AntiFreeze: Maintaining your Coolant in Winter

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AntiFreeze: Maintaining your Coolant in Winter

Antifreeze in your Coolant is critical in the Winter

Whether we like it or not, cold winters are part of life in Saskatchewan.  When preparing for the brutality of winter, think about the coolant in your vehicle. Yes coolant. It may sound odd that coolant would be important in the coolest part of the year, but it is critical to your vehicle’s winter performance.

What does antifreeze or coolant do?

Coolant, often called antifreeze, is the fluid found in your radiator.  Your coolant contains a chemical (ethylene glycol) that stops water from freezing or boiling in regular and extreme temperatures. Coolant also contains rust, corrosion and foaming inhibitors. Not only is coolant important in the winter to prevent the water in your radiator from freezing, coolant also provides lubrication for the moving parts it comes into contact with inside your vehicle.  It keeps the seals and gaskets supple so they are less likely to harden and leak.  There are also anti-corrosive properties in the coolant that protect metal pieces in the engine from corroding.

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When should I top up or change my antifreeze?

If the coolant level is lower than the full line, it might just need a top up.  If you decide to add antifreeze be sure the mix is the right one for your vehicle and the climate you are in.  Check your vehicle’s owners manual or the details on the antifreeze container.

However if the existing fluid looks colourless or rusty or has debris floating in it, it is time to flush the old coolant out and add new.  Although it is possible to simply drain the old coolant and replace it, this only refreshes the fluid in the radiator, not in the other parts of the vehicle that the coolant comes into contact with (like the engine block and hoses).  In contrast, a complete coolant flush (also known as a radiator flush) will clean the entire coolant system and help protect the system for the long haul.

Regardless of the level or the colour of the fluid, there is also a point in time that the protective properties of the existing coolant break down and do not provide the benefits needed.   Over time the rust, corrosion and foaming inhibitors become less effective, leaving you with breakdowns and costly damages.  The recommended service point is reached at a different time for each make and model of vehicle.  At that time a coolant flush is an important part of maintenance so that your engine continues to be protected properly.

What happens during a “Coolant Flush” or “Radiator Flush”?

In a coolant (or radiator) flush, the fluid in your radiator and coolant system is completely changed.  All of the old coolant in the radiator, the engine, the hoses and the heater core is removed and replaced with warranty approved fluid. The entire system is checked for leaks and the radiator cap is tested.  Replacing the fluid helps protect against rust and corrosion, engine freeze up and helps your vehicle operate at its most efficient temperature.great-canadian-oil-change-oiilchange-coolant-fluid-flusher-antifreeze-radiator-flush-service-regina-quance-albert-saskatchewan-canada-greatcanadianoil-gcoc

Where in Regina can I get a coolant service or flush if needed?

Great Canadian Oil Change in Regina offers full coolant services.  As part of our everyday service, our technicians check your radiator fluid and top it up if needed.  If your vehicle has reached the recommended service interval at which the manufacturer recommends a coolant flush, we will inform you of this.  For your convenience, we offer a complete coolant system flush service which you may choose to do at that time or anytime!

Qualified technicians like those at the Great Canadian Oil Change can help you to check your fluid levels, fluid quality, caps, belts and hoses. We aim for high customer satisfaction, so let us show you how hard we will work to earn your trust and keep your business.

For a list of all our services including standard and synthetic oil changes and transmission, differential, coolant and other maintenance, click here.

Helping you to “maintain your cool” this winter!

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What is Differential Oil?  How does it work? How often should I get a differential service?

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What is Differential Oil?  How does it work? How often should I get a differential service?

First of all, what is a differential?

The differential is a component in all automobiles designed to compensate for the difference in distance that the inner wheels and outer wheels travel as the car goes around a corner. Basically the differential allows your car to make corners without drama. If both drive wheels rotated together, going around corners would be jerky because the outside tire travels farther than the inside

 

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A under view of the differential of truck



In a rear-wheel-drive car, the differential has its own housing and lubrication. Front-wheel-drive vehicles typically integrate the differential in the transmission housing and share the same fluid.

The differential can be seen by looking under the bumper from the rear. The driveshaft connects to the front of it, and the axles and rear tires come off either side of it.

If you want to know more detail, search the internet.  There are some cool pictures and videos of how the gears in a differential work.

