Does your vehicle have adequate coolant for warm weather?

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Does your vehicle have adequate coolant for warm weather?

Follow these tips for keeping your engine cool for all your summer travels!

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 can I get a coolant service or flush if needed?

Great Canadian Oil Change in Regina, Kindersley, Medicine Hat, Brandon and Portage la Prairie offer 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.

2021 Oil-a-Thon To Help Save Babies Lives

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2021 Oil-a-Thon To Help Save Babies Lives

36 hour 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 Wednesday, March 31 at 6 a.m. through to Thursday, April 1 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!

 

If you cannot make the Oil A Thon, you can still make donations to the z99 Radiothon until April 15 at our 3 Regina locations – Albert and Quance and Rochdale…

The Z99 Radiothon will be held ONLINE on April 15.  For information: Z99 Radiothon – Hospitals of Regina Foundation

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!

Visit Great Canadian Oil Change for the best Oil Changes and many other services

 

Can synthetic oil be used in older vehicles?

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Can synthetic oil be used in older vehicles?

Enjoy the benefits of synthetic oil in older vehicles

Using synthetic oil in an older vehicle is not a problem.  If the vehicle is in good running condition with minimal leaks, running a synthetic oil will not harm anything at all.  You will enjoy all the benefits that a full synthetic oil has to offer.  Read on to find out more about why people are hesitant to change to full synthetic and how to go about it.

You may also be interested in the information provided in our article on “What type of Oil Should I Use?”

Why do people think synthetic oil should not be used in older vehicles?

There are some misconceptions out there that lead people to believe that problems may develop when changing from a conventional oil to a full synthetic oil in an older vehicle.

The confusion starts with the idea that synthetic oil is more slippery (lower in viscosity) than conventional oil.  This further leads to the concern that synthetic oil is not as compatible with seals and will therefore leak (or leak more) in places conventional oil might not.  These ideas are unfounded. The truth is that synthetic oils will enhance the engine protection in older vehicles just as they do for new engines.  In addition, most synthetic motor oils are fully compatible with modern seal materials. Most synthetic oils are formulated to condition seals, keeping them pliable to prevent leakage.

Another common misconception is that changing to a full synthetic oil will clean and loosen sludge from the engine and cause it to plug the filter and passageways. This too, is false. Switching from conventional oil to full synthetic oil in routinely maintained vehicles will not cause clogged oil filters or passageways, regardless of how many kilometres are on the vehicle. Sludge, which is caused by poor quality oil and neglected maintenance practices, would have to be present in significant amounts to plug oil filters and passageways. If this excessive amount of sludge is present in an engine, it is just a matter of time before oil filters and passageways clog, regardless of the installation of synthetics.  Regardless of the type of oil you put in your vehicle, it is important to take care of your vehicle by ensuring it gets routine maintenance.

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High Mileage Oil is optional for older vehicles

How do I switch from conventional oil to synthetic oil?

There are no special procedures for changing from conventional oil to full synthetic oil.  As a precaution in older vehicles or those with high mileage, it may be advisable to perform an engine flush first. This will ensure that the engine is clean and free of any accumulated contaminants which might have an effect on the service life of synthetic motor oils. You may also choose to use a high mileage oil which will have added seal conditioners to combat against engine leaks and friction issues with the motor. However, both of these suggestions are optional and completely at your discretion.  Many vehicles have no problem simply switching to a synthetic oil.

We service all makes and models of vehicles

How can Great Canadian Oil Change help?

At Great Canadian Oil Change we follow the manufacturer’s recommendation on types of oils and recommended service intervals for your vehicle, regardless of whether you choose to use conventional, a synthetic blend, or a full synthetic.  The choice is always yours! The technicians will answer any questions you have, backed by up-to-date information about your type of vehicle.

We offer high milage oil and engine flushes if this is what you choose when you are making the switch from conventional to synthetic oil in a vehicle with a significant number of kilometres on it.

For more information you may be interested in reading “What type of Oil Should I Use?

Happy and safe driving from the Great Canadian Oil Change Team!

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.

Great Canadian Oil Change  – helping you to drive safe and to maintain your vehicle in tip top condition!  Click here for a list of all of our services.

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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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!

Merry Christmas & Seasons Greetings from Great Canadian Oil Change in Regina

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Merry Christmas & Seasons Greetings from Great Canadian Oil Change in Regina

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings from Great Canadian Oil Change in Regina

We wish you a safe and happy holiday time!

Masked or unmasked, you will always find our staff friendly and ready to serve!

Best wishes from the staff at Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Albert Street and Quance Street locations!

How often do I need my oil changed?

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How often do I need my oil changed?

If you ask three shops how often you should change your oil you may get six different answers.  But we feel confident with our recommendation.

Follow the service intervals recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle

We recommend to our customers that they follow their manufacturer’s recommended oil change intervals.  This means that the manufacturer will recommend that you have your oil changed after every so many kilometres.  Depending on your specific vehicle, this may mean having your oil changed every 5000 km, 7500 km, 12000 km or some variation thereof.

 

What are some exceptions to following the service interval recommendations of the manufacturer?

There is one exception to using the service interval recommended by the manufacturer and that is: driving conditions.  Here are some examples of driving conditions that justify changing the oil earlier than recommended:

  • Short trips in the winter, where the engine fails to meet operating temperature for ten minutes or more, are tough on oil.  All of that condensation has no place to go but into the crankcase.
  • Unusually dusty conditions.  (Did you ever follow a combine at harvest?)

These two scenarios justify changing oil before the recommended service interval.

Should I always follow the oil change needed indicator on my dash?

Yes, you should follow the oil change indicator in your vehicle.  Unless you’ve received a recall from your manufacturer, we recommend following the oil life indicator on your dash, if your vehicle has one.

How critical is it to change my oil at exactly the time that is recommended by the manufacturer?

Several years ago we sent engine oil samples to a lab.  These were samples of engine oil that were changed before, near and after the recommended interval.  Each report indicated that the oil had life left.  Therefore, although it may not be absolutely critical at the exact odometer reading, we recommend following the manufacturer’s guidelines as closely as possible for the best maintenance of your vehicle.

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Our technicians communicate with you at all stages of service

What are the benefits to changing my oil according to the recommendations of the vehicle manufacturer?

There are many benefits to changing your oil according to the service interval recommended by the manufacturer of your vehicle.  Clean engine oil lubricates the engine, keeps it cool, and minimizes the metal-to-metal contact of the parts inside the engine.  Over time the oil starts losing its ability to flow well (becoming less “viscous”), thus losing its ability to protect your engine as it is meant to.  By regularly changing your oil, you prevent problems that can occur over time.  Some of these problems include overheating and undue wear on the engine due to the friction of parts when lubrication is not optimal.  Regular oil changes will also extend the life of your vehicle and help keep it in optimum running condition.

At Great Canadian Oil change in Regina, we follow the recommendations of the manufacturer of your vehicle.  We will verify that your vehicle is due for an oil change before performing it.  We look forward to seeing you for an oil change or for one of the many other services we offer!  See here for the services we offer.

 

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.

 

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.