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Tire Season—The Best Time to Put on Summer Tires

Spring is here! Before you know it, the summer heat will take over, which means it’s time to head to your local NAPA AUTOPRO shop to switch out your…

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Why You Should Perform a Brake Service on Hybrid Vehicles?

Every vehicle needs regular maintenance to perform its best, including on the brakes. You may know the differences between brake maintenance for an internal…

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The Evolution of Women in the Automotive Industry

Nowadays, it’s not as rare to see women in the automotive industry, but this wasn’t always the case. Let’s look at some pioneers who paved the way…

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Spring Is Finally Here!

Pack away your winter coat and boots: spring is here! Now’s the time to create your spring maintenance checklist, including important automotive tasks…

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What Does an Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) System Do?

Your car relies on various features to keep you safe, including the anti-lock braking system (ABS). Let’s go over what this system is and how to spot…

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Vehicle Maintenance and the Manufacturer’s Warranty - Myth vs Reality

Who exactly should you trust with your car’s maintenance? How do you pick the appropriate professional? Do you risk voiding the manufacturer’s warranty…

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Is Anti-Rust Protection Required?

Finding rust on your vehicle can be a nightmare for any car owner. However, is there any way to prevent it? If you want to keep your vehicle for several…

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Car Battery Replacement Service

Your car’s battery is responsible for providing power to your ignition system, headlights, instrument panel, air conditioning system and more. Without…

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Get Your Car’s Heating System Ready

While you may be ready for chilly winter temperatures just by throwing on a few extra layers, your car needs more of a head start on the season. Run through…

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How Long Do Winter Tires Last?

Changing over to winter tires is one of the most important parts of preparing your car for winter. Remember to inspect your winter tires each year and…

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Sunroof Maintenance & Service

During the summer, a sunroof is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and make your car feel slightly more spacious. To help you get the most out of it,…

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Vehicle AC Maintenance & Service

During the summer heat, the last thing you want is for your vehicle’s air conditioning unit to fail. Let’s cover common car AC maintenance questions…

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Replacing Shocks: When Is it Time?

Replacing shocks on your car can dramatically improve your vehicle’s performance. These crucial components play a pivotal role in your suspension system…

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5 Repairs you Should Stop Putting Off Until Tomorrow

There are certain jobs that are just no fun. Some repairs require using special tools or getting at hard-to-reach spaces. Others take a solid day of wrenching…

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Evolving Modern Engines Change the Maintenance Equation

The internal combustion engine is still going strong after nearly 150 years. Lenoir, Otto, and Benz, engine and automobile pioneers, would be astonished…

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10 Ways Your Car Is Telling You It Needs Brake Service

Brakes are often overlooked and taken for granted until a significant problem arises. When it comes to the most important safety mechanism on your…

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Tips for keeping your car in good condition during COVID-19

As you may not use your car or truck as much, it is important to know what to do to keep your vehicle in perfect condition: you will avoid troubles the…

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Tire Inflation Tips for Better Fuel Economy, Safety, and Longer-Lasting Tires

Tire pressure is very important, but many car owners don’t give their tires a second thought once they’re installed. By following a few simple tire…

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Know Your Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Checking a vehicle’s tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is as easy as getting into the car and turning the ignition on. If the TPMS indicator light…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 19th, 2020 With the COVID-19 situation continuing to evolve daily, we as business operators must adapt our ways of doing things and modify some…

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Wheel Alignment and Balancing: Shake, Rattle and Roll

Wheel alignment and tire balancing are often small adjustments with big consequences. Beyond being part of routine tire maintenance, keeping…

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5 Oil Myths Debunked

Humankind has been using oil for at least 4,000 years, and oil myths go back just as far. Ancient people believed crude oil had medicinal benefits…

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Checking Tire Pressure in the Winter Is Critical

Managing tire pressure in the winter isn’t quite the same as it is during the summer. Why? Because cold weather can have a serious impact on the level…

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Do I Need to Warm Up my Car? A Winter Weather Primer

Whether or not to warm up the car is a frequent debate when you live in a climate where the mercury often drops well below freezing. Whether you’re…

