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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

Holiday Travel Tips

  Happy Holidays from everyone here at Sil's Complete Auto Care Centre. Here at our family owned and operated auto repair shop, we want to make sure that you and your family are safe on the road this holiday season. We invite you to visit one of our local convenience shops for an inspection before any road trip to make sure that your vehicle will stay reliable for you and your family.  If you are planning on taking a trip in your vehicle to visit friends or family for holidays, we recommend that your vehicle is well-maintained and prepared to take the trek. Especially driving in the snow here in Ontario, ensuring that your vehicle has the proper tires and is well maintained will be critically to guarantee your safety on the road and your vehicle's reliability.  An inspection of your vehicle before any holiday road trip or shopping plans will catch any issues while they are small and allow our experts to check vital components for driving in the snow, such as t ... read more

Don't Make These Car Maintenance Mistakes

When it comes to owning a vehicle, just getting in your car and driving it every day is not enough to keep it maintained and running. Every vehicle will require certain maintenance items throughout its lifetime, especially considering that our cars are complex working machines. Maintenance will not only ensure that your car will last you throughout the years, but also helps save you money on big repairs over time.  There are many mistakes that can be made when it comes to vehicle attendance, or the lack thereof. Here are some vehicle maintenance mistakes to try to avoid:  Never ignore a check engine warning light. Once you see the check engine warning light turn on, it is vital to have your car inspected by an expert here at Sil's Complete Auto Care Centre. If the problem is extensive, ignoring the issue can make it worse and leave you stranded on the road.    Make sure that your fluids and engine oil are always replaced on time. Skipping your regular oil ch ... read more

How Often Should Your Cabin Air Filter Be Replaced?

The cabin air filter in your vehicle is essentially what keeps the air inside of your vehicle clean. This filter will clean the air that comes into your car through the air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems. It will catch dirt, dust, and pollen before it reaches your interior to keep the air inside clean and allergen-free.  As with any type of filter, the cabin air filter will need to be replaced around every 20,000 km or so, depending on the make and model of your vehicle. For the most accurate recommendation on when the cabin air filter needs to be replaced, refer to your vehicle's owner's manual.  Some climates or driving areas will require a cabin air filter to be replaced more frequently than outlined by the manufacturer, such as dirt road driving or driving is really dusty, dry areas. If your cabin air filter is due for a replacement, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Reduced air filter when A/C or heat is turned on ... read more

What is a Transmission Fluid Flush?

You've probably heard the term or read it in your vehicles' maintenance recommendations - the transmission fluid flush. But what does it actually mean, and is it important to your vehicle's overall health?  A transmission fluid flush is a service that is usually recommended every 80,000 km or so, or as recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer. This service is typically considered a preventative maintenance item, although it may be needed if you are having transmission problems.  A transmission flush consists is the process in which all of the oil inside your transmission is removed, then the system is flushed out using a special machine to remove grime and sludge buildup. Afterwards, new transmission fluid is added back in.  The key benefits from this service is to boost your vehicle's overall performance and lifespan. It also protects your vehicle's transmission system and ensure that it continues to run smoothly. Transmission repairs can be ... read more

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