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Do I need to change my oil more often in winter?

By GoWrench Auto on Nov 28, 2018 11:35:41 PM

What do you think about when you consider winterizing your vehicle? Putting on your winter tires? Getting a brand new brand of -40C windshield washer fluid? New brakes? 

What about your oil? Did you know that the cold weather affects the viscosity of your oil, meaning for many people, they have to change their oil more often during the colder months. 

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Winter Coats and Car Seats Don't Mix.

By GoWrench Auto on Nov 14, 2018 3:49:07 PM

As parents, we all want our children to be both safe and warm. However, in practice, our desire to keep our kids warm is actually making them less safe. 

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Award-winning mobile mechanics now in Ottawa

By GoWrench Auto on Nov 13, 2018 12:59:07 PM

Did you know that GoWrench CEO and Founder Joshua Lombardo-Bottema grew up in Ottawa? It was way past due for him to bring his award-winning auto repair service back home. This year, GoWrench was able to expand to provide full-time mechanic services in Ottawa - wherever their customers might be. 

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Over-heated brakes blamed for making 15 Ottawa children sick.

By GoWrench Auto on Nov 8, 2018 3:42:41 PM

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It's Official. New Penalties for Distracted Driving.

By GoWrench Auto on Nov 7, 2018 11:43:28 AM

Drivers convicted of distracted driving under the new penalties will be punished with a licence suspension, a sizable fine and demerit points. The severity of the punishment increases with the number of subsequent offences committed - so you'd better learn the first time. 

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Winter Tire Buying Tips

By GoWrench Auto on Oct 18, 2018 11:02:06 PM

Buying winter tires for your vehicle is a major investment - but in this country, a necessary one. 

So as you stand there, in front of a wall of rubber, reading seemingly random numbers and statistics on little tags - how do you know how to choose the right ones? 

First, it is important to know that winter tires can be split into three major groups: Performance, Studless Ice/Snow, and Studded Winter tires. Please be sure to check any provincial or territorial legislation - as well as city bylaws - before purchasing studded winter tires - they are often forbidden in large urban centers as they may damage the roads. 

1. Performance Tires
Performance tires are for city slickers - specifically cities that don't experience a large amount of snowfall. They work best for motorists who drive on wet or dry pavement about the same amount of KMs as they drive on ice or snow. While they are one-step above all-season tires (or three season as we like to say) they do sacrifice traction to provide better handling on dry roads.

Topics: Safety Inclement Weather
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Autumn Checklist: 5 Things You Should Check on Your Car This Month

By GoWrench Auto on Sep 29, 2018 7:40:00 AM

It's fall! The most wonderful time of the year! Pumpkin Spice fills the air, mashed potatoes make their triumphant comeback - and you can go door to door demanding candy and no one thinks twice! ...Ok maybe only do that last one on Halloween. 

Spring cleaning is a thing - now let's make fall maintenance a thing! You should put in a few minutes this month to make sure that your car is ready for the brutal weather that is just around the corner. 

Check these five things to head into winter with confidence. 

Topics: Maintenance Safety Autumn Driving
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Ontario Government Scraps Drive Clean Emissions Program

By GoWrench Auto on Sep 28, 2018 1:44:06 PM

The Ontario government will abolish the province’s Drive Clean vehicle emissions testing program as of April 1, 2019.

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Does Your Car Have Tornado Insurance?

By GoWrench Auto on Sep 25, 2018 2:23:00 PM

Ok, so maybe "tornado insurance" isn't an actual thing - and if some person comes to your door trying to sell it to you, probably don't buy it. 

However, when two tornadoes hit the Ottawa/Gatineau region on Friday, many residents emerged from their shelter to find their vehicles ravaged by the storm. With cyclonic winds hitting about 260 km/h in some regions causing blown out windows, falling trees and even blowing cars over on their sides - many residents of Dunrobin, Nepean and Gatineau were left wondering about their car insurance. 

Topics: Safety Inclement Weather
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What To Do If A Hydro Wire Falls On Your Car

By GoWrench Auto on Sep 24, 2018 11:07:07 AM

Photos such as this, found using the hashtag #ottstorm on Twitter show the aftermath of two tornadoes touching down in Ottawa/Gatineau and surrounding areas Friday September 21, 2018. 

Topics: Safety Inclement Weather

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