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  • 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

  • Sunshades help cool, protect car's interior

    I don't see as many sunshades in vehicle windows as I used to a few years ago but, if you park your vehicle outside in the sun, using one is definitely something you should consider.The most popular sunshades sit inside the windshield of your vehicle, covered in highly reflective foil …

    August 16, 2013

  • AUTO TECH: One engineer's imagination spawns Ford Tremor

    From initial concepts and drawings, it typically takes two to three years to bring a vehicle to production. There are prototype panels, market research, committee decisions, a multitude of engineering work and crash-testing to verify safety designs. Once in a blue moon, however, things happen differently. Ford has just announced that the …

    August 2, 2013

  • QUESTION: I have a 2008 Acura TSX with 130,000 km on it. When I had my last maintenance done I was told the front compliance bushings will have to be replaced before the next safety inspection is due in August. I was quoted parts are about $270 and 3.6 hours …

    July 26, 2013

  • The hot days of summer are with us again and, on the hottest days, your vehicle's air-conditioning system will be working hard to keep the interior and you cool. However, while your A/C system may have been working fine during the spring, you may find it just doesn't perform quite …

    July 19, 2013

  • QUESTION: I've noticed some cars and trucks have a front wheel breaking off and the vehicle's front fender collapsing on top of the wheel. Are there any clues to the driver that the front end needs repair before extensive damage occurs? ANSWER: It isn't common for a wheel to break off …

    July 12, 2013

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