Welcome


to Russ Drennan Automotive Sales & Repairs.
Serving Mississauga since 1977, we are a full scale automotive repair shop with class “A” mechanics. In addition to taking care of all of your repair needs, we also carry a small selection of quality used automobiles. We also have excellent connections and resources, which allows us to locate used vehicles throughout North America. We can find the right car for you, at a price that can’t be beat.
We are always happy to discuss your automotive needs, so please feel free to contact us via phone, email, or just drop by the shop!

Sales


Looking for a quality used automobile?
We carry a small selection of used vehicles on site at the shop. We also specialize in finding used automobiles throughout North America at unbeatable prices. Regardless of what you’re in the market for, we can help you find it.
We would love to sit down with you and discuss how we can meet your automotive needs, so feel free to stop by for a chat.

You Want It?

We Find It.

Repairs

Air Conditioning

Remember the hazy, lazy days of summer? Laying on the beach, cooling off in the water? Then walking back to the car, opening the door and being hit with a wall of hot air? The first thing you do is crank up the AC full blast.

Air Conditioning

If you have an older car, the refrigerant used is likely freon or R-12. However, R-12 is partially responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer. The refrigerant is no longer manufactured and its use is strictly controlled. If your air conditioning system falters, you will likely require a conversion kit to modify the type of coolant used to a much less harmful R-134a. These conversions are reliable, and let you do your part to protect the environment.

Oil Changes

Every one from your father to your buddies to your bank manager has told you to change your oil regularly. Well, everyone at Russ Drennan Auto will join the chorus. Your engine generates temperatures in excess of 200ºF, or higher. Your motor oil lubricates and helps to cool your engine, and over time motor oil loses some of its viscosity (its ability to flow).

Oil Changes

We recommend that you change the oil in your car every 5,000 kilometres. Just call us at Russ Drennan Auto. We can change your oil this time or set up a schedule for you to regularly have your oil changed seasonally, or each month depending on your driving habits.

And be sure to check your oil regularly. The proper fluid level is important to have your engine function at its peak efficiency.

Transmission

When you get in the driver’s seat, turn the ignition key, put it in gear and press down on the accelerator pedal, you expect your car to move forward. If this doesn’t happen, the chances are it's a little late for preventative maintenance on your transmission. Our technicians take the maintenance of automatic transmissions very seriously. They know that regularly adjusting the bands and replacing the filter and fluid will ensure your transmission is cooperative when you ask it to propel your car forward, or to move it backward, without waking your neighbours in the process. With our tender loving care, your transmission will operate smoothly, and quietly, too. You yourself can help to keep your transmission happy. Here's some good driving tips to extend its life:

Transmission

Don't shift from Drive or Reverse to Park while the car is moving. Always bring it to a full stop, and then shift. Check your fluid regularly. If you notice darkening in colour or if you see black specs in it, call us at (905) 278-5722. Let's check things out right away, before there's a big problem. If you tow anything with your car, pay careful attention to the gears you're using. Generally, you will want to avoid Overdrive. Adding a transmission fluid cooler to maintain the correct temperature may also be advisable. Call us today, and together we'll make sure your transmission continues to keep you moving.

Brakes


And brake failure is nearly always preventable.
Stop worrying about potential failures and enjoy peace of mind.
Russ Drennan Auto is a brake specialist.
Come in for a brake inspection. We will check out the pads and shoes for wear, drums and rotors for wear, wheel cylinders and callipers for leaks, hydraulic lines and hoses for leaks, kinks and blockages, as well as the fluid in the master cylinder for level and condition. Checking your brake system regularly will often save you in the long run. Replacing worn pads before they damage the discs or drums is a modest cost.

Brakes

In the event that your vehicle requires work, we will give you a choice of parts. Our options for higher grade materials are some of the best bargains around. They will last longer and perform better than standard grades, so you’ll be in control both here at Russ Drennan Auto, and on the road whenever the need arises.

Suspension

You will begin to notice: Roll or sway on turns, Front end dives when braking, Rear end squats when accelerating, Excessive bouncing or sideways slides on rough roads, Your vehicle bottoming out.
Once you take it to Russ Drennan Auto the first things that we look for are: Leaks on housing, Dents on the strut or shock body, Worn rubber mounting bushings, Abnormal tire wear, Damaged compression bumpers, Damaged protective boots.

Suspension

Loss of control of any vehicle will endanger lives of others on the road. If you are concerned about your car, call us today at (905) 278-5722. We will carefully examine your car and work worth you to find the right solution.

