Yearly Archives: 2020

How Important are Regular Vehicle Inspections?

How Important are Regular Vehicle Inspections?

The average vehicle owner may think - if there’s nothing wrong with my vehicle that I can see or feel, then there’s no reason for me to go to the auto repair shop. However, this is not the case. Good car maintenance is proactive and also preventative - the best way to save yourself money on your vehicle over the years is to catch issues early on before they become expensive, larger repairs.  Daily driving, weather, road trips, and more can take a toll on the health of your vehicle. When you get regular inspections on your car, you allow an experienced mechanic to evaluate the condition of your vehicle overall and the systems within it. At Sil's Complete Auto Care Centre, we only recommend services or repairs that we feel are completely necessary to your safety and that will lead to major repairs if ignored.  We want to change the way that car owners think about vehicle maintenance. It isn’t a way for an auto shop to take your money - it ... read more

Why is My Car's Hybrid Drive System Malfunction Warning Light On?

Why is My Car's Hybrid Drive System Malfunction Warning Light On?

Hybrid vehicles are great options for both fuel efficiency and the health of our environment. Believe it or not, a lot of hybrid and electric vehicles actually perform at higher standards than regular gas powered vehicles, all while reducing total emissions. These hybrid systems are very complex and rely on the electrical components of your vehicle to continue running, which is why these vehicles do require specially trained technicians for proper service.  So, how does a hybrid vehicle work exactly? The main difference between a hybrid and standard gas vehicle is that while a hybrid car is running, the engine components shut down periodically and allow the battery to power the vehicle. This is done through regenerative braking, which takes the energy produced by the brakes to recharge your vehicle's battery on the road.  If you own a hybrid vehicle, be on the look out for the Hybrid Drive System Malfunction Warning Light, seen in the image above. What this signifies is ... read more

COVID-19 Update From Sils Complete Auto Care Centre

COVID-19 Update From Sils Complete Auto Care Centre

The ongoing spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canada and around the world has understandably raised concerns and questions. At Sils Complete Auto Care Centre, the well-being of our valued customers, our employees, and our community is of the greatest concern to us. We want you to know that putting your safety first will always remain our top priority, especially as this global situation continues to evolve. As a result, we have temporarily adjusted our systems and process until the current COVID-19 situation subsides. In these unprecedented times, we feel confident that this course of action, while drastic, is the prudent response in helping to mitigate the transmission of this global virus. Effective Friday March 27th, 2020  we are doing business differently. While our doors will remain locked, we will communicate with you via email, text or phone to arrange vehicle drop off, repair & return.   If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ... read more

What Does the Oil Pressure Warning Light Mean?

What Does the Oil Pressure Warning Light Mean?

You see the warning light shown above illuminate on your vehicle's dashboard - what does it mean and is it important? Let's talk about what the oil pressure warning indicates and what you should do next.  What does the oil pressure warning light mean? If this light illuminates, it indicates that your vehicle has detected low oil pressure. Either there isn't enough oil in the system or the oil pump isn't properly circulating oil to lubricate engine components.  What do I do when the light turns on? If you see this light turn on, we recommend pulling over to a safe place and turning off the engine. If your engine continues running with low oil pressure, you risk irreversible and expensive damage occurring to the engine and your engine overheating.  What can cause low oil pressure? The oil level is low, either due to a leak or burning up oil The oil pump is failing and needs to be replaced The oil pressure sensor is malfunctioning Don't take a ... read more

How Often Does My Car Need a Power Steering Fluid Flush?

The power steering system in your vehicle helps ensure that you are able to easily handle your car with precision and accuracy. It helps the steering by guiding power from the engine towards the wheels. This system is able to do so using hydraulic pressure through the use of a drive belt. The hydraulic pressure is produced by a rotary-vane pump powered by the vehicle's engine. The job of the power steering fluid is to transmit the power from the engine to the power steering system. It is recommended that the power steering fluid is replaced roughly every 4 years, or as recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer. A visual inspection of the fluid can indicate to our mechanics whether or not that fluid needs to be replaced.  When a power steering fluid flush is performed, the fluid will be drained from the system and fresh fluid will be added back into it. The benefits of having a power steering fluid flush performed include better handling, more accurate ste ... read more

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