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The Benefits of Tire Rotations and Wheel Balancing

The Benefits of Tire Rotations and Wheel Balancing

Taking care of your car tires should be at the top of every vehicle owner’s to-do list. Tires are some of the most important safety features of your car. After all, they are the only components that touch the road. They can also be quite expensive to replace, which is why it is important to extend their wear.  To make sure your tires last longer and keep you riding safely on the road, make sure you perform regular tire rotations and wheel balancing at Sil’s Complete Auto Care Centre. Tire Rotation Naturally, on all vehicles, front tires wear more because they handle your turns and carry on slightly more weight. It is especially true in front-wheel drive vehicles. Tire rotations ensure all your vehicle’s tires wear at the same rate by switching the position of the tires periodically. When you bring your vehicle to our shop, we will move the front tires to the back, and back to the front. Some automakers may prefer to change the position in a cross-rotational pat ... read more

The Economy and Vehicle Care

  Maintaining your car in a recession is essential for your safety, your wallet, and the longevity of your vehicle. Regular maintenance, tire rotations, and safety inspections are necessary to ensure your car is operating safely and efficiently. Keeping up with necessary maintenance is one of the best ways to save money in the long run, as it will prevent you from having to buy a brand new car or make expensive repairs in the future. Additionally, regular maintenance is key to making sure your car is reliable and will last for years to come.   With the higher interest rates for vehicle financing, and the above average used car market pricing maintaining your car always pays off in the long run. I talk a lot about the vehicle care costs with customers and I have found over all my years in this business that service , maintenance and repairs always beats out financing a new vehicle in the long game. Nothing will beat the shiny, new car smell, new car peace of mind ( sometime ... read more

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Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Stiff?

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Stiff?

When you press down on your brake pedal, it should be able to move back up without any resistance quickly. But if the pedal feels stiff and challenging to push down, this could indicate a severe issue with your brakes. To understand why your brake pedal might feel stiff, it's essential to look at the components of your braking system and some common causes of stiffness. What Makes Up Your Braking System? Your vehicle's braking system comprises several components that all work together to allow you to slow and stop safely. This includes the brake lines, wheel cylinders, master cylinders, calipers, rotors, and discs – all essential for properly functioning brakes. Common Causes of Brake Pedal Stiffness There are a few critical causes of brake pedal stiffness that could be impacting your vehicle. These include: Leaks in the braking system: Often, the entire system will be affected if there is an issue with one component of your brakes. This can create a vacuum leak, ma ... read more

Ministry Safety Inspection Safety Standard Certificate Changes coming 2023 and beyond for Ontario

I've always been a believer in completing proper SSC Safety Standard Certificates or a Ministry Safety Inspection. These certifications need to be completed for several reasons: Transfer of ownership in Ontario ( buying or selling)  Transfer of ownership to another family  member Transfer of ownership from leasing company to your personal name or company name Importing of car  from the USA or another province to get Ontario plates.  Requested by insurance company due to age or transfer to another company After a vehicle has been rebranded    Several years ago there were changes to the auto repair safety standards paper manual. https://www.ontario.ca/files/2022-03/mto-passenger-light-duty-vehicle-inspection-standard-en-2022-03-18.pdf These changes were well overdue with additional c ... read more

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Safety

8 Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

8 Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

The average Canadian spends CA$150-200 on fuel per month, depending on lifestyle and mobility needs. Fuel cost is the main cost of a running car, so you need to be efficient in how you use your fuel to minimize costs. Here are tips on how to boost your fuel efficiency. Maintain Tire Pressure Underinflated tires have high friction or rolling resistance on the road. If the tires have 10psi less than required, fuel consumption increases by up to 10%. Always ensure your tires have sufficient pressure before hitting the road. Reduce the Load In the Boot Many people have a habit of carrying unnecessary luggage in the boot. Every extra 50kgs in your car increases fuel usage by two percent. Ensure the items in the boot are essential, and remove all unnecessary stuff. Drive at Optimal Speed When cruising at 110km/h, your car's engine consumes 25% more fuel than at around 80km/h. Similarly, driving at lower than 50km/h consumes more fuel ... read more

How Does a Vehicle's Cooling System Work?

