Autos: Ownership

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

Monday  19:46,   04 june 2018

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 bucks on >>>

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

Monday  18:28,   04 june 2018

If you’re reading this site, there’s a serious chance that you’re a gearhead. 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. Gearhead... >>>

What to Do if Construction Ruins Your Car

Thursday  16:26,   31 may 2018

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

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

Wednesday  17:09,   30 may 2018

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 well-maintained >>>

Your Corner Wrench: The scoop on trailer wiring

Tuesday  16:52,   29 may 2018

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

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 (binding) {... >>>

Your Corner Wrench: Choosing the right tires for your car

Wednesday  21:36,   23 may 2018

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

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

This is strange, but actually, somewhat common.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 rest of Mr.... >>>

DRIVING TIPS: What to do if the road is flooded

Thursday  23:06,   17 may 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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",... >>>