Peck Brothers Automotive
Welcome to the Peck Brothers Automotive website! Not only is our objective to assure you that choosing us as your regular service repair and maintenance shop is the best choice for you, but to also to provide you with information to help you increase the worry free life of your vehicle and make your driving experience as enjoyable as possible.

Make The Right Choice - Choose Peck Brothers For Continued Trouble-Free Driving.

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Oil Change & Lubrication

Using the correct Engine Oil for your vehicle is a must!

The engine is the heart of your vehicle, so changing engine oil based on the manufacturer's recommendation is likely the single most important thing that you can do to keep your vehicle's engine running longer. However, it is a must to read the recommendations closely to determine the correct interval; the interval that matches your vehicle's operating conditions and your driving habits.

The normal interval listed in the owner's manual applies to vehicles driven under ideal conditions. While you may consider your driving habits and operating conditions quite normal, read the fine print. Some exceptions to Normal driving include:

  • Frequent short trips (less than 10 miles, especially during cold wintery weather)
  • Stop-and-go city traffic driving
  • Driving in dusty conditions, on gravel roads, i.e. the cottage
  • Driving at sustained highway speeds during hot weather
  • Trailer Towing
  • Diesel or turbocharged engine

These conditions commonly appear in the description of "Severe Service" driving.

Scheduled Maintenance

Following an auto maintenance schedule can help keep your vehicle reliable and maintain its resale value. Maintenance schedules are developed by each manufacturer to specify the recommended maintenance requirements for a particular vehicle make. In most cases, completing this minimum recommended maintenance is necessary to keep a vehicle's warranty in good standing.

If, for any reason, your maintenance history does not meet the recommended minimums, you may have warranty claims denied by the manufacturer. Regularly completing scheduled maintenance items like oil changes, filter changes and tune-ups can also keep your vehicle running smoothly and with good fuel economy.

Perhaps the most important reason to following an auto maintenance schedule is to preserve the reliability and resale value of your vehicle. While all vehicles depreciate on an ongoing basis, completing recommended maintenance can help raise the resale value of your vehicle. Whether you foresee selling to a dealership or private party, having proof of all completed maintenance on the vehicle can increase the value of your vehicle. Whether you have scheduled maintenance completed at the dealership or an independent service provider, be sure to save all documentation relating to maintenance items and other repairs in order to keep the warranty intact and raise the resale value of the vehicle.

Brakes

When it comes to the safety of your vehicle, the braking system is one of the most important areas to maintain. If you hear grinding or squealing noises when you press the brake pedal it is important to have them checked. If something were wrong, that could increase your braking distance and reduce the safety of your vehicle. An inspection would include the condition of:

  • Brake pads
  • Brake rotors
  • Condition of caliper slides and other metal contact points
  • Cleaning and adjusting brake shoes and hardware
  • Brake wear indicators

Your brakes are wear items requiring service or replacement from time to time. Generally speaking, front brakes wear out more quickly than the rear due to weight transfer to the front of vehicle when braking.

Vehicles, such as BMW and Mercedes have brake pad wear indicators alerting the driver by turning on a instrument panel light when the brakes have worn down to a minimum.

When the brake pedal is applied, brake fluid is compressed and pushes your pads and or shoes to bring them in contact with the rotors or drums. This hydraulic system frequently absorbs moisture like a sponge. Water boils as heat is built in the system and steam doesn't compress the same way that brake fluid does. That is why it is important to have this fluid flushed periodically.

Stay safe, be sure to keep the brake system of your car properly maintained at all times!

Tire Sales, Service

Proper tire care can save a lot of money on tire expenses, and most importantly keep you and your occupants a lot safer as well. Tire industry experts recommend a quick inspection of your tires, including the spare, at least once a month. You might find the acronym P-A-R-T helpful to remember four extremely important tire maintenance & safety tips: Pressure, Alignment, Rotation, and Tread.

The most common cause for tire failure is under-inflation. Without the proper pressure, tires are subject to irregular wear and can be the cause for loss of control leading to unnecessary accidents.

Did you know that a tire can lose up to 50% of its air pressure without even appearing to be flat?

