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Technician Training at Gurr Auto

Your vehicle is important to you, and keeping it running properly is important to your lifestyle. That's why you're smart enough to have it serviced regularly at Gurr Auto in St. Thomas. And even though it may just be routine maintenance, you want it done right by automotive professionals.It's also very important to your St. Thomas service center to keep you happy and on the road. You might be surprised at the amount of money our St. Thomas auto service center spends annually to make sure our friendly and knowledgeable technicians are properly trained.Gurr Auto offers a variety of automotive services for many kinds of vehicles. We need to be current on the latest techniques and parts so that we can give you quality service. Our St. Thomas service centers subscribe to data services that list the high quality parts and fluids recommended by your manufacturer.And each service has a checklist of standard procedures. Gurr Auto technicians follow these procedures so they can safely del ... read more

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Gurr Auto On Your Serpentine Belt

  Today we're going to be talking about serpentine belts for our St. Thomas, Ontario, customers. Let's start by talking about the accessories that are driven by the serpentine belt. First is the alternator. That's the device that makes electricity to power the vehicle and recharge the battery. Then there's the air conditioning compressor that makes cool air for you while you're driving around Ontario in the summer.The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in most St. Thomas residents' vehicles. Those pumps provide pressure that assists your steering and braking.In many vehicles, the water pump is driven by the serpentine belt. The water pump is what circulates the coolant that protects your engine. In some cars around St. Thomas, Ontario, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.The radiator cooling fans on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Some have separate electric motors. That's really a lot of ... read more

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Maintenance for High Mileage Vehicles in St. Thomas, Ontario

The median age for cars in the St. Thomas, Ontario area was over nine years. And two-thirds had over 75,000 miles. At Gurr Auto we hear reports that those numbers continue to rise. If you have a high-mileage vehicle in the St. Thomas area, bring it into Gurr Auto for high-mileage maintenance.845 Talbot StreetSt. Thomas, Ontario N5P 2A8519.637.9861 Many people in Ontario are keeping their vehicles longer. The economy has influenced that, but the fact that modern vehicles are more durable and reliable means that owning a high mileage vehicle doesn't have to be a painful experience.Local car owners in St. Thomas with over 100,000 miles on their vehicles often ask which service intervals they should follow. Let's start with the special needs of the older vehicle...The reality is that time and mileage will take its toll. The engine and transmission will have more sludge. The fuel, steering and brake systems will have gum and varnish built up. There'll be mo ... read more

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Keys to a Long Lasting Vehicle

We live in a disposable society. Everything from elaborate packaging to our clothing. Even cell phones are disposable. When replacement is cheaper than repair, the term "built to last" goes by the wayside. An exception is our vehicles. They're still a very big investment and St. Thomas drivers want to make them last as long as possible.  We also want to make keeping them running as cheap as possible. When talking vehicles, it's all about preventive maintenance. There is an old saying that says, "A stitch in time saves nine," and that is really true when it comes to taking care of your vehicle. A great example is coolant service in St. Thomas.Your coolant not only protects your engine from overheating and freezing, it must also protect cooling system components from corrosion. Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. That's why you need to have your cooling system serviced on a regular schedule.The same is true for your ... read more

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Keeping Your Car Young in St. Thomas

As St. Thomas consumers, we live in a disposable society. It's amazing all the stuff we throw away.New stuff comes out so fast in Ontario, and much of it is fairly cheap, so we just toss the old and move on. It seems like when we were kids our parents were real sticklers about taking care of our stuff - especially parents who grew up in the Depression. You know, hang up your clothes, polish your shoes, put away your toys. If something got lost or ruined by neglect, tough; we had to do without.  We couldn't afford new cars very often, so we tried to make them last as long as we could. It's a good thing that cars are more reliable these days. They just don't break down as often. And the good news for us St. Thomas penny pinchers is that a modern car can easily go 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care. The engineering's there and so is the manufacturing quality. The missing ingredient is us making sure we follow the vehicle manufacturer's maintenance schedules.Is it really that ... read more

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Gas Savings in St. Thomas: Sharpen Your Pencil

