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Trusted Saskatoon Partners Announced As SABEX Awards Finalists!

THE SABEX AWARDS - SASKATOON ACHIEVEMENT IN BUSINESS EXCELLENCE

Saskatoon and area have many great businesses that have raised the standards for the community and industry at large. At Trusted Saskatoon we value businesses run with integrity and are proud to announce that FOUR of our Trusted Saskatoon Partners are Finalists for the 2019 SABEX Awards!

Customer Service (Sponsored by MNP LLP): Finalist - Glenwood Auto Service
Rob Scott (Owner) has always taken great pride in exceeding clients expectations when it comes to customer service. Glenwood Auto Service has a long history of delivering quality auto repair and service since 1973. Their motto from the beginning has been "fantastic service is our discount". Glenwood's commitment to superior customer service has remained consistent and because of this, the business continues to grow. 
Their customers are extremely loyal and Glenwood always listens to feedback to continue to grow. With over 2000 positive client reviews in an industry that is flooded with horror stories, we are proud to have Glenwood AutService as Trusted Saskatoon AutoRepair & Tire Specialists! 

Marketing (Sponsored by Handy Special Events): Finalist - Decora Homes Ltd.
Decora Homes specialize in building high-end custom homes. A multi-award winning home builder with over 10 years experience. When they unleash their creativity they excel and they love incorporating new ideas that make them truly unique. Decora Homes have always marketed their company to showcase the quality and uniqueness they are known for. Decora Homes have earned recognition for their distinctive design and spectacular detail. Decora Homes have been a Trusted Saskatoon Home Builder for over 5 years with no complaints.

New Business Venture (Sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic): Finalist - Wiebe Windows & More
Owner, Bradley Wiebe has been installing windows and doors in Saskatoon and area for over 10 years. When starting his own company in 2015 he knew that his focus would be on ensuring quality workmanship and exceptional customer service. Wiebe Windows & More has a 5-star rating and numerous customer testimonials and is on target to grow as a business by another 40% this year. Trusted Saskatoon is proud to have Wiebe Windows & More on our directory of excellence and to be able to promote their company with a new website, logo design and more through Trusted Marketing Services.



Entrepreneur of the Year (Sponsored by Conexus Credit Union): Finalist - Chelsey Harder (Passions Beauty Studio & Barber Corner)
Chelsey Harder is a hard working business owner who also believes in giving back to the community. Chelsey started Passions Beauty Studio in 2009 at the age of 20 and it has now evolved into a high-end salon, boutique, and barbershop. The Barber Shop is managed by her husband and has been open since 2017. Most recently she created, developed and is co-owner of her own hair brand, PRIME Hair Brand. Her motto is if you choose a career you love you won't have to work a day in your life. Passions Beauty Studio and The Barber Corner are a Trusted Saskatoon Salon!

Congrats to these amazing individuals and Trusted Saskatoon businesses on being named a 2019 SABEX Awards Finalist!


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Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Pros at Glenwood Auto Tip on Starting Diesel Engines In Saskatchewan Winters

At Glenwood Auto Service, they believe that staying on top of regular maintenance keeps your vehicle running better for longer. Glenwood Auto Service,  Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Experts, are ready to help you with all your Saskatoon auto maintenance and repairs. In their latest Saskatoon auto blog, they share tips on starting diesel engines in Saskatchewan winters.


Starting Diesel Engines In Saskatchewan Winters

Starting diesel engines during cold weather can be frustrating if engines are not properly prepared for lower temperatures. Batteries that are weak may not crank the starter motor fast enough or long enough to start a cold engine. As the temperature goes down, so does battery capacity. A battery that has all of its power available at 80 degrees F will have only about 46% available power at -20 degrees C. Plus, the engine will be 2.5 times harder to start at 0 degrees due to thicker oil and resistance to movement of internal moving parts. In effect, an engine is about five times harder to start at -20 degrees C than at 25 degrees C. Test weak or suspicious batteries under load before cold weather to help eliminate potential problems during busy times. If batteries need replacement, always replace with a battery equal to or more powerful than the original battery. Accessories such as radios, air conditioners, heaters and other high amperage devices put extra strain on batteries. Turn all of these devices off while the starter motor is in use.

