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Ontario Vehicle Safety Inspections Important Tips

Ontario Vehicle Safety Inspections Important Tips

Some Basics on Purchasing a Vehicle or Selling from Sils Complete Auto Care your  Mississauga and Oakville Auto Service Facility. 1. Ensure to purchase a safety inspected vehicle from an OMVIC certified dealer within Ontario. https://www.omvic.on.ca/portal/Consumers/ConsumerProtection/KnowYourRights.aspx Many are also members of the Used Car Dealers Association, which has a list of car-buying tips at ucda.ca, along with ways to identify ‘curbsiders,’ unregistered dealers masquerading as private sellers. 2. Ensure to review the car during day light hours in clear weather preferably.  In the night it’s hard to see issues or concerns with the car. If it isn’t available for a second look on a dry day, walk away. 3. Fresh undercoating or rust protections sprays. It can hide a multitude of sins ... read more

What are the Signs of Faulty Brakes?

What are the Signs of Faulty Brakes?

Failing brakes is always a scary occurrence, especially when you notice a symptom while driving. Your vehicle's brakes are extremely important to the overall safety of your vehicle, so regular brake maintenance and understanding certain symptoms of brake problems is key. It is recommended that your brakes should be in top working condition at all times to ensure your safety on the road. If you ever suspect an issue with your brakes, you should have your vehicle inspected by an expert here at Sil's Complete Auto Care Centre as soon as possible. Brake problems can stem from a number of different things, including leaks, worn brake pads, warped rotors, and more.  Here are some symptoms that indicate failing brakes: The brake system warning light has turned on Your car pulls to one side while braking The brake pedal vibrates while braking The steering wheel vibrates while braking You notice a lack of performance Leaking fluid underneath car The brake pedal feels spong ... read more

Do I Need to Change My Car's Brake Fluid?

Do I Need to Change My Car's Brake Fluid?

Your vehicle's brake system is extremely important to the overall safety of your vehicle. Brake failure is one of the top causes of accidents on the road due to mechanical failure. This is why understanding the symptoms of failing brakes and how often they should be serviced is vital. You're probably familiar with your brake pads, but did you know that brake fluid needs to be changed as well?  First, let's talk about what exactly brake fluid is. Brake fluid is essentially hydraulic fluid. The brakes are a hydraulic powered system, which means it uses fluid to create pressure in order to power the system. The brake fluid operates under very high amounts of pressure and heat in order to work properly. However, over time, there are certain things that can occur that can make the brake fluid contaminated or less effective, which can lessen the overall power of your brakes.  If it's time to change your vehicle's brake fluid, you may notice one or more of the ... read more

Air Conditioning Oakville / Mississauga - Some basics

My car air conditioning doesn't work, it blows hot air.  Now this blog is not about how to do it yourself it's to enlightened you on a very basic level what to know what happens when your car a/c fails.  We are becoming an industry that needs to show transparency and i hope our Facebook link helps you and your car.  

How Important are Regular Vehicle Inspections?

How Important are Regular Vehicle Inspections?

The average vehicle owner may think - if there’s nothing wrong with my vehicle that I can see or feel, then there’s no reason for me to go to the auto repair shop. However, this is not the case. Good car maintenance is proactive and also preventative - the best way to save yourself money on your vehicle over the years is to catch issues early on before they become expensive, larger repairs.  Daily driving, weather, road trips, and more can take a toll on the health of your vehicle. When you get regular inspections on your car, you allow an experienced mechanic to evaluate the condition of your vehicle overall and the systems within it. At Sil's Complete Auto Care Centre, we only recommend services or repairs that we feel are completely necessary to your safety and that will lead to major repairs if ignored.  We want to change the way that car owners think about vehicle maintenance. It isn’t a way for an auto shop to take your money - it ... read more

Why is My Car's Hybrid Drive System Malfunction Warning Light On?

Why is My Car's Hybrid Drive System Malfunction Warning Light On?

