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Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Cabin Air Filter Replacement

Let’s talk about cabin air filters. There seems to be some confusion about them among drivers that we should be able to clear up. Much of the confusion starts because cabin air filters are relatively new. Not all vehicles have them, so some folks confuse their cabin air filter with the engine air filter. This is particularly important when air quality is poor, as it is during our current state of emergency. It's important for everyone to be breathing clean air in their vehicles, but most especially for sensitive groups, seniors, those with lung or breathing difficulties, and children. Every vehicle has an engine air filter that cleans the air going into the engine, but not all have a cabin air filter that cleans the air going into the passenger compartment. The cabin air filter cleans out dust, pollen, spores and other pollutants. To give a point of comparison, a grain of sand is about 200 microns across. A cabin air filter can stop particles that are just 3 microns in siz ... read more

10 Ways to Save at the Pump

10 Ways to Save at the Pump

With gas prices at record levels, everyone is looking for ways to save money at the pump. We have the following tips to help conserve gas. 1. Go the speed limit. Use cruise control. While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer. 2. Drive Sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money. 3. Avoid idling and rush-hour traffic. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines. 4. Keep y ... read more

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

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

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