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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

Maintenance Service Intervals

Most people in the Oakville area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated for areas in Ontario. The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve the standards. Think of the benefits of following recommended intervals as falling into three general categories: Protection, Efficiency and Safety.Protection. Let's start with motor oil. First of all, the engineers recommend a particular weight and type of motor oil for your vehicle. All of their oil change recommendations assume using the proper motor oil. Motor oil contains detergents and other additives that clean the engine and prov ... read more

Toys for Tots Sils Auto - Salvation Army & Halton Police 2018 - Success - Thank you

As the 2017 Holiday Season has wrapped up, I wanted to reach out to you and thank you for your generous donation to the Toys for Tots campaign.  The success of the campaign would not be achieved without help and support from business like yours.  This year we were able to collect over $300,000.00 in toys for families in need in the Region of Halton.  Please take pride in knowing you helped put smiles on the faces of many children this past Christmas morning.  Thank you once again, and I wish you a very happy 2018. Constable Steve Elms #5472Regional Community Mobilization Bureau Halton Regional Police

Low Cost of Ownership on Vehicles

Low Cost of Ownership on Vehicles

Preaching About Low Cost of Ownership I’ve heard a lot about “low cost of ownership” lately. Honestly, it sounds like a great deal! In fact, I would like everything I purchase to have low cost of ownership: my car, my house, my dog. But if I don’t invest any money into maintaining my car, my house and (for argument’s sake) my dog, I would have engine failure, broken pipes in my sprinkler system, and my dog could have heartworm, or worse, a litter of puppies! This scenario takes low cost of ownership to the extreme, but isn’t that pretty much what manufacturers are promising when they promote a car that’s low cost to own? Here’s what they’re thinking, “minimal maintenance dollars spent equals customer enjoying a vehicle that costs very little to own.” According to some manufacturers, it could be 16,000 km before you see your customer on the service drive for the first oil change. I’m not saying we shoul ... read more

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Armagh House Support 2017

Armagh House Support 2017

Wanted to post this letter from Armagh House. It was a great event for the community. Sils Auto Centre. carlo sabucco 

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Check Engine Light Diagnosis

Hello Oakville . Have you ever had your Check Engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for Oakville drivers? First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That's why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wrong might be a loose gas cap, or it might be serious vehicle engine trouble. That's why Oakville residents often don't know how to respond to it. The Check Engine light has two modes: it flashes or it stays on. A flashing light is serious. You need to get your vehicle to Sils Complete Auto Care Centre in Oakville ASAP. No, you don't need to call a tow truck, but, yes, you can't wait to get your car serviced. If your Check Engine light is on and flash ... read more

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DRIVE CLEAN CHANGES APRIL 2017

DRIVE CLEAN CHANGES APRIL 2017

So come April 1 2017 there will be changes to the Drive Clean Emission Program. Some, oh probably most of the drivers out there dislike the program and I would agree even as an owner a business that has done thousands of them, i have my issues as well. The program does have some merit in that those who choose to disregard maintaining there vehicle have some sort of accountability to ensure its care and environmental footprint is reduced.  As basic as I can translate all the information coming my way here of some of the changes coming.  No more $30.00 test fee on the initial first test. You pass great, the government pays. You fail the government pays.  Ok, you failed. Your retest at the original testing facility is Customer Pay $17.50 + tax, if you choose another facility for the re test then it's Customer Pay $30.00 + tax.  No, you can't cheat and go from one fail to another - as your VIN# of your car will tell the fa ... read more

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