Yearly Archives: 2017

Battery Upgrades - Keeping You on the Road

Battery Upgrades - Keeping You on the Road

Batteries are a huge part of modern life. Of course, our purpose here is to talk about your car battery. When people come into GEARS PLUS and need a new battery, they're really not that happy about having to spend the money. But the fact is that 70 percent of batteries don't make it for 4 years. There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. First, keep it clean. If you see it getting dirty or greasy, let us know and we can clean it off. A dirty battery runs hotter and that shortens its life. If your battery terminals are corroded, let us take a look at that too. We can clean them, and if the corrosion has gotten into the battery cables, we can replace them. Also running your battery way down is bad for it. Things like, running the headlights or watching a DVD player with the car turned off can deeply deplete your battery. The typical battery can only take about 10 of those deep cycle depletions before it gives up. Because we often take short trip ... read more

Should You Ignore Your Check Engine Light?

Should You Ignore Your Check Engine Light?

When your check engine light comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away. That's perfectly understandable. That same check engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose fuel cap. There's a very common misconception that the trouble codes stored in your engine computer when your check engine light comes on will specifically identify a problem. It's really more like pointing to the symptoms of a problem. GEARS PLUS in Prince George can help you with your check engine light. Think of taking your temperature. Say it's high. Your heat sensor – the thermometer tells you that your temperature is out of the normal range. But it doesn't tell you why you have a fever. Is it the flu or a sinus infection? You need more information; more tests. For any given trouble code, there could be a number of causes. So your trained technician takes the troubl ... read more

What's the deal with the NAPA Warranty?

What's the deal with the NAPA Warranty?

The NAPA Peace of Mind Warranty Have you had work done at your NAPA AUTOPRO service centre? If so, you may have our NAPA Peace of Mind Warranty. It’s recognized at over 16,000 NAPA AUTOPRO and NAPA Autocare locations across North America. It will cover the below for up to 12 months, or 20,000 km’s of use, whichever comes first. · Air conditioning, heating and climate control systems · Engine cooling systems · Engine performance, drivability services and repairs · Emission control system · Fuel systems · Electronic engine management system and other onboard computer systems (engine, body, brake and suspension computers), cruise control systems · Brake system · Starting and charging systems · Electrical systems · Exhaust system · Ignition system · Steering/suspension systems, wheel bear ... read more

Are Winter Tires Necessary?

Are Winter Tires Necessary?

This time of year means two things: the local department store starts stocking holiday supplies, and your vehicle needs winter tires. But what is it you need to look for to make sure you’ve got what you need? First up, if you live somewhere where you get snow, ice, sleet, or freezing rain, and temperatures below zero (hello Prince George, anyone?) winter tires are crucial. The softer rubber, while it may wear out faster than an all-season tire, grips better in snowy and icy conditions. A good set should last about 20,000 km’s. Talk to us about studded vs stud-less tires as well. While studded tires can grip better in icy conditions, they’re sometimes not worth it depending on your driving habits, and can only be used part of the year because of the damage they can cause to pavement. It might seem odd to take lifestyle into account, but it's important when making an investment that you get exactly the product you need. That's what we're here for. When it ... read more

Get Ready for Winter

Get Ready for Winter

Winter Is Coming. Like House Stark, we do have to remain vigilant with this time of year and make sure our vehicles are prepared to keep us safe through until spring. First up, change your tires. Four matched tires that carry the mountain/snowflake symbol are best. Tires marked with an M+S, which means Mud and Snow, is acceptable, but do not give the same degree of performance as the mountain/snowflake in extreme conditions. Next, get us to do a winter maintenance check up. Preventative maintenance is the way to go. Having all your systems checked before they break down will save money and headaches in the long run. Have your battery, brakes, lights, fuses, and heating systems, electrical and exhaust systems all given the once over by a certified mechanic. While you’re at it, have your wiper blades changed to winter blades. They’re heavier, and will push ice and snow more easily. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful and remove as much snow and ice f ... read more

Is Your Car Ready for Fall?

Is Your Car Ready for Fall?

