FREE Oil Changes in Medicine Hat for Canadian Veterans and Current Armed Forces Personnel

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 5, 2020

FREE oil changes for Canadian veterans and current armed forces personnel

On Tuesday, November 10, Great Canadian Oil Change is proud to honour Canadian veterans and current armed forces personnel by giving them a free conventional oil change or $70 off any other oil change.

“We want to thank our veterans and current military members for their service,” said Mike Wiens, owner of Great Canadian Oil Change. “This is a small way for us to honour all those who have sacrificed to keep us safe.”

Veterans with a veteran license plate or members with current military identification can visit any Great Canadian Oil Change location in Medicine Hat to receive their free oil change. No appointment is needed.  

“We can’t say it enough, thank you to all who have served and continue to protect this country and make it a great place to live and work,” added Wiens.

All work at Great Canadian Oil Change is warranty-approved for every make and model of vehicle, foreign or domestic, and is done by experienced and qualified technicians.

Great Canadian Oil Change in Medicine Hat is located at 1870 Strachan Road Southeast

For more information contact:

Mike Wiens

Great Canadian Oil Change

306.527.7767

FREE Oil Changes in Kindersley for Canadian Veterans and Current Armed Forces Personnel

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 5, 2020

FREE oil changes for Canadian veterans and current armed forces personnel

On Tuesday, November 10, Great Canadian Oil Change is proud to honour Canadian veterans and current armed forces personnel by giving them a free conventional oil change or $70 off any other oil change.

“We want to thank our veterans and current military members for their service,” said Mike Wiens, owner of Great Canadian Oil Change. “This is a small way for us to honour all those who have sacrificed to keep us safe.”

Veterans with a veteran license plate or members with current military identification can visit the Great Canadian Oil Change location in Kindersley to receive their free oil change. No appointment is needed.  

“We can’t say it enough, thank you to all who have served and continue to protect this country and make it a great place to live and work,” added Wiens.

All work at Great Canadian Oil Change is warranty-approved for every make and model of vehicle, foreign or domestic, and is done by experienced and qualified technicians.

Great Canadian Oil Change in Kindersley is at 509 – 13th Avenue East

For more information contact:

Mike Wiens

Great Canadian Oil Change

306.527.7767

FREE Oil Changes in Regina for Canadian Veterans and Current Armed Forces Personnel

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 5, 2020

FREE oil changes for Canadian veterans and current armed forces personnel

On Tuesday, November 10, Great Canadian Oil Change is proud to honour Canadian veterans and current armed forces personnel by giving them a free conventional oil change or $70 off any other oil change.

“We want to thank our veterans and current military members for their service,” said Mike Wiens, owner of Great Canadian Oil Change. “This is a small way for us to honour all those who have sacrificed to keep us safe.”

Veterans with a veteran license plate or members with current military identification can visit any Great Canadian Oil Change location in Regina to receive their free oil change. No appointment is needed.  

“We can’t say it enough, thank you to all who have served and continue to protect this country and make it a great place to live and work,” added Wiens.

All work at Great Canadian Oil Change is warranty-approved for every make and model of vehicle, foreign or domestic, and is done by experienced and qualified technicians.

Great Canadian Oil Changethree Regina locations to serve you

  • 3115 Quance Street East 
  • 907 Albert Street 
  • 4530 Rochdale Boulevard 

For more information contact:

Mike Wiens

Great Canadian Oil Change

306.527.7767

What type of oil should I use? Conventional, Synthetic, or a Blend?

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What type of oil should I use? Conventional, Synthetic, or a Blend?

There are differences between the types of motor oil available to consumers.  Here we try to provide information that will help you make a choice for your vehicle.

What is the difference between regular and synthetic oil? 

Regular motor oil, also called “conventional” oil, is a mineral grade oil derived from crude liquid oil from the ground.  It is created by a refining process.

Synthetic motor oil is also refined from crude oil from the ground.  However it is processed further than conventional oil is.  Synthetic oil is distilled, purified and broken down into its basic molecules. This process not only removes more impurities from the crude oil but also enables individual molecules in the oil to be tailored to the demands of modern engines.