Hybrid vehicles are great options for both fuel efficiency and the health of our environment. Believe it or not, a lot of hybrid and electric vehicles actually perform at higher standards than regular gas powered vehicles, all while reducing total emissions. These hybrid systems are very complex and rely on the electrical components of your vehicle to continue running, which is why these vehicles do require specially trained technicians for proper service.  So, how does a hybrid vehicle work exactly? The main difference between a hybrid and standard gas vehicle is that while a hybrid car is running, the engine components shut down periodically and allow the battery to power the vehicle. This is done through regenerative braking, which takes the energy produced by the brakes to recharge your vehicle's battery on the road.  If you own a hybrid vehicle, be on the look out for the Hybrid Drive System Malfunction Warning Light, seen in the image above. What this signifies is ... read more

COVID-19 Update From Sils Complete Auto Care Centre

COVID-19 Update From Sils Complete Auto Care Centre

The ongoing spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canada and around the world has understandably raised concerns and questions. At Sils Complete Auto Care Centre, the well-being of our valued customers, our employees, and our community is of the greatest concern to us. We want you to know that putting your safety first will always remain our top priority, especially as this global situation continues to evolve. As a result, we have temporarily adjusted our systems and process until the current COVID-19 situation subsides. In these unprecedented times, we feel confident that this course of action, while drastic, is the prudent response in helping to mitigate the transmission of this global virus. Effective Friday March 27th, 2020  we are doing business differently. While our doors will remain locked, we will communicate with you via email, text or phone to arrange vehicle drop off, repair & return.   If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ... read more

What Does the Oil Pressure Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Oil Pressure Warning Light Mean?

You see the warning light shown above illuminate on your vehicle's dashboard - what does it mean and is it important? Let's talk about what the oil pressure warning indicates and what you should do next.  What does the oil pressure warning light mean? If this light illuminates, it indicates that your vehicle has detected low oil pressure. Either there isn't enough oil in the system or the oil pump isn't properly circulating oil to lubricate engine components.  What do I do when the light turns on? If you see this light turn on, we recommend pulling over to a safe place and turning off the engine. If your engine continues running with low oil pressure, you risk irreversible and expensive damage occurring to the engine and your engine overheating.  What can cause low oil pressure? The oil level is low, either due to a leak or burning up oil The oil pump is failing and needs to be replaced The oil pressure sensor is malfunctioning Don't take a ... read more

How Often Does My Car Need a Power Steering Fluid Flush?

The power steering system in your vehicle helps ensure that you are able to easily handle your car with precision and accuracy. It helps the steering by guiding power from the engine towards the wheels. This system is able to do so using hydraulic pressure through the use of a drive belt. The hydraulic pressure is produced by a rotary-vane pump powered by the vehicle's engine. The job of the power steering fluid is to transmit the power from the engine to the power steering system. It is recommended that the power steering fluid is replaced roughly every 4 years, or as recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer. A visual inspection of the fluid can indicate to our mechanics whether or not that fluid needs to be replaced.  When a power steering fluid flush is performed, the fluid will be drained from the system and fresh fluid will be added back into it. The benefits of having a power steering fluid flush performed include better handling, more accurate ste ... read more

Vehicle Resolutions for 2020

It’s that time of the season when we start thinking about what changes or resolutions we plan to make for the upcoming year. 2019 has ended and we all hope that 2020 will bring us health and good fortune. Many people will think about what resolutions to make such as going to the gym more often, eating healthier, and waking up earlier. These are all fantastic resolutions, but have you thought about any changes you will be making when it comes to your car?  Nobody is a perfect vehicle owner, but there are many ways in which the regular car driver can not only take better care of their vehicle but save money on car repairs in the new year. It is a great idea to think of a vehicle resolution that you can make going into 2020 that will help you protect your car investment and save you money on repairs. Here are some of our top vehicle changes to make for 2020: Try to keep your car clean and free of garbage Clean out your trunk - it will give you much better fuel efficiency Ha ... read more

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