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All Weather Tires

  What`s up with the new All Weather Tires?  Will they work in Canada?   The idea of “all weather” tires instantly provokes suspicion in many hockey player families across Canada. Is it possible to get your budding Bobby Orr to the rink in small town Ontario in January and get to your tee time in Muskoka on the same rubber? The suspicion of course, is rooted in what has been traditionally marketed by the tire industry as an “all season” tire until now.  These tires although relatively effective in most conditions between April and November, have long been considered as ditch digging and clearing devices by most tow truck retrieval drivers in the colder Canadian climes of January. There is little question that All Weather tires are a compromise.  There is a trade off between summer performance and winter tire traction.  There’s a trade off between summer quiet and a chunky winter snow clearing tread bite.  And, there ... read more

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Symptoms of a leaking gas Cap

Leaky Gas Cap? The check engine light often leaves the driver wondering if the vehicle will be reliable enough to get either to a service garage or back home .  Often the reason the light is on is to provide a simple warning to inspect a system for condition.  In fact the most often reason this light illuminates is simply an improper seal of the fuel cap. The gas cap is a simple but vital component that is found on virtually every car and truck on the road.  The purpose is to provide a removable seal that prevents dirt, debris, and road dust for entering the gas line system.  This cap also part of the the vehicle's evaporative emission control system. As fuel vapour in the gas tank evaporates the "evap" system is designed and to hold captive and use these fumes in combustion.  As this cap is frequently removed to permit fueling, the seal can wear out over time and will present a few symptoms that can alert the dri ... read more

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Tire pressure drops with temperature

  Tire inflation pressure and temperature Tires must be properly inflated to achieve maximum handling, traction, and durability as designed by the tire manufacturer. It is the air pressure that supports the weight of your vehicle, not the tire itself. Tire pressure should be monitored frequently for safe driving and optimal tire performance. Tire pressure can change with fluctuations in temperature. So, how should you correctly monitor tire pressure as the outside temperature changes? First, it's important to remember that gas expands when heated and contracts when the temperature declines. In Canada, the daily temperatures rise and fall between day and night, as well as seasonally. As the days get shorter and colder during fall and winter, it's especially important to check your tire pressure. Second, it's important to know that the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle (as specified in the owner's manual and the tire placard for the vehicle) are both ba ... read more

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Exhaust System Rattle and Roll

  Your vehicle’s exhaust system keeps the car quiet and the exhaust fumes away from the cabin. Furthermore, the system helps to keep the engine running properly, reduce emissions, and provide you with optimum fuel efficiency. Driving with an exhaust leak is potentially dangerous as the fumes contain carbon monoxide. Things to keep in mind when driving with an exhaust leak: One sign of an exhaust leak is a loud rumbling noise coming from your vehicle while you are driving. This is one of the most common signs, and your vehicle should be inspected by a mechanic so they can determine how much of the exhaust system needs repairs. Another sign of an exhaust leak is if you have to fill up your gas tank more often. An exhaust leak can decrease fuel efficiency, causing your engine to work harder, and you to fill up your gas tank more frequently. A third sign your exhaust may be leaking is if your gas pedal vibrates while you are driving. Even the smallest of leaks can cause the ... read more

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Preventing Rust from getting thru the Car Door

  With winter in full-force across much of the nation, salt crews have been on the go prepping roadways before, after and during inclement winter weather. Although road salt is essential for safe winter driving, it can also lead to numerous car troubles. Road salt lowers the freezing point of water, according to Service Advisor at The Auto Station, Rick Lucci. "It chemically turns that ice back into water so that the car tires can then reach the pavement for traction, instead of just sliding on top of the ice," Rick said. While road salt is imminent to safe winter driving, it is also extremely corrosive and over time it can cause extensive damage to vehicles. The biggest threat salt poses to a vehicle is rust, which is accelerated by repeated exposure to salt. Rust on certain parts of a car can create a slew of problems ranging from hydraulic brake system leaks to sub-frame damage. Due to the construction of a vehicle with most of the underbody being wide ... read more

