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Yearly Archives: 2015

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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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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