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Taking Care of Your Car

Ford recalls half a million vehicles for shifter, wheel problems

Ford Fusion and Escape, stripped chassis trucks recalled in two actions

Ford Fusion and Escape may have degraded shifter cable bushings; F-53 stripped-chassis trucks may have improperly heat-treated front wheel studs. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Jul 19, 2018, 2:30 AM

Dyson adds another winner in new V7 Car + Boat

Exclusive-to-Canada handheld overcomes shortcomings of previous vacuums Read More

Car Care Auto Accesories Jul 12, 2018, 10:30 PM

AutoGlym a functional inexpensive Father's Day gift

Sample kit allows dad to sample several products for future car care needs Read More

Car Care Auto Accesories Jun 7, 2018, 9:30 AM

Nearly 570,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in May

490,000 Fiat Chrysler vehicles recalled for cruise control problem Read More

Car Safety Car Care Jun 4, 2018, 2:30 AM

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Survey says Canadians know tire needs, don't practice them

Tire and Rubber Association survey says just 30% check pressures monthly Read More

Car Tires Car Care May 16, 2018, 2:30 AM

Nearly 150,000 vehicles recalled in Canada in April

April recalls totalled 35, affecting 147,607 vehicles from 25 makes

Ford pickups, Audi sedans and crossovers, Smart cars, Land Rover Discoverys and VW Tiguans among largest recalls, combining for over 118,000 vehicles. Read More

Car Safety Car Care May 4, 2018, 2:30 AM

J.D. Power's 11 Most Dependable Auto Brands

2018 survey involved almost 37,000 owners of 3-year-old models

After four years of slipping quality scores, consumer research firm J.D. Power recorded a significant uptick in vehicle dependability in its 2018 survey. Read More

Auto Awards Car Buying Car Care Mar 8, 2018, 12:55 PM

The time for winter tires is NOW!

The drop in temperature, not just snowfall, is the signal to get ready for winter

It's that time of year again. If you haven't already done so, right now is the time to install winter tires on your vehicle. Read More

Safe Driving Tips Car Tires Car Care Nov 1, 2017, 7:20 AM

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Canadians prefer service at quick-lubes

But Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Audi rank highest among service facilities

J.D. Power Canadian Customer Service Index Study shows non-dealer auto service providers outrank dealership service departments in customer service. Read More

Car Care Sep 1, 2017, 6:30 PM

Volvo to fuel, wash, service cars for owners

Concierge services to be added to Volvo On Call mobile platform

Initiative begins with a San Francisco pilot project, with 300 owners of new XC90s and S90s using a Smartphone app to locate local concierge services. Read More

Car Care Luxury Cars Auto Technology Nov 17, 2016, 6:00 PM

Worn winter tires can be safer than new all-seasons!

Winter tires, even when worn, perform better in winter than new all-season tires

A premium winter tire that’s even 75% worn out can brake and corner better than a brand-new all-season tire in snow and on ice. Read More

Car Safety Car Tires Car Care Nov 8, 2016, 6:20 AM

Nissan slathers CUVs in SPF500 sun protection

Multi-layer paint endures the most extreme temperatures in the world

Skincare experts agree that people shouldn’t venture out into today’s natural sunlight without sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 50. Read More

Car Care Jul 19, 2016, 10:00 PM

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Top 10 most problematic air-con auto makes

Brit company ranks “coolest” cars that most often get A/C servicing

Topping the list was Smart, with an average 85 service calls per 1,000 cars — more than double that of the second most problematic make Saab, with 40. Read More

Car Care Jun 6, 2016, 10:30 PM

How much tax are Canadians paying on gasoline?

Taxes make up a big chunk of the price of gasoline in Canada

On average, taxes account for more than one-third of the price of every litre of gasoline sold across Canada. Read More

Car Care Fuel Economy Safe Driving Tips Jun 3, 2016, 2:50 PM

Chevys alert drivers to potential failures

Chevrolet calls it industry-first application of predictive technology

Service is available as an option in association with the OnStar Proactive Alerts service, which continuously monitors certain vehicle components. Read More

Auto Technology Car Care May 9, 2016, 11:30 PM

FCA recalls 187,436 Dodge Journeys in Canada

Power steering fluid lines could rupture in extremely cold weather

The recall is aimed at 2009-2016 model year vehicles fitted with optional engine block heaters, with another 11,000 recalled in the United States. Read More

Car Safety Car Care May 6, 2016, 10:30 PM

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Canadian car care products now available to the public

Silverwax products have previously been limited to car care professionals

Quebec-based company has marketed a full line of Silverwax car care products for dealers and maintenance experts since 1999. Read More

Car Care Auto Accesories May 5, 2016, 2:50 AM

Another 35-40 million airbags added to Takata recall

Added numbers expected to double number of vehicles already recalled

Under the expanded recall, all Takata inflators with ammonium nitrate propellant are to be replaced unless they include an chemical drying agent. Read More

Car Safety Car Care May 4, 2016, 10:30 PM

Ford recalls over 285,000 vehicles for various issues

Issues range from unexpected auto transmission shifts to faulty tires

Ford F-Series, Mustang, Explorer, Expedition, Flex, Taurus are affected, as are Lincoln Navigator and MKS, Mercury Sable and even Police Interceptors. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Apr 28, 2016, 10:30 PM

FCA recalls 1.1 million cars for driver error

Chrysler 300s, Dodge Chargers, Jeep Grand Cherokees affected by recall

It is believed that drivers exited the vehicles after attempting to shift into Park without the electronic transmission registering the shift. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Apr 23, 2016, 10:30 PM

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Fiat Chrysler recalls vans for electrical issue

Over 27,000 Ram ProMaster City vans and wagons in snow areas affected

Electrical connector located near the front of the seat track could, over time, corrode and disrupt signals to the van’s transmission control module. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Apr 21, 2016, 10:30 PM

What's happening to gas prices across Canada?

