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Make Your Battery Last

Today’s report from Sils Complete Auto Care Centre is on car batteries, why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadn’t. You may be surprised to learn that only 30 percent of Oakville vehicle batteries last for 48 months. Now that’s an average. How long a battery lasts depends on many factors. You may not know that one of the biggest factors is the temperature where you live and drive around Oakville. You might suppose that cold weather was harder on batteries because it takes more power to crank a cold engine, but the opposite is actually true. Batteries in very cold climates have a life expectancy of 51 months as opposed to 30 months in very warm climates. The reason is simple: batteries are chemically more active when they’re hot than when they’re cold. A car battery will actually start to discharge on its own within 24 hours in hot weather ... read more

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Michelin Tire Safety Recall

MICHELIN ISSUES SAFETY RECALL FOR COMMERCIAL LIGHT TRUCK TIRES Laval, QC (Dec. 13, 2013) – Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. today announced a safety recall of approximately 76,000 of its Michelin LTX M/S commercial light truck tires in Canada. These tires are typically found on such vehicles as commercial light trucks, full-sized heavy duty vans, small RVs, and some large pickup trucks. No deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with the recalled tires. This recall, which has been reported to Transport Canada, is being issued because an increasing number of tires are experiencing tread loss and/or rapid air loss. The recalled tires were manufactured between January 2010 and June 2012. The Department of Transportation (DOT) date range that appears on the tire sidewall is represented by four numbers, with the first two digits denoting the week, and the last two digits representing the year. The DOT range and product identi ... read more

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Drive Clean Price Changes April1,2014

Drivers to Pay Less for Drive Clean Test Ontario Committed to Fair Pricing and Clean Air Starting April 1, vehicle owners will pay five dollars less for their Drive Clean emission tests. After 12 years in deficit due to start-up costs, Drive Clean went into surplus in 2011. The province is reducing the test fee from $35 to $30 to make sure the program does not take in more money than it costs to run. According to the Ontario Medical Association, smog contributes to 9,500 premature deaths each year. Repairs made to cars and trucks as a result of Drive Clean tests reduce smog emissions by more than one-third. Ensuring fair prices for government programs and services is part of Ontario’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate. Quick Facts Drive Clean has kept more than 335,000 tonnes of smog-causing pollutants from entering the air since 1999. Drive Clean fees for heavy duty vehicles are set by individu ... read more

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CTV News Consumer Alert New Car Warranty

I thought this was a great clip from CTV News Consumer Alert the other night. For years we educated about maintenance and care for vehicle longevity. However, our emotional concern for fear of vehicle failure leads us to either purchase new cars when the older one is still fine or purchase extended warranty when with proper care the car should operate fine for many years. Average vehicle now goes 260,000 kms before being crushed. In the coming years they say that will move towards 333,000 kilometers. Sils Auto has industry leading base warranty and on top of that the Sils Auto Lifetime Protection Plan. Check out the website for details. Here is the link to the CTV clip with Pat Foran. CTV News carlo sabucco

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Go Straight: Wheel Alignment For Mississauga Automobiles

You may have an alignment problem if your car drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel’s off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn’t feel like it handles right as you drive down our local Mississauga Ontario streets. When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other objects around Mississauga, Ontario are great ways to knock your car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin. Driving for an extended time when your car is out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. Sometimes the tire can be worn so badly that it will fail. At the very least, you’ll have to replace your tires sooner. You could end up with premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive. The front wheel alignm ... read more

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Trip inspection

North Americans love their cars. And nothing goes with cars better than the road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it’s great! But there’s nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt. Now you can’t always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. The first step is to look at your trip plan from your vehicle’s perspective. What kind of roads will you be traveling – winding byways or super-highways? Mountains or plains? What weather conditions are you likely to encounter? How many miles will you travel? How much weight will you be hauling – passengers and luggage? Lugging a trailer or roof top carrier? Will it be dusty? Armed with the answers to these questions, you can start a trip inspection to help you prepare your Mississauga vehicle for your big adventure. A lot of our Mississauga customers ... read more

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Mississauga Alignment Service

Your car might have an alignment problem if: it drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel is off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn’t feel like it handles right. When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other object are great ways to knock your car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin. Driving for an extended time when you’re out of alignment causes your tires to wear unevenly and excessively. This can be dangerous and expensive. You’ll have to replace your tires sooner, but even worse – you may cause premature wear to your suspension system, which can be really expensive. The front wheel alignment is adjustable on all vehicles, and the back wheels are also adjustable on some cars. The adjustment can go three different ways. The first adjus ... read more

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Riding on Air – Inspecting tires for damage and wear

Riding on Air – Inspecting tires for damage and wear

Inspecting tires for damage and wear Inspect your tires regularly for damage and for signs of excessive or uneven wear. Catching a problem early could save you money and prevent a sudden tire failure. Check for embedded stones, glass or other foreign objects that could work into the tread and cause a leak. Wheel alignment and balancing It’s a good idea to have your wheel alignment checked once a year or if you notice uneven or rapid wear on the inside or outside edges of the tire. If the wheels are misaligned, they may drag instead of rolling freely. This could increase fuel consumption, reduce tire life and cause problems with the vehicle’s handling and ride. Wheels should also be balanced. If they are out of balance, you may feel a pounding or shaking through the steering wheel or your seat. This pounding could shorten the life of suspension components, lead to uneven tire wear (bald spots) and increase fuel consumption. **If you su ... read more

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Tracking True In Ontario: Wheel Alignment In Oakville

Tracking True In Ontario: Wheel Alignment In Oakville

Tracking True In Ontario: Wheel Alignment In Oakville Wheel alignment is often overlooked by busy Oakville and Port Credit auto owners until serious tire damage has been done. One wheel can be knocked out of alignment by hitting a curb or pothole on a Mississauga highway or surface street. When a vehicle’s out of alignment, one or more of the wheels does not track true and pulls against the others. This causes several serious problems. First off, the tires will wear out faster and will need to be replaced prematurely. It could also lead to expensive sedan suspension problems. When undergoing an alignment service at Sils Complete Auto Care Centre, your sedan is put on an alignment rack where the tires, steering and suspension parts are checked for damage. Then the alignment is charted and checked against the factory settings. Precision adjustments are made to bring the wheels back into ... read more

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Air Conditioning Service In Mississauga

Hey Mississauga, Ontario Do you hear loud noises under the hood when you turn on your air conditioner? Do you only get cool air sporadically? If so, it is time to get your air conditioner checked. It’s real easy to take your car’s air conditioner for granted. Just push the right buttons and out comes cool, dry, clean air. But your air conditioning system needs attention from time to time to help it keep its cool. When most people in Mississauga hear the words “air conditioning problems”, it sends a shiver up their spine. That is because the air conditioning system is fairly complex. It has a lot of parts and when it’s broken, it’s expensive to repair. What things can we do to prevent air conditioning breakdowns? A common cause of air conditioning failure is leaks. Water and air can leak into the system. The system doesn’t work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also, refrigerant, the stuff ... read more

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