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  • Every driver wants to get better fuel economy. So do the vehicle manufacturers -- just think of the competitive selling advantage if you can show you have the best fuel economy on the market. There are many ways to increase fuel economy, including lowering the aerodynamic drag, reducing vehicle frontal …

    October 23, 2015

  • Lincoln aims to place owners of its vehicles in lap of luxury

    Lincoln wasn't always an automobile company. When Henry Leland started Lincoln it was to build fighter aircraft engines for First World War planes, but with Leland's previous automotive experience at Cadillac, shortly after the war he transformed Lincoln into a luxury automobile company. By the 1920's , as the luxury …

    October 16, 2015

  • Michelin expands its Defender tire lineup

    Michelin has borrowed the Defender name from its passenger car lineup for its new light truck, van or SUV tire. The Michelin Defender LTX M/S builds on the heritage of both the Defender name and the qualities of the existing LTX truck tire with improved tread life, better handling performance …

    October 2, 2015

  • Question: Three years ago I bought a Dodge Journey, and have only put 17,888 kilometres on it. I have always used synthetic oil. I never fully know when I should be having an oil change. My last Dodge van had only 50,000 km after five years, so I can't see …

    September 25, 2015

  • Many brands, many types and many sizes making finding the right tire exhausting
    Choosing rubber can be a tire-ing experience

    Shopping for new tires can be a daunting task. There are many manufacturers and each has numerous types of tires, and then there are the multiple sizes! You can research your choices online, through friends' recommendations, at your vehicle dealership, or rely on the advice from your local tire stores. …

    September 4, 2015

  • Subaru offers variety of all-wheel-drive systems

    Question: As most people know, these days, Subaru has AWD standard on their entire lineup, with the exception of the BRZ. However, I have been told that Subaru uses two different AWD systems; one for cars equipped with a manual transmission and one for cars equipped with an automatic transmission. …

    August 20, 2015

  • Wireless products also increase safety
    Backup camera helpful when parking

    Question: I recently rented a new car with a built-in backup camera, which I found very useful. I would like to add an aftermarket camera to my 2013 Elantra. I would prefer one with a display that mounts to the rear-view mirror, to avoid a separate display. Do you have …

    August 14, 2015

  • Vehicle brake rotors can easily become warped

    Question: I have a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 4.0 litre engine and Selec-Trac four-wheel-drive system. Up until about 10 months ago or so, the vehicle braked smoothly. However, now as you slow to a stop, the vehicle noticeably surges back and forth as it nears stop. It is …

    August 7, 2015

  • If only automakers banded together to create the perfect vehicle
    One piece at a time

    We buy a vehicle because we like its features, styling, power, colour and price. The perfect vehicle would attract us for all these reasons. So far, I haven't found the perfect vehicle. When I do, here are some features it would surely include.Honda's Lanewatch Blind Spot Display is an enhancement …

    July 24, 2015

  • Question: I have a 2003 Nissan Sentra with a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. I recently had to replace the hood latch. But when I replaced the latch, I forgot to reattach the hood release cable. How can I open the hood where the release cable is disconnected. Thanks.A: Don't you hate …

    July 24, 2015

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