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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

Should You Keep Driving If Your Engine Temperature Warning Light is On?

Should You Keep Driving If Your Engine Temperature Warning Light is On?

You see the warning light above turn on - your vehicle's Engine Temperature Warning Light - and wonder what it means and what to do next. While it doesn't look like a warning light signaling an emergency, continuing to drive your vehicle with this light on risks extensive and expensive damage to your vehicle's engine. As soon as you see this light turn on, get your vehicle into Sil's Complete Auto Care Centre.  This temperature warning light means that your engine is running at a temperature that is too high - in other words, your engine is overheating. If your vehicle's cooling system is working properly, this should never occur. However, a problem with the cooling system or low coolant can cause the engine to overheat, which leads to engine damage.  Our professionals will complete an inspection and determine the cause of the overheating. If you catch the problem early, the damage caused to the engine will be minimal. Continuing to drive your vehicle wi ... read more

How to Identify a Car Leak

You walk up to your car to hop in and start driving and notice something strange underneath - a river of liquid coming from underneath your vehicle. You may start to panic, and wonder if it is safe to drive your vehicle.  The most important thing to try to do is identify where the leak could be coming from, and that will help you understand the severity of the issue. Here are some common leaks and how to identify them:  Antifreeze Usually green, pink, or yellow in color Texture is sticky and thick Moderately important to see your mechanic for an inspection soon Brake Fluid Light brown Will look oily Very important and needs to be looked at by a mechanic as soon as possible Engine Oil Color can be from light brown to black Looks like a thin syrup Moderately important to have it inspected by your trusted mechanic Power Steering Fluid Appears reddish brown Looks thin and will drip from the front of ... read more

Vehicle Noises that Can Indicate A Problem

After you drive your vehicle for a while, you get used to the way that it drives, including the way it sounds and performs. If you ever notice a sound out of the blue that is strange or never heard before, it is important not to ignore it. Often times, a weird noise coming from our vehicle’s is a telling sign that there is an issue with a component, whether that issue be big or small. The sooner you have your vehicle inspected, the quicker the issue can be repaired and the more money you can potentially save.  Here are some important car noises that you should not ignore: Hissing sound coming from underneath the hood Squealing noise or chirping noises coming from tires Clicking noise coming from underneath the hood Scraping or grinding noises while braking Roaring noise coming from the exhaust Rapping or banging noise coming from underneath the hood As soon as you hear one of the noises listed above, bring your vehicle into our shop for an inspection. Our experts will ... read more

Helpful Tips to Avoid Distractions While Driving

When it comes to driving, one of the most important things to remember is to drive safely. Accidents can happen, but often times can be avoided by staying focused on the road and driving as safely as possible. Abiding by the speed limit, giving yourself plenty of space to slow and stop, and following all laws when it comes to driving can protect you on the road. However, distractions can occur which can take our eyes off the road and put our safety at risk.  Here are some helpful tips to avoid distractions while on the road:  Put your cell phone away and out of view. Texting or talking on the phone while driving is very distracting. Nowadays, many cell phones have features that will actually text back anyone trying to contact you with an automated message that you are driving and will get back to them shortly. This is a great tool to use to prevent yourself from being tempted to checking your phone on the road.    If your destination requires driving directions ... read more

Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

Car Maintenance for a Lasting Vehicle

A vehicle is a huge investment, costing thousands of hard-earned dollars. Putting so much money towards a car means that you expect your car to last you throughout the years, and without costing you too much money on repairs. The truth is - our vehicle’s won’t run in perfect condition for years without regular maintenance and service. Cars are huge working machines, and need to be tuned and touched up from time to time to ensure properly working systems.  Repairs are usually more costly than services, which is why preventative maintenance will actually help you save money in the long run. Although you may feel like you often have to pay for small services for your car, those services will offset the cost of major repairs. Maintenance items you may be already familiar with include oil changes, fluid flushes, inspections, tire rotation and balancing, alignments, and much more.  The best source for information on the proper car maintenance for your specific vehicle ... read more

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