What is differential oil?

Differential oil, sometimes referred to as gear oil, is found in the axle housing. It’s thicker than engine oil and is designed to perform under high pressure (gears mashing together, hydraulic nature of clutch packs) rather than high temperatures like engine oil.

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Gear oil to help keep the differential in great shape

How does differential oil work in my vehicle?

As you cruise down the road, the gear oil splashes about lubricating gears, bearings and clutch packs. The differential oil lubricates the ring and pinion gears that transfer power from the driveshaft to the wheel axles. If your car is fitted with a limited-slip differential, it also keeps all the moving parts in that assembly healthy. The purpose of the differential fluid is to cool and lubricate your differential. Without the oil your differential would overheat due to the metal-to-metal contact and burn itself out.

How often do I need to change the differential oil?

Unless the gear oil has been contaminated with water, you should change the differential oil at the time recommended by the owner’s manual of your vehicle.  If you don’t have the owner’s manual, we have access at Great Canadian Oil Change to all manufacturers’ recommended service intervals.

Why is it important that I have it changed when recommended?

Changing this oil is just as important as changing your engine’s oil, and for the same reason. Metal-to-metal contact wears down surfaces and creates heat from friction, which inevitably weakens the gears and leads to failure. To keep your differential in optimum condition and to avoid costly repairs, it is best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on when to change the differential oil.

 


How can Great Canadian Oil Change help with the maintenance of my differential?

The technicians at Great Canadian Oil Change refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations of the make and model of your vehicle in order to properly service your differential.  We will let  you know when the recommended service interval has been reached for a change in differential oil.  We offer front and rear differential services to help you maintain your vehicle.

The Services menu item on our webpage details all of the services we provide, and provides information that may be helpful to you in making the right choices for your vehicle.

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Medicine Hat – Customer Appreciation Day – Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020

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Great Canadian Oil Change Medicine Hat Location

Customer Appreciation Day

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 from 8:00 am to 6 pm.

Please join us on Thursday, September 3 at the Medicine Hat location of Great Canadian Oil Change for our Customer Appreciation Day.  There will be specials all day and prizes draws at the end of the day.

Oil Change specials:  $25 off every oil change package!!!!  $25 Oil Change coupons. Every 15th customer will get a FREE oil change.  Random ½ price oil changes.

Some of the AWESOME prizes include: A 55 inch Smart TV, Bed Bath & Beyond gift certificate, Brown’s Social House gift certificate, Ace Liquor gift certificate, Optiks International gift certificate, Freshii gift certificate, and Great Clips gift certificate!

And best yet, we will be donating $10 from each and every oil change to Halo Air Rescue!

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Everyone is automatically entered to win the prizes.  The top prize is a 55 inch Smart TV.

We hope to see you there!

 

The Great Canadian Oil Change Medicine Hat Team

 

 

GCOC Kindersley Customer Appreciation Day July 30, 2020

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Great Canadian Oil Change Kindersley Location

Great Canadian Oil Change Kindersley Exterior BuildingCustomer Appreciation Day

Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

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Cleaning up! Getting ready for the big day!

Please join us on Thursday, July 30 at the Kindersley location of Great Canadian Oil Change for our Customer Appreciation Day.  There will be specials and prizes all day.  $20 off every oil change.  Every 15th customer will get a FREE oil change.  Brittany from 104.9 FM will be onsite announcing even MORE prizes throughout the day.  And best yet, we will be donating $10 from each and every oil change to West Central Abilities!

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Everyone is automatically entered to win the prizes.  The top prize is a 55 inch Smart TV.

We hope to see you there!

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Medicine Hat Location Now Open

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Medicine Hat Location Now Open

Medicine Hat Location Now Open at 1870 Strachan Road in Medicine Hat, Alberta

 

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Welcome to the newest Great Canadian Oil Change franchise.  As of Thursday, July 16, 2020 we have opened a new location in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

 

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Welcome to the best customer service oriented oil change and vehicle care shop in Medicine Hat, Alberta.  We are located on Strachan Road.  The Great Canadian Oil Change team offer warranty-approved conventional and synthetic oil changes, as well as coolant, transmission, and differential services.  Get your windshield wiper blades and lights bulbs replaced when you visit.  Our service is thorough yet quick, to get you back on the road fast.  You will be wowed by our speedy and efficient service with a smile!