As spring arrives gasoline prices are creeping upward across the country

Gas prices rise as seasonal specs change, oil prices increase, refining capacity is reduced... and there's a big holiday weekend not that far away. Read More

Car Care Safe Driving Tips Auto Industry Apr 14, 2016, 8:40 AM

58,500 more airbag recalls from Toyota

Avalon, Camry sedans have improperly calibrated airbag seat sensor

The Occupant Classification System (OCS) calibrates the weight of the front passenger and deactivates the airbags if the weight threshold is not met. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Apr 13, 2016, 10:05 PM

Michelin tops tire satisfaction survey

Pirelli took the top spot for performance tires in J.D. Power satisfaction survey

Michelin ranked highest in three of four categories in Luxury, Passenger Car and Truck/Utility segments while Pirelli took performance tire honours. Read More

Car Tires Auto Awards Car Care Apr 12, 2016, 10:00 AM

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Young consumers not brand loyal when it comes to tires

Gens X and Y more likely to consider smaller non-traditional tire brands

Younger consumers are more receptive to less established tire brands and more willing to switch brands than those from earlier generations. Read More

Car Tires Car Care Apr 12, 2016, 7:10 AM

Spring cleaning how to… for your car

Winter has typically been tougher on our vehicles than on our homes

With winter finally releasing its tentacles from most of the country, it’s time for ‘spring cleaning’ your car as well as your home. Read More

Car Care Safe Driving Tips Weather Driving Apr 11, 2016, 11:45 AM

Hyundai, Mazda recall vehicles over steering concerns

Sonatas, Mazda2s, CX-3s, CX-5s and CX9s affected by different issues

2011 Sonatas have faulty power steering circuit boards; 2013-16 Mazdas have front suspension mounts and steering knuckles that could come loose. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Apr 8, 2016, 11:30 PM

Toyota recalls Toyota and Lexus models

One recall addresses issue with braking; another with seatbelt mounts

2016 Lexus ES 350 and RX 350, and Toyota RAV4 may have faulty Brake Actuators; 2016 Toyota Sienna may have incorrect front seatbelt height adjusters. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Apr 6, 2016, 10:30 PM

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Yokohama offers ‘all-weather’ truck tire

New Geolandar tire engineered to improve traction on any surface at any temperature

Unlike all-season tires, which are not suitable for cold conditions, all-weather tires are developed, tested and certified for winter. Read More

Car Tires Car Care Apr 5, 2016, 3:20 PM

Ford recalls 48,000 trucks for various issues

Canadian Explorers and Lincoln MKCs susceptible to underhood fires

Ford Transits with badly placed side curtain airbags may not offer proper protection; Heavy Duty Ford F-Series need new clips for parking brake cables. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Apr 1, 2016, 4:30 PM

Nissan recalls Leafs to fix brake problem

Relay switch affected by cold temperatures could lead to crash

Nissan not aware of any incidents resulting from problem affecting 679 cars in Canada and another 46,859 in the US, from model years 2013 to 2015. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Mar 13, 2016, 10:30 PM

Toyota adds Corolla, Matrix to airbag recall

Nearly 200,000 Toyota and Lexus models added to Takata list

Latest recall adds more model years to previous models involved, and covers the remaining models in the Takata front passenger inflator problem. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Mar 2, 2016, 5:30 PM

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Dodge chocks one up for Charger safety

Changing a flat could be a dangerous activity without spare retrofit

The company reportedly became aware of the problem as a result of three injuries during tire changes, where the car moved and slipped off the jack. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Feb 7, 2016, 5:30 PM

Chrysler recalls 212,000 for airbag problems

Journey, Grand Caravan, Town & Country and VW Routan all affected

Fiat Chrysler says none of the affected vehicles use ammonium-nitrate inflators — the suspected prime culprit in the massive Takata airbag recall. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Feb 4, 2016, 5:30 PM

More Mazda B-Series caught in airbag sweep

Mazda adds another 19,000 pickups from 2004-2006 model years

The new recall affects vehicles mostly in the lower United States and its territories (Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, and Saipan in the south Pacific). Read More

Car Safety Car Care Feb 1, 2016, 11:30 AM

Lexus RX recalled to fix knee airbag

Roughly 5,000 RX 350 and RX 450h models are victims of faulty assembly

Not many particulars are available on the problem, other than that Toyota dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the knee airbag assemblies. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Jan 26, 2016, 9:30 PM

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Another death leads to expansion of airbag recall

Latest death was at the wheel of a Ford Ranger; most others in Hondas

NHTSA is considering expanding the recall to another 5 million inflators in the U.S., though the number of affected vehicles has not been released. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Jan 22, 2016, 9:30 PM

Honda adds 127,000 CR-Vs to airbag recall

Honda vehicles affected by Takata airbag recall now total 3.4 million

Ever-widening Takata airbag recall has already touched 41 million vehicles globally, 34 million in North America, and affects a dozen automakers. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Dec 25, 2015, 9:30 PM

Ford recalls 318,000 vehicles for various issues

Crown Vic, Grand Marquis, F-Series, Transit under recall with different problems

Among the recalls are the now defunct Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans common to police and taxi services and all built in Canada. Read More

Car Safety Car Care Dec 22, 2015, 1:30 PM