Autos: Ownership

3 Technologies Making Car Suspensions Better Than Ever

Tuesday  19:22,   21 february 2017
Popular Mechanics

The state of the suspension is good. Very good.Suspension systems don't tend to get much publicity, but they're probably the most crucial factor in the day-to-day enjoyment of your car. Automakers are always tweaking and refining their designs in[...]

What Does a Car's Alternator Do?

Friday  19:37,   17 february 2017

The alternator charges the battery and powers the electrics People may think that the battery powers the electrics in your car, but that's not the case. The battery provides electricity needed to start the car with the electric starter motor. When[...]

What Is a VIN Number?

Tuesday  16:21,   14 february 2017
U.S. News & World Report - Cars

If you go to register or insure a car, someone is bound to ask you for its VIN number. If you go to register or insure a car, someone is bound to ask you for its VIN number. Short for Vehicle Identification Number, the VIN is a 17-digit[...]

Prepare yourself for surprise whiteout road conditions

Monday  18:10,   13 february 2017

When visibility is lost, it's lights on, slow down and focus on your surroundingsDriving into whiteouts or snow squalls is different from driving into the jaws of a snow storm. Weather forecasters work hard to update conditions to give drivers[...]

How to Jumpstart a Car

Wednesday  16:11,   08 february 2017
Popular Mechanics

It's never too late to learn.Jumper[...]

Do diesels really save you money?

Thursday  17:51,   02 february 2017

Analysis of Canadian diesel data reveals some surprising resultsBut there is more to the cost of ownership than just the fuel[...]

Tips for Driving on Icy Roads

Thursday  17:37,   02 february 2017

The weather can change drastically during the winter season, with wild temperature swings, snow flurries and freezing rain. However, life goes on and no matter what the road conditions are like, we must still get out and drive to work. First and[...]

Know the Code: What your mechanic is really saying

Thursday  17:36,   02 february 2017

Knowing the lingo of the service counter can be of great help when trying to decide what repairs need to be doneFirst, there are a lot of drivers who have spent years building great relationships with their techs in the shop. These are the types[...]

Your Corner Wrench: Frozen at the drive-through

Thursday  17:36,   02 february 2017

When a car window gets frozen stuck, the worst thing you can do is keep trying to crank it downIf you’ve ever seen the inner workings of a vehicle’s door window regulator, you might be surprised at how seemingly light and flimsy they are. Like many[...]

All hail the zipper merge: How Canadian politeness is killing the efficiency of our highways

Wednesday  16:51,   01 february 2017
National Post

Canada's stubborn refusal to merge late is dangerous, anarchic and — amazingly — slower. In some of the better-driving parts of the world, it’s illegalVirtually every traffic scientist agrees Canada is absolutely awful at merging through[...]

Collision mitigation and winter is a tough mix

Tuesday  18:21,   31 january 2017

Precise sensors that keep us safe have little protection against the elementsThe majority of collision mitigation systems use sensors which either detect objects through visual (cameras) or imaging (radar) or sound (sonar) methods. When they’re[...]

Starting a Car in Winter (and Even Without a Block Heater)

Monday  16:41,   30 january 2017

Starting a Car in Winter (and Even Without a Block Heater) [...]

Brake Pads and Fluids: The Basics

Friday  16:36,   27 january 2017
Super Street Online

You not plowing into the back of that Chrysler starts with your brake pedal and ends with its pads, but that's not the whole story.BUT FIRST, THE[...]

How to Fit Car Seats Three Across

Thursday  17:21,   26 january 2017
Consumer Reports

One of the most common questions we hear from consumers is, which cars and car seats will make it easy for me to secure three child seats across the rear seat of my car? Laws in many states now rLaws in many states now require children as old as 8[...]

Your Corner Wrench: Break-in or break it, your choice

Thursday  17:20,   26 january 2017

The first thousand kilometres you drive in your car are crucial to its long-term well-beingYou’ve just gotten the keys for your new ride from your sales consultant, the seemingly endless hours of paperwork are over — you’re finally free to head [...]