Markham Auto Repair

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How Do I Know When is the Right Time for Engine Tune-Up?

How Do I Know When is the Right Time for Engine Tune-Up?

Engine tune-ups are part of your vehicle’s routine maintenance. While they are important, doing them too soon can be a waste of money and ignoring them altogether can leave you with significant issues and repair expenses later on. Whether your vehicle is brand new or a few years old, it is important to understand just what goes into a engine tune-up and most importantly, when it is time for one. The Tune-Ups of Today – Not Like Grandpa’s Tune-Up Service Engine tune-ups today are not like they were a few decades ago. Back in the day, vehicles actually needed to re-tune the vehicle systems. Today, however, an engine tune-up involves services like replacing spark plugs, changing the air filter, replacing the PCV valve, and providing a fuel injector and/or throttle body service. A few other items that may be inspected include: Battery voltage Checking spark plug wear and gap specification Scanning the vehicle’s on-board mo ... read more

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Mechanic Charged With Unsafe Vehicle

Mechanic Charged With Unsafe Vehicle

On August 3, 2012, 27-year-old Abigail MacNaughton was involved in an auto collision that claimed her life. Her vehicle was struck head-on by a truck whose driver lost control. According to the investigators, the truck was unsafe yet was issued a safety standards certificate one month prior to the accident. In November 2012, the driver of the truck was charged with criminal negligence causing death, dangerous driving causing death and two counts of uttering a forged document. Also the mechanic who issued the safety certificate was charged with criminal negligence causing death. I want to point out—the woman that died was neither the driver of the unsafe vehicle nor the mechanic that issued the safety certificate. She probably didn’t even consider that the oncoming car was mechanically unsafe. Oh sure, you may keep your vehicle safe—but have you ever wo ... read more

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2015 Acura MDX Elite

2015 Acura MDX Elite

Model tested: 2015 Acura MDX Elite 3.5L V6-cylinder engine 6-speed automatic transmission Super Handling All-Wheel drive (SH-AWD) Seating Capacity: 7 Road Test Terrain: 60% city, 40% highway Tested MSRP: $66, 420CAD The Acura MDX has been a leading luxury SUV for many years, and we’re not surprised! After road-testing this 2015 Acura MDX Elite we can see why families would lean towards this fully loaded vehicle! Exterior Design The overall exterior has evolved over the years into a sleeker and sportier look. Our first reaction upon seeing this vehicle was awe of the stylish Obsidian Blue Pearl colour, added to that is the dazzling Jewel Eye LED. These lights give the overall look of luxury, while providing bright lights on the road ahead. LED headlights tend to be brighter and last longer than traditional halogen or HID lights, without blin ... read more

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2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

Model tested: 2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5L V6 engine Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) All-wheel drive (optional) Seating Capacity: 5 Road Test Terrain: 60% city, 40% highway Tested MSRP: $41,418 CAD Nissan released its third generation Murano for 2015. This newest release includes a brand-new design (both inside and out) as well as an updated infotainment system. Exterior Design The 2015 Nissan Murano has all the characteristics of the newer Nissan styling including a “V-motion” front grille, a “floating roof” design which makes it appear less bulky than a traditional SUV, sharper body curves, and boomerang-shaped exterior lenses. We have to admit, we love the overall rear lens styling but it did take a bit of getting used to that the lens protrudes quite a bit from the rear panel. Optional touches include ... read more

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5 Tips To Keep Your Car Cool

5 Tips To Keep Your Car Cool

Leaving your car parked outside while you make an escape to an air-conditioned environment? Here are five tips to keep your car cooler while it’s waiting for you. Park in the shade where possible. Or try parking with the sun towards the rear of your vehicle. That way there’s less direct sunlight on your front dash and seats. Leave your windows open (about half an inch) to provide some venting for the trapped heat Once you enter the vehicle, open your windows and turn up your A/C. Your air conditioner shouldn’t take very long to deliver that cold air. Once the cold air comes into the cabin, it’ll help circulate and move the hot air out. Use windshield sunshades. Yes, lay those big silver shades across the inside of your windshield and keep them propped up with your car’s visors. Consider tinting your windows. When done right, it blocks harmful UV rays which keeps the inside of your cooler. Remember to avoid using the pull-down su ... read more

