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While you may be ready for chilly winter temperatures just by throwing on a few extra layers, your car needs more of a head start on the season. Run through…

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Changing over to winter tires is one of the most important parts of preparing your car for winter. Remember to inspect your winter tires each year and…

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During the summer, a sunroof is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and make your car feel slightly more spacious. To help you get the most out of it,…

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Replacing shocks on your car can dramatically improve your vehicle’s performance. These crucial components play a pivotal role in your suspension system…

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There are certain jobs that are just no fun. Some repairs require using special tools or getting at hard-to-reach spaces. Others take a solid day of wrenching…

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There are certain jobs that are just no fun. Some repairs require using special tools or getting at hard-to-reach spaces. Others take a solid day of wrenching…

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The internal combustion engine is still going strong after nearly 150 years. Lenoir, Otto, and Benz, engine and automobile pioneers, would be astonished…

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Brakes are often overlooked and taken for granted until a significant problem arises. When it comes to the most important safety mechanism on your…

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As you may not use your car or truck as much, it is important to know what to do to keep your vehicle in perfect condition: you will avoid troubles the…

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Tire pressure is very important, but many car owners don’t give their tires a second thought once they’re installed. By following a few simple tire…

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Checking a vehicle’s tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is as easy as getting into the car and turning the ignition on. If the TPMS indicator light…

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Wheel alignment and tire balancing are often small adjustments with big consequences. Beyond being part of routine tire maintenance, keeping…

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Humankind has been using oil for at least 4,000 years, and oil myths go back just as far. Ancient people believed crude oil had medicinal benefits…

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Managing tire pressure in the winter isn’t quite the same as it is during the summer. Why? Because cold weather can have a serious impact on the level…

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Maintenance tips, Seasonal maintenance

Whether or not to warm up the car is a frequent debate when you live in a climate where the mercury often drops well below freezing. Whether you’re…

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Electric vehicles (EVs) are far more prevalent today than they were just a few years ago. Car makers have jumped on the trend, and EVs are now a common…

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While most traditional winter driving techniques are still helpful today, modern vehicle design has introduced a number of wrinkles into how to safely…

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No car battery lasts forever. It’s important to stay alert for signs that your own power pack might need to be replaced before it ends up letting…

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Winter can be a stressful time for your car as the cold temperatures, snow, and ice strain your vehicle’s various systems. Over the years, a virtual…

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Traction control is one of the most useful electronic safety systems found in modern automobiles. It serves as a watchful eye that constantly assesses…

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Winter weather means tough times for your car. For months, it experiences an onslaught of cold, salt, snow, and ice. However, if you prepare your vehicle…

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Seasonal changes bring different challenges, and Canadian winters are no exception. Many drivers will mount their winter tires before the first frost…

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When is the best time to put on winter tires? If you ask three friends or family members, you’ll most likely get three different answers. The best way…

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If you’re buying parts and supplies for your next oil change or scheduling your next maintenance service, you might be debating whether to choose conventional…

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Given the weather extremes we experience here in Canada, many Canadians must have two sets of tires: dedicated snow tires for winter and all-season tires…

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Winter’s chill can have devastating effects on your car—particularly overnight, when your vehicle sits in sub-zero temperatures. During the coldest…

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The two main reasons why people bring their car to an auto mechanic are: (1) for regular scheduled maintenance and (2) because they noticed a problem.…

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Modern cars are full of driving assistance technologies that are intended to help ease the burden on longer trips, as well as keep you safer on the road…

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Across the country, all-wheel-drive (AWD), four-wheel-drive (4WD), and four-by-four (4X4) vehicles are more popular than ever. Not only is AWD great for…

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While it would be unfair to say that no driver has ever read the owner’s manual for their vehicle, those who have are a rarity. Across all forms of…

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Regardless of what vehicle you drive or how well you drive it, your car won’t last very long without regular maintenance and the occasional tune-up.…

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Like conventional vehicles, hybrid vehicles need regular maintenance to deliver peak performance and fuel economy. But when it comes to engine oil changes…

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Since Karl Benz paired the internal combustion engine with wheels, engines and cars have become ever more powerful and efficient. Thanks to the addition…

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Whether you’re commuting, hauling, towing, or vacationing, your truck’s abilities come with a price. Truck maintenance is critical to retain the power…

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Raising your truck suspension is not all about off-roading. With a lifted rig, you can see better and tow and haul better, too. Some lift their trucks…

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So far this year, manual transmission sales have made up just two percent of American car sales—and just 20 percent of 2018 models even offer…

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Congratulations, you just brought home your new car! How great is driving something new and exciting and reliable? Thanks to the new‑car warranty, even…

