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Looking For Trouble? You Bet We Are.

Automobile Diagnostic Services

Check engine light? Car trouble? We take the guesswork out of diagnostics.

Auto Repairs Winnipeg Desco Automotive Advanced Diagnostics

Our licensed mechanics are not only experienced and trained in various car repair and auto repair services, but they are also experts at auto diagnostic services. Our facility is equipped with the most up-to-date, modern, advanced computer diagnostic technology and equipment.

  • Did your check engine light turn on?
  • Is your car making weird noises, like knocks, rattles and pings?
  • Is there excessive fluid leaking under your car?
  • Are you having transmission problems?

No matter what symptom or problem you may be experiencing with your car, we can help precisely pinpoint the cause, and give you our expert diagnosis and recommendations for your car repairs and services. We know that you rely on your car for your transportation needs, and we will help you get back on the road with peace‑of‑mind.

Brake Service and Repair

Your braking system is crucial to the safety of your vehicle.

Auto Repairs Winnipeg Brake service and repairs

You rely on your brake system to give you maximum reliability, safety and stopping power. You should not rely on just anyone to repair or service your brakes. We have experienced, and professionally licensed mechanics. We use only the very best certified brake parts to get the job done right.

Our facilities are equipped with the latest technology and equipment to service your vehicle. What does this all mean to you? It means that you can rely on us to provide you with exceptional brake service and repairs that you can trust.

If you are experiencing any brake problems, bring your car in for an inspection and diagnosis.

  • Brakes locking up.
  • Chirping, grinding, or squealing noise.
  • A spongy or “soft” brake pedal.
  • Vehicle pulls to the left or right when brakes are applied.
  • Increase in braking distance.

Brake repairs and services we provide:

  • Brake calipers
  • Brake pad replacement.
  • Brake rotor machining or replacement.
  • Brake shoes and hoses.
  • Brake fluid flush, and more.

Get a Grip! Tires for Winter Driving

Having the right tires installed on your vehicle is critical for safe driving.

Auto Repairs Winnipeg Winter Tires

The changing weather is a sure sign that winter is coming. Put your winter tires on when the temperatures are at or below 7°C (44°F).

Desco Automotive recommends winter tires for those wanting the very best, safest winter driving experience. Tire technology advances in tread compound and tread design have improved driving performance across the entire spectrum of tires, but especially with respect to winter tires. All rubber tires will begin to stiffen as the weather gets colder. The latest generation of winter (or cold-weather) tires maintain their elasticity even at extremely low temperatures approaching -30°C (-22°F) and below, providing superior traction and grip.

Driving in Manitoba’s cold, wintery weather conditions can be challenging. The best way to meet these challenges is to equip your vehicle for winter driving and to drive with caution in our cold winter weather.

Additional winter tire safety tips can be found on Transport Canada’s website, click here for more details.

When storing your tires for next season, consider a dark place away from direct sunlight with low humidity. Tires should be stored away from oil, grease, solvents or any ozone-producing electrical equipment. These all have deteriorating effects on your tires.

Seasonal Tire Swap - MPI’s Winter Tire Program

Auto Repairs Winnipeg all-weather tires

Severe Service Emblem – Also known as the “Mountain Snowflake Symbol” because it’s a picture of a snowflake superimposed on a mountain. This emblem indicates that the tire meets all Canadian and US winter traction standards.

We are an approved participating retailer for MPI's winter tire program. If you need winter (cold weather) tires, you’ve come to the right place. Come in and we will do all the work for you.

For more information on MPI’s Winter Tire Program, please click here.

How to Use Jumper (Booster) Cables

Very Important. To jump-start your vehicle, you must connect the jumper cables in the proper sequence.

Auto Repairs Winnipeg Battery Boosting

Before you attempt to jump-start the car, make sure that both batteries are the same voltage, or you will risk damaging the electrical components.

Bring both cars together as close as possible. Do not allow the vehicles to touch one another.

Place both vehicles in PARK, and turn them off. Connect the jumper cables in the following order:

  1. Connect the first red clamp to the positive (+) battery post on the “dead” battery.
  2. Connect the last red clamp to the positive (+) post on the good battery.
  3. Connect the first black clamp to the negative () post on the good battery.
  4. On the “dead” car, carefully connect the last black clamp to some large bare metallic part of your car’s engine block. NEVER connect the cable to the negative () post of the “dead” battery. This can cause sparking that could ignite battery gases.

Next, start the working car and run it at idling speed for a few minutes. After letting it run, start the “dead” car. Once your “dead” car has started and is running, immediately disconnect the jumper cables in the reverse order and make sure to let it run idle for at least 30 minutes, or drive it around for a little while to recharge the battery.

Free printable diagram on how to use jumper cables.   Free download 

Preventing Locks From Freezing

Prepare in advance, before below-zero temperatures arrive in late fall.

Auto Repairs Winnipeg Frozen car door lock

Moisture in the lock assembly is the primary cause of locks freezing up, but also rust, debris and internal corrosion are also contributing factors. Always use a silicon or Teflon based spray lubricant, or use white lithium grease which is our recommendation. White lithium grease is a deep penetrating lubricant that reduces friction in metal‑to‑metal and metal‑to‑plastic applications. It sprays on as a liquid and sets up as a lubricating grease that will not melt, run, wash off or freeze.

Insert the straw that comes with the lubricant into the lock keyhole on all of the door locks and trunk. Lightly spray the lock, but don’t over‑spray. Insert the key and manually lock and unlock the doors and trunk several times. Wipe off any excess lubricant that might be left on the key.

Locks already frozen? Get some lock de-icer. Leave some of it in the car and have some at home. When your locks become frozen, squirt some lock de‑icer into the lock. Move the key back and forth a few times to try and unlock it. Repeat this until the lock turns. You should lubricate the locks immediately after they have opened.