Markham Auto Repair

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Monthly Archives: September 2014

2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Model Tested: 2015 Genesis Coupe 3.8GT 3.8L DOHC V6 GDI engine – 348hp and 295 lb-ft of torque (with premium fuel) Rear-wheel drive, manual transmission Seating Capacity: 4 Road-test Terrain: 80% highway, 20% city After finishing our 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan road test, we were excited to go the other spectrum and get into the sporty Genesis Coupe. What we found was a LOT of power packed into this coupe! Exterior Design The 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is unmistakably a sporty car. It has an overall lower profile, aggressive 19” wheels and sleek windows. As a result, the field of vision is somewhat limited but this is expected given that it’s a sporty coupe – we had to be extra diligent in clearing our blind spots. Overall, we love the look of the front headlights, and even the hood echoed the angled design that is seen throughout the car ... read more

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Arts and Craft Time: A Real Piston Cup!

Arts and Craft Time: A Real Piston Cup!

Having a mom (or dad) with an auto repair shop has its benefits. My two boys (ages 4 & 6) love playing with cars and we’ve had many pieces broken off their toy cars. They’d come running to me because they knew I fix cars at work, wanting me to repair their toys. Try explaining that it’s difficult repairing plastic! Poor Guido got the vice treatment when one of his forks broke: Sad to say but even our heavy duty glue couldn’t keep Guido in one piece beyond a few weeks. When it came time for my on’s 5th birthday a few years ago, I wanted to give him something really special. So I asked my lead tech at the time, Jay, if he could fabricate our own version of the Piston Cup from Disney’s Cars. Never one to turn down a challenge, Jay agreed to make the Piston Cup and even designed the podium so we could place Lightning McQueen and the rest of the gang on it. It was good timing as we had an engine lying around from an replacement we did for a client’s Suzuki Aerio ... read more

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New Brakes? Avoid Premature Brakewear

New Brakes? Avoid Premature Brakewear

Did you know there’s a proper way to wear in new brake pads and rotors? I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to wear in your new brake materials properly-especially pads and rotors. Too much heat is a big problem for your car, and a lot of it is produced when you brake. Overheating in brakes causes many issues, including ineffective braking (it may take longer to come to a complete stop or you’ll need to push harder on the brake pedal) and pulsation in brakes (due to warped rotors). If you want clarification on brake terminology, check out the image we posted on the Yummy Mummy Club website. Here are a few guidelines when it comes to wearing in your new brakes: Generally speaking, the break-in period for new brake pads is 300kms. ... read more

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2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Model Tested 2015 Hyundai Genesis (Sedan, with Tech package) 3.8L V6 GDI engine – 311 hp, 293 1b-ft torque HTRAC All-wheel drive Seating Capacity: 5 Road-test Terrain: 80% highway, 20% city Ever since we laid eyes on the 2015 Hyundai Genesis at its Detroit Auto Show reveal, we’ve been itching to road test this car. Our time with it proved worth the wait – this is definitely one of our favourite road tests to date! Exterior Design The 2015 Hyundai Genesis presents a bold front grille, and we love the profile look of the longer hood. The front headlights are distinct and wide to match the styling of the front grille. At night, when you open the door the Hyundai Genesis logo lights up the pavement – adding a touch of class as you enter and exit. Overall, the exte ... read more

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2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

Model tested: 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS 1.6L 4-Cylinder TURBO engine (215HP) 6-speed manual transmission Seating Capacity: 5 Road Test Terrain: 50% city, 50% highway Tested MSRP: $28,598 CAD You can spot the Nissan Juke a mile away – this crossover definitely has its own style! We had the opportunity to road test the Turbo version of the 2014 Nissan Juke – really, how could we turn down more power? The Turbo engine offers 27 more horses, and yes we need all of them! Here’s what we noticed about the 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS: Exterior Design The Nissan Juke stands out in its design, with lots of curves and circular shapes in its design. Our Nismo RS upgrade got us the coloured side mirrors with mat ... read more

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Help Your Mechanic Help You

Help Your Mechanic Help You

From our side of the counter, there are a few things that go a long way in helping us reduce wasted time when it comes to working on your car. Below is a list of some suggestions and things to keep in mind the next time you bring your car in for service. Granted, there are ways around some of the items (e.g. if the owner’s manual isn’t available, we have access to most information on fluid specifications through our service manuals) so it’s not that we can’t service your car without your full participation of this list. These are suggestions—friendly requests, really. – At least half tank of fuel—we know you’re rushing to get to one appointment after another but I can’t stress this one enough. Almost always we need to road test the car, before and after repairs, and sometimes we need to run the car in the shop for an extended period of time (i.e., coolant fluid service, diagnosing engine idling issues, etc.) – Ownership & proof of ins ... read more

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