Stanley FatMax tool set will help you stay organized

Stanley FatMax 275-piece Mechanics Tool Set Available at: Canadian Tire Cost: $699.99, but buy it on sale for $199.99 The tool box is a tragedy. You have dug through the random, unsorted mess, but it isn’t there. Whoever used the half-inch ratchet with the extender and the 9/16 socket did not put it back. Or, Read More

Does my 2014 Chevy Equinox AWD want an engine flush?

The engine light came on in my 2014 Chevy Equinox AWD. The research said P0010 and P0011, i.e., the camshaft. The dealer changed the shafts and advocated an engine flush. If I do as the dealer advocates or are they simply hoping to get $200 out my pocket because the camshaft was covered under my Read More

The Leatherman Wave is the perfect multitool road-trip Partner

Leatherman Wave Available at:, Mountain Equipment Co-operative, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops and many other outlets Cost: $114.95 stainless steel All it required was a road trip in a foreign state in a car that kept breaking down to help make a tool which has altered the size of our car tool kit. The pocket Read More

Rear-view LCD Displays offer a safer alternative to the traditional mirror

Among the more impressive features of this upcoming 2018 Nissan Leaf is its rear-view mirror LCD display. During a recent test drive, with the flip of a button the mirror turned right to a TV screen, except that it exhibited what was happening behind the vehicle rather than my favorite Netflix displays — a great Read More

New plug-in devices Operate like Fitbits to your Vehicle

It was not so long ago that Fitbit mania gripped the country as Canadians bought measure counters, smartwatches and other wearables in massive numbers. Consumers were excited about the sensor-laden devices’ ability to monitor and track physical activity levels, which might result in better fitness. Now, wireless carriers and technology companies are hoping for the Read More

Three questions about winter-tire sizing as the Slick season Strikes

This time of year always brings concerns about winter-tire sizing. Some samples: 1) I bought winter tires for a Honda Fit this past year, but now I have a new Honda Civic LX four-door automobile; can I use the tires on this vehicle? — Kathy You have not indicated what year/model your Fit was, Kathy, Read More

Hefty cordless power station offers power, jumps and Atmosphere

Dewalt 2800A/1000W Power Station Available at: Canadian Tire Cost: $379.99 On the job site, in the garage, camping, fixing a flat or jump-starting a dead battery, this power station packs a punch to get you moving. Let’s get 1 thing straight: This yellow monster hides two sealed lead-acid batteries weighing in at 18 kilograms, but Read More

Can my sealed transmission hold up to 100,000 kilometres of driving annually?

According to the operator’s manual as well as the Lexus dealer, my 2015 LS 460L includes a sealed transmission that will never require support or a fluid/filter shift. I typically drive 100,000 highway kilometres annually and expect to keep it for five decades. Are the specialists to be considered? — Cam The days of one Read More

RapidFix UV works like magic on minor repairs

RapidFix Liquid Plastic Adhesive with UV Light Available at: Canadian Tire Cost: $24.99 If saying “abracadabra” makes you believe its magical, go ahead. The RapidFix method of mending small breaks includes a flashlight emitting UV light — which makes your repair a tiny magic show. We analyzed RapidFix UV on a couple of things around Read More

Can I keep driving my car after the turbocharger stops functioning?

The turbocharger stopped working in my 2009 Audi A4. Can the auto function without it, and is it being ruined by being driven? — Gabriella Your turbocharger is a turbine/fan device driven by the engine’s exhaust gases, devised to raise the pressure of the incoming air into the motor. This pressure boost is known as Read More

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