High gas prices in St. Thomas increase the cost of living for Ontario drivers. You've probably budgeted a certain amount for vehicle related expenses. Increased fuel costs now consume a larger portion of our incomes, causing some St. Thomas vehicle owners to skimp in other areas – like scheduled maintenance.According to Ontario news reports and automotive industry studies, this is becoming increasingly more common. In fact, nine out of ten personal vehicles on the road have at least one maintenance or repair item that hasn't been done. Some of these items pose serious safety risks. Others are just more likely to make it more expensive to drive. In this area, we can take a lesson from professional St. Thomas vehicle owners. I'm talking about fleet owners and operators. You know, St. Thomas folks like the trucking companies and delivery services. Because their livelihood depends on it, they h ... read more

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Budget for Maintenance in St. Thomas

Sometimes busy St. Thomas residents dream about going back to the “simpler” days of our grandparents. But if you could travel back in time and take a road trip around Ontario in a Model T, you might change your mind. The improved designs and quality of today's automobiles have significantly reduced the amount of time St. Thomas residents spend at the side of the road during breakdowns. With proper maintenance, today's vehicles can stay on the road longer than ever before.Some of those improvements, however, have led to higher repair costs. For example, older cars often broke down from vapor lock. Gas vaporized while traveling from the gas tank to the fuel pump. No gas, no power. The car quits going. The solution was simple — you just sat by the road until the car would start up again. Today's St. Thomas drivers would hardly tolerate that kind of inconvenience, and it's likely that yesterday's St. Thomas drivers didn't care much for it, either. So on today's vehic ... read more

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Hey St. Thomas Drivers; What Is the Most Distracting Food?

So what is the most distracting food to have in the car while driving around St. Thomas?Is it: A Hamburger; Coffee; A Soft Drink, or Gummy Bears? Well, you may be surprised to learn that all but the gummy bears are in the top ten most distracting foods when you are driving. But if you chose 'coffee,' then give yourself an extra two points.  Coffee is the number one food distraction for drivers in St. Thomas and around the country.Food distractions cause 25 percent of all car accidents; over a million and a half each year!You'll notice that all of the top ten distracting food items are messy. Messy foods are the types of food you might spill (very distracting!), then try to clean up (a safe-driving impossibility!). If you gotta eat on the run, take five-then drive. You'll thank yourself later for two reasons: one, that you can actually relax for just a moment in our fast-paced world, and two, you won't have to worry about ge ... read more

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Regular Schedule or Severe Service Schedule at Gurr Auto?

Today's Gurr Auto article focuses on severe service maintenance. Many St. Thomas drivers are not aware of them and yet there are also very vocal advocates in Ontario who think that severe service schedules apply to everyone. Somewhere between a complete lack of awareness and the dire blanket statements lies a reasonable approach to severe service maintenance at Gurr Auto.To back up a little, vehicle owner's manuals have schedules for preventive maintenance: things like oil changes, transmission service and so on. They say you should change your oil after a certain distanced traveled or after so many months. St. Thomas drivers understand this very well. What they may not know is that there are actually two service schedules: the regular schedule and the severe service schedule. The mileage and time intervals are lower on the severe service schedule.Now when you hear 'severe service,' you may think it doesn't apply to you because you don't feel you ... read more

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Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in St. Thomas

Busted: The Maintenance-Free Myth in St. Thomas

There's a segment of the St. Thomas area population that's not committed to proper vehicle maintenance. Now, the ignition system in your vehicle is electronic and controlled by the engine management computer. Spark plugs rarely get fouled and will last for as much as 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers). So tune-ups used to force you in to Gurr Auto for service, and while you were there you just took care of whatever else was on the list.Also, in recent years, a large percentage of new vehicles in St. Thomas have been leased. These folks plan on turning the vehicle in after two or three years, so they haven't focused on the maintenance that helps a vehicle last longer.Given all that, what's the benefit to keeping up with factory scheduled maintenance? Well, your vehicle will perform better and return better fuel economy.Those benefits pay for themselves as they go along. The big plus is that major repairs are prevented ... read more

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