Tel: 250-362-5516

2059 3rd Avenue, Rossland, BC V0G1Y0, Canada

gREENING THE automotive BUSINESS

We believe everyone wants to do their part to help the environment which is why we are excited about our newest green initiative: Eco Power Engine Oil.

Eco Power Oil is re-refined engine oil and using it for every oil change means you've become part of a closed loop process as engine oil can be refined indefinitely.  One easy step towards ending our dependency on oil.

Our commitment to the environment doesn't end there; everything that can be recycled is. Tires, fluids, oil and fuel filters, batteries, plastic (including plastic bags), cardboard, Styrofoam, and metal. 

We recognize that the automotive industry doesn't have the greenest reputation and we will continue to do our part making it as green as possible.


tire and wheel service


NEW TIRES AND RIMS

When it's time to replace your tires pop in and see us.  We can bring in most brands of tires and while we don't stock tires, nine times out of ten we can get them in overnight (that other time the tire will be in in two days).

If you're looking for a new set of rims for you winters or to replace an old set let us know we can get them in too.

TIRE REPAIR

Does a slow leak have you filling up with air every couple weeks?  Did an off-road bike adventure end in a punctured tire?  Bring the vehicle in or roll the tire over and we'll put you back on the road as quickly as we can.  If the sidewall has been punctured the tire cannot be repaired ordering in a  replacement is no problem.

INSTALL AND BALANCE

Let us prepare your vehicle for the changing of the seasons by bringing it in for a tire swap and balance.  On or off rims it doesn't matter, we have the equipment for the job.  If you're not sure if your tires have enough life in them to see you through another season stop in and will take a look and let you know.  This is the perfect time for an oil change too, if it's due.


PREVENTATIVE maintenance


WASH YER WHEELS 

It's unrealistic to expect your brakes to last forever but getting in and giving the brakes and calipers a good cleaning will keep them functioning a lot longer.  Calipers will outlive pads and rotors if they are well maintained which is good news for your pocketbook.

GEAR DOWN ON THE WAY DOWN

Driving in the mountains is hard on a vehicle.  Riding your brakes down the mountain will see them come to a premature end.  Gearing down lets the transmission do its job and keeps your pads and rotors from over heating which will warp rotors, wear pads quickly and could potentially end in brake failure (plus it smells bad).  Find the gear that holds back the vehicle but doesn't get the RPMs up too high then sit back and shake your head at all the poor vehicles ahead flashing their brake lights at you.

TOP UP THOSE FLUIDS

It is so handy having our cars keep us updated on oil changes and other scheduled maintenance or issues but they won't tell you if your daily commute up and down the mountain is burning a bit of oil.  Remember to check your fluids on a regular basis and top them up when necessary.  Easy way to remember? When you are filling up with fuel, it's usually a nice level spot and if you need a top up you can grab what you need right there.  It's especially important to keep your fluid levels up in the summer as maintaining proper fluids levels helps keep the vehicle from over heating.

STAY INFLATED

Running your tires at the proper pressure prevents premature wear and saves fuel.  Not sure how much is too much?  Open the drivers side door and put your reading glasses on.  The sticker, either on the door itself or by the door hinge on the pillar, has the manufacturers recommended tire pressure.  The PSI is calculated by using the weight of the vehicle including occupants, cargo and tire combination. Every vehicle has it. Every tire itself has a maximum PSI rating but that is just for the tire and not the vehicle / tire combination so if the tire states a maximum PSI of 50, that doesn't mean it should be set at 50.  If you have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and your tire light is on, check the tire pressure before calling your mechanic, that may be all it is. Dollars saved. :)

CAN YOU SEE CLEARLY NOW?

Old wiper blades can really rain on your commute, thankfully they are an inexpensive fix.  Best practice to start is replacing your wiper blades at the start of spring and winter that way they will never let you down.  At the very least start every winter with brand new blades.  Winter blades are great because they have a rubber shroud that encompasses the linkage to prevent icing of the hinges.  Never use your wipers to clear the snow off your windshield or rear window.  That is the perfect way to burn out your wiper motor and strip the wiper arms.  Remember, do not leave your windshield wipers on steady or intermittent when you shut your vehicle off.  They will freeze to the windshield and when you attempt to start your vehicle again possibly break the wiper transmission which can be a very costly repair.   If it does not break, you may end up with a loose linkage and your wipers will never work the same again.

MY DASH IS LIT UP LIKE THE FOURTH OF JULY

There are hundreds of codes within your vehicles computer system that can trigger your check engine light and while not every one is something to panic about it should be brought in to your mechanic for diagnosis as soon as possible.  The light may have initially been triggered by a single code but the longer you wait that one problem can start to trigger multiple codes.  Since "pulling" a code does not tell you exactly what is wrong with the vehicle rather what system has a fault, the more codes the longer it may take to diagnose.