Autos: Ownership

Goof of the Month: Avoid Non-Factory Oil Filters!

Monday  19:46,   04 june 2018
autotrader.ca

<p>This month, a doozy of a story came in from a service advisor contact: the sad tale of a customer in a nearly new sedan that suffered catastrophic engine failure and was denied warranty coverage – all because the customer figured saving $13[...]
Autos / Ownership

Tires 101 : How to Easily Check If It’s Time to Change Your Tires

Monday  18:28,   04 june 2018
wheels.ca

If you’re reading this site, there’s a serious chance that you’re a gearhead.&nbsp;Folks who have a car simply for commuting necessity may be even further in the dark as to the condition of the rubber on each corner of their family hauler.[...]

What to Do if Construction Ruins Your Car

Thursday  16:26,   31 may 2018
autotrader.ca

<p>It turns out this sort of thing (thankfully) doesn’t happen very often, but there is some precedent for it.</p>Our outing took us past a condo tower under construction (a familiar sight in cities across the country) where that wind[...]

Spring Cleaning : Five Items to Change or Clean on Your Car This Summer

Wednesday  17:09,   30 may 2018
wheels.ca

After a long, cold winter, there is something therapeutic about giving the family car a good cleaning. It doesn’t seem to matter if a person does it oneself or sends it to a detailer – it sure does feel good to climb into a clean and[...]

Your Corner Wrench: The scoop on trailer wiring

Tuesday  16:52,   29 may 2018
driving.ca

Will that be a four- or seven-pin connector?First, for almost any compact or subcompact passenger cars sold today, there are no manufacturer-approved trailer hitches or wiring because they aren’t rated to tow anything. This has never stopped owners[...]

Survey says Canadians know tire needs, don't practice them

Friday  18:21,   25 may 2018
autofile.ca

Tire and Rubber Association survey says just 30% check pressures monthlyVideo: Booster Seats: Why Your Big Kid May Still Need a Boost (provided by Consumer Reports) Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function[...]

Your Corner Wrench: Choosing the right tires for your car

Wednesday  21:36,   23 may 2018
driving.ca

Tire shopping is so much more than just your type of car and tire sizeFor the average driver who purchases tires once every few years or so, becoming a smart shopper is hard from experience alone. If you have any pity to spare, save some for tire[...]

The risks of tampering with your car’s ECU

Wednesday  16:07,   23 may 2018
driving.ca

Plug-and-play ECU mods are an easy way to make good power, but there are a few risks to considerWhile we’re on the topic of plug-and-play chips, it’s worth mentioning a few things about these performance-enhancing modifications. These have been[...]

Ghost Battery Drain, and How to (Hopefully) Prevent It

Thursday  23:06,   17 may 2018
autotrader.ca

<p>This is strange, but actually, somewhat common.</p>Kayode said that the vehicle was only a few years old, and that a recent battery check had revealed no problems with the battery itself, or the charging system to which it was attached. The [...]

DRIVING TIPS: What to do if the road is flooded

Thursday  23:06,   17 may 2018
autofile.ca

Don't drive into a flooded area if you can avoid it, but if you mustDon't drive into a flooded area if you can avoid[...]

Your Corner Wrench: Let your car breathe

Thursday  17:10,   17 may 2018
driving.ca

A dirty air filter reduces performance and can be damaging to your engineIn our parents’ days when carbureted engines were the norm, a dirty air filter really could cause fuel economy to dive. Carburetors had no way of metering the amount of air[...]

Warranty Killers on New and Used Vehicles

Wednesday  19:31,   16 may 2018
autotrader.ca

Nobody likes unpleasant surprises, especially when they cost you a lot of money. That’s precisely why vehicle shoppers, new or used, should be aware that a variety of things may compromise a vehicle’s warranty, whether it’s brand-new, or a newer[...]

In the Garage: Keeping DIY alive in a small space

Tuesday  17:01,   15 may 2018
driving.ca

Little details, such as the orange colour of a Fram oil filter, are some of William Ha’s earliest memories about cars. His dad would take the family car to a friend when it needed attention. There, Ha would hang around as the oil was changed or the[...]

Your Corner Wrench: With LED lamps, it may be time to rethink your insurance coverage

Saturday  20:15,   12 may 2018
driving.ca

Because of vulnerable positions and a high cost of replacement, it might be good to have a lower deductibleVideo: Why your big kid may still need a booster seat (provided by Consumer Reports) Your browser does not support this video [...]

How to Wash the Winter Salt Off Your Car

Thursday  18:22,   10 may 2018
roadandtrack

A detailed guide on getting off all that corrosive grime.Video: A paint job you can peel off (provided by Autoblog) Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer",[...]