Well, whether we like it or not, summer is almost over, and autumn is on it’s way. And while autumn here is different than elsewhere in Canada, it does present its own unique set of challenges. Here are some things to be aware of to make sure you’re ready for autumn. Your battery. Your car battery had it easy during the summer. The fall can be a wake-up call for the life of your battery. As the weather gets colder, a dying battery will display some signs that it’s wearing out. If you notice anything unusual, have it checked. That way any issues can be solved before the real cold weather hits. It’s bothersome enough having a battery die on you unexpectedly. It’s even more bothersome when it’s cold out. Leaves. As unusual as this may sound, leaves can wreak havoc in the fall. When they fall off their trees, they can lead to slippery roads, and sometimes manage to cover up potholes and puddles, and clog drains on the ... read more

Triaging Your Repairs: Keep Your Car on the Road

Triaging Your Repairs: Keep Your Car on the Road

The downside with vehicles is that they don’t last forever. Things wear out, and break down. And while there’s no hard and fast rule about what pieces are more important than others, you can prioritize to keep yourself on the road without breaking the bank. The first thing you need to keep in mind is your and your family’s safety. If the item that needs to be repaired will cause a safety issue, it should be at the top of your list. Safety is number one. Next on the list is breakdown prevention. If there’s something wrong with your vehicle that can leave you stranded or in a lurch, that should be next up after safety. The basic function of a vehicle is to get you from point A to point B. If that’s not going to happen, your vehicle isn’t much use to you. And lastly is maintenance. Things that could be fixed, but aren’t causing an issue right now. Belts, hoses, and filters will fall under this category. If there is nothing compromising safety or ... read more

Your Car's Safety: How much do you know?

Your Car's Safety: How much do you know?

It used to be that safety systems in your car meant the brakes worked. Over the years, things have changed and now there is a whole host of safety systems in new vehicles that not only keep us safe, but have the potential to change the way we drive. As technology makes driving safer, our technicians are trained to keep your car in top shape - keeping you in the driver's seat and your passengers safe. How many of these features does your car have? Automatic Emergency Braking: AEB can sense slow, or stopped traffic ahead of you, and will urgently apply the brakes if the driver doesn’t. It uses sensors to track the cars ahead of you and if you get to close, slams on the brakes to help avoid a crash. It can’t always prevent a crash, but can help lessen the severity. Blind-Spot Warning: There are few things more annoying than someone driving in your blind spot. BSW will give you a visual or audible notification if someone is in that spot ... read more

How to Avoid a Car Payment in 3 Easy Steps

How to Avoid a Car Payment in 3 Easy Steps

Your car should last - in fact, the average car on Canadian roads is about 10 years old, which for most drivers means warranties have long ago disappeared in the rearview mirror. Before you think about taking on another car payment or lease payment, think about getting the most out of your current vehicle. We work with you to create plans to work with your vehicle and your budget to keep your car safe and functional - but that's only half the battle. Preventative maintenance will keep your car young for years and thousands (and thousands) of kms to come - no matter what the road brings. But we need your help - a few little things you can do to ensure your car will be functioning in tip top shape. 1. Oil Changes Aren’t Optional Modern engines are designed to make use of much longer oil change intervals than the 5,000 km window recommended for the cars of 20 or 30 years ago, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore this important aspect of preventative maintenance comple ... read more

Fleets Need a Different Kind of Service

Fleets Need a Different Kind of Service

How can Napa Auto Pro solve your Fleet Stress? Fleets are going to dealerships because they don’t realize they have an option that can solve their vehicle problems with integrity and professionalism. You want your fleet working for you, not sitting in limbo. As an independent, we bring to the table what most shops don’t – the 4 Cs: Identify the concern Determine the cause Make the correction Be involved until completion Our extensive fleet experience began years ago with a forestry fleet. The client believed they could only shut their truck down on a weekend and our shop didn’t offer weekend appointments. I wanted to work with the client but I wasn’t open weekends, so we needed a solution that was agreeable to both of us. I offered to this client that our shop would do a more involved inspection during oil changes then ... read more

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