The Oils and Fluids in your vehicle.
What they are and why they are important.
Engine oil is the most common liquid in your vehicle and the easiest to forget or gamble
on. When an engine moves it causes friction, friction so hot that normal water boils. So
oil is used instead to keep lubricating the pistons, the engine’s gears, wash away dirt and
impurities and it doesn’t boil. However, if your vehicle doesn’t have enough oil or the oil
is too dirty or the filter is clogged up then the engine can’t run and it just continues to
create heat and burns itself up; causing up to $5000 worth of damage. It’s not worth it to
risk not changing your oil… do it regularly and your engine will last for many 1000’s of
KM longer than risking it just to save $30. Not sure of what kind you need? Don’t worry
any lube shop or mechanic will know which oil is right for your vehicle. The typical car
takes 5W30. Change your oil every 5000 KM maximum and if you have an older vehicle
with high KM, then we can use special high mileage oil. Any vehicle over 120,000 is
considered a high mileage vehicle.
Engine Oil Flushing
This service doesn’t need to be done every time you change your oil. Dirt in the oil heats up and when not changed it will bake itself to the pistons and the gears in the engine; this will slow everything down. It’s like trying to run your engine on mud or molasses. It becomes sticky and then bakes onto the pistons and gears because of the heat; eventually your engine will size up and be destroyed beyond repair. An engine flush will strip off all baked on sludge and clean up your gears and pistons. It is good to have your engine oil flushed one every 50,000 or if you have let the regular oil change to beyond the
recommended 5000 KM.
Lots of people didn’t know that a transmission needs oil changed. Luckily not as often as
your engine! The transmission is fully sealed from outside dirt and debris and it doesn’t
have to burn any fuel like your big engine so less heat and sludge build up. The down
side is that it has 1000’s of working gear parts that take the skill of a watchmaker to
replace and repair. When some of those working gears grind together and may break a
tooth off (just a matter of time) then that tooth and grit sloshes around inside the
transmission box in the oil causing more damage from other teeth and create shavings
and fine metal dust. The problem is the same whether you drive a Mercedes or a Ford
Fiesta. Transmission oil should be checked each time you change your regular engine oil.
Transmission oil is usually red when it’s new so if you check it and it’s brown or worse
black, then it is time for a transmission flush and oil change. A typical vehicle needs a
transmission oil change every 80,000 KM. The need of your specific vehicle is shown on
the upper left hand side of your invoice.
Power Steering Fluid
Most decent lube shops and mechanics check the power steering fluid with every oil
change. The power steering system is also a sealed system. There is no place for the oil to go, so if your power steering fluid is down or needs filling that is an indication that larger
problems could be looming. A little topping up is normal on older cars… but any kind of
volume in the top up should be noted so you can get a mechanic to check if there is a
power steering problem.
If you own a four wheel drive, rear or all wheel drive vehicle you will have what is called
a transfer case. It is full of gears and mechanism that handle the transferring of power
from one wheel to the next on all wheel drives and the engaging and disengaging of the
four wheel drive option on trucks. Same problem as with engine oil, if this oil is not
changed for new oil then the gears bake on that sludge and burn up.
Again this is only if you have a four wheel drive or rear wheel drive vehicle. There will
be a front and rear differential case. What this does is manages the gears that directly
drive the axel in and out of four wheel drive. The gears are separate from the
transmission and again are a sealed case. However, these cases have gaskets and can leak as well as rust and rot off; causing failure of function. This is very bad. Without the
differentials you cannot change four wheel and two wheel drive. A new differential is
worth 2 or $3000. Make sure that you change your differential oil every 50,000 KM.
No Environmental Fees
We are often asked: How come we don’t have environmental fees? Are we just dumping
oil in the sewer? Are we scamming the government? Certainly NOT. The fact is until October of 2015 there were NO environmental fees! That’s right none. However thanks to our current provincial government we now pay 50 cents per filter eco fees. We just pay for that and have not passed it on to the customer
Oil does costs us to have removed by a special company, but again we just absorb that costs while others charge for it. The filters are all picked up free of charge and recycled by a local crusher, when we change brakes the rotors are recycled for scrap metal. Any plastic bottles and containers are all recycled including cardboard shipping packs. The only thing we pay for is a regular garbage bin for acceptable landfill materials.
Quick Serve Brake Service
We offer a “good better best” solution for brakes… we do not use ANY ultra cheap pads or rotors… it’s just not worth it… if you are looking for brakes for $160 then we are not your place. Even our economy grade rotor is better quality than most of those cheap rotors. You will not be disappointed with your brake service with us. We also offer a 3 month warranty on labour. If you have any problems just bring it back Higher end pads and rotors can come with you to 2 years warranty!. Usually there is no appointment required for brakes however, if you wish to make an appointment please do so and we will get your vehicle right into the shop asap. A typical brake job takes about 1 hour per axle.