Tips & Tricks

  •      Is your garage a little too crowded for a good-sized workbench? Fear not. All you need is as sheet of 3/4 inch plywood, three or four strong hinges and a couple of eight-foot 2x6s. [...]
  • wipes
      All who know me, are aware of my obsession with keeping vehicles clean. My wife complains that I try to restrict her from driving in the wet or on gravel roads. It should come [...]
  •     Like everything else in life, tires get old. And just like us, they may look OK and be fine in everyday use, but they reach a stage where they are no longer able to [...]
  • Now that winter is over, perhaps you’ve noticed some unpleasant smells inside your vehicle. Or you may notice your allergy symptoms on the rise. The smells may have been sneaking up on you over the [...]
  • oil change
    Don’t hurry to change your oil Chemistry and technology have made huge changes in the past couple of decades. This is especially true for engines, where manufacturing tolerances and emission regulations are both tighter. Engines [...]
  • If regular fuel is good, then premium fuel must be better – right? Not necessarily for most vehicles. Going to that more expensive stuff may provide no benefit at all. You won’t get more power, [...]
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    Spring Cleaning

    March 28, 2017 0
      I drive more than 100 new cars a year and being a bit OCD, end up cleaning most of them. I thus have accumulated extensive experience and a list of favourite cleaning products and [...]
  • brushes

    10 cleaning tips

    April 12, 2017 0
    Tips for 10 of the most difficult detailing or cleaning issues. Everybody who takes time to clean their vehicle on occasion has some favourite issues. If you’re a regular detail kind of person you know [...]
  • One of the easiest ways to make your favourite set of wheels look better, is to park it on a bright, shiny, clean garage floor. But before you rush off to your the paint store [...]
  • An ideal garage

    March 24, 2017 0
    For many true car nuts the garage is more important than the house. Sure, you need a place to cook your food and a bathroom, but you can eat, sleep and live in a garage. [...]


More about cars

  • Jaguar
    Canadian auto sales were down slightly overall in April, with the majority of volume manufacturers experiencing a decline. Ford retained the lead, but FCA slipped enough to allow GM past into second overall for the [...]
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    World’s best wax

    March 8, 2017 0
      It takes some gumption to advertise your product as the “best”. But a small Canadian company has gone further than that, endowing not only their wax, but the entire company with that moniker. Toronto-based [...]
  • A few weeks ago I told you about ArmorAll Wash Wipes, an effective and simple way to clean the paint on a vehicle. The second step in that process is usually to apply a coat [...]
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    Safe design

    March 8, 2017 0
    Safety has always been a factor in vehicle design, but took on a more critical role in the seventies with the first 5 mph (8 km/h) bumpers. Remember those beauties that protruded about one foot [...]
  • Every time I see someone driving down the road with a pet in their lap, I cringe. Obviously these people have no idea of the catastrophic results of an airbag deployment. The dog they so [...]
  • Fleet sales
    There was an interesting little missive in my mailbox the other day. “Honda remains the least fleet-oriented brand in 2016,” DesRosiers Automotive Consultants reported. At the other end of the sales spectrum more than 80% [...]
  • The originaL equipment tires on your new vehicle are part of an intricate financial relationship between the tire and car companies, dealerships and consumers. You may not have given much thought to those four round [...]
  • sales
    Canadians purchased a total of 181,834 new vehicles in July. Light trucks, which includes minivans and utility vehicles, accounted for 123,693 of them with cars continuing to trail at 58,231. South of the border, the [...]
  • teens
    A few years ago, the Ottawa-based Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) conducted a study that showed teen drivers are involved in a disproportionate number of serious crashes.  Driver training may be a provincial issue, but [...]
  • ABS

    ABS explained

    April 21, 2017 0
    In my humble opinion ABS or Antilock Braking Systems are the most significant safety advance since the invention of the brake itself. ABS requires no conscious thought, training or additional maintenance. Drivers simply have to [...]