Incorrect wheel alignment can cause a vehicle to pull to one side or the other unnecessarily. Hitting a curb or pothole can alter the alignment causing uneven wear of your tires. A tire with uneven wear is far more prone to blow out and or substantially shorten its life.

Be sure to have the alignment checked periodically by your service provider, twice per year is recommended!

It's good practice to regularly rotate your tires to maintain even wear and prolong tire life. Most vehicle manuals have a recommendation for tire rotation. In the event yours doesn't, the industry advises they be rotated every 10,000 kilometers.

Since your tires are the only contact between you and the road, it's a great idea to have your service provider inspect them carefully each and every time your car is serviced. I'm sure you'll find they'll do this for you complimentary.

Steering

Steering issues come up at some point with almost every vehicle. Steering systems on cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles are subjected to a lot of abuse and wear over time. This can cause them to become unreliable if not serviced regularly and properly.

Your vehicle is subject to different steering problems and risks. If you ever notice that your steering wheel wobbles or shakes while driving, or you notice that it is more difficult to maneuver your vehicle or make turns, you may have a steering malfunction.

One of the greatest dangers facing automobile drivers is the possibility of power steering failure. Power steering is a system that assists drivers greatly when making turns and safely maneuvering the car. When the power steering fails, it is extremely difficult to keep a vehicle under control and could cause a driver to lose control resulting in an accident. It is therefore important to report any symptoms, steering related, to a service professional as soon as possible and have your vehicle immediately expected for steering system defects or malfunctions.

Suspension

A vehicle suspension system is made up of shock absorbers, springs, mcpherson strut assemblies and linkages that connect the vehicle to its wheels.

A healthy suspension system results in a smoother ride, superior handling and control. It's responsible for keeping occupants isolated from road noise, bumps, and vibrations.

Suspension systems take a hard beating in today's environment. Rough roads, ice and snow, salt and sand all play a role in the decline of suspension components.

Often the vehicle operator doesn't realize the gradual decline in the suspension systems functionality until it is restored to new condition. It's at that time the operator immediately realizes the vastly improved stability, ride and handling.

It is recommended, so be aware, that suspension parts often require replacement after 80,000 kms.

Wheel Alignment

Protect your tire with annual wheel alignment!

Incorrect wheel alignment can cause a vehicle to pull to one side or the other unnecessarily. Hitting a curb or pothole can alter the alignment causing uneven wear of your tires. A tire with uneven wear is far more prone to blow out and or substantially shorten its life.

Be sure to have the alignment checked periodically by your service provider, twice per year is recommended!

Cooling Systems


The engine cooling system of your car works to keep your engine from overheating and helps it to operate at its highest efficiency. Your cooling system components include the water pump, radiator, hoses, thermostat, and fan. When parts of your car cooling system fail, your car engine will overheat and could possibly suffer serious damage.

Signs that your car engine is overheating:

  • The temperature gauge on your dashboard starts to rise
  • Steam comes billowing out from under your hood
  • You hear hissing or pinging sounds
  • You smell antifreeze boiling over

When any of these car cooling problems occur, stop driving immediately and wait until your car cools down. DO NOT, under any circumstances, attempt to open the radiator or pressure cap.

Air Conditioning & Heating
Coming soon.
Tune-up & Fuel System Service

Dirt, varnish build-up, corrosion and carbon deposits restrict the flow of air and fuel to your engine. This happens with all fuel-injected vehicles.

Deposits in the fuel and air intake system that cause:

  • Hard starting.
  • Stalling.
  • Rough idling.
  • Hesitation.
  • Knocking.
  • Loss of power.
  • Poor fuel economy.
  • Increased emissions.

If it has been a year or 25,000 kms your engine could have already built up deposits.

Completely clean the entire fuel system of deposits.

  • Fuel lines
  • Fuel injectors
  • Intake valves
  • Combustion chambers
  • Throttle plate and throttle valve

Restore the fuel system to its original design for:

  • Easy starting.
  • Smooth idling.
  • Increased power.
  • Eliminate knocking.
  • Maximum fuel economy.
  • Minimum emissions
Routine fuel system maintenance helps avoid expensive repairs.

