Stop by the Z99 Booth to win free oil changes at this year’s Queen City Exhibition
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.
Stop in at the Z99 booth to enter and to pick up some cool swag.
Have fun and see you there!
Read here to learn WHY you should and some tips on HOW to do it.
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.
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.
Happy “clear view” travels from the Great Canadian Oil Change team!
Check out our blog for other summer and maintenance tips!
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 Rider Pride for the 2017 season
Wishing the Saskatchewan Roughriders the best of luck this season.
From Great Canadian Oil Change Regina – Quance and Albert locations
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.
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.
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)
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.
Pamper him AND his vehicle!
Dad deserves a gift that he will appreciate and feel treated by! Is he the type of guy who likes to pamper his vehicle? Pamper them both by sending him to the Oil Change Spa to relax while our experts take care of the car or truck he loves. We’ll make sure his vehicle is kept in tip-top shape. This is the kind of spa that dad will really appreciate!
Top Ten Reasons to Send Dad to the Oil Change Spa this Father’s Day
1. No appointment needed
We have great hours and no appointment is ever needed.
2. Warranty-approved work by trained, knowledgeable, friendly technicians
Our technicians have the expertise you need – some of our technicians have 20,000 oil changes under their belts. All work is warranty-approved which means the manufacturer of your vehicle recognizes the work that we do.
4. Questions answered
We’ll answer your questions or help you find the answer.
5. Relax while we do the work
Stay in your car and relax how you choose. Our friendly hostess will offer you a choice of complimentary beverage and something to read. Be entertained by our informative GCOC-TV or watch what is happening below with the undercarriage camera. Enjoy our free WIFI or even take a (short) nap.
6. Top up of fluids
A top up of fluids is included in the service.
7. Multi-point inspection
An oil change at our shops typically takes less than 15 minutes – you have the rest of the day free and do not have to be without your vehicle for hours.
9. No pushy up-selling
You choose what to do with the information about your vehicle from the multi-point inspection.
10. The air freshener
Many of our customers love the complimentary air freshener and other extras like a dash wipe and garbage bag.
You won’t go wrong by getting your dad, grandfather, uncle, brother, son, spouse or partner a gift card to the Oil Change Spa this Father’s Day
Great Canadian Oil Change Regina – serving Regina and area with pride.
Customer Appreciation Day – Great Canadian Oil Change Regina at 907 Albert Street
Help us celebrate our anniversary! At Great Canadian Oil Change at 907 Albert Street we are having an all-day celebration to thank our community and customers on Thursday, May 18.
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 50-inch BIG SCREEN TV.
Enjoy complimentary PEROGIES and SAUSAGE from Peg’s Kitchen between 11 and 4.
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!
Radio station Z99 will be on location from 10 am to 3 pm!
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 three years!
From the staff at Great Canadian Oil Change – Regina – 907 Albert Street.
At Great Canadian Oil Change we differentiate ourselves from other quick lube establishments in many ways.
This video, compliments of Valvoline, might help you understand just what we are trying to say…
From the moment you pull up to our bright, friendly and clean glass door, you begin to experience those differences.
Whether it be the way you are greeted…
or the beverage you are offered…
or the way we address any questions or concerns you have…
or the friendly smiles of our staff…
or those small but useful extras…
we hope you Experience the Difference at Great Canadian Oil Change Regina on Albert Street or Quance Street!
I have a fluid stain or puddle under my car. What is it and where is it coming from?
There are a number of fluids that can leak from your vehicle, with many of them leading to a possible breakdown and expensive repair if neglected. Some leaks are obvious, where others may play “hide and seek” with you. If you can’t find the location of the leak, place fresh newspapers under where you think your leak is overnight and then check them in the morning. Following are some helpful hints as to the type of fluids used in today’s vehicles, as well as various colors and other characteristics to help you identify them.
