouble is that without maintenance, parts in the vehicle are gradually wearing out, fluids are getting dirty, oil is developing sludge — a lot of stuff is happening that we can't see, and it is destroying the vehicle. The first time we learn there ... read more

Speak Up: Talking with Your Gurr Auto Service Advisor

About 80% of the vehicles on St. Thomas roads today are behind on their preventive maintenance schedules. That translates to about 160 million vehicles in the United States that aren't performing as well as they could be - thousands right here in Ontario. Some of the maintenance issues are minor. Others represent serious safety concerns. There are many reasons St. Thomas drivers neglect their routine car care. Some of the more common ones are complacency, lack of confidence, lack of trust and budget issues. Modern vehicles are amazingly reliable compared to their older counterparts. They can run for years without any repairs, and we sometimes translate that to mean they don't need any maintenance. The trouble is that without maintenance, parts in the vehicle are gradually wearing out, fluids are getting dirty, oil is developing sludge — a lot of stuff is happening that we can't see, and it is destroying the vehicle. The first time we learn there ... read more

Gurr Auto Helps You Decipher the Menu Board: Part 2

Ontario service centers have a menu board that lists the services they provide. Some St. Thomas drivers may not be familiar with all of the items on the board so here is a quick description of some of the typical services that might be listed.Gurr Auto fuel system cleaning: Over time, the vehicle fuel system gets gum and varnish built up. A fuel system cleaning gets rid of that and cleans out the fuel injectors. Saves gas, by the way.Gurr Auto headlamp replacement: Halogen and standard headlamps gradually fade. It's usually good to change them every year or so.Gurr Auto inspections: St. Thomas drivers get inspections for many reasons. Maybe they're going on a trip or just want to make sure their vehicle's ready for a Ontario summer or winter. Maybe they just bought a used vehicle and want to give it the once over. An inspection may reveal some things that are broken or are getting close to having a prob ... read more

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Maintenance

Higher Mileage Service Intervals for St. Thomas

St. Thomas drivers have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers, safety equipment like airbags and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public in the St. Thomas area, but it does add quite a bit to the price of a new car.Because new cars are more expensive, St. Thomas residents are driving their old cars longer. The average car is now over nine years old. 68% of vehicles on the road have more than 75,000 miles/120,000 kilometers. As cars age, their performance drops, they have difficulty idling for long periods and are more sensitive to weather extremes. Fortunately today's cars are up to the challenge - but they need a little help to keep on going.Some owner's manuals don't outline service requirements and schedules at higher mileage. Of course, that doesn't mean it doesn't have to be done. In fact, it's more important than ever for St. Thomas drivers to stay on to ... read more

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Fuel System

Following Recommended Intervals for Your vehicle

If you're reading this article in St. Thomas, Ontario, then you probably care about your vehicle and how it runs. Even though you care, there is still that moment of dread when your professional service advisor at Gurr Auto tells you the manufacturer recommends some additional service. Your heart beats a little faster, your blood pressure rises. You worry about spending more money than you had planned. And you worry that if you say "no," you might be harming your vehicle or risking your family's safety. At the risk of sounding like your dad, you really should have done your homework. Service recommendations are in your owner's manual. But it is not like you want to keep your vehicle auto maintenance schedule on your nightstand for bedtime reading.Vehicles are complicated machines and it takes some effort for St. Thomas residents to keep them running well. That is why they have maintenance schedules that explain how to keep your vehicle performing efficiently ... read more

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Maintenance
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