On Saturday August 13, 2011 the Annual downtown Orillia car show took place. Once again, there was no shortage of muscle and nostalgia. Take a peak through this slideshow to see some of the kind folks that brought their babies to the car show. Thanks to all car owners for sharing your beauties with us
Inside Greg the Mechanic
Many cars need loving at Greg’s everyday. It’s likely because he has found a way to balance great pricing with great quality. Most repairs are ready for the customer the next day. Many Orillians have come to trust Greg with more than just brakes and tires.
How does Greg work with his children (your car)? That’s what this photo gallery is supposed to answer. It will take you up-close-and-personal with your mechanic (Greg).
In this Photo Gallery
- Car under carriage
- Brake rotor and Caliper close up
- Greg Repairing Brakes under your car
- Greg operating car hoist
- A sign on Greg’s front lawn
- A view of the front of GregTheMechanic’s shop
- Tires and sign display
- Tires and sign display close up
- Website address on front door
- Sign- Yes I do more than just brakes
- Sign- Your brake pads and rotors installed for $60 … 705-329-1930
- Greg’s whiteboard
- Outside tire display
- Greg repairing a customer’s car
- Greg repairing a customer’s car close up
- Greg repairing a customer’s car close up with light
- Greg repairing a customer’s car deciding on repair
- Greg Can Do It (Wall decoration)
- “He is the one” – Trinity (The Matrix)
- “Yes he is” –Tank (The Matrix)
- I am watching you –Greg
- Brake job in progress
- Brake job in progress close up
- Brake job in progress new view
- Car on the hoist (Look at the custom plate)
Increasing Tire Tread Life
What are the most important maintenance steps for keeping my tires safe?
- Tire rotation
- Regular air pressure checks
- Shock absorbers
- Size of vehicle
- Driving habits
- Type of road conditions
- Suspension condition
- Road surfaces
These factors influence the life you get out of your tires.
The Best Tire Manufacturers
I always like to shop around for the best quality at the best price. Doing a little research online before you purchase your new tires is highly recommended. All you need to know is the vehicle make and tire size. The tire size is found on the sidewalls that are currently on your car. When you have that information you can compare tires with the following brands:
- Bridgestone / Firestone
- BF Goodrich
The types of tires you can choose from include- Belted bias, Bias, Radial, Semi-pneumatic and Solid . A few other interesting things to know include; Tread wear Grade based on the actual wear rates. Traction grades are also assigned to tires that are a result of testing traction in wet conditions. The temperature tolerance of tires is also measured for ability to dissipate heat .
If you want to compare the benefits and features of tires before making your purchase I recommend visiting a few tire consumer review sites first.
One of the easiest jobs to do is keep your tires inflated with the correct pressure in all tires. This will also improve your gas mileage, tire wear and handling. Most air pups for cars have a built in tire pressure gauge. Use this gauge to insure your pressures are proper.
All car tires have rims that are seated on. Although rim condition is only one of several checks you should perform, rims are critical in the overall performance of your tires. When you hit an object like a curb, the rim may suffer damage. If a rim is damaged or out of shape it will cause unnecessary wear and tear on your tires.
There you have it, you are now armed with most of the information you should need to make an educated decision on your next car tire purchase. If you would like an opinion from an Orillia mechanic, feel free to contact Greg the Mechanic.
Thanks to great sources for the information…
Don’t Leave Your Brakes to Chance
What is the most important safety component on a car? If you guessed anything other than brakes, I respectfully disagree. It’s the one part of your car you simply cannot afford to short-cut. Out of all jobs an amateur DIY can do to their car, this is one job best left to professionals. I am not just saying that to keep my shop busy (lords knows I am busy), I am saying it because your car always needs to be able to stop reliably. I have been servicing brakes for most of my life. It is one of my specialties. I would argue, braking is the most important part of driving. When your brakes become worn out and weakened there are warnings signs you are probably aware of. In case you’re not, here are the signals to watch for when your brakes need servicing:
- Dashboard Brake Light– In newer cars there is a brake light usually in your instrumentation.
- Emergency Brake– if you leave it on, the same (or a similar) light will appear. This is telling you your emergency brake is on.
- ABS Warning Light– If your car has ABS (anti-lock-braking). There can be other problems that may arise throughout the system. In these cases a warning light will illuminate somewhere in your dashboard.
- Listening & Inspecting– If you are hearing strange sounds like a grinding or squealing sound, take a look at your brakes. If you can see or feel (after cooling brakes) problems, it’s time for servicing.
- Feeling worn & Pedal has more cushion– Sometimes your brake pedal may develop a jittering (vibration) motion when applied. You may also notice your brake peal travels further to the floor. You guessed it, time to service those brakes.
- Misdirection– When under braking, your car may drift to the left or right. That is a sign of uneven brake wear or a damaged braking system.
Get More out of your Brakes
There are precautions you can take that will add life to your brakes. Most of it is common sense but I am amazed the number of car owners that let their brakes grind away.
- Fluids– Check your brake fluid levels regularly.
- Tire Pressures– Make sure your tire pressures are even and proper.
- Front End– If any front end components like ball joints, bearings or struts are damaged, it can wear on your brakes.
Making your car stop in a hurry cannot be left to chance. Maybe you’ll never have to do it.
Hopefully some of these tips keep you away from people like me a little longer J.