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Is Your Muffler Making Funny Sounds? It Might be Time for a New Exhaust System

Is Your Muffler Making Funny Sounds? It Might be Time for a New Exhaust System

Your car’s exhaust system is one of the harder working systems. It is what takes harmful fumes from your engine to the outside, while increasing performance and reducing your engine’s noise output. An exhaust leak can force your system to work harder than necessary. If your muffler starts to make noises or you notice the signs of a worn out system, replacing it today could save you money in the long run. Signs It Is Time for Muffler Repair Your car will usually tell you when it needs repair. If your vehicle’s muffler system is having issues, it will give off distinct signs that include: Decreased Fuel Efficiency – A sudden decrease in fuel efficiency can indicate a few problems. An exhaust leak can impact your fuel efficiency – increasing how often you have to fill the fuel tank. That is because the leak is not allowing your exhaust to build enough backpressure and this robs power. You’ll then need to press the accelerator pedal more to increase the po ... read more

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Why You Should Use A/C In The Winter

Why You Should Use A/C In The Winter

Do you only use your car’s air conditioning in the summer? Many drivers think that they will prolong its life if they don’t use it that often. However, the opposite may be true. One of the purposes of air conditioning is to provide dry air. Fog happens when water condenses on the window. In the winter, keep your car’s temperature setting to hot and turn on the air conditioning. You’ll see that defrosting your front windshield is that much faster. The reason is because the air coming out of the vents is dry, so the A/C system is like a dehumidifier. Another thing to consider is this: your car’s air conditioning system is filled with parts that were meant to move. With our bodies, if we stop moving for a while muscl ... read more

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Winter Driving Tips: What You Know Could Save Your Life

Winter Driving Tips: What You Know Could Save Your Life

As the snow starts to fall, temperatures drop, visibility gets impaired and the risk of accidents increases, many of us develop anxiety and experience heightened stress behind the wheel. Winter driving is something most of us dread. After all, nobody wants to be limited in terms of speed, maneuverability, safety, and so on. How to Handle the Snow and Ice While it is certainly more challenging than driving in the warmer months, winter driving will be less stressful if you take the right precautions and follow appropriate driving techniques. Here are some useful tips for better driving in the snow, ice and sleet: Check Your Energy Levels – If you are already exhausted, you will not have the patience or alertness to handle winter driving. Driving in the snow requires you to stay calm, be patient and avoid anxiety. Get some rest before you venture out on the road. Don’t be Overconfident with Four-Wheel Drive – Four-wheel driv ... read more

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One Reason To Keep An Old Cell Phone

One Reason To Keep An Old Cell Phone

It seems like people are getting new phones all the time, left, right, and centre. Before you throw away your old phone, consider this: Did you know that according to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission), you can use your old phone to make emergency 911 calls? Here’s what they say: “If you have a cell phone but are not subscribed to any service, you can still dial 911 in an emergency and get basic wireless 911 service.” So, if you have an old cell phone that used to have service, you can still use it to make a 911 call. The only thing is that you must remember to keep it charged! My recommendation is to pack the old cell phone and charger in your car’s emergency kit. Every once in a while, take it out to give it a full charge. What other use ... read more

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Whining While Turning

Whining While Turning

Turning your steering wheel all the way in one direction (e.g. to the lock) until it stops is very unhealthy for your car. Ever notice a whine noise when you hold the steering wheel turned all the way? And if you back off just a little bit the whining stops? That’s because your power steering system is under a significant amount of pressure. As you start turning your steering wheel, the pressure in the power steering system increases. That power steering pump is working much harder to pump fluid through to assist you in steering. You may remember the days when power steering didn’t exist—how hard was it to turn the wheel then? Imagine, the pump and power steering system is taking that burden off so that you can turn easily now. All that steering effort is now in the hydraulic system—imagine how much stress is there when you turn! When you go lock to lock, the pressure easily rises 5 times the normal (at rest) pressure. Although most (if not all) power steering s ... read more

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Dry Rub: Don’t Try It On Your Car!

