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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

Drive Clean Vehicle Program Cancelled

It has been announced by The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks that the Ontario Drive Clean program has been canceled effective April 1, 2019. This mandatory vehicle emissions testing program will no longer be required after the cancellation date, but vehicle owners will still be required to make sure that their vehicle’s emissions systems are working properly at all times.  Ontario has cited that the reason for the cancellation is to avoid taxpayers costs by up to $40 million a year. Effective April 1, 2019, drivers will no longer be required to have a Drive Clean emissions test performed for their vehicle. If your vehicle is due for a Drive Clean test before the cancellation date, you will still be required to have the test performed on your vehicle before you can renew registration. Until the effective cancellation date, the first Drive Clean emissions test to renew registration for light duty vehicles will be free.  While the Drive Clean program ... read more

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Sils Auto Is Seeking Licensed Experienced 310 Technician

Modern, dealer like aftermarket facility seeks a technician who wants a difference! Awesome opportunity for motivated, organized and energetic person at our Professional 8 Bay family run automotive service centre. Be apart of a professional team where management support, systems and procedures are superior. We measure success by how well we, as management, serve you. We are a Leading aftermarket independent service, maintenance and repair facility working on Europeans, Domestic and import vehicles. Candidate requires a clean driving record. Familiar with windows based program like Alldata, Mitchell, identifix, Iatn etc, Have their own tool set.Comprehends a variety of service and diagnostic tasks and can complete the task with out ongoing daily technical support. Comprehension of diagnostics like Check Engine Light issues, and ability to completed electrical testing. Ability to work on import and domest ... read more

Blind Spots when driving

Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in Oakville, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other Oakville drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses. First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull out of the driveway or parking space. Adjust your rearview mirror so that you see as much of the area behind you as possible. And, no, this doesn't include the passengers in the back seat. The rearview mirror isn't designed to be a baby monitor. Next, lean to the side until your head almost touches the driver's side window. Now adjust the driver's side mirror so that it just catches the side of the vehicle. Then, lean to the middle of the car and adjust the passen ... read more

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CAA Auto Repair Oakville Only

Did you know that Sil’s Complete Auto Care Centre is Oakville’s only CAA Approved Automotive Service facility?  As an approved facility measures are put into place to ensure the highest quality level of service and care.  Every auto repair facility in the AARS program must meet stringent CAA requirements for quality service at fair prices. Plus, they offer Member-exclusive benefits such as 3% in CAA Dollars® on all repairs and a guaranteed 1-year/20,000-km warranty on parts and labour! At Sil’s Auto we double the CAA coverage to 2 years and 40,000kms on  premium parts services. Remember that CAA is not only for road side service, they have evolved to be a premium partner with many restaurants, hotels and other services passing cost savings on to you the member.  As well CAA vehicle insurance programs has some very competitive rates on the market.  h ... read more

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