Engine oil is typically dark-brown or black in colour. At times, you might see a few drops here and there and this might be all right if you recently have had your oil and oil filter changed or performed this service yourself. This can largely be attributed to the location of the oil filter on the engine and some oil may have dripped upon some of the vehicle chassis or a small amount was spilled onto the engine when dispensing the new oil into the filler area. While a few drops shortly after an oil change might be ok, you want to make sure that “puddles” of oil do not occur.
Engine antifreeze or coolant
Engine antifreeze / coolant can be either green, yellow or red depending on the type used by the vehicle manufacturer. Most vehicles have a radiator located just behind the grill. This fluid has a sweet smell to it (like maple syrup). Not enough antifreeze / coolant will cause the engine to overheat. There is usually an “overflow” or “fill” tank where you can add antifreeze / coolant to your cooling system. If the fluid looks like clear water, than it probably is. Since most vehicles today are equipped with air conditioning, you’ll likely notice drips or puddles coming from underneath the engine compartment. This is normal, since this water is condensation from the A/C system. This is the best fluid to see under your vehicle.
Brake fluid is generally clear and oily to the touch. When you depress the brake pedal, brake lines allow the brake fluid to be pushed through to each of the 4 wheels containing a “stopping device”, either a brake calliper or a wheel cylinder. So any number of leaks could appear almost anywhere a weakness may exist in the system. While leakage of the brake system is rare, you’ll likely feel a “soft or spongy” brake pedal feel when depressing the brakes, which can lead to brake failure if not corrected immediately.
Transmission fluid is typically red, although the colour can be a “milky pink” colour if it becomes contaminated. Some TF for certain vehicles may be clear or amber in colour. If you have a front-wheel-drive vehicle, then your transmission is next to the side of your engine underneath the hood. If you have a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, then your transmission is located in the centre of your vehicle just under the dash under that “hump” in the centre. If the colour of your TF appears to be brown then this would indicate that the fluid has overheated and should be changed as soon as possible.
Power steering fluid
Power steering fluid is generally red, although some vehicle manufacturers may use a fluid that is almost clear or amber. The power steering reservoir is typically mounted with the power steering pump driven by a belt on the engine. Leaks generally occur within the power steering lines.
Windshield washer fluid
Windshield washer fluid (pink or blue) would indicate that your windshield washer reservoir is leaking. For the front windshield, this reservoir is under the hood in the engine compartment. For vehicles with rear wipers, it is usually mounted behind a panel in the rear left or right side of SUV’s and vans.
Gasoline is a clear fluid with a strong smell and is obviously highly flammable. Gasoline is stored in the gas tank which is usually located at the rear of your vehicle. Leaks can occur if you bottom out your vehicle, causing damage to the gas tank. There are also fuel lines that run underneath the vehicle up to the engine. Leaks can also occur within the fuel line (rare), but are most likely to occur at a connection point. Gasoline leaks should be repaired immediately due to a fire hazard.
Diesel fuel looks like light oil. While not as flammable as gasoline, it can ignite in the right conditions. Leaks should be taken care of as soon as possible.
Gear oil is a light tan or black colour and is considered a “heavy” or “thick” oil. Leaks can occur in your manual transmission, differential (rear-end on rear-wheel-drive vehicles) or axle. Since gear oil is used widely among certain components, a gear oil leak may be present at a number of locations underneath a vehicle. Any leaks should be repaired as soon as possible.
Battery acid is a clear fluid that contains sulphuric acid and will smell like rotten eggs. A leak would typically indicate that your battery casing is cracked and the battery should be replaced immediately. Since battery acid is corrosive, any contact with skin should be washed and flushed with water as soon as possible.
Shock and strut fluid
Shock and strut fluid is typically dark brown. Shocks and struts can “ooze” their fluid and this will be evident by a stain on the outside of the shock or strut housing. There is no refilling of this fluid so they must be replaced (usually in pairs or all four at the same time).
Stop by Great Canadian Oil Change or give us a call if you have any questions about fluids and the maintenance of your vehicle. A list of all our services can be found on our website at www.gcocregina.ca/services.
The Great Canadian Oil Change Team.
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.