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.
A 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
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.
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