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  • For the past five days I have been test-driving vehicles. I normally do this every week, but the past five days have been exceptional. I was attending the annual "Test Fest" held by the Automobile Journalists of Canada and we were there to evaluate and vote on the best new …

    October 31, 2014

  • Question: I have a 2008 Chevrolet Impala with a V6 engine. This vehicle has ABS. Generally the brakes on this vehicle operate very well and if I come to a stop and want the vehicle to stay, I simply hold the brake down firmly and it will hold forever.The problem …

    October 24, 2014

  • Beneath the shiny exterior of new vehicles there are a lot of components, systems and features that make the vehicle dear to our hearts, or in the odd occasion a pain somewhere else! Ford's new 2015 F150 pickup is an all-new truck with so many useful features it will no …

    October 17, 2014

  • Question: We drive a 2003 Chev Silverado LS 5.3L and are having trouble with starting. We have had three fuel pumps, starters and relays put on. Sometimes it will start up right away and other times it will keep winding like if you try to start the vehicle again while …

    October 10, 2014

  • It is the shiny paint and styling that first attract consumers to new vehicles. It is features such as handling, powertrain performance or comfort and convenience that really make or break an owner's love affair with their automobile. Today I will look at the 2015 Mustang and the new engines …

    October 3, 2014

  • In Europe, diesel engines dominate the vehicle market and Canadians are much more accepting of diesel-powered passenger vehicles than drivers in the United States. It would be nice to see the small, high-performance diesel powertrains offered in Europe made available in Canada but that is unlikely to happen because our …

    September 19, 2014

  • QUESTION: I have a 2003 Ford Focus with an automatic transmission. Sometimes when I am braking, instead of immediately applying the brakes I will shift from Drive to 2 then 1. I only use this procedure at low speeds, between 50 to 70 km/h. Will this damage my engine or …

    September 19, 2014

  • Automatic transmissions have been undergoing a quiet evolution. Not only have the number of gear ratios increased, the way they are able to shift between gears has also changed.Currently, there are three types of automatic transmissions offered in vehicles. The CVT or Continuously Variable Transmission uses a belt-like chain and …

    September 5, 2014

  • Q: I have a 2010 Honda Civic EX-L and had a strange experience with the car yesterday. I had it washed on the way home from work Friday and Sunday, after two days in the garage. I went to pick up a pizza and when I put it in drive …

    August 29, 2014

  • Safety a priority in Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    Almost all cars on the market are now equipped with safety equipment such as airbags, stability control, ABS braking and the old mainstay: seatbelts. Some manufacturers incorporate a lot more safety into their vehicles than others and one of these is Mercedes-Benz. One of their safety systems, and I call …

    August 22, 2014

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