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Benefits of Regular Oil Changes


Benefits of frequent oil changes

The increased frequency of oil changes promotes better engine performance and in turn allows for a smoother, quieter ride. Additionally, keeping oil changes on a regular schedule helps limit dirt and debris from building up and protects your engine’s vital components from harm.

The higher the quality of oil, the cleaner your engine will be. This also promotes better gas mileage by improving lubrication. New, clean oil also reduces friction that can slow down your engine and have you visiting the pump more often. Fresh oil is less likely to burn and better able to absorb particles, making your vehicle pollute less. Your vehicle will last much longer on the road if you get your oil changed regularly.

The frequency for your oil changes vary greatly depending on the make and model of your vehicle and on the environment in which you drive. Your car’s owner’s manual will tell you exactly at what interval you should get your oil changed. If you are unsure of when you need your oil change, speak to one of our service advisers. Alternatively, click the link below to view your current Nissan maintenance timeline for scheduled mileage services, including oil change.

  • Maintains engine lubrication

  • Cools engine components

  • Removes engine wear particles and sludge

Benefits of a Tire Alignment

What is a Tire Alignment?

Part of standard vehicle maintenance, an alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tires or wheels themselves. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires which effects how they make contact with the road – essentially adjusting your vehicle wheels so they’re all parallel to each other and perpendicular to the road.

Improper wheel or tire alignment can cause your tires to wear unevenly and prematurely. To that end, the driving environment of the Ottawa/Gatineau region is conducive to creating adverse road conditions including pot holes, which can impact the alignment of your vehicle’s wheels.

You should come visit our licensed service technicians if you experience any of the following:

  • Uneven tread wear on your tires
  • Vehicle pulling to the left or right
  • Your steering wheel is off center when driving straight
  • Steering wheel vibration


How often should you change your brakes?


Brake pads generally need to be replaced after about 80,000 km. If you’ve purchased non-OEM pads, they typically wear faster than OEM and need to be replaced in as little as 40,000 km while some OEM pads can last over 100, 000 km. In the end, it largely depends on your driving habits, the environment in which you drive and the quality of your break.

Keep in mind that if you let your brake pads completely wear down they can also cause groves to develop in the rotors and force a costly replacement of both!

  • When your brake pads are thinner than ¼ inch

  • You hear a high pitch screeching when you brake

  • If your brakes are not as responsive as they should be or if the pedal “sinks” toward the floor, this could be an indication of a leak in the braking system

  • If your vehicle “pulls” to one side while braking, it may be a sign that the brake linings are wearing unevenly or that there is foreign matter in the brake fluid.

  • Hearing a loud metallic grinding sound while braking means that you have worn down the pads completely, most likely beyond replacement.

  • You feel a vibration or pulsation when you brake, this is often a symptom of warped rotors

What is a Cabin Filter?

Cabin air filters work to remove almost all airborne particles, including: pollen, road dust, soot, and other microscopic particles that decrease the quality of the air being emitted from your vehicle’s air vents.

  • Cleaner air in passenger compartment.

  • Helps remove dust, soot, and air born pollen.

  • Helps remove microscopic particles and foul odors.

  • Reduces allergy related problems.

  • Improves your vehicles heating and air-conditioning performance.
The general guideline for replacing cabin air filters is every 20,000 to 25,000 kilometers, or at least once a year.
Cabin air filters are typically located under your vehicle’s dashboard or attached to the glove box. Others may be located in the engine compartment. Our licensed service technician will know exactly where they are located for your vehicles make and model.