• Check Engine Light Diagnosis

    Posted on 06, June, 2017

    Hello Oakville . Have you ever had your Check Engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for Oakville drivers?

    First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That's why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wrong might be a loose gas cap, or it might be serious vehicle engine trouble. That's why Oakville residents often don't know how to respond to it.

    The Check Engine light has two modes: it flashes or it stays on. A flashing light is serious. You need to get your vehicle to Sils Complete Auto Care Centre in Oakville ASAP. No, you don't need to call a tow truck, but, yes, you can't wait to get your car serviced. If your Check Engine light is on and flashing, you should not tow trailers, haul heavy loads or drive at Ontario freeway speeds. Any of these could lead to serious damage that could result in repair bills for Oakville drivers who ignore it.

    steady Check Engine light is less serious, but that doesn't mean it can be ignored. You should plan to get your vehicle inspected at your local Oakville automotive service center at the first realistic opportunity. Not the first convenient opportunity, but the first realistic one.

    Modern automobiles have a computer in the engine that monitors and controls many of the engine functions. When the computer senses something wrong, it first tries to fix the problem itself by adjusting the vehicle engine. If the problem persists, the computer signals the Check Engine light to come on.

    This process stores a trouble code inside the vehicle engine's computer. Your service advisor at Sils Complete Auto Care Centre scans the computer and reads the code. This does not tell the technician exactly what is wrong with the car, but it gives him a good idea as to where to start looking.

    Of course, the best thing to do is to keep that pesky Check Engine light from coming on in the first place. Good vehicle care and routine preventive maintenance go a long way to keeping your vehicle out of your Oakville auto repair shop. But, if that light does come on, be smart. Take care of the problem early, and take care of it professionally.

    Sils Complete Auto Care Centre
    1040 Winston Churchille Blvd
    Oakville, Ontario L6J 7Y4




    Posted on 16, January, 2017

    So come April 1 2017 there will be changes to the Drive Clean Emission Program. Some, oh probably most of the drivers out there dislike the program and I would agree even as an owner a business that has done thousands of them, i have my issues as well.

    The program does have some merit in that those who choose to disregard maintaining there vehicle have some sort of accountability to ensure its care and environmental footprint is reduced. 

    As basic as I can translate all the information coming my way here of some of the changes coming. 

    • No more $30.00 test fee on the initial first test. You pass great, the government pays. You fail the government pays. 
    • Ok, you failed. Your retest at the original testing facility is Customer Pay $17.50 + tax, if you choose another facility for the re test then it's Customer Pay $30.00 + tax. 
    • No, you can't cheat and go from one fail to another - as your VIN# of your car will tell the facility if you have tested or not upon starting the test.
    • If you failed you will need to follow the same process as current. An approved Drive Clean Certified technician will need to diagnose the failure and then the shop will advise you on what is required to remedy the failure. Before those testing fee were allowed to be incorporated into your $450.00 Conditional Waiver amount.  They are Excluded and no longer allowed.  So any testing, inspection, diagnostic fee are considered excluded from the $450.00 waiver amount. 
    • Conditional Passes are ONE TIME only now, if you receive one you will not get any more.
    • Re selling a Light Duty Vehicle [LDV] vehicle no longer requires a Drive Clean test. So many individuals and organizations are pleased with this change.  I advise customers beware of what you buy now, there is a much greater opportunity for a selling business or individual to "turn off" the check engine light and then sell you the car.  Once you buy it, it's your problem. The new mandated changes July 1 2016 to the Safety Inspection process will not cover "Check Engine" light issues in that inspection other then documenting if it is on. 

    There are some positive changes and some negative changes. What im concerned about is the reselling of vehicles part.  We get asked many times "cant you just turn the light off and run the test, so I can sell it". We'll have to see what happens when the changes take effect. 

    It is important to ensure you use a certified Drive Clean facility for your testing and repairs to avoid any conflict or communication issues. 

    Sils Complete Auto Care Centre has been a certified Drive Clean Facility since 1999. Call us if we can help you at (905) 823-2626

  • Give Back 2016 - Sils Auto

    Posted on 12, September, 2016

  • NO CHARGE FOR DRIVE CLEAN - UPDATE { August 24 2016]

    Posted on 30, August, 2016

    So here is an update for 2017 on the new DRIVE CLEAN testing changes.