How Does a Vehicle's Cooling System Work?

If you've ever had to replace your car's cooling system, you know how expensive it can be. But what if you didn't have to worry about that? What if your cooling system could keep running without any problems? When a car's cooling system fails, several things can happen. For instance, the engine can overheat and shut down due to a lack of coolant flow. A cooling system keeps your vehicle's engine, transmission, and other components from overheating. Well, stick around to find out more about automobile cooling systems. How Does a Cooling System Work? The cooling system working is not complex. The best coolant fluids continuously pump through the engine block channels to power and cool the system. A water pump is used to push coolant through the cylinder block. The solution picks up heat from the engine as it travels via these channels. This hot fluid exits the engine and enters the radiator, which is cooled by air flowing through the radiator grill of the vehicle ... read more

What Fluids Need to Be Changed in My Car?

What Fluids Need to Be Changed in My Car?

Flushing (replacing) car fluids such as brake fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid are important. These fluids play a vital role in the proper functioning of your car, and over time, they can become contaminated or degraded. Flushing your car's fluids regularly helps to ensure that they are clean and effective, and can help to prolong the life of your car. Below is a closer look at the importance of flushing car fluids according to the manufacturer's recommendation. Brake Fluid While brake fluids rarely need flushing, it is important to flush brake fluid according to the manufacturer's recommendation to keep your brakes functioning properly. Brake fluid can become contaminated over time, and this can lead to braking problems. Flushing the brake fluid will remove any contaminants and help to keep your brakes working correctly. Power Steering Fluid Flushing your power steering fluid according to the manufacturer's recommendation is important for severa ... read more

Is It Important to Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

Is It Important to Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection?

With the surges in the automobile market, it seems like pre-purchase inspections are more worthwhile now than ever. You don’t want to get sucked into buying a car that you have headaches and stress over. That is why it is important for you to get a professional pre-purchase inspection before committing to a car.   When buying a vehicle, you want to get the most bang for your buck. A quality pre-purchase inspection will protect you from buying a car with underlying problems. Here is what the inspection encompasses: Diagnostics - You can always expect a full and thorough diagnostic inspection with every PPI. We will go from bumper-to-bumper to gain a better understanding of the vehicle’s health. Additionally, we will inspect fluid levels, engine health, and other systems to check the condition of particular components. Test Drive - A good and effective pre-purchase inspection will include a test drive. During this run, our tech will look for any squeals, grinding, sk ... read more

What Are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

What Are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

Most modern cars use fuel injectors in place of carburetors, commonly used in the past. Fuel injectors play a vital role in your car's daily performance. As the name suggests, the components' primary function is to deliver fuel into engine cylinders while maintaining all relevant parameters (correct timing, controlled fuel atomization and controlled fuel volume). Below are a few signs you have bad fuel injectors. 1. The Car Sounds Rough While on Idle Bad fuel injectors can interfere with the delicate balance of air and fuel making its way into the engine. The result is a crackling engine while on idle. If your car is vibrating more than it did before, it's time to check your fuel injectors. 2. Your Cars Starts Consuming More Gas Than Before If you notice, your car is spending more fuel than it should, according to the manufacturer's guide. Depending on how long you have had your car, you can tell if there are any changes in fuel con ... read more

How Long Are Shock Absorbers Supposed to Last?

How Long Are Shock Absorbers Supposed to Last?

Shock absorbers are a vital component in your car’s suspension system. They keep your car from bouncing excessively by absorbing the road impact. That way, when you drive on bumpy road surfaces, you won’t feel it that much. Shocks can be found near both the front and rear wheels. They have hydraulic fluid to dampen the uneven motions. With a smoother drive, your car is able to hold the center of gravity and help you maintain control of your vehicle in different road conditions. Since the shock absorbers are always working, they can wear down over time. On average, a set of shocks can last you about five to ten years. In other words, they can last anywhere between 50,000 to 100,000 kilometers. Unfortunately, bad road quality, towing, frequent braking, and reckless driving can all wear them down quicker. You can also tell when your shock absorbers are wearing out by looking out for the following signs: Bumpy or rough ride - This is the most obvious sign. If your car feels like it lose ... read more

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