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  • Question:I have a 2003 Chevrolet S10 with the 4.3-litre V-6 engine. It runs rough, uses a lot of fuel, and when I took out the sparkplugs, they all appear black but No. 1 sparkplug was the blackest. I installed new sparkplugs but the problem still remains. Any suggestions?A: It sounds …

    May 29, 2015

  • Q: I have a 1997 Chevy pickup truck with a 305 V-8 engine. The truck refuses to start after rainy weather. It will whirl over until the battery goes dead. I spray everything I can think of with WD-40 and after a five-minute wait, away she goes! The engine then …

    May 22, 2015

  • EyeSight never looks away from road

    Safety ranks right up there with styling, reliability and value when shopping for a new vehicle. The safety systems on the newest vehicles are truly amazing. Hopefully you will never need them, but if and when you do, they are well worth it.One of the vehicles on the market that …

    May 15, 2015

  • QUESTION: I have a 2003 Focus with 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 kilometres. Will this damage my engine or transmission? …

    April 24, 2015

  • Ease road-trip worries with properly maintained vehicle

    Long weekends and summer holidays will soon be upon us. Whether you are travelling across the continent or just around the neighbourhood, the last thing anyone wants or needs is vehicle trouble on the road. A little preparation can help prevent frustration at the side of the road.There are many …

    April 17, 2015

  • B.C. the testing ground for fuel-cell vehicles

    And now for something completely different.Hyundai is offering the first fuel-cell powered vehicle to the public in Canada. The Hyundai Tuscon FCEV is available to a select few in the Vancouver area. So is this the tip of the iceberg? Will fuel-cell vehicles be offered in the rest of Canada? …

    April 10, 2015

  • Question-- The idle on my 2004 Honda CRV 2.4-litre vehicle is all over the place even when it is warm, and you put the clutch in it will go to 1500 or so and then drop down. The check-engine light is on most of the time. I have replaced the …

    April 10, 2015

  • Ford's EcoBoost engine the 'litre' of the pack

    One litre is small. Think of one litre of milk. Then think of that container producing enough power to propel a vehicle and passengers down the road, and do it in a spirited manner. Unbelievable, but Ford engineering made a believer out of me when I took a one-litre Ecoboost …

    March 20, 2015

  • Question: I am having problems with our 2010 Nissan Sentra heater. Lots of heat there but it is the fan. It blows out great on the window and vents but when we select the floor, all hot heat blows out the vents only. I had it to our local garage …

    March 13, 2015

  • It's that time of year again, when battery problems start to show up more frequently. The first signs may be a starter motor that cranks over a little slower or headlights dimming when you pull up to a stop sign. If you are unlucky, the first indication may be a …

    February 27, 2015

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