Monthly Archives: September 2018

Gurr Auto Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Gurr Auto Guide to Using the Correct Fluids in Your Vehicle

Today's Gurr Auto post focuses on using coolant. If you pour in the wrong kind, it won't protect the cooling system and may even void the warranty. Check your vehicle owner's manual. Of course, your Gurr Auto service advisor will know the proper coolant for your vehicle.Brake fluid is confusing for some St. Thomas drivers. Back when we opened Gurr Auto, most vehicles used Dot 3 brake fluid. Now we have Dot 4 and Dot 5. Some St. Thomas residents mistakenly think the higher numbers are an upgrade. You know, if 3 is good then 4 must be better. That's not how it works. They are different formulations to meet the demands of differences in brake systems. Only one of them is designed for your vehicle.Ditto for transmission fluid. For decades there were two basic types of tranny fluid used at Gurr Auto: friction modified or not. With the tremendous engineering advances in vehicle automatic transmissions, there have been several new types of fluids developed to protect and lubricate them ... read more

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Fluids

Differential Service at Gurr Auto

Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in St. Thomas, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your Gurr Auto service advisor that your differential needs serviced, or it's seen it as an option up on the service menu. Differential service at Gurr Auto covers a lot of things, so let's first talk about what a differential does.As you drive through a turn, your outside wheels and inside wheels turn at different speeds. Kind of like the cars going around a race track - the ones driving in the outside lanes have a greater distance to travel than the cars in the inside lanes. The differential is what allows the outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds so that the tires don't hop or skip while taking corners, or lose traction in dirt or snow on St. Thomas area roads. Di ... read more

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Drive Train

Fuel System Cleaning at Gurr Auto for Better Performance

Hi St. Thomas residents. Let's talk fuel injectors. A fuel injector is a valve that delivers fuel to a vehicle's engine. It has to deliver the precise amount of fuel to precisely the right place, precisely when the engine needs it. The fuel also has to be mixed with air before it can burn in the engine.Fuel injectors are engineered to spray fuel in a specific pattern into the engine. (The pattern varies by engine type and design.) In order to achieve these spray patterns, the fuel must be pressurized.Vehicles have one fuel injector for each cylinder in the engine. Your vehicle's control computer constantly monitors the engine and various sensors in the vehicle.  It also adjusts the fuel injectors accordingly so that they can deliver the proper amount of fuel to the engine. As you can see, fuel injectors are a sophisticated and vital part of your vehicle's engine. Because fuel injectors are such precision instruments, dirt and contaminants are a serious detri ... read more

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Fuel System

Your Well Trained Technician at Gurr Auto

When your vehicle has a problem or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your vehicle's so important to your life in St. Thomas, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.If you've ever checked into some of the technician training Gurr Auto professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8's. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/100 kph. Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep St. Thomas gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The modern vehicles ... read more

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Safety
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