Use glow plugs or block heaters on the engine for cold weather starts. Glow plugs heat the internal combustion chamber area to suitable temperatures for combustion. Otherwise, cold fuel sprayed into the chamber and onto the glow plugs can gel and adhere to these parts. Hard starting and inefficient combustion occur with the potential for damage to plugs and cylinder heads.
 
Use Number 1 diesel fuel in cold weather. It is more volatile than Number 2 fuel and ignites more readily under cold conditions. Keep the fuel tank full to prevent condensation inside the tank. Water from condensation can freeze and plug fuel lines from the tank to the engine. Add winter diesel fuel additive to the fuel to lower the possibility of gelling and improve starting.
 
Store tractors inside tool sheds, barns, garages or other suitable locations that are heated or warmer than outside temperatures. Only a few degrees warmer temperature can make starting faster and easier. The warmer the battery is, the more power it can provide to the starter motor to crank the engine. The warmer the engine oil is, the thinner it will be and have less resistance to moving engine parts. Make sure you are using the proper viscosity oil recommended for your engine for cold temperatures. If you cannot store engines inside or in a heated area, install a block heater on the engine. To save time and electricity, put the block heater on an electrical timer set to come on a couple of hours before you plan to start the engine.
 
If you suspect fuel has gelled from cold temperatures, change the fuel filter and warm the fuel (wait for the outside temperature to rise, use a block heater or put the tractor inside a heated area) before attempting to start the engine. Gelled fuel in the filter can block the flow of fuel from the tank to the injector pump.
 
After starting the engine on a cold day, allow the engine to warm up a few minutes before putting the tractor under load. Proper engine operation temperatures assure more efficient fuel combustion and may prevent damage to cold engine parts. Engine oil flows more readily at operating temperatures and allows proper lubrication of upper engine parts and areas.




Even the highest quality vehicles need regular maintenance. If you need maintenance or repairs, book an appointment with Glenwood Auto today!


Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Experts Glenwood Auto Ways To Go Green With Your Car

At Glenwood Auto Service, they believe that staying on top of regular maintenance keeps your vehicle running better for longer. Glenwood Auto Service,  Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Experts, are ready to help you with all your Saskatoon auto maintenance and repairs. In their latest Saskatoon auto blog, they share four easy ways to go green with your car.

GO GREEN WITH YOUR CAR

Looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly? Motorists can do their bit to help protect the environment by following these four simple steps.

  1. Follow a vehicle service schedule including steps like checking engine performance, keeping tires properly inflated, replacing air filters regularly, changing oil regularly and checking your gas cap. Routine maintenance helps reduce emissions and fuel consumption, saving money at the pump.
  1. Keep your current vehicle longer and limit the number of new cars you buy over the course of a lifetime. Extending vehicle life is as simple as taking care of your vehicle properly. You’ll gain years of reliable service without monthly car payments and higher insurance rates.Recycle oil MM
  1. Recycle or properly dispose of motor oil, tires, batteries, fluids and other vehicle components to help protect the planet when performing vehicle maintenance or repairs.
  1. Repower your engine when faced with serious engine trouble. A remanufactured/rebuilt engine can give your vehicle new life and make it more fuel efficient for about the cost of an average down payment on a new car.

“Being car care aware and performing basic vehicle maintenance goes a long way toward protecting the environment and improving fuel economy

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Even the highest quality vehicles need regular maintenance. If you need maintenance or repairs, book an appointment with Glenwood Auto today!


Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Experts Glenwood Auto Share 10 Driving Tips

At Glenwood Auto Service, they believe that staying on top of regular maintenance keeps your vehicle running better for longer. Glenwood Auto Service,  Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Experts, are ready to help you with all your Saskatoon auto maintenance and repairs. In their latest Saskatoon auto blog, they share 10 driving tips to help your vehicle last longer. 

 

GLENWOOD AUTO SHARES 10 DRIVING TIPS TO HELP YOUR VEHICLE LAST LONGER

Have you ever noticed some older vehicles look new while other ones of the same age are falling apart? While maintenance has something to do with it, daily driving habits also have a huge influence.

