The Great Warranty Myth

So you’ve been checking out things like these used cars for sale, you’ve decided it’s time that you buy one. Maybe you were looking at new cars and decided that you get one of those instead. New or old, you’ll find that they both come with a really nice manufacturer’s warranty. That’s great, except now… Read more »

We Love This Place

We are Victorians, through and through. Our shop has been a staple in the downtown community for over 40 years, and we are so proud to call this place our home. It’s important not to take for granted the place you live, and the things you love about it – although it’s easy for us… Read more »

The Importance of Oil Changes

Ever wonder how important it really is to get your oil changed regularly? IT’S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT. In fact, getting regular oil changes is one of the easiest and cheapest ways that you can avoid big repair bills down the road. So what’s the big deal? In short, your engine has many metal parts that… Read more »

37 Point BCAA Inspections – Critical for your Safety

Unfortunately, not enough repair shops today perform regular multi-point inspections as part of every maintenance service. For you, the driver, this cutting of corners means that many important safety issues may go overlooked. Whether you’re visiting us for a routine oil change or a full transmission repair, we perform a 37 point BCAA inspection, at… Read more »

A Closer Look at Torque Converters

As a follow up to our post about the difference between Manual and Automatic transmissions, here is a closer look at one of the most important parts of an automatic transmission: the torque converter. Just like manual transmissions, automatic transmissions require the ability to let the engine turn while the wheels and gears in the… Read more »

The Basics of Transmissions

In any vehicle, the transmission’s primary job is to allow the engine to operate in its own narrow range of speeds internally, while providing a wide range of output speeds. The transmission uses gears to make more effective use of the engine’s torque, and to keep the engine operating at an appropriate speed. Automatic vs. Standard Transmissions The… Read more »

Tire Pressure and TPMS sensors

TPMS sensors, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System sensors, are a safety feature that was introduced in 2005.  While few vehicles had TPMS in 2005, it is increasingly becoming standard equipment. So how does it work? TPMS sensors alert the driver when the tire is reaching an unsafe pressure level. Is tire pressure really that important?… Read more »

How to Get Better Fuel Economy

People talk a lot about fuel economy these days. As you’re likely aware, fuel economy refers to the fuel efficiency relationship between distances traveled by an automobile and the amount of fuel consumed. Fuel economy is expressed in mile per gallon (Mpg) or kilometers per litre (km/l). The reciprocal ratio, “fuel consumption” is usually expressed… Read more »

Oh No – The Check Engine Light!

Strange that such a small light can ignite such fear! Perhaps it’s the utter lack of follow-up information it provides, or the sense of foreshadowing it seems to impart, but one thing remains certain – nobody likes the “Check Engine” light. It has happened to most of us at one point or another. And what… Read more »