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Winter Electric Car Maintenance Tips for the First Time EV Owner

Electric vehicles (EVs) are far more prevalent today than they were just a few years ago. Car makers have jumped on the trend, and EVs are now a common…

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Winter Driving Techniques: What's Changed With Modern Vehicles

While most traditional winter driving techniques are still helpful today, modern vehicle design has introduced a number of wrinkles into how to safely…

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5 Signs That It May Be Time To Change Your Battery

No car battery lasts forever. It’s important to stay alert for signs that your own power pack might need to be replaced before it ends up letting…

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3 Engine Cold Start Urban Legends

Winter can be a stressful time for your car as the cold temperatures, snow, and ice strain your vehicle’s various systems. Over the years, a virtual…

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Traction Control: When to Deactivate It

Traction control is one of the most useful electronic safety systems found in modern automobiles. It serves as a watchful eye that constantly assesses…

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How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Winter weather means tough times for your car. For months, it experiences an onslaught of cold, salt, snow, and ice. However, if you prepare your vehicle…

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Should You Get a Second Set of Rims and Tires for Winter?

Seasonal changes bring different challenges, and Canadian winters are no exception. Many drivers will mount their winter tires before the first frost…

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Winter Tires: When Should You Make the Seasonal Switch?

When is the best time to put on winter tires? If you ask three friends or family members, you’ll most likely get three different answers. The best way…

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Synthetic Oil—Is It Worth It?

If you’re buying parts and supplies for your next oil change or scheduling your next maintenance service, you might be debating whether to choose conventional…

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How to Store Your Summer Tires

Given the weather extremes we experience here in Canada, many Canadians must have two sets of tires: dedicated snow tires for winter and all-season tires…

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Engine Block Heaters: A Winning Tool for Winter Weather

Winter’s chill can have devastating effects on your car—particularly overnight, when your vehicle sits in sub-zero temperatures. During the coldest…

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Why Your Auto Mechanic Needs to See Your Car Regularly

The two main reasons why people bring their car to an auto mechanic are: (1) for regular scheduled maintenance and (2) because they noticed a problem.…

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Do Driving Assistance Technologies Require Extra Maintenance?

Modern cars are full of driving assistance technologies that are intended to help ease the burden on longer trips, as well as keep you safer on the road…

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Top Six AWD & 4X4 Maintenance Tips

Across the country, all-wheel-drive (AWD), four-wheel-drive (4WD), and four-by-four (4X4) vehicles are more popular than ever. Not only is AWD great for…

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Every Car Owner Should Read the Owner’s Manual

While it would be unfair to say that no driver has ever read the owner’s manual for their vehicle, those who have are a rarity. Across all forms of…

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What Is a Tune-Up on a Modern Car

Regardless of what vehicle you drive or how well you drive it, your car won’t last very long without regular maintenance and the occasional tune-up.…

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Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance: What to Know

Like conventional vehicles, hybrid vehicles need regular maintenance to deliver peak performance and fuel economy. But when it comes to engine oil changes…

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What to Do About the Check Engine Light

Since Karl Benz paired the internal combustion engine with wheels, engines and cars have become ever more powerful and efficient. Thanks to the addition…

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Truck Maintenance You Might Have Missed

Whether you’re commuting, hauling, towing, or vacationing, your truck’s abilities come with a price. Truck maintenance is critical to retain the power…

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Raising Your Truck’s Suspension—Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Raising your truck suspension is not all about off-roading. With a lifted rig, you can see better and tow and haul better, too. Some lift their trucks…

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Is It The End of The Road for Manual Transmissions?

So far this year, manual transmission sales have made up just two percent of American car sales—and just 20 percent of 2018 models even offer…

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Aftermarket Auto Repair: Will It Void a New-Car Warranty?

