Contemporary Maintenance, Vintage Service

    During our rebrand we hit on a new tagline. Contemporary Maintenance. Vintage Customer Service. But what exactly does that mean? Well, we like to think that Fifth Avenue Auto is that perfect middle ground between the two usual  styles of auto service. Mr...

Because one wasn’t enough!

    We are very honored to have picked up two large chunks of glass at the Greater Westside Board of Trade Awards (previously Westbank Chamber of Commerce). These awards "..  recognize businesses, organizations and persons who have achieved excellence in the...

New Jeep Coming Soon

  Looks like the guys at Jeep have been busy. Their new 2015 Jeep Renegade looks set to be unveiled for a very reasonable sub $20,000, and while it doesn't look as chunky and 'rock and mud capable' as it's larger cousin the Wrangler, it seems to have a...

Meatballs. Because we need fuel too.

    We like to think about our customers as more than just clients. They're friends, colleagues ... they're the Fifth Avenue family! We have a great family recipe that we thought we'd share. So pass it along to the cook in your household and fuel up on the...

Electric – Swapping Gas for Watts

    Kelowna is a relatively small town so the electric vehicle probably doesn't feature too highly on our roads. Hybrid cars, yes. Pure electric cars? Not so much. The colloquialism is EV, which rather cunningly stands for Electric Vehicle. Someone probably...

Say no to hot dogs!

    We know our customers are of a higher intelligence. After all, you sought out the rather excellent services of Fifth Avenue Auto for all your car maintenance.  So, rather than join the millions of media voices telling you not to leave kids and pets in...

There's clean, and then there's TerraClean

  Wouldn't it be nice if there was a simple way to restore some of that 'fresh from the showroom' zip to your engine? Something that enhances performance, lowers those environment bullying emissions and adds some dollars to your bank account in the form of...

Beat the summer gas hike

We all know the Okanagan Valley loves a nice gas price 'hike' once summer months appear on our calendars. It seems your wallet getting lighter and lighter every time you pull in next to the pump. So what can you do to save a lot of bucks? The answer is spend a few....

Scary Noise

What is this scary noise contest. Ok here we go. I will give away a minor service (oil change on steroids) at our West Kelowna shop worth up to $60.00 to the first person that can correctly identify what made this noise. This contest will close next week Monday...

Clutch: standard transmission only.

We get asked all the time what exactly does a clutch do? Why does it wear out and why is it so expensive? The technical explanation would be something like: A clutch is a mechanical device that provides for the transmission of power (and therefore usually motion) from...

Timing belt

Here's a question we get asked all the time. "What does a timing belt do and why does it cost so much if it fails?" Most people have had the unfortunate experience of a timing belt breaking on their vehicle. When it does it usually costs a tow and causes expensive...

Mechanic vs Technician

We get asked all the time "So what do I call you a mechanic? or a technician." Answer: Mechanic, technician, both, neither, it depends on the job we are doing. me·chan·ic / - Noun: a person who repairs and maintains machinery such as a car mechanic. Mechanic example:...

Disk Brakes

When we hear anybody talk about brakes they usually are talking about brake pads or shoes. For some reason pretty much everything else in the system seems to get ignored. We have seen this over and over leading to complaints such as horrible noises,...

Drum Brakes

Drum brakes were one of the first type of brake systems developed and are still in use today. The physics for drum brakes are the same as disk brakes. The law of conservation of energy basically states that energy cannot be created or destroyed only changed. What...