True or False? Using conventional oil means I can switch to synthetic oil any time

If I am using conventional oil in my vehicle, can I switch to synthetic at any time? According to Valvoline, the answer to this is yes, you can.  It is absolutely safe to change to a synthetic oil at any time.  As a bonus, you likely will gain some enhanced performance. How about the reverse?  Are there any problems with switching TO conventional oil FROM synthetic oil? Surprisingly, Valvoline says that the reverse in not necessarily as...

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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  In a...

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What type of oil should I use? Conventional, Synthetic, or a Blend?

What type of oil should I use? Conventional, Synthetic, or a Blend?

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...

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AntiFreeze: Maintaining your Coolant in Winter

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...

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Preparing your Vehicle for Winter

Preparing your Vehicle for Winter

The snow might not be flying yet, but it doesn’t hurt to get a head start on preparing your vehicle for winter.  Here are some tips compliments of our Facebook fans and the experts here at Great Canadian Oil Change.   Items to PUT IN YOUR VEHICLE BEFORE WINTER Stock your vehicle with these items for winter: Winter survival kit.  Suggested items include candles, a blanket or thermal blanket, winter gloves and toques, energy bars,...

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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...

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