Toronto Company X-Matik aims to bring self-driving Technologies to older cars

There’s going to be a new dividing line among car owners within the next few years between those who can afford to buy sure-to-be-expensive, mostly-autonomous vehicles and those who continue to drive less costly manual options. Nima Ashtari wants to help that second group enjoy the benefits of self-driving cars, too. X-Matik Inc., his Toronto-based Read More

Why does my Ford F-150 squeak when I change venting positions?

I have a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck and when I switch the control from dashboard air circulation to defrost position, I get a squeaky rumble sound. The noise also occurs when switching to floor circulation from any other position. Any suggestions or explanations as to why this happens? – Paul Positioned behind the truck’s Read More

Purchase parts for you car without leaving your Property

Car parts Available at: Amazon.com Cost: Wide range Statistics out of the USA say the average age of a car on the roads is 11 1/2 years old and over 14 million cars on the road are older than 25. While owners of these older cars search for ways to keep them, new car owners want Read More

Time for that yearly discussion: winter tires or all-seasons?

This is Canada. We pride ourselves on being able to endure the most miserable winters everywhere. We giggle (to ourselves, politely) at tourists wearing down coats before the Christmas decorations are in shops. A number people still think winter tires are for snowflakes, so the yearly debate has begun in several of the nation’s major Read More

Faceoff: Chevrolet Cruze LT Hatch vs. VW Golf TSi Trendline

A funny thing has happened throughout the stampede from cars and to crossovers: some compact cars are growing their sales back. And curiously, they are largely those who included new hatchback versions for 2017: , and . Thus far, the recently hatched competition has not hurt the sales of the seminal hatch that has been Read More

My 2008 Nissan Altima is not shifting properly. What’s happening?

I’ve a 2008 Nissan Altima 2.5L, 152,000 kilometres, with a CVT Transmission which recently has been acting abnormally. At times it seems stuck in low first gear, not up-shifting as I accelerate away, with the revs heading way up to nearly 4,000 rpm. Other times it gets trapped in large sixth gear at low rates, Read More

Hydro Flask Tumbler keeps your coffee warm for the duration of your Driveway

Hydro Flask 650 ml Tumbler Available at: MEC, Atmosphere Price: $35.99 for 650 ml, other sizes available. Go mugs — are you able to find a person that does it all? Nope. That is because the features you want are not the same as those that the next person craves. But there’s one feature all Read More

Couldn’t driving my Lexus RX 400H for extended periods create problems?

Are there any possible issues that could arise should I leave my 2008 Lexus RX 400H at a garage for six months at a time without being pushed? — Jody The Lexus in question has a common 12-volt battery which operates all the normal items typical to many cars and a high-voltage nickel metal hydride Read More

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Decker’s Most Recent drill

Black Sky; Decker SMARTECH Cordless 12V or 20V Drill Available at: Rona, Lowe’s, Canadian Tire Cost: $99.99 to $150 It was the mid-1960s, and NASA was searching for a person to design a zero-impact wrench to the Gemini project to spin bolts in zero gravity without spinning a weightless astronaut. Black amp; Decker stepped up Read More

How frequently do I want to replace my car’s timing belt?

I drive a 2003 Jetta TDI Wagon with 125,000 kilometres on the odometer. The timing belt replacement period is 160,000 but I had it replaced after 10 years/100,000 km. The only immediate benefit was that the removal of a “squeaky bearing” sound which would disappear when the motor warmed up. I presumed this was the Read More

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