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Some customers choose full synthetic oil for their vehicle

What are the advantages or benefits of using synthetic oil?

A synthetic lubricant contains more highly refined base oils than those used in conventional mineral oils, offering you superior protection and performance. Synthetic engine oils provide a variety of benefits that keep your engine running at optimal performance for years.

Here are some of the benefits of using synthetic oil:

  • Synthetic lubricants protect better at any temperature. In the summer, your engine will stay cooler and therefore use less fuel. In the winter, the engine receives lubrication sooner than with mineral grade oil.  At any temperature, when an engine is first started, a mineral oil takes some time to circulate, allowing friction between non-lubricated parts to cause wear.  In contrast, a synthetic lubricant starts circulating straight away, protecting every moving part within the engine. This results in less metal-to-metal contact and thus extends the life of the engine.
  • Synthetic oil keeps your engine cleaner. As oil circulates through your engine it can pick up deposits. Over time, conventional oils can sometimes form sludge, which can reduce your engine’s efficiency and, ultimately, reduce the life of your engine.  Sludge deposits can turn into varnish (sludge deposits that have hardened and coat internal surfaces) over time, thus synthetic oil helps protect against varnish as well.
  • Use of synthetic oil helps to cut engine emissions when compared to conventional mineral oils.  This makes them more environmentally friendly compared to regular oil. Conventional mineral oils contain greater amounts of impurities, such as sulphur, reactive and unstable hydrocarbons, and other undesirable contaminants that cannot be completely removed by conventional refining of crude oil.
  • Synthetic oils can also significantly improve fuel economy and efficiency. During the warm-up period of a typical truck journey, mineral oils are thicker and move more slowly, making the engine thirstier and less efficient. Synthetics, however, get to work much more quickly, so the engine reaches peak operating efficiency that much sooner.

What about synthetic blend oil?

Synthetic blend oil is part synthetic oil and part conventional oil.  It was created to counter the high price of pure synthetic oil, and imparts some of the benefits of synthetics into conventional oil, but at a lower price. The downside is that your vehicle won’t reap the benefits of a fully synthetic product.

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A blended (semi-synthetic) oil is another choice that customers may make

What are the benefits of synthetic blend oil? 

An analysis of the differences between synthetic, synthetic blends and conventional oil by Valvoline, suggest that SOME of their blends (not all) offer benefits that approach that of a full synthetic in the areas of protection, cleanliness & horsepower, and other areas.  Some provide anti-wear protection and better cold start protection that conventional oil.  Some help minimize sludge and prevent deposit formation.  Some are better designed for today’s most advanced engines, and some contain special seal conditioners that rejuvenate engine seals to help prevent leaks.  These advantages do not apply to all blends equally. This all means that if you choose to use a synthetic blend oil, you should choose which one to use carefully according to what benefits you are looking for.

According to Valvoline’s information, if you are looking for an oil to provide help maintain fuel efficiency for the life of the oil, or provide excellent protection in extreme hot and cold temperatures, you should look at a FULL synthetic.

For more detailed information, refer to the easy-to-read motor oil comparison chart found on the Valvoline website.

 

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A superior quality conventional (regular) motor oil is also available

If I just want to use conventional oil, what do you suggest?

If you choose to use a regular or conventional oil, you will be happy to know that there have been improvements to conventional mineral oil over the years.  Brands such as Valvoline produce premium conventional oils.  Their premium conventional oil  is an all-climate motor oil with stated benefits of:

  • Helping to keep the engine clean by minimizing deposit formation
  • Resisting oil thickening by providing solid oxidation control
  • Improving gas mileage with the most commonly recommended grades by reducing friction.
  • Providing anti-wear protection exceeding current U.S., Japanese and European wear tests for gasoline engines where each grade is specified
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We offer a choice of synthetic blend (semi-synthetic), conventional and synthetic oils

Visit Great Canadian Oil Change for all your oil change needs

At Great Canadian Oil Change we offer a wide variety of oil products to meet your needs.  We will recommend the conventional and synthetic oil products which meet your vehicle manufacturer warranty requirements and leave the choice to you.  Visit the services page on Great Canadian Oil Change Regina’s website for a description of the quality Valvoline products we offer.