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When you should replace shocks

5 Ways to Tell if It’s Time to Replace Shocks and Struts Do you need to replace shocks and struts on your vehicle? How can you tell? Your car’s shock absorbers are designed to limit the amount of suspension movement by dampening spring oscillations. Struts similarly reinforce the the active components of the suspension to the same end, which means that struts and shocks are what keep you from hitting your head on the ceiling of the car every time you hit a bump and from vibrating while traveling down rough roads. Because of the interconnectedness of your car’s system, problems tend to be contagious. Here are several signs that your car might need shock and strut replacements. Noticing these signs right away can prevent further damage to your car. 1)Bumpy Rides Because the primary goal of struts and shocks is to prevent the amount of suspension movement, the most telling sign that you need to have them checked is if you are experiencing a bumpy ride. Your car is des ... read more

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Check Engine Light

  What does check engine light mean? Determine whether your vehicle has a loose gas cap or serious engine problems You're driving along in your car or truck and suddenly a yellow light illuminates on your dash telling you to check or service your engine. If you're like most car owners, you have little idea about what that light is trying to tell you or exactly how you should react. Call it the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard, the "check engine" light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. "It doesn't mean you have to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. It does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible," says Dave Cappert of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a Virginia-based organization that tests and certifies auto technicians. Ignore the warning, and you could end up damaging expensive components. It also can be ... read more

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Keep your car bottom clean

Rusting Away? Our cars are exposed to numerous dangers; theft, crash, abuse, improper maintenance and the like, but an equally dangerous but more insidious risk is simple rust. Virtually every vehicle is going to have some rust on it somewhere, sometime. The combination of complex sheet metal work, with lots of hidden nooks and crannies, has led to the construction of some vehicles that are notorious "rust buckets". Many manufacturers have taken steps to slow rusting, but most of their rust control systems have failed or proved inadequate. So the problem remains: How does the typical car owner control rust? There are three main areas of a car's structure that can suffer potential damage. The areas of concern are: 1. Engine and Trunk Compartments Corrosion and rust can cause leaks in the air intake systems, reducing their capacity. Connectors, both mechanical and electrical, can be very problematic, because these kinds of failures may be intermittent and difficult to dia ... read more

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How Winter Conditions Can Affect Your Exhaust System

How Winter Conditions Can Affect Your Exhaust System Your vehicle’s exhaust system is an important part and should be checked at least once a year. When winter comes, you have to be careful of damages to your exhaust system from icy road conditions. If something in the road causes damage, you will need to get a muffler and exhaust repair quickly to avoid any dangerous effects from harmful gases getting inside your car. Damage to the Exhaust and Muffler The exhaust system and muffler are typically mounted on the bottom rear of most vehicles. At any time, especially during winter driving conditions, these can be damaged by potholes, large bumps, as well as debris in the road such as ice chunks. Driving on frequent short trips is the worst thing you can do for your exhaust system in the cold weather. When it is cold outside, the first 20 minutes of your drive are hardest on your car ... read more

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Tire Pressure Light Nights

Tire Pressure Light Nights

  Cold Weather Might Be Causing Your Tire Pressure Light to Come On Once temperatures drop, your car's computer may be warning you about low tire pressure. The tire pressure monitor light first started showing up in luxury cars in the late 90’s but now is standard in all cars sold in the United States as of Sept. 01, 2007. For those that haven't seen this system in action, it is time to introduce you to the Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) and the sometimes pesky tire pressure monitor light. Tire Pressure Monitor Light often show up a concern as we come out of fall and winter arrives our temperatures begin to drop drastically over night. When it comes to our cars, steep temperature drops can trigger a sign of fall that we don’t welcome: a yellow or orange low tire pressure warning light. We have good news for you, though. When your light comes on, your car is simply telling you that you need more air in your tire and this time of year, the warning i ... read more

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