Beat the summer heat

It's not just the cold ... Much is said every year about winter driving conditions and how cold weather affects a vehicle’s performance. But summer heat can also wreak havoc on a vehicle and its function. The warm weather, hot roads, extended trips, and...

Having a new pump?

A clean install Motorists may not know much about their fuel pump but over the life of owning a vehicle, it will probably need to be replaced. One area that often gets overlooked when putting in a new fuel pump is cleaning the gas tank. The Car Care...

Review us on Google!

Did we do well? Online reviews are a great way to tell the world about your great experience at Fifth Avenue Auto. If you have the time we'd love it if you were able to post a review on Google or Facebook. Did we let you down? We rarely have a...

Selling Your Vehicle

All great things come to an end, and that includes the ownership of your current automobile. If you’re worried about the difficulty of trying to sell your car, fret no more. It’s not at all a difficult process and by following our quick how-to, you’ll be able to sell...

Driver Depreciation Day

Supply and demand According to a study by the American Automobile Association, the cheapest cars to own and drive are the ones Americans least want: small sedans. That makes sense with most consumer goods in terms of supply and demand, but with cars and...

Winter Tires

  October 1st Winter tire regulations kicked in on October 1st. Aside from the obvious safety aspects, the government requires the use of certified winter tires on highways. To be honest, some of the hilly roads around the Okanagan are an even better place to be...

Traction Control

  Control Traction control helps limit tire slip in acceleration on slippery surfaces. In the past, drivers had to feather the gas pedal to prevent the drive wheels from spinning wildly on slippery pavement. Many of today's vehicles employ electronic controls to limit...

Jump Start

  The problem Nothing beats jumping in your car turning the key in the ignition and then realizing that whatever you had planned for the day is about to be canceled, or at least seriously curtailed. Your battery is dead. You either hear nothing or a bunch of ticking...

Outta Gas?

  Every driver occasionally lets their gas tank get low enough to trigger the low fuel warning light. Even though we all know it's best to keep your gas tank ¼ full, we still let it run low from time to time. Knowing how far you can drive on an empty gas tank will...

Make your vehicle last

Ensure your car becomes a vintage in Four Easy Steps   Every driver knows the importance of oil changes and routine maintenance to help keep any car ticking, and air filters clog, brake pads wear out, and serpentine belts stretch as the miles add up. Usually there are...

Roof Top Cargo

  What's Up Top?   To save you the trouble of trawling through various 'Best Of' web pages we thought we'd do it for you. With Winter finally getting it's icy claws onto our roads and mountains the snow enthusiast's thoughts turn to skis and boards; great inventions...

Platinum Level Service

  Awarded for our great service ... again! Thank you to those who voted for Fifth Avenue Auto at this years Greater Westside Board of Trade Awards. We've been lucky enough to enjoy some success here over the last few years and were proud to receive the Platinum...

Squeal little piggy

How to Detect a Faulty Radiator Fan Belt The radiator fan belt is attached to a pulley, or series of pulleys, and turns your radiator fan at a speed sufficient enough to draw ambient outside air into the radiator. Some vehicles use a belt dedicated to turning the...

Why Oil Matters

An Important Role When it comes to routine maintenance, changing your oil is one of the more inexpensive services. Despite its relatively low cost, oil plays a vital, multifaceted role in your engine, and spending a little money on routine oil changes can help prevent...

Smart on Sparks

  When to change spark plugs: 1. Engine has a rough idle Your engine idles when it is a stationary and in this position the engine normally produces around 1000rpm. The sound the engine gives off is constant and smooth but if your spark plugs aren’t performing as they...