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Lessen the load: How weight affects fuel consumption

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(NC) Think packing your vehicle with sports equipment, groceries, and duffel bags full of clothes isn’t costing you gas money? Think again. Your vehicle is like your body — the larger and heavier it is, the more energy it needs to get around. Heavier vehicles have greater inertia and greater rolling resistance, which both contribute to increased fuel consumption. By ...

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5 things your car could be telling you this spring

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(NC) Those new “shake, rattle and roll” noises coming from your vehicle are important sounds to pay attention to after a long winter and one too many potholes. “It’s always worth having a technician check out your vehicle. The problems may be minor, but if you ignore what your car is telling you it could create major concerns down the ...

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10 tips to squeeze every last kilometre from a tank of fuel

10 tips to squeeze every last kilometre from a tank of fuel

(NC) Everyone can stand to keep a few more dollars in their wallets. And with spring and summer road trips just around the corner, now is the perfect time to learn to make the most of your fuel. It all starts with the fuel consumption ratings available on the windows of new vehicles and on the web. They reflect the ...

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Choosing the right tire for your truck

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Why a pre-purchase car inspection is important (NC)—Once you’ve found the car that you think is “the one,” it’s tempting to rush through the buying process so you can get into the driver’s seat as soon as possible. But before you fully commit, there’s one more important step you need to make, and that’s to take the car for a ...

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Takata Recall 900,000 Vehicles in Canada Due to Airbag Malfunctions

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OTTAWA — Canada’s largest-ever automotive recall has grown still larger as manufacturers receive new supplies to replace potentially lethal airbag inflators in cars, trucks and now even motorcycles. Recalls involving nearly 900,000 airbags in vehicles from 13 manufacturers were posted recently on a Transport Canada website dedicated to defective inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp. and linked to as many ...

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5 ways your car is becoming a smartphone on wheels

(NC) Cars are no longer just a solution to take us from point A to point B. In today’s world, where we are more connected to our homes, families, work and friends, our vehicles are also keeping up with advancing technologies. The modern car can help connect and direct us to, literally, steer down the rig ht path. There are ...

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What the future of driving could look like

(NC) Technology has brought change to almost every industry, including transportation. While the idea of a self-driving car may have seemed impossible years ago, most experts think we’re close to the day when this type of “driving” will be widespread. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) outlines some of the benefits and drawbacks that the progression to the connected vehicle will ...

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Don’t waste your money on auto-maintenance myths

(NC) Recommendations from auto manufacturers generally offer safe and sound advice. However, some recommendations are not essential. Here is some guidance, based on three of the most common owner enquiries: Will my car perform better with premium fuel? Most vehicles are designed for regular grade 87-octane fuel and while a higher octane number will help to guard against pre-ignition problems ...

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3 essential tips for winter car care

(NC) Do you feel a little less confident working under the hood of a newer vehicle these days? With all of the technology involved, modern engine complexity may be the primary reason for a decline in do-it-yourself automobile care. “It’s true that the big maintenance jobs might be best left to skilled mechanics, and yet, a few of the DIY ...

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Conduct quick maintenance checks for safe winter driving

(NC) An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and this is especially true when it comes to the major investment we make in our vehicles. “Winter is harsh on automobiles with deepfreeze temperatures, slippery conditions, plus stop-and-go gear changing,” says Colin Dilley at Prestone, a leading name in engine protection products. Here, Dilley gives us a few ...

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3 essential tips for winter car care

(NC) Do you feel a little less confident working under the hood of a newer vehicle these days? With all of the technology involved, modern engine complexity may be the primary reason for a decline in do-it-yourself automobile care. “It’s true that the big maintenance jobs might be best left to skilled mechanics, and yet, a few of the DIY ...

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Get a grip on winter driving with proper tire maintenance

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(NC) As soon as the temperature drops to 7°C, many non-winter tires begin to lose traction and grip. Winter tires are typically made with a different rubber compound than all-season and summer tires, allowing them to remain softer during cold weather. This provides the flexibility that ultimately leads to excellent handling and traction even in the absence of snow or ...

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Prepare Your Car for the Winter with This Checklist

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(NC) Getting your car winter-ready at the beginning of the season will keep your family safer when temperatures drop and means you’ll have one less thing to worry about when a storm hits. Here are the areas you should focus on, with expert advice everyone can understand. Lights. Ensure all your exterior lights and signals are working, which are even ...

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Why You Need to Rust-proof Your Car Now

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(NC) Between holiday parties and New Year’s resolutions, it can be easy to forget the care and maintenance of everyday things, like your car. Here are five reasons why, just like an oil change, rust-protection is part of regular car care that you shouldn’t forget amid the hustle and bustle. Longer vehicle life. The average person will buy 10 to ...

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