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From a customer’s point of view!

 

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.

Check Lights Great Canadian Oil Change Regina SpaDo I have to turn the car on to check the lights?

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!

Car maintenance made easy!  See our services here.

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.

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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Why Change Transmission Fluid Regularly?

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Why Change Transmission Fluid Regularly?

What is transmission fluid?

Transmission fluid is a slippery liquid that acts as a lubricant for all of the moving parts inside your transmission. In an automatic transmission, this fluid also serves as a coolant and a viscous fluid that transmits power from the engine to the transmission.

Refer to your owner’s manual for the type of fluid that your transmission requires.

Why should I change my transmission fluid regularly?

Just like engine oil, transmission oil additives break down over time and no longer properly lubricate the transmission components or disperse heat evenly from the vehicle. By changing the fluid at the recommended interval, you ensure that your transmission is lubricated properly.

How often should I get my transmission fluid changed?

To determine how often your transmission fluid should be changed, follow the recommendations of the manufacturer for the make and model of your vehicle. The interval will vary between makes and models. We also recommend that you get your fluid level checked when you have an oil change done, as there may be no obvious indication that your fluid level is low.   Of course, always have your transmission fluid checked if you notice a leak of any kind.

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We help you choose the Transmission Fluid that is right for your vehicle.

What happens if I do not change the transmission fluid when it is recommended?

Letting your car run low on transmission fluid can cause the transmission to shift improperly or not at all. It also can harm the internal parts of your transmission, which will not be properly lubricated. Unfortunately, you may not hear any noises or have other clues that your transmission is low on fluid, until it is too late. So it is important to get it checked and changed when needed.

By changing the transmission fluid at the interval recommended, you will avoid both shortening the life of and costly repairs to your transmission.

Can I change my own transmission fluid?

Changing automatic transmission fluid is best left to a technician equipped with the a transmission flusher.  Using the proper equipment will ensure the fluid is replaced more thoroughly and effectively than you could achieve with gravity alone.

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We have the industry standard equipment that is needed to the the job right – Industrial Transmission Flusher (ITF)

Is there any maintenance required BETWEEN transmission services?

The only maintenance required between intervals is to check the fluid level periodically.  As stated above, letting your car run low on transmission fluid can cause problems.  Also, as stated above, it often difficult to know the fluid is low unless it is checked.

Can I check my own transmission fluid level?

You may be able to check your own transmission fluid level, depending on the type of transmission you have, and how new your vehicle is. Follow these guidelines:

Manual Transmission: Not all manufacturers include a transmission fluid dipstick in vehicles with a manual transmission.  Thus, checking the fluid level can be difficult.  We recommend that if you own a vehicle with a manual transmission that you ask your technician to check the fluid level when your car is in for an oil change.

Automatic Transmission: Vehicles with automatic transmissions may have a dipstick for the purpose of checking the transmission fluid level. Be sure you use the correct dipstick as there may be others, such as a crankcase dipstick.  Some newer automatic transmission vehicles are now being manufactured as “dipstick-free” with regards to transmission fluid.  The transmission fluid on these vehicles can only be checked from under the vehicle.  In this case we recommend that you ask your technician to check the fluid level when your car is in for an oil change.

For most cars, checking the automatic transmission fluid consists of pulling the transmission dipstick out while the engine is warmed up and running and with the transmission in park. We suggest that you check your owner’s manual, however, since some manufacturers may have a different procedure.

Unlike engine oil, transmission oil doesn’t get used up. So if you’re low on transmission fluid, you almost certainly have a leak.

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Our technicians have the expertise to do the job properly.

How can Great Canadian Oil Change help me with my Transmission Fluid?

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 transmission.  The transmission fluid level is checked as part of the service with every oil change.  We also offer automatic and manual transmission fluid replacement using an Industrial Transmission Flusher (ITF).

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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Our Albert Street location (shown here) has two bays and our Quance Street location has three bays to serve you.

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