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When Your Car Overheats; Causes, Prevention and What to Do if it Happens.

Summer is for exploring. For heading to cottages, camp sites, beaches and picnic spots. It’s also the season for cars to overheat. There are many reasons why a vehicle overheats but all are basically due to the cars cooling system not allowing heat to leave the engine compartment. This often means there is a leak…
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Multi-day Road Trip Checklist

Summer has officially arrived and with it the need to explore (this year more than ever). Planning a multi-day road trip is both adventurous and exciting. However having car trouble while on the road trip is not. Nothing ruins a fun road trip faster than being stranded with broken vehicle. Having your car checked out…
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Why Are Used Car Prices So High?

. If you have been looking over the used car sites recently you have probably been shocked by the prices staring back at you. Used car prices are the highest they have ever been since J.D. Power started tracking used car sales in the early 1980’s. Used car prices have gone up 30 percent from…
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Introducing First Gear’s Valet Service

Let Us Take A Worry Off Your Mind We understanding that life is a bit crazy right now. Working from home and the kids schooling from home make it challenging to be able to leave your home. Does your vehicle need work but you can’t find the time to come to the shop? Not to…
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Summer Emergency Kit

The nice weather has arrived and the road trip planning has begun. You have summer tires on your vehicle and have had your car checked over at First Gear Automotive, you are ready to roll. Yet, you may have over looked one critical component to a safe road trip. A summer emergency kit. Most of…
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The Importance of Detailing Your Car

It is clear that different cars require different maintenance needs but one universal need among all vehicles is detailing. Detailing is so much more than simply washing your car. Detailing is a DEEP, thorough cleaning of the inside and outside of your vehicle. It is getting into all the nooks and crannies, making it shine…
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Is It Important to Change Your Winter Tires?

The warm weather is finally here. The cravings to get out and enjoy the sunshine are surging. The road trips are being planned. First you need to take your winter tires off and put summer or all season tires on. Every year, twice a year in Canada we do the tire swap, but do we…
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motor oil

Synthetic vs Conventional Motor Oil

  Motor oil is the life blood of your car. It has a lot of important jobs and without it the car stops working. Oil keeps your engine lubricated, when an engine is poorly lubricated it leads to increased fuel consumption. Oil cools down the engine and helps prevent over heating and friction. Regular oil…
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Spring Maintenance

Spring is here! The sun is shining, the flowers are appearing and the road trips are being planned. It also means it is time to take your car to First Gear Automotive for the spring maintenance package. Winter is hard on vehicles, giving your car a good inspection in the spring makes sure that it…
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Fluids & Filters

There are a few important things that you will want to check after the winter has ended to ensure your vehicle rides into spring free of issues. The first is the fluids quality and levels in your vehicle. After that you want to make sure that all of your car’s filters are working well and…
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