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Whether you pick a favourite destination or decide to explore someplace new, embarking on a vacation is a popular summertime rite of passage. While flying…

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By Benjamin Jerew Towing a trailer seems simple – install a hitch, hook up, and go, right? Mere appearances cannot guarantee your vehicle is capable…

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By Benjamin Jerew Over 90 percent of Canadian vehicles are fitted with an automatic transmission, and most drivers cringe at the words “transmission…

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It has been said that the Europeans invented rust, but the Japanese perfected it, but our oxygen-rich atmosphere guarantees all cars and trucks rust over…

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By Benjamin Jerew Depending on what stage of the buying a used vehicle you’re at, your state of mind could range from overwhelmed to exhilaration. To…

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Choosing brake pads is not likely something you consider often, unless your brakes are telling you they need attention. Looking at new brake pads, it…

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Brake service and brake repair aren’t the same. It takes longer for brakes to wear than to rust. You can’t afford to ignore your brakes in the…

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Suspension noises, things that rattle, squeak, thump, and go bump in the night or any time of day are telling you your suspension has worn out. It’s…

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Getting out of another harsh Canadian winter, it’s time to start thinking about Spring Cleaning. Of course, you need to clear road salt and sand from…

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Whatever vehicle you drive, you might get an oil change every 7,500 to 15,000 km, but what exactly does motor oil do? What is motor oil made of? Why do…

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By Benjamin Jerew Spring is finally here, and summer quickly approaches, which means it’s time to head to your local tire shop to take off your winter…

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Car batteries tend to die at the most inopportune times. Sometimes you’ll get the usual warning signs, such as an engine that’s slow to turn over…

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Is your car’s heating system ready to deal with chilly winter temperatures? It’s easy to forget about your heater during the summer months, but you…

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Wouldn’t it be great if our cars told us when something is wrong? In a way, they already do. Modern cars have instrument panels with dozens of symbols…

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The most common causes of engine overheating are fortunately all very preventable. Keeping your vehicle’s motor running smoothly and at the proper temperature…

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Who hasn’t played the “kilometres until empty” game? You know, the one that starts when the needle hits E, the gas-light fires up on your dashboard…

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A used car inspection can save you a lot of grief down the road. Vehicle history reports are helpful, but investing some time and money in a trusted mechanic…

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If you’re in the process of selling a used car, you can maximize its value by taking several low-cost steps ahead of the sale. In doing so, you’ll…

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How to store tires is probably not something you have given much thought. After all, aren’t tires the toughest part of your vehicle? Don’t they take…

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If your car or light truck is relatively new—say, 10 years old or less—it may be equipped with traction control or its more sophisticated cousin,…

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You probably won’t want to hear it, but those frigid, snow-filled winter months are when it’s most important to wash your car. Often overlooked or…

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It’s abundantly clear that these days, any vehicle can operate smoothly for more than 10 to 12 years and cover hundreds of thousands of kilometres.…

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You want to make the right choices for your car, but with all the options out there, it’s easy to get confused! Gasoline is a good example: what exactly…

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Automotive manufacturers continue to develop new technology for today’s cars. The purpose of most of this technology is to increase the safety of passengers…

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In an increasing number of new vehicles on the market, the oil level is indicated directly on the dashboard. But that doesn’t mean you should stop…

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Finding rust on your vehicle can be a nightmare come true, but it’s going to happen one day or another. What can you do to fight it? Rust-proofing claims…

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Unless you take your vehicle with you to Florida in the winter, the harsh winters can really put your brakes to the test. And just how do brakes keep…

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The sidewalls contain a lot of information that will come in handy when you have to purchase tires. The code indicates, from left to right, the type of…

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For over a hundred years, internal combustion engines have worked by drawing a mixture of ambient air and a small amount of gasoline into a carburetor…

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Over the course of the thousands of kilometres that your vehicle will travel, your car’s wheel alignment will be put to the test by all the…

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Owning a car is great, but pimping it is even better! There are tons of accessories out there, if you want to add a personal touch to your car. What’…

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A classic steering system generally has a steering rack that links the steering wheel to the front tires of a car. Now in common usage, power steering…

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Until recently, everyone knew how to drive stick. Things are different now—manual transmission vehicles are slowly disappearing. Whether it’s because…

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There’s no doubt that a vehicle’s suspension gets a good workout in the spring. During the spring thaw, road surfaces become more precarious and tons…

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With the arrival of spring, many people are getting ready to take out their campers, moving trailers, boats, ATVs, and other toys. Before you hit the…

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This spring, you get out your lawn-mower and it just won’t start. You’ve nearly ripped your arm off trying to pull the starter rope, but the engine…

