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  • QUESTION: I've seen the ads for performance/mileage-enhancing chips and can't help wondering: If they're such magic why are the vehicle manufacturers not using the technology? They would surely want to squeeze the most out a gallon of gas, wouldn't they? I have a 2011 Chevy 2500 van with the small …

    November 1, 2013

  • QUESTION: I own a 2002 Chev Impala, 3.4 motor, 225,000 km. I'm having trouble starting it. When I turn the key to on, there is nothing. It could happen four times a day or every second day once. I will hold the key to the start position {sometimes it may …

    October 25, 2013

  • Ford's Michigan Proving Grounds puts vehicles through their paces

    What does it take to make a tough truck? Testing, testing and more testing.One of the many locations where Ford tests their trucks and cars is the Michigan Proving Grounds, located near Romeo, Mich. If you could see behind the tall fences, hilly landscape and thick trees that are part …

    October 25, 2013

  • QUESTION: I have a question regarding tires. I purchased new tires sized P225/50R.-7 from one shop for my Verano. I have four winter tires stored at my Chev dealership which were used on a 2010 Impala. They have lots of life left and are a P225-55R-17 size. Is it OK …

    October 18, 2013

  • Autonomously driven vehicles of the future will require stringent security features
    Hacked in 60 seconds

    There are computers everywhere. They hold your data and email at work. They record purchases and buying trends as you check out at the grocery store.Every young person seems to be walking around texting on a smartphone, and if they want to know something, they instantly Google it on the …

    October 11, 2013

  • QUESTION: I don't know how much you know about motorcycles but I thought I would give you a try in case you can help me. I have a 2002 Suzuki GS500 with a 500cc carbureted engine. Lately, whenever I attempt to start the bike (regardless of the choke being on …

    October 4, 2013

  • QUESTION: My dad has a 1992 Dodge Dakota. He suspects he has a mouse that has been chewed up in his truck blower unit, which is now causing quite a stench. He is having a repair shop take the blower unit apart to confirm a dead animal in the unit …

    September 27, 2013

  • Checklist for storing your vehicle this winter

    It always makes me a bit sad when Labour Day comes and goes. The hours of sunlight are less, the nights are getting cooler and many of the special car events of summer are over.Many vehicles will soon be placed in storage for the winter. Motorhomes, antique vehicles, show cars, …

    September 13, 2013

  • Much more to tire selection than price and size

    Forty years ago, selecting tires was much easier -- there just weren't as many choices both in tires and vehicles.While many tires today will last 80,000 to 120,000 kilometres, years ago you'd be doing well if you could get 30,000 km out of a set of tires.With tires wearing out …

    September 6, 2013

  • QUESTION: I have a question regarding the most efficient way to cool the interior of your car on a hot day. Is it better to start the car up, keep the doors and windows closed and let the AC system do it? Or should the doors be left open to …

    August 22, 2013

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