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    Carlo Sabucco - Sils Complete Auto Care Centre



    Drive Clean Program - Repair Cost Limit/Conditional Pass, Drive Clean Inspectors and Repair Technicians, Resale Vehicle Test Requirements, and Islands without Access to Year Round Ferry Service (Remote Islands)

    Regulation Number(s):361/98
    Bill or Act:
    Environmental Protection Act; Highway Traffic Act
    Summary of Proposal:
    MOECC is proposing that O. Reg. 361/98 be amended with respect to: 
    • conditional passes and the associated repair cost limit for vehicles that fail an emissions test; and
    • strengthening provisions relating to Drive Clean inspectors and repair technicians 

    1. Repair Cost Limit/Conditional Passes.
    a) Exclude Diagnostic Fees and Monitor Setting Fees from being counted towards the Repair Cost Limit
    b) Annually adjust the Repair Cost Limit based on the Consumer Price Index 
    c) Prohibit consecutive conditional passes

    2. Drive Clean Inspectors and Repair Technicians.
    MOECC is proposing to amend O. Reg. 361/98 to give the Director authority to:
    a) Give written notice requiring a Drive Clean inspector to retrain if he or she has performed incompetent inspections;

    b) Give written notice decertifying a Drive Clean inspector who continues to perform incompetent inspections after being retrained; and

    c) Give written notice decertifying a Drive Clean inspector or Drive Clean repair technician who has permitted the creation, distribution or use of a false report.

    It is proposed that Regulation 628 be amended with respect to requirements for licence plate renewal or when transferring a motor vehicle's ownership in the following ways:
    • removal of the requirement for a Drive Clean Test and emissions inspection report for ownership transfers of light-duty vehicles (LDVs); and,
    • applicability of the requirement for a Drive Clean test and emissions inspection report to LDVs registered to islands in Ontario without access to year round ferry service.

    3. Drive Clean Test Requirements for Resale of LDVs.
    A Drive Clean test and emission inspection report would no longer be required before transferring ownership of an LDV. All LDVs will still require their first biennial Drive Clean test for licence plate renewal at 7 years old.

    4. Islands without Access to Year Round Ferry Service (Remote Islands). 
    LDVs registered to islands without access to year round ferry service would not be required to meet the emission testing requirements of the Drive Clean program as a condition of licence plate renewal or when transferring a motor vehicle's ownership (i.e. resale, proposed to be removed for all LDVs as described above).
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  • Anniversary Update!

    Posted on 30, August, 2016
    The last time we connected, I talked about the founding of Sil’s Complete Auto Care, and how we were about to embark on a campaign to give back to the local community. We have since completed our recent efforts in celebration of our 40th Anniversary, and I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved, including my amazing staff!
    Watch our thank you video HERE and like our Facebook Page while you're there!

    We completed over $5000.00 in repairs on two vehicles owned by families in our community who were identified as needing an extra helping hand up. These vehicles were repaired by my staff who generously donated their labour time, with parts supplied by our vendor Motorcade Industries. The CAA provided free memberships to each family and Car Pride Auto Spa provided complete cleaning packages on each vehicle!  Sure, we could have thrown a big corporate appreciation party, invite all of our customers, handed out trinkets and tokens as thank you, but that’s one moment in time.  To these families, these repairs have now bought them more time financially, and they now can in turn pay it forward.  This event was a way for us to return the favour and help the community that has supported us throughout the years.

    We all have our struggles and worry to some degree about the future. As a small business owner, I fight off competition daily to stay in business, making sure I treat my staff with respect and keep them employed.
    The bottom line is that there wouldn’t be a business without YOU, our customers – individuals, families and businesses, which have supported us for these 40 years. Thank you on behalf of my entire operation for trusting us with your vehicle needs.

    As the owner of Sil’s Complete Auto Care Centre, I’m asking you to continue to keep us in mind for your next service or repair. Tell your friends, co-workers, and employers (we service company vehicles too!) about us. We are a family business working for families and businesses in our communities too!


    September Promotions!

    Buy your winter tires and rims in September and we’ll store them till you’re ready to install them for FREE. Not valid with other offer or special. Coupon must be presented in advance. Expires 9/31/16.
    Max Value $39.99 for ANY VEHICLE THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN Here @ Sils Auto Before. Bring that other car in that you take to the Quick lube or the dealer and try us out! * Not valid with other offer or special. Coupon must be presented in advance. Expires 9/31/16.
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