Dry Rub: Don’t Try It On Your Car!

Ok, so I’m not talking about the kind of dry rub for chicken or ribs. Dry rub (commonly known as dry steer) is when you turn the steering wheel with the vehicle stationary. Not a good idea unless you’re doing a really tight turn à la Austin Powers: In order to turn the wheels when your car is stationary, you have to exert some force to overcome the resistance between the tires and the road. You can already imagine that dry steer will cause premature tire wear (from the tires rubbing on the road surface), and it will also put unnecessary stress primarily on your steering system. Parts that take the most hit include the rack and pinion as well as your power steering pump. If you don’t have power steering helping you (for example, when your car isn’t running) then the amount of effort you use to turn the wheel can be exceptionally high. Anyone remember the days of manual steering? So what to do? The solution is easy. We advise ... read more

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2015 MBT Business Excellence Awards Finalist

2015 MBT Business Excellence Awards Finalist

The Markham Board of Trade announced the finalists for their prestigious annual awards on Tuesday, October 6th at their Business Excellence Awards Nominee Reception. AutoNiche has been nominated multiple times in previous years, this year is the first time we are a finalist! We’ve been nominated for the High Quality & Service Award, which recognizes an organization’s exceptional quality and service to its customers. This is also traditionally the most competitive category! The Markham Board of Trade will be hosting their 25th Business Excellence Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 17th where they will announce the winner of the award

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The Importance of Installing Winter Tires

The Importance of Installing Winter Tires

For plenty of Canadian drivers, the concept of winter tires seems like an unnecessary hassle and avoidable expense. From making the purchase to storing them in the off-season to paying for installation before the winter, it’s just not worth the effort and the cost. Or is it? Consider this—winter tires have a proven track record for performing better than all-season tires, especially in temperatures lower than 7 degrees Celsius. If you have a set of winter tires, this will also prolong the life of your all-season tires, as you’re not using them during the winter season. If you have skipped out on winter tires or think you can make it this season on your all-season set, you may want to reconsider. The Rubber Association of Canada offers these demonstration videos to help you realize the importance of winter tires. Assessing All-Season versus Winter Tires All ... read more

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Preparing for a Safe Family Road Trip

Preparing for a Safe Family Road Trip

The Hankook Tire Canadian Index reported that 8 out of 10 families are planning a vacation in 2013 and 78% of those families are planning to travel by car. More specifically, in those families with children under the age of 18, that number rises to 82%.There are so many bonuses to road trips. You get flexibility to plan your pit stops (sooooo needed when potty training kids), you can bring lots of gear with you and you have the freedom to explore along the way. And did you know, it’s also super good for your car to be taken on longer trips? (Provided everything’s mechanically safe, of course).Here are some tips to making your road trip a smooth ride.At least 2 weeks before you leaveHave your auto service technician perform a vehicle inspection to make sure the car is good to go for a road trip… what could be worse than being stranded on the side of the road with your kids screaming in the back seat?Don’t leave this to the last minute. Make sure your techn ... read more

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Everything You Need to Know About Car Safety Inspections

Everything You Need to Know About Car Safety Inspections

All too often, drivers put off an auto safety inspection and discount the importance of having one performed on their vehicle. Whether you are buying a vehicle or simply driving an older model, the safety inspection is never something to forgo. Safety inspections can determine plenty for your vehicle—from its value to the overall condition and fulfilling necessary criteria as required by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Do You Need a Vehicle Inspection? There are certain situations where the Ontario Ministry of Transportation will require a vehicle inspection, including: The Sale or Purchase of a Vehicle – If you are buying a used car, remember: “buyer beware”. Any time you are purchasing a vehicle, you should have that vehicle professionally inspected by a mechanic for its safety prior to the purchase. Not only will ... read more

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