 

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Come experience what we have at the Great Canadian Oil Change!  Stop on by at 1870 Starchan Road in Medicine Hat today.

 

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No Appointment is ever needed!

 

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Does your vehicle have adequate coolant for the summer?

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Does your vehicle have adequate coolant for the summer?

Follow these tips for keeping your engine cool for all your summer travels in Regina, Saskatchewan, and beyond!

What does coolant or antifreeze do?

Coolant, also called antifreeze, is the fluid found in your radiator.  Your coolant contains a chemical (ethylene glycol) that stops water from freezing or boiling in regular and extreme temperatures. Coolant also contains rust, corrosion and foaming inhibitors. Not only is coolant important in the summer to prevent the water in your radiator from boiling over, coolant also provides lubrication for the moving parts it comes into contact with inside your vehicle.  It keeps the seals and gaskets supple so they are less likely to harden and leak.  There are also anti-corrosive properties in the coolant that protect metal pieces in the engine from corroding.

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How can I check my coolant level?

To check your coolant level, find the coolant reservoir under the hood of your vehicle.  The reservoir or the cap may be labelled as “Engine Coolant” or have a warning label such as “Never Open Hot”.  In most cases, you should be able to see if the liquid reaches the full line on the side of the reservoir without opening the cap.

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If the coolant level is lower than the full line, it might just need a top up.  However if the existing fluid looks colourless or rusty or has debris floating in it, it is time to flush the old coolant out and add new.  Although it is possible to simply drain the old coolant and replace it, this only refreshes the fluid in the radiator, not in the other parts of the vehicle that the coolant comes into contact with (like the engine block and hoses).  In contrast, a complete coolant flush (also known as a radiator flush) will clean the entire coolant system and help protect the system for the long haul.

Regardless of the level or the colour of the fluid, there is also a point in time that the protective properties of the existing coolant break down and do not provide the benefits needed.   Over time the rust, corrosion and foaming inhibitors become less effective, leaving you with breakdowns and costly damages.  The recommended service point is reached at a different time for each make and model of vehicle.  At that time a coolant flush is an important part of maintenance so that your engine continues to be protected properly.

Where in Regina can I get a coolant service or flush if needed?

Great Canadian Oil Change in Regina offers full coolant services.  As part of our everyday service, our technicians check your radiator fluid and top it up if needed.  If your vehicle has reached the recommended service interval at which the manufacturer recommends a coolant flush, we will inform you of this.  For your convenience, we offer a complete coolant system flush service which you may choose to do at that time or anytime!

 

What services are included a “Coolant Flush” or “Radiator Flush”?

In a coolant (or radiator) flush, we completely change the fluid in your radiator and coolant system.  We remove all of the old coolant in the radiator, the engine, the hoses and the heater core and replace it with warranty approved fluid. We also check for leaks in the system and test the radiator cap.  Replacing the fluid helps protect against rust and corrosion, engine freeze up and helps your vehicle operate at its most efficient temperature.

For a list of all our services including standard and synthetic oil changes and transmission, differential, and other maintenance, including windshield wiper and headlight replacement, click here.

Helping you to “keep cool and drive on” this summer!

Happy travels from the Great Canadian Oil Change team.

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Have you checked your lights lately? 

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Have you checked your lights lately? 

A guideline for checking your headlights, taillights, running lights and signal lights.

Why check your lights regularly

For your safety and the safety of others, it is important that all lights on your vehicle are working properly.  Bright and functioning headlights and taillights are necessary to be visible to other drivers and pedestrians at night and during the day.  Well-maintained headlights also help you to see obstacles in the road in front of you.

Prevent Accidents and Reduce Road Rage

Working lights also help to prevent accidents and reduce road rage.  We all appreciate advance notice of braking and turns in the driver ahead of us so that we can adjust our speed and driving path.  And we all can do without getting a ticket ourselves for having a burned out headlight or taillight.  All if these situations can lead to accidents and unnecessary stress.  Don’t be part of the problem!  Take the initiative and responsibility for checking that your own lights are working.

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It is easy to check SOME of your lights when the car is not running, however most vehicles these days require that the ignition be on (and some vehicles must actually be in gear) to do a thorough check of ALL  lights.

How easy is it to check the lights myself?