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2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

Model tested: 2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid 3.5L – V6 engine: lithium-ion battery and 50 kW electric motor 7-speed automatic transmission Intelligent All-wheel drive Seating Capacity: 5 Road Test Terrain: 60% city, 40% highway The 2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid is marketed as the most technologically advanced vehicle out there, with an endless amount of features – after road-testing it for one week, we have to agree! The options and highlights of this car were so advanced that we might not have been able to test each one out! The overall attention to detail by Infiniti was astonishing, and kept us intrigued the entire time. Simple features such as remote power-opening of windows with a simple touch of the remote – comes in handy on those hot afternoons! Exterior Design Starting with the exterior, the Q50 has the look of luxury, a sleek body that still maintains a sporty lo ... read more

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How Often Should I Change My Car’s Engine Oil?

How Often Should I Change My Car’s Engine Oil?

Oil changes are a constant source of confusion for most car owners. From disputes regarding oil change intervals to understanding the difference between a recommendation from the service centre or manufacturer, there is a lot of conflicting information to confuse you. Here’s what you need to know about the proper time to bring in your vehicle for a car service in Markham at your trusted auto shop. The 5,000 Kilometre Myth? Most service centres will recommend regular oil changes in intervals of every 5,000 kilometres for as long as you own your vehicle, which can be as early as every three to four months for some drivers. These service centres are interested in maintaining your vehicle and have a long-term perspective for you and your ride. This conflicts with some manufacturer’s recommendations which often boasts about how little maintenance they require, yet it is important to remember that the manufacturer’s responsibility is to cover an ... read more

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2015 Lincoln MKC

2015 Lincoln MKC

Model tested: 2015 Lincoln MKC 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine 6-speed automatic transmission All-wheel drive Seating Capacity: 5 Road Test Terrain: 40% city, 60% highway The 2015 Lincoln MKC is Lincoln’s first premium small crossover. At first glance, it looks similar to the Lincoln MKX, just a bit smaller. With a trend in drivers preferring crossovers (and smaller ones, at that), it makes sense for Lincoln to introduce the MKC. Though the base MKC is modelled after the Ford Escape (2.0L EcoBoost engine), the drive and finishing trim of the MKC is distinctly different. The Lincoln MKC also comes with an optional 2.3L EcoBoost engine (as we tested) which gives you a little more oomph. Here’s wh ... read more

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Infant Survives Car Ejection Without Child Car Seat

Infant Survives Car Ejection Without Child Car Seat

Some of you may have already seen this video of a one-year-old Russian baby girl being tossed out of a Mitsubishi during a collision. The Mitsubishi was making an illegal pass on the left side (going across a solid dividing line and into oncoming traffic) when it skidded out of control and its rear end collided with a transport truck. The infant was in the rear of the vehicle and not in a child car seat. The rear windshield smashed to pieces and the infant was ejected from the car. A second truck narrowly misses running over the infant and a third truck manages to come to a stop in time as the father rushes out to pick up the child. The baby girl suffered bruises to her head and face, and was taken to the hospital to be examined for head injuries. It is reported that only 1/3 of drivers use child car seats in Russia. As ... read more

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How to Prepare Your Car for a Family Road Trip

How to Prepare Your Car for a Family Road Trip

Whether you are venturing out into cottage country for 50 kilometres or several hundred kilometres across the province or cross-border, your car needs to be ready for the journey. If not, your family road trip could end up being stressful and annoying rather than fun and memorable. You may find you are stuck on the side of the road in a remote area, hoping a car driving by will stop and help. Or you are waiting for roadside assistance from the company you called and they can’t reach you in a hurry. You can prevent the hassle of a breakdown just by planning ahead and doing a little pre-trip maintenance on your vehicle. At least one week before you head out, get a vehicle service or oil change and inspection in Markham at AutoNiche to get you ready for the road. Things to Check in your Vehicle before Your Trip A few days before your scheduled departure date, do a proper check of you ... read more

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