Congratulations, you just brought home your new car! How great is driving something new and exciting and reliable? Thanks to the new‑car warranty, even…

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Summer Road Trip Tips

Whether you pick a favourite destination or decide to explore someplace new, embarking on a vacation is a popular summertime rite of passage. While flying…

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Towing a Trailer: Know Before You Tow

By Benjamin Jerew Towing a trailer seems simple – install a hitch, hook up, and go, right? Mere appearances cannot guarantee your vehicle is capable…

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Eleven Tips to Extend Automatic Transmission Life

By Benjamin Jerew Over 90 percent of Canadian vehicles are fitted with an automatic transmission, and most drivers cringe at the words “transmission…

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Five Tips to Prevent Rust

It has been said that the Europeans invented rust, but the Japanese perfected it, but our oxygen-rich atmosphere guarantees all cars and trucks rust over…

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Five Used Vehicle Inspection Tips

By Benjamin Jerew Depending on what stage of the buying a used vehicle you’re at, your state of mind could range from overwhelmed to exhilaration. To…

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Need Help Choosing Brake Pads for your Ride?

Choosing brake pads is not likely something you consider often, unless your brakes are telling you they need attention. Looking at new brake pads, it…

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Why A Brake Service Is Important in Canada

Brake service and brake repair aren’t the same. It takes longer for brakes to wear than to rust. You can’t afford to ignore your brakes in the…

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Suspension Noises – Potholes Got You Hearing Things?

Suspension noises, things that rattle, squeak, thump, and go bump in the night or any time of day are telling you your suspension has worn out. It’s…

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Spring Cleaning Tips to Get Rid of Winter Salt

Getting out of another harsh Canadian winter, it’s time to start thinking about Spring Cleaning. Of course, you need to clear road salt and sand from…

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Motor Oil 101 – What You Need to Know

Whatever vehicle you drive, you might get an oil change every 7,500 to 15,000 km, but what exactly does motor oil do? What is motor oil made of? Why do…

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Tire Season – The Best Time to Put on Summer Tires

By Benjamin Jerew Spring is finally here, and summer quickly approaches, which means it’s time to head to your local tire shop to take off your winter…

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THREE WAYS YOU MAY NOT REALIZE YOU’RE DRAINING YOUR CAR BATTERY

Car batteries tend to die at the most inopportune times. Sometimes you’ll get the usual warning signs, such as an engine that’s slow to turn over…

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GET YOUR CAR’S HEATING SYSTEM READY FOR WINTER IN THREE EASY STEPS

Is your car’s heating system ready to deal with chilly winter temperatures? It’s easy to forget about your heater during the summer months, but you…

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BRAKE NOISE: TELLTALE SIGNS OF TROUBLE

Wouldn’t it be great if our cars told us when something is wrong? In a way, they already do. Modern cars have instrument panels with dozens of symbols…

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3 COMMON CAUSES OF ENGINE OVERHEATING

The most common causes of engine overheating are fortunately all very preventable. Keeping your vehicle’s motor running smoothly and at the proper temperature…

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THE GAS LIGHT GOES ON: HOW MANY KILOMETRES UNTIL EMPTY?

Who hasn’t played the “kilometres until empty” game? You know, the one that starts when the needle hits E, the gas-light fires up on your dashboard…

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3 CRUCIAL USED CAR INSPECTION TIPS

A used car inspection can save you a lot of grief down the road. Vehicle history reports are helpful, but investing some time and money in a trusted mechanic…

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SELLING A USED CAR: HOW TO MAXIMIZE VALUE

If you’re in the process of selling a used car, you can maximize its value by taking several low-cost steps ahead of the sale. In doing so, you’ll…

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HOW TO STORE TIRES SAFELY FOR THE NEXT SEASON

How to store tires is probably not something you have given much thought. After all, aren’t tires the toughest part of your vehicle? Don’t they take…

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TRACTION CONTROL: WHEN IT CAN—AND CANNOT—SAVE YOUR LIFE

If your car or light truck is relatively new—say, 10 years old or less—it may be equipped with traction control or its more sophisticated cousin,…

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Winter car wash: more than keeping up appearances

You probably won’t want to hear it, but those frigid, snow-filled winter months are when it’s most important to wash your car. Often overlooked or…

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Maintenance Makes Your Car Last Longer

