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

Ledlenser MT10 flashlight packs a Strong punch

Ledlenser MT10 flashlight Available at: Cost: $108 This pocket-sized flashlight by Ledlenser could have saved many a shipwreck if the sailor from the crow’s nest had this handy beacon to stage at shallow seas. That may be an overstatement, but it would definitely have helped locate the rats hiding in the hold. Not that you’ve Read More

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: 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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