Our experienced and skilled mechanics are devoted to making Grant Street Garage the very best Ottawa garage around. Their work is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring that every vehicle that comes our way is serviced thoroughly and with an unequaled attention to detail. Our priority is ensuring the satisfaction and safety of our customers, and we spare no effort to ensure that they are safely back on Ottawa’s road in a timely and affordable manner. Professional automotive mechanics servicing the vehicles of Westboro, Wellington West, Fisher Park, Tunney’s Pasture, Mechanicsville and Centretown West since 1946.
If you have ever had to deal with Ottawa garages or auto repair shops before, you may have been disappointed by the way you have been treated. Some professional Ottawa garage mechanics take it upon themselves to tell you what you need without taking the time to listen to your preferences, or worse, to answer your questions. At Grant Street Garage, we understand that not everyone is a qualified mechanic, but above all, we feel that you should know exactly what you pay for and understand why we may recommend some additional work on your vehicle.
Remember the hazy, lazy days of summer. Lying on the beach, cooling off in the water. Then walking back to the car, opening the door and being hit with the wall of super heated air. First thing is to start the car and put the air conditioning on full force. If you have an older car, the refrigerant used is likely freon or R-12. However, R-12, is partially responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer. The refrigerant is no longer manufactured and its use is strictly controlled. If you have a failure with your air conditioning system, you will likely require a conversion kit to modify the type of coolant used to a much less harmful R-134a. These conversions are reliable, and let you do your part to protect the environment.
Checking your brake system regularly will often save you in the long run. Replacing worn pads before they damage the disks or drums is a modest cost. If you wait until your car is sounding like a streetcar, you will likely have more extensive repairs and a higher cost. If any work is necessary, we will give you a choice of parts. A better grade of materials (pads for example) may be one of the best bargains around. They will last longer and perform better than standard grades. You are in control. Both here at Grant Street Garage Inc. and on the road when the need arises.
Everyone from your father to your buddies to your bank manager has said to change your oil regularly. Well, everyone at Grant Street Garage. will join the chorus. Your engine generates temperatures in excess of 200 degrees or higher. Your motor oil lubricates and helps to cool your engine. Over time motor oil loses some of its viscosity (its ability to flow). It is recommended that you change the oil in your car every 5,000 kilometers. Just call us at Grant Street Garage. We can change your oil this time or set up a schedule for you to regularly have your oil changed with the seasons, or each month depending on your driving habits.
Is your vehicle suspension dipping and bottoming out when you go over bumps, bouncing as you drive and refusing to go in a straight line? If so, it’s time to tell your car to stop dancing around and get its suspension and steering in check! At Grant Street Garage, we offer optimal steering and suspension services, helping you and your vehicle achieve a straight and smooth drive. The suspension in your vehicle not only helps to improve ride comfort but also aids in proper vehicle handling. If you’ve been shaken around like a blender with low-level performance it may be a key indicator that your suspension needs to be examined.
Have you ever stopped to think how much contact your car actually has the road? Your car (and you) stay on the road because of 4 hand-sized pieces of rubber compound. Let’s keep your tires properly inflated and rotated. And let’s replace your tires when the tread gets worn. But there’s more to it than that. Your tires can also be an early warning system for other problems. Are they worn on only one side? An alignment will help to solve that problem and improve your car’s fuel efficiency. Does your car shake at certain speeds? It may need a wheel balance. A very slight difference in the weight from one-half of your tire to the other can create a powerful vibration at high speeds. Worn shocks can create other difficulties with your tires. Here at Grant Street Garage, we like to see your tires and know what to look for. Bring them in for a visit.
When you position yourself behind the steering wheel, turn the ignition key, shift the gear lever into “D” and press down on the accelerator pedal, you expect your car to move forward. If this is not happening, chances are it’s a little late for preventative maintenance on your transmission. The technicians at Grant Street Garage Inc. take the maintenance of automatic transmissions very seriously. They know that regularly adjusting the bands and replacing the filter and fluid will ensure your transmission is cooperative when you ask it to propel your car forward or to move it backward. And it won’t wake your neighbors in the process. With our tender loving care, your transmission will operate smoothly, and quietly, too.
Today’s engines operate better, last longer and are more fuel-efficient than engines of 10 or 20 years ago. And in order to keep them working at their peak performance, they continue to need a regular tune-up. Today’s tune-up is very different than one from 20 years ago. Yes, we still check the plugs, filters and fluid levels, but these days there is a very different aspect to a tune-up. Today’s engines work better in part because of the computer-controlled electronics in your engine compartment. These complex components are designed to talk directly the scopes and diagnostic equipment here at Grant Street Garage. Our trained technicians can interpret the readings, spotting small difficulties before they become expensive problems. Their technical expertise will ensure that your fuel efficiency is optimized, that your car is running reliably and no problems are looming.
These are just a few of the main services we provide. If you would like to speak with us about any other sort of issues you are experiencing with your vehicle please don’t hesitate and reach out to us today and we will provide you with more information. We are just a phone call away or you can use our website to book an appointment from our home page. We will be sure to get back to you within 24 hrs of your submitting your request.