Support the Salvation Army when Purchasing Gift Cards this December

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Great Canadian Oil Change is donating 10% of all Electronic Gift Card sales this December to The Salvation Army

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Salvation Army Christmas 2017It’s like giving twice!

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Consider giving the convenience of Regina’s best oil change service to someone on your gift list this season.

Electronic gift cards make great gifts for the “hard to buy for” and those who want the best service for their vehicle.  Our service is a timesaver for busy people.  All of our work is warranty-approved and is completed while the customer enjoys a complimentary beverage in the comfort of their vehicle.  No appointment is ever needed.

Customize the LOOK, the MESSAGE, the AMOUNT and the TIME & DATE the card is sent by TEXT or EMAIL.

If you want to support a great cause, you might even purchase one for yourself this month!

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Thank you for helping to support our community!

The Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Team

Enter to Win Z99 Santa’s Helper Stocking

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Enter to Win Z99 Santa’s Helper Stocking

Enter to win the Z99 Santa’s Little Helper Stocking at Great Canadian Oil Change Albert Street and Quance Street locations

 

Until December 21, 2017 customers can enter to win thousands of dollars of Christmas Goodies that are in the Z99 Santa’s Little Helper Stocking.

Enter at Great Canadian Oil Change in Regina

Enter at Great Canadian Oil Change in Regina

For more details on the $4800 worth of prizes in the stocking, visit Z99’s website here.

Free Oil Changes for Veterans

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Free Oil Changes for Veterans November 10 & 12

We salute and thank those who have served our great country

We salute and thank those who have served our great country

To honour the sacrifices veterans have made in serving our great country, Great Canadian Oil Change Regina, at Albert Street and East Quance Street locations, is announcing FREE OIL CHANGES for those who come in with a VETERANS license plate FRIDAY, November 10 and SUNDAY, November 12, 2017.

This applies to any oil change package – conventional or synthetic.

We are proud to offer our veterans this complimentary service!

Veterans with a veteran license plate simply need to drive to the 3115 Quance Street East or 907 Albert Street 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.

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The Poppy – symbol of Remembrance Day

Please come see us FRIDAY and SUNDAY for this special offer.

We are closed 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.

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Introducing Bay Boxes – Helping to Reduce Waste

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Introducing Bay Boxes – Helping to Reduce Waste

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina at Quance Street East and Albert Street are pleased to announce a new initiative to help reduce our impact on the environment.

Bay Boxes at the Albert Street location

New Bay Boxes at the Albert Street location

In an effort to reduce waste we have switched from 1 litre plastic bottles to bay boxes  in our most popular lubricants.

5w-20 & 5w-30 - Two of our most popular lubricants

5w-20 & 5w-30 – Two of our most popular lubricants

New bay boxes replace 19 plastic bottles!

One bladder replace 19 plastic bottles

One bladder replace 19 plastic bottles

Just trying to do our part!

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Clear View of Great Canadian Oil Change Regina’s Albert Street Location

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Thursday August 31 Customer Appreciation Day at Quance Street

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Customer Appreciation Day – Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Quance at 3115 Quance Street East

Help us celebrate our anniversary!  At Great Canadian Oil Change at 3115 E. Quance Street we are having an all-day celebration to thank our community and customers on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Customer Appreciation Great Canadian Oil Change Sign Special

This Thursday is Customer Appreciation Day at our Quance Street location

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

Enter to win a 55-inch BIG SCREEN TV.

A 50 inch tv will be given to one lucky customer!

A 55 inch tv will be given to one lucky customer!

Enjoy complimentary PEROGIES and SAUSAGE from Peg’s Kitchen between 11 and 4.

Peg will be serving complimentary perogies and sausage that day - YUMMM!

Peg will be serving complimentary perogies and sausage that day – YUMMM!

At the end of the day, we will draw the name of one lucky customer who will win FREE OIL CHANGES for a YEAR!  (Details in store)

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

Thumbs up to winning FREE oil changes

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

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Quance 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 many great years!

From the staff at Great Canadian Oil Change – Regina – 3115 E. Quance Street.

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

Come on in to our 3115 East Quance Street location in Regina on Customer Appreciation Day – August 31, 2017.

