Monthly Archives: April 2019

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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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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Hey St. Thomas Drivers: How Do You Save Gas?

Higher St. Thomas fuel prices aren't going away any time soon. That's not good news for our wallets. A lot of St. Thomas drivers are trying to find ways to cut down on fuel consumption and hang on to some of their hard-earned money.North Americans drive billions of miles less during months of high fuel prices. That's right, billions. Of course Ontario vehicle owners can't stop driving altogether, so we still need to find other ways to cut fuel bills.Preventive maintenance at Gurr Auto in St. Thomas and good vehicle care can actually pay for themselves by lowering our fuel consumption. Here's a real-life example of how that can work.A family planned a four-day camping trip. Before leaving, they took their SUV into Gurr Auto for an oil change. They flushed the cooling system, serviced all three differentials and cleaned the fuel system. They replaced the PCV valve and breather element. Then they checked the tires to ensure they had enough air.This w ... read more

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Fuel Economy
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