Spark plugs light the fire in your engine's cylinders, firing about 25 times per second during normal driving. If even one of these sparks is missed (called a misfire), you'll feel it as a momentary stumble in the engine's performance. While there are many causes of misfire, worn or dirty spark plugs are a common culprit. Additionally, worn spark plugs will cause your vehicle to run less efficiently, which means decreased fuel economy and power. It is generally a good idea to replace conventional spark plugs every 50,000 Kms. Platinum or iridium spark plugs can last as long as 96,000 or even 160,000 kms. But again, more frequent replacement will ensure your engine is running its best.

Check Engine Light Diagnostics

Here are the five most common reasons your "check engine" light might come on

Faulty Oxygen Sensor

The sensor measures the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust and tells the car's computer how much fuel is in the tank. If a faulty one is not repaired, the car's gas mileage could drop, since the sensor is sending incorrect information to the car.

Loose or missing Gas Cap

Technicians will often tighten the gas cap for free, or replace it for a few dollars. If it's not replaced, gas will evaporate from the car and decrease its gas mileage.

Faulty Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter uses a catalyst - most often a precious metal such as platinum - to convert harmful gases left over from combustion to less harmful emissions. Catalytic converters generally won't fail unless a related part, such as a spark plug, malfunctions, so it's wise to keep up with the car's maintenance schedule.

Failed Mass Air Flow Sensor

This sensor measures the amount of air supplied to the engine, which determines how much fuel should be delivered. When it malfunctions, it can result in a loss of power to the car, surges during acceleration and a decrease in fuel economy.

Misfiring Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are small but essential, since power the engine by igniting the compressed fuel in an internal combustion engine. Misfiring spark plugs can affect engine power and fuel economy and can also damage the catalytic converter.

Transmission Services

"Take care of your car and it will take care of you."

If your car has an automatic transmission, the Automatic Transmission Fluid protects against transmission breakdown, corrosion system wear and oxidation. Checking the fluid level is similar to checking your oil level, but with the car running. The recommendation for change interval is about every 50,000 Kms.

Exhaust Repair & Replacement

The part of the engine where waste gases are produced and released is the exhaust system. There is a group of pipes that connect the muffler, the most important part of the exhaust, and the engine. The Muffler has a number of holes internally which lessen the pressure of exhaust gases rushing out through the pipes. The Muffler reduces noise levels because it contains reflectors that deflect the sound of the engine. Finally, the tailpipe protrudes from the rear of the car and is the part that is actually seen. These exhaust pipes are an indispensible part of the car as the fumes exit from the car through them.

The exhaust system has to perform innumerable functions. The fuel efficiency of the car depends on it for the enhancement of the performance of the engine, reduction of noise levels within the car, and to direct toxic exhaust fumes to the outside parameter of the vehicle . The exhaust should be tuned to maximize productivity and speed. Correct combination of resonators, pipes, manifolds and mufflers is an important part of car maintenance.

Oversized pipes defeat good speed. Nor is the opposite true. If the pipes are too small, flow is restricted resulting in loss of power. But, having said that, small pipes are better than big ones, especially if driving in a city.

Incorrect component or improper installation of car mufflers can create performance issues. So mufflers should be selected by flow, not size, since size does not impact performance.

Generally car exhaust systems last long, but frequent short trips, generating internal moisture can corrode them prematurely. Noise produced by a worn out exhaust system is often detectible, usually when corrosion has made external holes allowing noxious fumes to be emitted. In this condition the vehicle will fail an Emission Test. For your safety, have the system inspected and restored as quickly as possible.

Windshield Repair & Glass Replacement

Many people believe the only purpose of a windshield is to prevent debris, wind, and rain from entering the vehicle. Although this is an important function of a windshield, it also most important to understand how the windshield protects the occupants in many other ways. For example the windshield and auto glass allows you to have a clear view of the road and traffic around you. A cracked or damaged windshield may obstruct your vision, putting you and others at risk.

