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Inflation, Labour & the Future

Many sectors of the economy, including the automotive aftermarket, have been significantly impacted by inflation, rising energy costs, and interest rates—tight labour supply and ongoing supply…

Gearing up for EVs

They are coming but are you ready for them? Did you know that by 2030, the federal government wants 40% of new vehicles to be electric? …

People and Profits Equal Success

In my previous column, I talked about the importance of increasing awareness of the skilled trades (including automotive service) among young people in school, especially those…

Getting the Drop on Voltage Testing

Like many others, I have found myself using resistance testing when confirming faulty wiring problems in a vehicle. Following the lead of the automotive industry has…

Budget Considerations

On April 7, the Government of Canada unveiled Budget 2022. Contained within it was a core priority toward mainstream electric vehicle (EV) adoption.  From mining and…

A Corvette Lacking Warmth

A malfunctioning cabin temperature control system required further investigation. There are days when we make repairs that, complex and simple at the same time, bring us…
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Training for a New Reality

Canada’s auto industry is changing, requiring new ways for us to hire and train our skilled tradespeople. This year, the federal government announced that all new…

Troubleshooting: A Surging Kia

Sustained forward motion proved a problem on this Optima Hybrid. It seems like everybody is wondering when the opportune time is to get into Hybrid and…

Fluid for Thought

The importance of power steering maintenance. When thinking about lubricants and maintenance in a typical light-duty vehicle, power steering fluid can often be overlooked. Because replacing…

More Transparency, More Trust

How a digital inspection process benefits both the shop and the customer. Today, there are plenty of online statistics that indicate between 68-80% of vehicles on…

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