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The Yummy Mummy Club and AutoNiche are partnering up in the blogging world! Emily Chung is officially their Mummy Mechanic and is looking forward to posting about all things cars. Do you have car questions or a topic you want her to post about? Let her know!

Monthly Archives: July 2014

Dear Front Seat Passenger: Don’t Sit Back Like This

Dear Front Seat Passenger: Don’t Sit Back Like This

Summertime is here and many people sitting in the front passenger seat want to put their feet up on the dash or out the window while they’re cruising. To be honest, as a driver I can’t stand staring at other people’s feet. But if you need a better reason why you shouldn’t put your feet up on the dash, ask any experienced Paramedic what people look like when they do this and the airbag deploys in a collision. Remember that most new cars have airbags along the pillar too (see circles in image below) so depending on the collision, you may have airbags deploying underneath and/or next to your feet. Not fun. The next time your passengers want to put up their feet, remind them that the airbag is right there and they may not want to be trapped in that position if you get into a collision! * This blog post was previously published on the Yummy Mummy Club website

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Got Scratches On Your Car’s Door Handle?

Got Scratches On Your Car’s Door Handle?

Every now and again at my auto repair shop, we see a car that has numerous scratches in the door behind the handle. Most often, it’s because the client has longer fingernails or big rings. That manicured and accessorized hand looks great, but the client unknowingly scratches the door every time they grab the door handle and pull to open the door. For me, it would be something I wouldn’t even think of or notice, because opening the car door only takes a split second, then I’m in the driver’s seat and gone. Another common reason why the scratch marks appear is because some drivers grasp the door handle with the same hand that’s holding the keys. As the keys swing, they may scratch the door. What are the solutions? Well, the obvious would be to not grow your nails long or wear big rings! But there are a few other options. When you grip the car door handle, avoid twisting your hand down as you open the door if you’re wearing big rings. Take yo ... read more

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Parking Brake: If You Don’t Use It, You Lose It

Parking Brake: If You Don’t Use It, You Lose It

As recently as 2008 and 2010 in Toronto, several cars had their brake lines cut. Your car has the emergency brake (also known as parking brake) feature specifically for situations like these. Brake fluid can also be lost when a brake line bursts, usually due to rust or an improper repair. Whether you drive a manual or automatic transmission, you should always use your parking brake. Whenever you park the car, apply the parking brake. That’s the only way to make sure that the cables don’t seize up. If you haven’t used the parking brakes in a while, don’t try using it without having it ins ... read more

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Car Pop Quiz From A 6-Year-Old: Could You Answer?

Car Pop Quiz From A 6-Year-Old: Could You Answer?

From the time my boys were young, they were fascinated with anything that moved. Cars, planes, trains, etc. So when we got the call that Isaiah (host of Treehouse TV’s This Is Scarlet & Isaiah) wanted to come to our shop and talk cars, we were really looking forward to having some fun! There’s lots that we can do with a 6-year-old, in terms of introducing them to cars. Isaiah and I loved going underneath the car and taking a look there. I mean, how many times do you get to look underneath your car? What’s interesting about the Dodge Caravan that we demonstrated on is that the spare tire is actually located underneath the driver and front passenger—typically spare tires are located in the rear of the vehicle. Trying to reign in on Isaiah wasn’t easy, he was like a kid in a candy store! Next was under the hood ... read more

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