In the event of a collision and the airbags should deploy, your windshield plays a roll in absorbing the impact of the passenger airbag. As the airbag deploys, it expands upward bouncing off of the windshield to shield the front seat passenger. If the glass is chipped, cracked or improperly installed, it may not be able to withstand the impact of the airbag resulting in poor to no protection for the passenger.

A chipped, cracked or improperly installed windshield can prevent passengers from being ejected in the event of collision or rollover. An improperly installed windshield is the reason why in a collision, the windshield separates from the frame of the car leaving the area unprotected. Your vehicle's windshield is designed to provide structural support to the roof. This is especially important in the event of a rollover or high-speed collision. Should your vehicle roll and come to rest on its roof, your windshield acts as a strong support to prevent the roof from collapsing.

The windshield provides believe it or not acoustical qualities to the vehicle for the purpose of audio, video. It also can be responsible for sound insulation assisting in keeping the passenger compartment quiet from exterior noise.

Stone chips can be successfully repaired in most cases, cracks however warrants replacement of the windshield for all the reasons mentioned.

Be sure to locate an auto glass company that is well trained and experienced in replacing all types of windshields. Ask about the warranty on all work and be sure that high quality glass made specifically for your vehicle is used.

Stone Chip Repair
Window Tinting
Coming soon.
Convertible Top Repair
& Replacement

Enco is the preferred upholstery shop for Convertible Top replacement or repair.

New and used car dealerships for all makes and models within a wide radius, rely on Enco to replace convertible tops whether it be under Factory Warranty or just plain worn out.

Minor tears in fabric or vinyl tops can also be successfully repaired by us leaving little to no trace of previous damage.

Our Service Team is well versed in convertible top care and maintenance.

Retractable hard top maintenance and repair is also a specialty of ours.

There is no convertible top issue that can't be solved by the Enco Team!

Convertible Top Plastic & Glass Window Replacement

Porsche, Bmw, Mercedes Benz, you name it we've replaced many for all of them.

Our technique for replacing plastic back glass in convertible tops is superior to the competition.

Mercedes Benz and Bmw specialists alike refer their fussy customers to Enco for the finished products they've come accustomed to!

Sunroof Repair & Replacement

Sunroofs of all kinds, including the late model panoramic roofs require maintenance and repair from time to time. Once again, we're the go to service providers for most Dealers in the surrounding area.

Rear Defroster Grid Repair

Rear defroster contact and adjoining wire broken off the rear glass?

Don't fret; we can repair that for you and in most instances, quite inexpensively!

Upholstery Repair

We handle much of the trim and upholstery work for automobile dealerships, body shops, car rental companies, transportation and limousine companies, municipal and town vehicles within a large radius of our location. Enco is definitely the name dealers recommend.

We have a vast inventory including automotive fabrics, vinyls and leathers. Some of our fabrics go back as far as 40 to 50 years. We can often match original fabrics, vinyls & leathers.

Vinyl Repair
Coming soon.
Cloth to Leather Conversion

Have you ever wished you had chosen Leather Interior over cloth but, thought it was too late? Enco will convert your car or truck from cloth to leather to look exactly as it would have it had come from the factory. Come and see for yourself how the transformation is not only incredible but unbelievably affordable also. You can even choose the color combination that suits your personal taste!

Seat Heater Installation

Once again Enco is the installer of seat heaters for dealers who have sold vehicles to customers wanting seat heaters in vehicles that are not so equipped. Cloth or leather seats can be fitted with seat heaters using Off / High & Low switching for your comfort.

Surprise a loved one by installing seat heaters as a gift, they can be installed in one day.

Water Leak Test and Repair
Coming soon.
Interior Odor Control
Coming soon.
Professional Child Seat
Install (Licensed)

Without exception, a child's seat should only be installed by a trained and qualified professional.

Any doubts, contact St Johns Ambulance and inquire, they'll convince you pretty quick!!!

Enco has on staff that very qualified professional to perform the task at your convenience. This individual has a vast knowledge of child seat safety and is always available for questions.