Staying on top of regular maintenance keeps your vehicle running better for longer. Glenwood Auto are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair Experts, and they are ready to help you with all your maintenance needs. In their latest article, they share ten daily driving tips to help you keep your car in good shape and save money maintenance-wise at the same time.

1. Avoid potholes

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it is still surprising the number of people I see drive right through potholes even though there is plenty of space to go around them. These, when deep, can not only damage the tire and the wheel, but the impact can also have adverse effects on the suspension and steering components. The whole car will benefit from avoiding or slowing down for potholes, as these repetitive impacts tend to loosen various items in the car, creating rattles and squeaks.

 2. Look down the road

It may seem to be another obvious point, but it is important to look down the road not only to see where you are going but also to spot what is on the road itself. You will want to avoid weird looking items on the road that may damage your tires or bounce against the underside of the car. It will also allow you to spot bumps or dips in the road, or at least slow down for them so the impact is not as harsh.

3. Slow down for train tracks

In the same line of thought as the two previous points, slow down for railroad tracks when coming up to a crossing, or when coming up to a bridge on small country roads. These are always uneven with the pavement and create impacts for the wheels, tires and overall car that can be damaging over time.

4. Do not follow trucks up close

You may not have the choice…Getting stuck behind a truck is unavoidable. But as the driver of your vehicle, you can choose how close you are following the said truck. Not only is it safer to leave a greater distance, but you will also be saving your car from flying rocks and other debris which, over time, damage the paint, damage your headlights and windshield. As a bonus, when following a badly maintained older truck, staying far means less black fumes get into the filter of your ventilation system.

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5. Take it easy at first

Your car engine is made to run and move your car swiftly but is designed to do so when at operating temperatures. There is no need to idle the car for long, but take it easy for the first few kilometres while the engine goes up to its normal operating temperature. This will save you wear and tear as well as save some fuel; many engines are not as fuel-efficient when cold.


6. Smooth is key

Smoothness in your actions at the wheel is very important, not only for the stability of the car while moving but also for the durability of the vehicle’s components. For example, start braking slowly and a bit earlier than you normally do, so you don’t have to make panic stops all the time. The same applies to lane changes or merging into traffic. By going smoothly the various mechanical parts of the car will not take a hit but actually be able to work as intended, and thus last longer… Plus your passengers will enjoy the ride rather than being tossed around.

7. Floor it sometimes!

It may sound opposite to the previous advice, but your engine does need to be wound up and pushed at times. Wait until it is at proper operating temperatures and once in a while when merging onto highways, for example, step on the gas for swift acceleration. Getting the engine up in revs will allow it to work hard and burn some of the carbon deposit that tends to accumulate around the valve train. Doing this occasionally will help prevent having an engine head all gummed up or covered with carbon deposits.

8. Get to a full stop before reversing

How often do you, in a rush, throw the gear change lever into reverse (R) while the car is still moving? That is the best recipe for early transmission failure. Take the time to reach a full stop before shifting; this applies to any shifting action. Shifting before this full stop means the transmission needs to take the brunt of the momentum while shifting, which causes undue damage over time.

Make sure to also do so when shifting into park (P). Shifting into park on an automatic transmission means you are engaging a very small lever to lock a gear; that lever is not designed to stop the car and having to do so too often will result in premature failure.

9. Steer while rolling

Whenever possible, try to steer only when the car is in motion. Even when doing a parallel parking maneuver, get the car rolling slightly before turning the steering wheel. This will prevent too much effort being exerted on the steering rack and components, the major cause for steering rack failure. Turning the wheels while standing still puts tremendous stress on the whole steering system as it then has to fight with the tire and asphalt friction while the whole weight of the vehicle is on them.

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10. Plan errands in one round

As much as possible, try to plan all your errands of the day in one outing. There is nothing more damageable for an engine but to be run for only very short trips while being cold. In doing all errands at once, you reduce the time the engine is running cold and have more chances of having it stay to operating temperatures.

A little bit of caution and understanding of your vehicle by following these daily driving tips will help contribute to keeping your car in good shape. 

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Even the highest quality vehicles need regular maintenance. If you need maintenance or repairs, book an appointment with Glenwood Auto Service  today!


