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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 ide ... read more

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"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?

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 wh ... read more

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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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Keep Your St. Thomas Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Hey St. Thomas - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in Ontario affects when your filter needs to be changed.Dusty conditions around St. Thomas or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at Gurr Auto can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.When you think about it, a clogged air filter wo ... read more

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Maintenance

St. Thomas Air Conditioning Service

Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around St. Thomas, but not in your vehicle. When St. Thomas residents' vehicle AC Systems have a problem, they'll often feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it? You know, the old comfort versus cost dilemma. But a more comfortable drive around Ontario has a lot of benefits, and keeping the AC System well maintained can help prevent repairs.A common cause of AC failure is water and air in the system. The system does not work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system and making it work harder to try to cool the air. That is why periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system for St. Thomas residents, so it cools better and lasts longer.St. Thomas drivers sho ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Questions to Ask Your St. Thomas Service Advisor

We find that a lot of St. Thomas drivers are a little tentative when they talk with their automotive advisors. They want to ask questions but don't want to be embarrassed or seem pushy. Vehicles are very complicated and there's more to know about them than most of us have the time to learn. Maybe it's because vehicles have become so much more reliable that the average person just doesn't need to know as much to keep their vehicle on the road.You know, your local hospital has a Patient's Bill of Rights that they post throughout the hospital. We think our St. Thomas automotive service customers also have a right to ask any question they need to understand what is wrong with their car and what it will take to fix it. They need to feel free to ask the cost and benefits of recommended services. And they certainly have a right to understand the financial end of the transaction.It's all about the communication. It's a little harder when you're trying to find the rig ... read more

Automotive Tips from Gurr Auto: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Gurr Auto when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most St. Thomas drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your Gurr Auto service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for Ontario drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner. Gurr Auto845 Talbot StreetSt. Thomas, Ontario N5P 2A8519.637.9861http://gurrauto.com/  

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Battery

The Gurr Auto Guide to Caring for Your Transmission

Most vehicles have automatic transmissions, yet a lot of St. Thomas drivers only have a fuzzy understanding about what a transmission does. Think back to the last time you rode a bike in St. Thomas. You started out in a lower gear and shifted to higher gears as you went faster. Down shift for hills, stuff like that. Think of your legs as the engine – there's an ideal speed you can pedal and you change gears to leverage the work you're doing.Lower gears for power on hills or for starting out. Higher gears for more speed. That's what the automatic transmission does – it automatically starts in lower gears and shifts up to higher gears to go faster on Ontario roads. And it automatically shifts back down to climb St. Thomas hills, pass or start up again.Vehicle automatic transmissions have certainly gotten more sophisticated in recent years. They have more speeds than before: the base is four speeds, five is very common. At Gurr Aut ... read more

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