It’s abundantly clear that these days, any vehicle can operate smoothly for more than 10 to 12 years and cover hundreds of thousands of kilometres.…

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Choosing the right fuel

You want to make the right choices for your car, but with all the options out there, it’s easy to get confused! Gasoline is a good example: what exactly…

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Automotive Safety Goes High Tech

Automotive manufacturers continue to develop new technology for today’s cars. The purpose of most of this technology is to increase the safety of passengers…

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Oil—One of Your Engine’s Essential Fluids

In an increasing number of new vehicles on the market, the oil level is indicated directly on the dashboard. But that doesn’t mean you should stop…

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Is Anti-Rust Protection Required?

Finding rust on your vehicle can be a nightmare come true, but it’s going to happen one day or another. What can you do to fight it? Rust-proofing claims…

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Brake Maintenance Is a Must!

Unless you take your vehicle with you to Florida in the winter, the harsh winters can really put your brakes to the test. And just how do brakes keep…

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Reading the sidewall of a tire

The sidewalls contain a lot of information that will come in handy when you have to purchase tires. The code indicates, from left to right, the type of…

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A job for the injectors

For over a hundred years, internal combustion engines have worked by drawing a mixture of ambient air and a small amount of gasoline into a carburetor…

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The Importance of Proper Wheel Alignment

Over the course of the thousands of kilometres that your vehicle will travel, your car’s wheel alignment will be put to the test by all the…

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Pimp My Ride!

Owning a car is great, but pimping it is even better! There are tons of accessories out there, if you want to add a personal touch to your car. What’…

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Understanding and Maintaining Your Steering System

A classic steering system generally has a steering rack that links the steering wheel to the front tires of a car. Now in common usage, power steering…

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Are You Up to Speed on Transmissions?

Until recently, everyone knew how to drive stick. Things are different now—manual transmission vehicles are slowly disappearing. Whether it’s because…

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Getting to Know Your Suspension

There’s no doubt that a vehicle’s suspension gets a good workout in the spring. During the spring thaw, road surfaces become more precarious and tons…

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Your Hauling Capacity Depends on What You’re Driving

With the arrival of spring, many people are getting ready to take out their campers, moving trailers, boats, ATVs, and other toys. Before you hit the…

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A Complete Tune-Up

This spring, you get out your lawn-mower and it just won’t start. You’ve nearly ripped your arm off trying to pull the starter rope, but the engine…

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Shock Campaigns - a Drive Safely Reminder to

We just can’t say it enough: driving safety affects us all. Shocking ad campaigns meant to hit an emotional nerve are fairly common. Whether you’re…

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Child Safety in the Car

It used to be that kids could sit wherever they wanted in the car: on Mom’s lap, between Mom and Dad in the front, or even standing up in the back,…

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Muffler or Exhaust?

Originally mufflers comprised a long pipe that channelled exhaust fumes to the back of the vehicle and a resonator that cancelled out the sound from a…

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The Golden Rules of Tire Storage

Tire storage has been on the rise in the last decade with the increased use of bulky tires (especially for SUVs and performance vehicles). Since many…

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Women in the Automotive Industry

These days it’s common to see women in the automotive industry, but this hasn’t always been the case. Apart from the iconic women at the starting…

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Air filters

If your vehicle is less than 10 years old, there’s a good chance it has two air filters. Most people are aware of the engine air filter, but not…

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Vehicle maintenance and the manufacturer’s warranty:myth vs. reality.

Having your vehicle serviced by an Automotive Service Professional is a guarantee of safety and gives you peace of mind. But who should you trust with…

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When the Check Enginelight comes on...

You break out in a cold sweat, convinced your engine is going to give out at any second, and call your mechanic in a panic. Take a deep breath—it’…

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Do you rotate your winter tires?

You may have noticed chalk markings on your tires the last time you got them changed. That’s because the technician marked the place where each tire…

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Understanding fuel consumption ratings

You bought a vehicle with fuel consumption ratings that fit your budget, but you’ve noticed that consumption is 10 to 20% higher than expected. You…

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Your Diesel Car Is Not a Monster!

Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you’ve probably already heard that automotive manufacturer Volkswagen got caught red-handed using a software…

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A Smarter Car

Who hasn’t dreamed of being able to eat breakfast and answer emails while driving? The driverless cars of the future promise to make such things possible…

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Windshield Wipers: A Part That’s Often Overlooked

Sometimes we forget that cars are much more than just four wheels, an engine, and a steering wheel. Cars have many parts that make the ride more enjoyable…

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Oil 101

Despite the number of new car technologies out there, some maintenance jobs will always be the same—like a good old oil change. Even if oil itself has…

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Shocks 101

We’ve all seen clunkers that rattle on the road. More often than not, those noises aren’t due to a lack of love or poor maintenance—but age. These…

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Brakes 101

When we were three, four or five years old, we all fell from our bike at least once because we had pressed too hard on the brakes. That was a first encounter…

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Sensors get hi-tech

When we were kids, we’d imagine that a cardboard box was a spaceship. These days, we dream of self-driving cars. Until this dream becomes reality, car…

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Anti-rust and hybrid/electric cars

Is it time to think about getting a new car? Does your family need a second vehicle? With all the compact cars and SUVs out there, have you considered…

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It’s Road Trip Season!

1-2-3—it’s summer! In our family, we always yell this out when the bell rings on the last day of school. How do you mark the start of summer vacation…

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Rotating Your Tires

Everyone knows they have to check the air pressure and wear of their tires—but what about rotating your tires? Here are some tire rotation tips so you…

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Motor Oil 101

You need water and food to survive, but your vehicle needs gas and oil. To keep your vehicle in good mechanical health, it needs regular tune-ups and…

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Battery 101

It’s one of the essential components in a car, for the starter, the radio or the info-entertaining system. Here are some basic facts about this much…

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Spring is finally here! (Final part)

Winter is over and it’s time to clean your car for spring. The road salt, snow, and slush have taken their toll on your car both inside and out. Spring…

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Spring at Last!

Whatever Mother Nature decides to send us in the way of weather for March and April, mild, balmy weather will end up returning officially… sooner or…

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Doctor, We Have A Problem!

Who am I? Every vehicle has one like me on its instrument panel, but most drivers prefer to ignore it. The answer: the warning light indicating an engine…

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Shedding New Light on Headlamp Changes

For driving in the dark, such as by evening or night, to be entirely safe and pleasant, you need bright headlamps in good condition. However, these often…

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Does It Matter What the Groundhog Says?

This winter’s degree of harshness will have depended upon the region where you live in Canada. Anyhow, some regions will have contended with impressive…

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Ode to My Car

O! You, my car, my high-powered beautyYet the one I neglect a “little bit”!Still, you’re always there for me In good or bad weatherAt all times…

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New Year’s resolutions for your car

The New Year is traditionally a time for resolutions. If you can make resolutions for yourself, why not for your car? After all, your vehicle is also…

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Final pre-winter sprint!

Early snowfalls this year have prompted Quebecers to install their snow tires far sooner than the December 15 deadline, but that does not mean their cars…

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NAPA AUTOPRO Receives Top Award

For the fourth year in a row, NAPA AUTOPRO ranks “Highest Overall Customer Satisfaction Among Service Provider Brands”. According to the J.D.…

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

It’s Never Too Early to Prepare for Winter! When the mercury drops and the leaves start to change, you know it’s time to get your car ready for Quebec…

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Know your car battery, help it make it last!

In preparation for the colder months ahead, now’s a pretty good time of year to check your car battery. Did you know that 70 percent of batteries don…

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Are my tires properly inflated?

Have a look at the two driver’s side tires on your car sometime. If one was 30% underinflated, do you think you could tell which one just by looking…

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Is your air conditioninglosing its cool?

People don’t give their automobile air conditioning a second thought, until it breaks down in 30 degree weather, that is. Automotive AC systems have…

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Seasonal maintenance: Get your car ready before the heat is on

Let’s see, you changed the oil in April when you put your summer tires on. So you’re done with maintenance until the next tire change, right? Better…