An onboard diagnostic (OBD) scanner, also known simply as a diagnostic scanner, reads the error memory and other data stored on a vehicle’s computer system. Having your own scanner can help you diagnose and troubleshoot problems with your vehicle so you can avoid paying for assessments by a mechanic. Plus, for the serious car enthusiast... Read More.
Whether you’re a DIY expert or first-time car owner, it’s always a good idea to keep some automotive essentials on hand for any situation. Prepared, you may find it easier to navigate an emergency on the road or complete that last-minute oil change without having to make a trip to the service station. Tools for... Read More.
As electric vehicles continue to grow in popularity, an ongoing question is what kind of battery is best to power them? So far, lithium-ion batteries have dominated the EV market. However, a new element, so-to-speak, has been on the horizon. According to this article in Advances in Mechanical Engineering, magnesium-ion batteries may prove superior. The... Read More.
You can spend hundreds of dollars in professional detailing that will return your ride to showroom condition. Or…you can grab a few simple tools to detail your car like a pro in a couple of hours. Here’s a guide to some tools you can buy to help detail your car. Vacuum It is important to... Read More.
Buying a used car can be a complicated, stressful process, between choosing a vehicle that meets your needs and finding one with the features you want at the right price and in good condition. Plus, the vehicle you’re buying may no longer be covered by its factory warranty, depending on how old it is or... Read More.
Gas prices fluctuate so wildly, it seems pointless to worry about what you actually put in your tank. Add labels like “premium,” and you likely assume that means “more money.” It does, but sometimes spending more on premium gas is necessary. In fact, for some vehicles, premium gas is a must; for others, though, it... Read More.
by Lori Straus Although winter is nice for allergy sufferers—no pollens to contend with—it does come with a negative for everyone: as the temperatures outside drop, a car’s engine produces more particulates, which could affect your cabin air after the season. In this blog post, we’ll explain what that means and why spring is a... Read More.
By Lori Straus Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to avoid it, we have to drive through deep water. Pull over as soon as you can and inspect your vehicle. Water can cause a lot of damage, and you don’t want to cause expensive repairs by continuing to drive. In this blog post, we’ll... Read More.
by Lori Straus With spring melts and heavy rains happening throughout Ontario now, the time to adjust from winter driving to spring driving has come. That includes being mindful of floods. Driving through deep water, even if you think your car can make it, is best avoided because of the potential for damage to your... Read More.
by Lori Straus Owning a car means you own a very complex piece of machinery that seems to come with its own language when it’s in trouble. Do you hear regular knocking under the hood? Or squealing? Or perhaps more of a grinding? And what do these sounds mean? In this blog post, we’ll cover... Read More.