Monthly Archives: November 2017

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