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We just can’t say it enough: driving safety affects us all. Shocking ad campaigns meant to hit an emotional nerve are fairly common. Whether you’re…

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It used to be that kids could sit wherever they wanted in the car: on Mom’s lap, between Mom and Dad in the front, or even standing up in the back,…

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Originally mufflers comprised a long pipe that channelled exhaust fumes to the back of the vehicle and a resonator that cancelled out the sound from a…

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Tire storage has been on the rise in the last decade with the increased use of bulky tires (especially for SUVs and performance vehicles). Since many…

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These days it’s common to see women in the automotive industry, but this hasn’t always been the case. Apart from the iconic women at the starting…

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If your vehicle is less than 10 years old, there’s a good chance it has two air filters. Most people are aware of the engine air filter, but not…

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Having your vehicle serviced by an Automotive Service Professional is a guarantee of safety and gives you peace of mind. But who should you trust with…

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You break out in a cold sweat, convinced your engine is going to give out at any second, and call your mechanic in a panic. Take a deep breath—it’…

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You may have noticed chalk markings on your tires the last time you got them changed. That’s because the technician marked the place where each tire…

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You bought a vehicle with fuel consumption ratings that fit your budget, but you’ve noticed that consumption is 10 to 20% higher than expected. You…

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Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you’ve probably already heard that automotive manufacturer Volkswagen got caught red-handed using a software…

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Who hasn’t dreamed of being able to eat breakfast and answer emails while driving? The driverless cars of the future promise to make such things possible…

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Sometimes we forget that cars are much more than just four wheels, an engine, and a steering wheel. Cars have many parts that make the ride more enjoyable…

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Despite the number of new car technologies out there, some maintenance jobs will always be the same—like a good old oil change. Even if oil itself has…

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We’ve all seen clunkers that rattle on the road. More often than not, those noises aren’t due to a lack of love or poor maintenance—but age. These…

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When we were three, four or five years old, we all fell from our bike at least once because we had pressed too hard on the brakes. That was a first encounter…

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When we were kids, we’d imagine that a cardboard box was a spaceship. These days, we dream of self-driving cars. Until this dream becomes reality, car…

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Is it time to think about getting a new car? Does your family need a second vehicle? With all the compact cars and SUVs out there, have you considered…

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1-2-3—it’s summer! In our family, we always yell this out when the bell rings on the last day of school. How do you mark the start of summer vacation…

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Everyone knows they have to check the air pressure and wear of their tires—but what about rotating your tires? Here are some tire rotation tips so you…

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You need water and food to survive, but your vehicle needs gas and oil. To keep your vehicle in good mechanical health, it needs regular tune-ups and…

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It’s one of the essential components in a car, for the starter, the radio or the info-entertaining system. Here are some basic facts about this much…

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Winter is over and it’s time to clean your car for spring. The road salt, snow, and slush have taken their toll on your car both inside and out. Spring…

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Whatever Mother Nature decides to send us in the way of weather for March and April, mild, balmy weather will end up returning officially… sooner or…

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Who am I? Every vehicle has one like me on its instrument panel, but most drivers prefer to ignore it. The answer: the warning light indicating an engine…

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For driving in the dark, such as by evening or night, to be entirely safe and pleasant, you need bright headlamps in good condition. However, these often…

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This winter’s degree of harshness will have depended upon the region where you live in Canada. Anyhow, some regions will have contended with impressive…

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O! You, my car, my high-powered beauty Yet the one I neglect a “little bit”!Still, you’re always there for me In good or bad weather At all times…

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The New Year is traditionally a time for resolutions. If you can make resolutions for yourself, why not for your car? After all, your vehicle is also…

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Early snowfalls this year have prompted Quebecers to install their snow tires far sooner than the December 15 deadline, but that does not mean their cars…

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For the fourth year in a row, NAPA AUTOPRO ranks “Highest Overall Customer Satisfaction Among Service Provider Brands”. According to the J.D.…

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It’s Never Too Early to Prepare for Winter! When the mercury drops and the leaves start to change, you know it’s time to get your car ready for Quebec…

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In preparation for the colder months ahead, now’s a pretty good time of year to check your car battery. Did you know that 70 percent of batteries don…

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Have a look at the two driver’s side tires on your car sometime. If one was 30% underinflated, do you think you could tell which one just by looking…

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People don’t give their automobile air conditioning a second thought, until it breaks down in 30 degree weather, that is. Automotive AC systems have…

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Let’s see, you changed the oil in April when you put your summer tires on. So you’re done with maintenance until the next tire change, right? Better…

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