Win Free Oil Changes at the Queen City Exhibition

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Win Free Oil Changes at the Queen City Exhibition

Stop by the Z99 Booth to win free oil changes at this year’s Queen City Exhibition

Enter to win a free oil change each day from August 2 to 6

Enter to win a free oil change each day from August 2 to 6

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Quance and Albert Street locations will be giving away a Free Oil Change each day at the Queen City Exhibition here in Regina from August 2 to 6.

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Enter at Z99 booth at the QCX

Enter at Z99 booth at the QCX

Stop in at the Z99 booth to enter and to pick up some cool swag.

Have fun and see you there!

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Have you switched to summer windshield washer fluid yet?

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Read here to learn WHY you should and some tips on HOW to do it.

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The type of windshield washer fluid you use can help make it easier to clean off bugs

Getting Ready for Summer Bug Season in Saskatchewan

Driving in Saskatchewan in the late spring, summer, and even the early fall can really do a number on your windshield.  I am talking about the amount of insects that stick to the windshield, especially after driving at night.  After a road trip, driving at speeds of 100 km per hour or more on the prairie highway, it can be a real chore to clean the mess off.  Will switching to a summer windshield washer fluid help or will any washer fluid do?

Are all Windshield Washer Fluids the Same? 

The short answer is that no, not all windshield washer fluids are the same.  Those formulated for summer use contain ingredients which help make windshields easier to clean during the bug season.  Those formulated for winter contain more methyl hydrate to prevent freezing.

Many summer fluids claim to contain special detergents that help to break down the protein in insect bodies making them water soluble and easy to clean off the windshield.  Others state that their formula will cut through the oil, dirt, and bugs of summer to quickly restore clear vision.  Some even avow to have special additives and rain repellent to help vision when driving in the summer.  Another touted feature of windshield washer fluids created for warm weather is greater foaming action to assist with grime removal.  There are also declarations of streak-free cleaning.  No matter what the claims on the bottle are, you can count on summer windshield washer fluids having more additives to help with the extra cleaning required in the warmer months.

Automobile Maintenence - Filling the Windshield Washer Fluid on a Car

Filling the windshield washer fluid reservoir can be as easy as this

How do I top up my windshield washer fluid?

To top up or fill your windshield washer fluid, find the appropriate reservoir under the hood of your vehicle.  Look for the cap that indicates “Washer Fluid Only” or has a picture of a windshield on it.  You should be able to see how much fluid is in the reservoir.  If it is less than half full, a top up is due!

Most fluids come in ready-to-use bottles that you can pour into the windshield washer fluid reservoir of your vehicle. You may wish to use a funnel, but if you are careful, it is usually not necessary.

Get a free top up of your windshield washer fluid every time you visit Great Canadian Oil Change in Regina!

Topping up your windshield washer fluid is just part of our everyday service when you visit Great Canadian Oil Change Regina.  We also top up the power steering fluid and the antifreeze/coolant.  Your oil change service also includes a complimentary multi-point inspection in which we check and maintain many parts of your vehicle.  For more information on what your service includes, click here.

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For a clear view, Great Canadian Oil Change Regina tops up you windshield washer fluid as part of everyday service

Happy “clear view” travels from the Great Canadian Oil Change team!

Check out our blog for other summer and maintenance tips!

Click here for our video showing the basics of replacing your windshield washer fluid.

Why Change Transmission Fluid Regularly?

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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.

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Transmission Fluid

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.

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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 help you keep your transmission system in top shape

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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Rider Pride at Great Canadian Oil Change Regina

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Our staff shows their Rider Pride for the 2017 season

 

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Saskatchewan Roughriders Bailey

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Saskatchewan Roughriders Chase

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Saskatchewan Roughriders Cole

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Saskatchewan Roughriders Evan

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Saskatchewan Roughriders Patrick

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Saskatchewan Roughriders Sam

Great Canadian Oil Change Regina Saskatchewan Roughriders Tyson

 

Wishing the Saskatchewan Roughriders the best of luck this season.

From Great Canadian Oil Change Regina – Quance and Albert locations

 

 

Have you checked your lights lately? 

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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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Checking headlights and ( don’t forget the) high beams!

Do 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?

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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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.