Ask the Auto Body Expert - Kevin Elsdon

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

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October 2020

Does switching between conventional and synthetic oils cause problems?

For years, drivers were warned that switching a vehicle to synthetic oil after years of conventional oil could lead to problems such as leaking around gaskets or even burning oil. The newest formulations of synthetic oil have done away with those concerns, and synthetic oil has proven superior in about every respect:

Conventional motor oil is prone to thin out at high temperatures and thicken in cold weather. Neither scenario is good, as it’s vital that motor oil make its way to the engine’s upper components (valves, camshaft, lifters, etc) within the first few seconds after startup. Synthetic oil is stable across a wide range of temperatures, and won’t thin out or become viscous.

Synthetic oil is more stable and uniform at the molecular level, with a greater shear strength. “Shear strength” refers to the oil’s ability to stand up under pressure—under extreme pressure, the molecules of conventional oil can literally be torn apart. This stability means that synthetic oil is a good choice for the extremely tight tolerances of modern engines.

Conventional oil, despite a high degree of refining, will still contain impurities like paraffin molecules. Synthetic oil is 100 percent pure, and its enhanced detergent additives can keep the engine cleaner—that’s why synthetic oil can easily go 8-10,000 miles between oil changes.

Your engine needs gasoline, air, and spark to run—but it also needs motor oil to coat and protect its moving parts against excessive wear. You might have heard your dad say years ago to “always remember to have your oil changed regularly,” and to this day it’s still true. Nothing is more crucial to engine longevity than proper lubrication and regular oil changes that will prevent a buildup of sludge and carbon in the engine.

September 2020

We are your one-stop automotive service centre in Medicine Hat offering the most advanced auto body, glass and mechanical repairs in Medicine Hat.

Elmer & Harold’s Auto Body has been a thriving part of the Medicine Hat community since 1964. In 1994 we expanded our facility to 8500 square feet to add Medicine Hat’s first complete downdraft bake spray booth to ensure the highest quality paint job. Our computer estimating systems allow us to provide accurate on the spot estimates for any type of repairs. Our Mitchell and Audatex systems have been approved by the Canadian Insurance Industry.

In 1995 we welcomed Lucky’s Alignment and Brakes to our family of services with a 13,000 square foot facility. Once again we led the way with Medicine Hat’s first 3-axle computerized truck aligner and 2 computerized 4-wheel alignment racks. We believe that our state-of-the-art equipment combined with our knowledgeable, professional mechanics can handle all of your mechanical needs.

In 1996 we once again expanded with Elmer and Harold’s Glass and a 3200 square foot shop. This allowed us to carry a huge selection of automotive and residential glass. We can install your glass in the smallest of cars to the largest of trucks and buses. Our highly skilled personnel are always there to help.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for your vehicle to come in for servicing, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.

August 2020

Experienced Repair Experts®

We are a partnership-run business also consisting of longstanding family members that has been serving the motorists of Medicine Hat for over 55 years. We are proud to be one of the longest-running businesses in the community. Our employees are subject matter Experts® when it comes to auto collision repairs, auto body painting and other minor repairs. We ensure your vehicle receives a complete auto body repair that gives it that fresh-out-of-the-factory feeling. If you‘ve been in a collision, we can help with everything from the paperwork to the restoration of your vehicle.

June 2020

Thank you everyone for voting for us and voting us The Best of Medicine Hat 2020! We look forward to another great year of serving you !

May 2020

Precision Work At Elmer & Harold’s Auto Body, we pride ourselves on the level of workmanship we provide. Our shop understands the intricacies of returning your vehicle to its pre-accident condition. Using our wedge clamp frame-straightening system, we will ensure that your vehicle is brought back to factory specs. Body work is carried out using vacuum sanders to minimize the dust that could enter your vehicle or affect your new paint job. Our CWN downdraft bake cycle spray booth delivers a quality coating that’s as close to the original factory paint job as possible, without having to go back to the factory!

April 2020

Whether you’ve run into some bad luck, or bad luck has run into you, our automotive specialists excel at restoring damaged vehicles. Broken glass? No worries. No matter what type of vehicle you own, our team will have it looking pristine once again. Rest assured, our shop is aluminum compliant for all you Ford F-150 drivers out there! Our services include: • Bumper repair • Auto painting • Fender repair • Scratch and scrape repair • Dent and ding repair • Paint chip repair • Paintless dent repair • Help with insurance claims

March 2020

Most street cars come from the factory with either wheel studs or wheel bolts. (There are also center-lock wheels, but those are usually reserved for top-tier race cars and high-end performance street cars.) So what exactly is the difference? Team O’Neil Rally School expert Wyatt Knox put together a quick explainer video showing you the advantages and disadvantages of using bolts or studs, whether you’re racing your car or just daily-driving it.

Wheel bolts are standard on many German-built cars, and use a threaded stem attached to a tapered head that matches to the wheel insert. The bolt goes from the wheel, through the brake rotor hat, straight into the hub, locking everything in place. The difficulty with bolts is, the brake rotors are free to rotate while the wheel is off since there’s no stud holding them in place. That means you have to realign the rotor with the hub inserts (along with the wheel) when you’re putting everything back together.

Wheel studs and lugs are different in that, instead of using a single piece that screws into the hub, the studs are mounted in the hub, and stick out beyond the brake rotor hat. The wheels are mounted using lugs, which are screwed onto the stud. This makes it easier to mount tires without having to worry about lining everything up. Knox does warn, however, that having studs that are too long may leave you with issues should one of them bend or break.

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