It is possible to check the lights by yourself, although not the quickest.  You will need to have a method to hold the brake down (creative use of a long handled windshield scraper or an anti-theft device might do) and you may have to get in and out of the car a few times.  If you can park the car beside something reflective (a window) or plain (a wall), you may be able to see some of the lights without getting out.  It is definitely possible to check the lights yourself, however the job will take less time if you have the assistance of another person.

How can I check my lights easily in the day time?

In the day time it is more difficult to see some of the lights on your car.  One option would be to use a dark piece of clothing (a jacket) when going up close to each light to see how bight it shines on that surface.  Other options include parking beside a reflective surface like a window.  Or even shining your lights onto a building with a plain wall.  Waiting until it is close to evening or checking your lights indoors in dim lighting is suggested.

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Check tail lights and brake lights

Checklist for Easy and Fast way to check all lights

Follow this general plan to check the headlights, taillights, brake lights, running lights and signal lights on most cars.

Every vehicle is different.  Check the owner’s manual for vehicle-specific instructions.  For example, not all vehicles have running lights and some vehicles need to actually be in gear for some of the lights to be checked.

If you have two people and it is dark enough to see the lights easily, this can be a quick and easy job.

Turn on the engine.  Have a buddy on the outside of the car as you go through the list of lights to check.

FRONT – Have your buddy go to the front of the car.

  • Are the running lights working?  Are they even in brightness on both sides?
  • Turn on the headlights. Are they both lit up sufficiently?  Is one brighter or dimmer than the other?
  • Try the high beams. Are they both lit up sufficiently?  Is one brighter or dimmer than the other?
  • Try the right signal light.  Is it working? Is it easily visible?
  • Now the left signal light. Is it working? Is it easily visible?

REAR – Have your buddy go to the back of the car.

  • Are the running lights working?  Are they even in brightness on both sides?
  • Test the right signal light. Is it working? Is it easily visible?
  • Then the left signal. Is it working? Is it easily visible?
  • Press on the brakes to check the brake lights.  Are they working?  Are all lights easily visible?  Are they even on both sides? (Two or three bulbs on each side may come on)

That’s it!

If you find that some bulbs are dim or not working, make arrangements to have the bulbs replaced.  In some cases it may be the wiring or fuses that are the problem.

How can Great Canadian Oil Change help?

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At Great Canadian Oil Change we do a complimentary check of all of your lights when you come in for any service.  We also can replace the bulbs if you choose.

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When and how should I change my windshield wipers?

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When and how should I change my windshield wipers?

Replacing windshield wiper blades on my vehicle

Saskatchewan, including Regina, has one of the hardest climates on windshield wipers – snow, ice, and extreme cold in the winter; periods of dryness and extreme heat in the summer; and rain, slush, freezing rain and even wind anytime throughout the year.  As a result, Saskatchewan is likely the premier testing area in the world for durability of windshield wipers!

How often do my windshield wipers need to be changed?

Replacing your wipers can be as easy with the latch and hook styles that are common today

Replacing your wipers can be as easy with the latch and hook styles that are common today

Most windshield wiper manufacturers suggest changing the wipers every 6 to 12 months, but it really depends on how hard of a toll the environmental factors (listed above) have taken on the blades.

Great Canadian Oil Change will replace and install Windshield Wiper Blades in minutes.

Great Canadian Oil Change will replace and install Windshield Wiper Blades in minutes.

How will I know if my windshield wipers need changing?

Here are some of the indicators that a change of windshield wipers is due:

  • the blades are causing streaks when operating during precipitation
  • there are cracks in the rubber of the blade or the metal of the arm
  • the rubber parts of the blades are frayed
  • the blades pull away from the window instead of being snug when they are in fast motion- squeaking or chattering can be heard when the blades are in motion

In most cases, you will know when the blades are due for a change!

Great Canadian Oil Change offers a selection of Windshield Wiper Blades to fit most vehicles

Great Canadian Oil Change offers a selection of Windshield Wiper Blades to fit most vehicles

How do I change my windshield wipers?

Changing wiper blades can be easy for some people.  Here are a few tips.