Tune Ups

Today's engines operate better, last longer and are more fuel-efficient than engines of 10 or 20 years ago. In order to keep them working at their peak performance, they require regular tune-ups. Today's tune-up is very different than one from 20 years ago. Yes, we still check the plugs, filters and fluid levels, but these days there is a very different aspect to a tune-up.

Tune Ups

Today's engines work better in part because of the computer-controlled electronics in your engine compartment. These complex components are designed to talk directly to the scopes and diagnostic equipment here at Russ Drennan Auto. Our trained technicians can interpret the readings, identifying small difficulties before they become expensive problems. Their technical expertise will ensure that your fuel efficiency is optimized, that your car is running reliably and no problems are looming.

Never before has a tune-up been able to tell us so much about your car. Never has a tune-up been more necessary to automotive peace of mind. Give us a call at (905) 278-5722 and have one of our skilled technicians schedule a tune-up appointment for you!

Exhaust System

Did you know that the main cause of failed mufflers is simply a broken clamp? And that the cost of a clamp amounts to pocket change? If you're aware of this, chances are you already deal with us, because at Russ Drennan Auto we believe an informed customer is a satisfied customer. We like to help take the mystery out of automotive repairs, and our clients really appreciate that.
When you bring your car in for an oil change, our technicians always check the exhaust system. Just a little wiggle here, and a little wiggle there to make sure everything is firm and tight. This simple precaution could save you hundreds of dollars in unnecessary repairs.

Exhaust System

How? Because those little wiggles pre-test the clamps. If a clamp gives out while your vehicle is in operation, it could well lead to extensive exhaust system repairs. Repairs that were preventable! Like so many other things our technicians do, taking the time to check the clamps on your muffler and pipes can save you unnecessary expense.
This alone won't prevent exhaust failures, but if you do require an exhaust system, we can help with that as well. Additionally, our mufflers come with a Lifetime Warranty, of course!

Tires

Get a Grip!
Have you ever stopped to think how much contact your car actually has with the road? Your car (and YOU) stay on the road because of 4 hand-sized pieces of rubber compound. Let's keep your tires properly inflated and rotated, and let's replace your tires when the tread gets worn.

Your tires can also be an early warning system for other problems.
Are they worn on only one side? An alignment will help to solve that problem and improve your car's fuel efficiency.

Tires

Does your car shake at certain speeds? It may need a wheel balance. A very slight difference in the weight from one half of your tire to the other can create a powerful vibration at high speeds. Worn shocks can create other difficulties with your tires. Here at Russ Drennan Auto, we like to see your tires and know what to look for. Bring them in for a visit.

Shuttle Service

Need a Lift?
Any time your car is in for service, Russ Drennan Auto will arrange for a free pick up and delivery. That could be to the bus or train station so you can get to work on time, and picked up at night with your car ready for you when it is needed. We can simply pick up your car at your house, and drop it back to you when we are done. You may never have to leave your home!

Shuttle Service

We are always happy to arrange alternative transportation for you. We urge you to call ahead and discuss your needs with us prior to the day of service so that we are always able to match your needs with our resources.

Our History


Russ Drennan Automotive Sales & Repairs has been servicing the Mississauga area since 1977. We started out as a small radiator shop called A&A Radiator Service. We repaired radiators, heater cores, and fuel tanks.

A few years later the business began repairing air conditioning systems, and after 15 years of growth, we became a full service automotive repair shop. Having Class A mechanics working under our roof, this was a very natural transition. The shop in those days was called Cawthra Park Complete Car Service, named after the area in which the business is located. All general repairs were done on most domestic and imported vehicles and small trucks. Brakes, tune ups, front end work, and alignments were performed on a daily basis.

After 20 years in the industry, our business expanded once more as we decided to branch out into automotive sales. We have sold a number of cars through consignment, and we carry a small selection of used vehicles at our shop, but most importantly we possess the means to find cars throughout North America. You’ll be able to find the car you want, at a price that can’t be beat.

Community involvement has always been a big part of our history. We are greatful to the citizens of Mississauga for their patronage, and we like to give back by being involved in the community. We do this through the sponsorship of local children’s sporting teams.

Contact Us


857 Lakeshore Road East
Mississauga, Ontario L5E 1E2
Tel: (905) 278-5722
Fax: (905) 278-7225
Russ Drennan
russ@russdrennanauto.com
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 5:30 PM