Month: October 2017

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

Gemini Astronauts Could have loved Black

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

Rain, rain go away thanks to the windshield Therapy

RainBrella by Wipe New/Rust-Oleum Available at: Canadian Tire, Amazon.ca Cost: $15.99 Rain-X has some competition from the windshield therapy aisle, but if this other product is well worth the additional money is your choice. Wipe New RainBrella by Rust-Oleum comes in a box with two towelettes saturated in a solution of isopropyl alcohol, methyl ethyl Read More

Review: The Genesis G70 is a South Korean car with a German state of mind

As new Genesis G70s tear around the track in the Inje Speedway outside Seoul, there is not a BMW or Mercedes-Benz in sight — but both are definitely innbsp;thoughts. “When it comes to driving ability we looked at this car from Bavaria [BMW], and if it came to luxury we looked at a vehicle coming Read More

Can changing a car affect its guarantee?

A friend bought a preowned 2014 Audi S4 [3.0-litre] from a dealership in June of 2015 and had it tuned in 2016 with 33,000 kilometers on it. He brought it back to the dealership last week to get some warranty work done because he was having problems with the timing chain and tensioners. The trader Read More

Can modifying a car affect its warranty?

A friend bought a preowned 2014 Audi S4 [3.0-litre] from a dealership in June of 2015 and had it tuned in 2016 with 33,000 kilometers on it. He brought it back to the dealership last week to get some warranty work done because he was having problems with the timing chain and tensioners. The trader Read More

Will solid-state batteries provide Dyson an edge in electric vehicle industry?

Can a company known for making vacuum cleaner build an electric car that does not suck? The tongue-in-cheek question has been circulating since Dyson’s announcement last month that it’s working on an electric vehicle. The privately owned British company — that sells high-end vacuum cleaners, home cooling fans and hair dryers — intends to have Read More

BlackBerry QNX self-driving car hits the road in first Canadian Road test

A BlackBerry QNX-equipped self-driving car hit the street in suburban Ottawa Thursday in what was billed as the first on-street evaluation of an autonomous vehicle in Canada. The gray Lincoln MKZ pulled away with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, councillor Marianne Wilkinson and John Wall, general manager of BlackBerry QNX, aboard. BlackBerry QNX opened an autonomous Read More

Is it worth the extra Cash to Purchase a Golf R Rather than the GTI?

We’re considering a 2017 Golf GTI or Golf R. We want a that’s practical but fun to drive too. Both Golf models get excellent reviews and it looks like the primary difference between the two is the extra horsepower and four-wheel driveway in the R. Is your R worth the extra cost over the GTI? Read More

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