Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the joys of the Season!
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From Great Canadian Oil Change Regina – Quance and Albert locations
FREE conventional oil change or $70 Off any Oil Change for Veterans – and those currently in the Armed Forces – on November 10
To honour the sacrifices veterans have made and active service personnel are making in serving our great country, Great Canadian Oil Change Regina, at all locations – ALBERT STREET, East QUANCE STREET and ROCHDALE locations, is announcing a FREE CONVENTIONAL OIL CHANGE or $70 off any other Oil Change Package. Come in with your vehicle that has a VETERAN LICENSE PLATE or show your current MILITARY IDENTIFICATION on Sunday, November 10th during our opening hours (10 am to 4 pm).
This applies to any oil change package – conventional, semi-synthetic and full synthetic.
We are proud to offer our veterans and active service personnel this discount!
Veterans with a veteran license plate and those with active service personnel with current military identification simply need to drive to the 3115 Quance Street East or 907 Albert Street or 4530 Rochdale Boulevard locations, because at Great Canadian Oil Change you never need an appointment.
All work is warranty-approved for every make and model of vehicle, foreign or domestic, and is done by qualified technicians, some who have ownership in the business.
Please come see us SUNDAY for this special offer.
We will be closed Monday, November 11 in honour of Remembrance Day.
Thank you all who serve this country and continue to make it a great place to live and work.
Great Canadian Oil Change Regina – Albert Street, Quance Street and Rochdale Boulevard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our staff shows their Game Day Pride for the 2019 Season!
Wishing the Saskatchewan Roughriders a great 2019 season!
Great Canadian Oil Change Regina at 3115 Quance Street East and 907 Albert Street
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.
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.
Oil A Thon – Great Canadian Oil Change on East Quance Street in Regina is making it easier than ever to get your oil changed AND help save babies lives!
Great Canadian Oil Change Quance Street is having an Oil-a-thon to raise funds for the annual Z99 Radiothon for NICU!
What is an Oil A Thon????
If you find it tricky to get your oil changed during regular business hours, no problem! We will be offering oil changes for 36 hours straight starting Thursday, February 28 at 6 a.m. through to Friday, Mar. 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
- Tickets to Lynard Skynard – March 9 Evraz Place
- Tickets to the Irish Rovers – March 13 Casino Regina
- A 50 inch flat screen TV
- FREE Oil Changes for a Year
Half price CONVENTIONAL/REGULAR Oil Changes after midnight until 6 am with pizza and a beverage – can’t go wrong with that!
If you cannot make the Oil A Thon, you can still make donations to the z99 Radiothon until March 15, 2019 at both our Albert and Quance locations…
From now until March 15 we are collecting donations toward the Z99 Radiothon at Great Canadian Oil Change 907 Albert Street and 3112 East Quance Street locations in Regina.
The Z99 Radiothon will be held on March 14 & 15 at the Cornwall Centre in Regina. 36 hours of fun starting at 6 am March 14!
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!
Donate to the Z99 Radiothon in support of the NICU when you visit us!
Great Canadian Oil Change Regina at 907 Albert Street and at 3115 Quance Street in Regina are now collecting donations for the 2019 Z99 Radiothon in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Regina General Hospital.
The Radiothon will be held at the Cornwall Centre on Thursday and Friday, March 14 & 15, 2019.
See here for information on the Radiothon on the Hospitals of Regina website.
And here for the Z99’s awesome website page which includes Baby Ben’s story!
See our other community initiatives.
Supporting our community! Just another reason to visit us for an oil change or any of the other services we offer.
Our staff shows seasonal spirit!
…while always providing the best customer service.
Seasons and Holiday Greetings from the staff at Great Canadian Oil Change Regina – Quance Street and Albert Street locations!
Ladies Enjoy a Rose on “Ladies Day” Tuesdays all through the year…
Here are some of the friendly elves you may see during this Christmas 2018 season!
Happy Ladies Day Tuesday during the Christmas 2018 Season
from the staff at Great Canadian Oil Change Regina – Albert Street and Quance Street locations
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.
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.
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.
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
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.