Commercial Van & Truck Accessories
Coming soon.
Contact Us
Office
115 Doncaster Avenue
Thornhill, Ontario L3T 1L6
Peck Brothers Automotive Enco Auto Trim & Glass
905 881 0464
Fax: 905 881 0469
905 889 4477
Fax: 905 881 0469

eMail Dave
Hours of Business:
Mon to Thur 7:30am to 5:30pm
Fri 7:30am to 5pm
Sat By Appointment Only
Closed Sundays
Enco Auto Glass & Trim
Enco Auto Trim & Glass
115 Doncaster Avenue
Thornhill, Ontario L3T 1L6
905 881 0464
Fax: 905 881 0469
eMail Dave
Hours of Business:
Mon to Thur 7:30am to 5:30pm
Fri 7:30am to 5pm
Sat By Appointment Only
Closed Sundays
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Peck Brothers Automotive
Peck History
It was December 1, 1972...
And a young Dave Peck, along with his brothers, opened the doors to a new automotive service company - aptly named Thornhill Shell. For them it was exiting challenge and a dream come true, all at the same time. In 1974 they incorporated and became Peck Brothers Limited and shortly thereafter acquired a second Shell Service Station in Uxbridge Ontario. Here we are more than thirty-five years later, the Peck Brothers are still doing what they do best...and that's servicing and maintaining YOUR VEHICLE!

The times may have changed, and economic recessions may have come and gone, however through it all Peck Brothers continued to thrive, partly due to their ability to embrace change, and partly because they stubbornly refused to compromise on customer service: "Only those paying attention are left standing, those ones willing to follow the consumer trends and service their clients the way they'd expect to be serviced." - Dave Peck, Owner

Today Keith Bowser (who joined over 25 years ago as a young apprentice) is now the Shop Manager and between Keith and his team of technicians, there really isn't anything they can't service, fix, or resolve on your vehicle. There's over a century's combined experience down in those service bays...and it shows.

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Enco History
Enco History
Enco Auto Trim & Glass has been serving the greater Toronto area since 1958.

Enco grew to a small chain of four shops in the good old days. Good Franchisees were hard to come by though, so the plan of continued growth eventually shrunk back to two.

Enco specialized in auto glass replacement, auto and marine upholstery, convertible tops, sunroofs, to mention just a few of the many services required in the auto industry. It provided these services in an era when people owned there vehicles for longer periods of time. Interior upholstery repairs were quite common through simple wear and tear, cigarette burns etc. Convertible tops required repair or replacement from time to time and not just anyone could perform that service. Even New Car Dealers, used (and still do today), the services of Enco shops as the provided services are so specialized.

Glass replacement was common in those days, roads were more primitive, many in fact were surfaced with gravel and glass replacement shops were fewer and far between.

Oh ya, there was also collector car buffs in those days that appreciated the talents of a good qualified Trim Shop to assist in restoring their antique cars and trucks they so cherished. They're also still with us today.

Not much has changed today, people still require all the same services as in the past. However, vehicles have become far more sophisticated, French seams in the upholstery, far more leather content, many more color options and overall interior detail. Convertible tops retracting in conjunction with power window synchronization. We've maintained the knowledge and skills required to survive in this industry.

Combine the fact that vehicles are made much better these days, with the fact that many trim shops were unable to withstand the technology changes over the years, has resulted in fewer Glass and Trim Shops surviving to serve the industry.

We are proud to be one of the few authentic Glass and Trim Shops that remains standing and look forward to a future of steady growth, as it appears that the average person is reverting back to owning that vehicle, for a longer period of time.
Peck History
Our Team
Dave Peck

Owner / Certified Automotive, Truck and Coach Technician / ASE Master Technician and Undercar Specialist
Our Team
Keith Bowser

General Manager for Peck Brothers / Certified Automotive Technician
Our Team
David Henderson

Certified Automotive Technician
Our Team
Justin Conway

Apprentice Automotive Technician / Certified Child Seat Technician / Glass Replacement and Window Tint Technician
Our Team
Marc Campolin

Apprentice Automotive Technician / Glass Replacement Technician
Our Team
Peter Yip

General Manager for Enco Auto Trim & Glass / Certified Automotive Technician / ASE Master Technician and Undercar Specialist / Glass Replacement Technician
Our Team
Rosh Hulooman

Interior Trim, Upholstery and Glass Technician