Regina Albert & Quance Locations Back to Regular Hours June 15, 2021

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Regina Albert & Quance Locations Back to Regular Hours June 15, 2021

We are excited to announce that our Regina Albert Street and Regina Quance Street locations are returning to regular hours starting on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

After over a year of serving you with modified opening hours due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are pleased to be able to serve you once again as in the past.

 

 

Although we continued to be open seven days a week, we will be extending the weekday hours once again to 8 pm from the pandemic hours of 6 pm.

Great Canadian Oil Change at 907 Albert Street and 3115 Quance Street East are open 7 days a week.

Our regular operating hours are:

Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm

Saturday 8 am to 6 pm

Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

A huge thank you to all of our customers who have continued to patronize our business during this time.

See you soon!

From the teams at Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Albert Street and Regina Quance Street East

 

 

Join us for Albert Location – Customer Appreciation Day – Thursday, May 20, 2021

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Join us for Albert Location – Customer Appreciation Day – Thursday, May 20, 2021

THIS THURSDAY – Customer Appreciation Day – Great Canadian Oil Change Regina at 907 Albert Street

 

At Great Canadian Oil Change at 907 Albert Street in Regina we are having an all-day celebration to thank our community and customers on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Join us between 8 am and 6 pm for $15 off any oil change package and a chance to win some great prizes from LOCAL BUSINESSES.

Every 25th Oil Change customer will get theirs for FREE!

Radio station Z99 will be on location from 10 am to 3 pm!

At the end of the day, we will draw the names of two customers for our GRAND PRIZES:

1. A Gift Card to Suds Carwash for an Interior and Exterior cleaning! 

2. FREE OIL CHANGES for a YEAR!  (Details in store)

 

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Albert street is well-known for its superior customer service and car maintenance expertise.  Your time is valuable – all services are provided while you wait in your car and enjoy a complimentary beverage.

This Thursday, join us for an oil change or another service such as transmission flush, differential service or a coolant anti-freeze flush.  While you are there, have your windshield wipers, headlights and taillights checked out – we can replace those for you too.

Thank you Regina and area for a great SEVEN years!

From the staff at Great Canadian Oil Change – Regina – 907 Albert Street.

2021 Donation to Z99 Radiothon

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WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT $12,216.75 was raised for the Z99 Radiothon for the Hospitals of Regina Foundation in support of the NICU!

 

A HUGE thank you to our CUSTOMERS and STAFF for their participation in the 36 hour Oil-a-Thon on March 31 – April 1 at the Quance and Rochdale locations AND for all the donations received at our 3 Regina locations – Quance, Albert and Rochdale.

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!