Saskatoon Auto Repair and Service Experts at Glenwood Auto Explain Belts and Hoses and 2018 Vehicles with Low Maintenance Costs

At Glenwood Auto Service, they are committed to providing you exactly that. Your vehicle will be professionally diagnosed and top-quality parts will be installed by technicians with years of experience that you can trust. 

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Glenwood Auto Explains Belts and Hoses and Shares 2018 Vehicles with Lowest Maintenance Costs


At Glenwood they believe that staying on top of regular maintenance keeps your vehicle running better for longer. Glenwood Auto are Trusted Saskatoon Auto Repair Experts, and they are ready to help you with all your maintenance needs. In their latest auto blog, they discussed the role of belts and hoses in your vehicle.

 

Here is some advice and facts from the experts at Glenwood themselves:


Vehicle Systems Overview - Belts and Hoses







What are the belt and hoses?

A vehicle’s belts and hoses are essential elements of the cooling, air conditioning and charging systems of the engine.  When a belt or hose breaks down it can leave you stranded, so it is important to meet the set replacement intervals recommended in your owner’s manual.


What do belts and hoses do?



Timing Belt 

The timing belt is a notched rubber belt that allows the crankshaft to turn the camshaft. A timing belt is sometimes called a Gilmer belt or a camshaft drive belt. The camshaft opens and closes the valves in synchronized movement with the engine’s pistons.

 

Serpentine Belt

Serpentine belts, also known as drive belts, provide power to the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling fan, air injection pump, and more.


Coolant Hoses

Coolant hoses include the upper and lower radiator hoses plus heater hoses. Some cars include a bypass hose. Hoses provide a flexible connection for coolant flow between the engine, radiator, engine and heating block.


TYPICAL WEAR AND TEAR ON BELTS AND HOSES

Key items that affect the replacement interval for belts and hoses:

  • Vehicle age;
  • Electrolytic corrosion;
  • Mileage;
  • Oil contamination;
  • Belt tension; and/or
  • Failed hose clamps.

 

SYMPTOMS

  • Squeaking noise from under the hood during start-up or operation;
  • Coolant leaks;
  • Dashboard light illumination;
  • A/C system failure;
  • Engine overheating; and/or
  • Smell of burnt rubber.




Glenwood Auto Service Shares 2018 Vehicles With The Lowest Maintenance Costs



Kelley Blue Book announced the winners of its seventh annual 5-Year Cost to Own Awards where Hyundai took the win on the lowest maintenance costs and repair side of things, followed by Acura.

 

The 2018 Hyundai Accent came out on top for maintenance and repair costs. Over the course of 5 years, customers would pay $3,002 to take care of their vehicle, or about $600 per year. Kelley Blue Book pegged repair costs at $553, with the costs of maintenance being $2,449 (all prices in U.S. dollars).

 Hyundai was named this year’s top brand for lowest total ownership costs, the second time it has finished on top since the program was created. Hyundai models won thanks to top marks in almost all categories, such as low repair costs and superior warranty program. Its Sonata model won in the mid-size car category, with the Elantra and the Accent coming in second place in the compact and subcompact car categories.

 

Acura took the win for the best luxury brand for the third year in a row, backed by its ILX and MDX models.

 


In particular, the 2018 ILX saw repair and maintenance costs come in at $3,521 over the first five years or $704 annually. Kelley Blue Book listed repairs at $1,154 and maintenance at $2,367.


Third place belonged to the 2018 Chevrolet Spark, which won for the best subcompact car. The maintenance and repair costs are estimated at $3,950 which would equal out to paying $790 a year. The repair costs amount to $1,869 with maintenance costs sitting at $2,081, according to Kelly Blue Book.

On average, in all 23 categories of the vehicle winners, the costs of repairs over the course of 5 years is around $1,550 with maintenance at $2,718 – or $4,268 combined.


The 5-year Cost to Own information takes into consideration the areas of the vehicle that people’s money goes into like depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees. These categories are all areas that come into play when making a vehicle purchase.


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Even the highest quality vehicles need regular maintenance. If you need maintenance or repairs, book an appointment with Glenwood Auto today!



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