QUESTION: I have a 2005 Vibe all-wheel drive. I want to replace only two tires as I have one tire out of round (or scalloped) and thought I could get away with just replacing two to correct my scallop problem. I bought two used tires that have a bit more …
May 2, 2014
Many of the questions I have from drivers over the years fall into the vague area of vehicle performance. I say vague, because performance can mean many things, depending on who's talking about it.
For the economy-minded driver, it's all about fuel economy. For the luxury-car driver, it's more about smooth, …
April 25, 2014
QUESTION: We have a 2010 Tucson and recently experienced issues with the vehicle in the snow. We had about a 400-kilometre highway drive and it was blowing snow for the last half of the drive there, when I experienced a loss of power. I parked the vehicle and went to …
April 17, 2014
New cars and light-duty trucks come with a window sticker that lists options, features, price, fuel economy for city and highway driving and the estimated annual fuel costs for that vehicle based on average kilometres driven each year.
Anyone who has tried to match the fuel-economy figures listed on the label …
April 11, 2014
QUESTION: I have a 2009 Ford Focus SES with 75,000 km that I purchased from a local Ford dealership a couple of years ago. In the last year I have noticed that is has a rough/rolling idle problem, whether cold or warm, the vehicle in gear or not. It will …
April 4, 2014
LED lighting has had a higher profile lately. With incandescent bulbs for household lighting being discontinued, other lights such as Halogen, Xenon and LED bulbs are being offered as replacements.
LED lighting has become common in the automotive industry too, used in park, tail, brake and running lights on many models. …
March 28, 2014
QUESTION: I have a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup with ABS. The amber light on the information panel comes on intermittently. When the ABS light is off, the ABS system works properly. When the ABS light is on, the ABS system does not work at all.
When I start the car, the …
March 21, 2014
Gasoline direct fuel injection (GDI) has become common on many new cars.
This type of fuel injection sprays the fuel directly into the combustion chamber on top of the piston at high pressure. The other type is port fuel injection, which sprays the fuel behind the intake valve and takes it …
March 14, 2014
QUESTION: I purchased a 2010 Mazda 3 GX from a small used car dealer, which has only 69,000 kilometres on it, seems in very good condition, hasn't been in any collisions and is locally owned. The price was $9,700 plus tax, which is very hard to find here in the …
March 7, 2014
We all like to save money, and being able to drive farther on a tank of fuel is a very visible way of saving money.
With fill-ups now costing in the $60 range for economy cars and well over $100 for larger trucks and SUV's, saving five per cent on fuel …
February 28, 2014