  1. Measure your old blades so you buy the correct size.  Note that the right and left hand blades will often be different lengths.  Remember that you will be replacing the wiper “blade” not the wiper “arm” that extends from the windshield.
  2. In most cases, replacement is simply a matter of unhooking or unpinning the old blade from the wiper arm and attaching the new one – but be sure to follow the instructions on the package of blades that your purchase and in the owner’s manual of your vehicle.
  3. The web has a myriad of videos that are helpful as well – search for a how-to video for the make and model of your car and the type of wiper blade that you are installing.

Can Great Canadian Oil Change help me with my windshield wiper blades?

At Great Canadian Oil Change on Albert Street and on Quance Street in Regina we offer a large selection of wiper blades.  We will find the perfect ones that we can install for you in minutes.  You can get this done while you are in for another service such as an oil change, transmission or coolant (antifreeze) flush, or headlight replacement OR you can just come in to have your wiper blades changed!  If you are not satisfied with how your wiper blades work after leaving, come back and we will ensure you leave with something that meets your satisfaction!

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Happy driving from the Great Canadian Oil Change team!

Come on in to our 907 Albert Street or 3115 Quance Street East locations in Regina.

Come on in to our 907 Albert Street or 3115 Quance Street East locations in Regina.

GCOC Health Protocols in response to COVID-19

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G.C.O.C. Health Protocols

Updated 08:59 CST,  May 8, 2020

Company Process Adjustments

Message To Our Guests

  • We have modified our hours. Regina: see hours here.  Kindersley: see hours here.
  • Keeping guests in their vehicles is even more important now.
  • We are asking our guests to place their keys on top of their dashboards instead of into our key boxes.
  • We are politely asking guests to reset their oil lights, with our verbal instructions, so that a team member is not required to sit in or lean into the vehicle.
  • We will not require guests to sign invoices.
  • Sorry! We will not be offering beverages to guests.

Message To Our Staff

  • Maintain two (2) metres between you and everyone else.
  • Staff should be wearing nitrile gloves at all times.
  • We are suspending in-cabin, cabin air filter inspections for the time being.
  • Wipe down POS machines after every guest.
  • Offer to email guests their invoice.
  • If you use the washrooms, please wipe down toilets and faucets after use.
  • If sneezing and coughing occurs, be sure to use the elbow technique.
  • As our local and federal government agencies recommend, we are reinforcing the message for everyone to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds and often.
  • We should be constantly wiping down often-touched surfaces, such as door handles, faucets, toilets, handrails, printers and keyboards, on a more frequent basis.
  • Avoid being within six feet of each other.  This means 1. Stay out of employee room.  2. Bay ownership is more important than ever.
  • Experiencing flu-like symptoms? Google “Sask health self asses” and follow the recommendations listed there.

Find up-to-date information at www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration- and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and- guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus

From the Great Canadian Oil Change Team in Regina and Kindersley

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2020 Oil-a-Thon To Help Save Babies Lives

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2020 Oil-a-Thon To Help Save Babies Lives

Oil A Thon – Great Canadian Oil Change in Regina on East Quance Street and on Rochdale Boulevard are making it easier than ever to get your oil changed AND help save babies lives!

Great Canadian Oil Change Quance Street and Rochdale Boulevard are having an Oil-a-thon to raise funds for the annual Z99 Radiothon for NICU!

What is an Oil A Thon????

If you find it tricky to get your oil changed during regular business hours, no problem! We will be offering oil changes for 36 hours straight starting Thursday, February 27 at 6 a.m. through to Friday, February 28 at 6 p.m.

$20 from each Oil Change will be donated to the Z99 Radiothon!

You’ll also have a chance to win some GREAT prizes!

Great Canadian Oil Change Oil-a-Thon 2020 Poster February 27 & 28

If you cannot make the Oil A Thon, you can still make donations to the z99 Radiothon until March 19, 2019 at our 3 Regina locations – Albert and Quance and Rochdale…

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From now until March 19 we are collecting donations toward the Z99 Radiothon at all three Great Canadian Oil Change locations in Regina: 907 Albert Street, 3112 East Quance Street and 4530 Rochdale Boulevard.

The Z99 Radiothon will be held on March 19 & 20 at the Cornwall Centre in Regina.  36 hours of fun starting at 6 am March 19!

Thank you for helping to save babies lives by donating toward equipment for the Rawlco Centre for Mother Baby Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Regina General Hospital.

See you at the Oil a Thon!

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