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5 Auto Parts That Can Improve Gas Mileage

If you’re a DIYer, buying auto parts online is a convenient way to get the parts you need. It’s an easy way to get auto parts across Canada delivered fast.

Replacing 5 simple auto parts can improve your engine’s performance and increase your fuel economy.

Air filter
If your car is at least 10 years old, changing your air filter regularly can help increase your fuel economy. The air filter prevents excess dirt and debris from moving through your engine. Clean air preserves your engine parts and helps your engine perform better.

Mass air flow sensor
Think of the mass air flow sensor as your vehicles messaging system. It tells your engine’s computer how to regulate transmission, ignition, and fuel injection. A damaged or dirty sensor may lead to engine misfires and reduced pressure and fuel supply.

Oxygen sensor
If your vehicle has 100,000+ miles, consider replacing the oxygen sensor. Similar to mass air flow, the oxygen sensor also communicates with your engine. It monitors exhaust flow around the catalytic converter and sends signals that tell the engine how to adjust fuel injection.

Spark plugs
Fuel efficiency starts with the right air-to-fuel ratio in the engine combustion chamber. Spark plugs ignite the air/fuel mixture. Damaged plugs and wires cause misfiring and sluggish engine performance.

Tires
No matter how old or new your vehicle is, a good set of tires is good for fuel economy. As tire tread gets lower, you use more fuel. Excessive wear and even tread cause your engine to work harder, using more fuel, to distribute your vehicle’s weight and get power to the ground.

How Much Will Replacement Auto Parts Cost?

It won’t cost much to replace these parts. In the long run, you’ll save money at the pump. We did a quick search for the cost of auto parts across Canada and here’s what we found:

$5.17-$13.63 Spark plugs
$19.49-$51.95 Air filter
$34.42-$119.12 Oxygen sensor
$45.95-$398.46 Mass air flow sensor
$46.67+ Tires

Prices for some parts have a wide range depending on the make and model of your vehicles. Tires, particularly range by size and performance.

Options for Buying Auto Parts Online

You have 3 options for buying auto parts. You can buy original equipment manufacturer or OEM parts from a dealership parts department. You can also buy OEM parts from major auto parts chains. Aftermarket parts are a less expensive alternative. Many dealers and auto parts stores sell high-quality aftermarket parts. Buying retreaded tires can be an inexpensive way to increase fuel efficient and help the environment.

Replacing these 5 inexpensive auto parts can improve fuel economy and increase your gas mileage.

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The False Myths Of Metal Roofs

The quality provided by a metal roof is the result of an environmentally friendly manufacturing process. It involves sheet metal fabrication that puts original grooves in a quality metal shingle. Making metal roofing requires large aluminum coils being treated and going through a stamping press. The process is exact and unique. Many people may not understand the value of a metal roof. There is a number of common myths about this type of roofing that are false.

Metal Roofs Provide No Resale Value
This is false. A homeowner with a metal roof will experience a significant increase in their home’s resale value. When a house has a metal roof, the owner will usually regain over 85 percent of the costs. Homes located in the Eastern states can expect to recoup over 95 percent of their resale value. This is far better than homes with asphalt shingles roofs.

A Metal Roof Will Rust
This is false. The metal roofing systems designed today are made to last. All steel metal roofing is given a metallic coating. This coating is made form zinc or both aluminum and zinc. This coating is able to prevent rust from developing. It is bonded to the steel during the manufacturing process. Once the coating is in place, a long-lasting color can then be added based on what is desired by a homeowner.

Metal Roofs Are Loud
This is false. Most homeowners feel their new metal roof was even quieter than their previous asphalt shingle roof. A metal roof is installed on a home with solid sheathing connected to its underlayment. This is designed to significantly decrease noise levels.

Hail Will Dent A Metal Roof
This is false. In the majority of cases, this does not happen. A metal roof is made so it can withstand extreme weather for many years. Under normal circumstances, high winds, hail and more are no problem for metal shingles. Most of the metal roof systems sold today have wind rating of 120 mph. Large-sized hail and extreme storms have caused damage to metal roofs. These kinds of storms will cause damage to any type of roofing.

Metal Roofs Are Hot And Don’t Provide Good Insulation
This is false. When a metal roof is properly installed, it will save a homeowners money on utility bills. It’s possible for a metal roof’s finish to reflect much of the sun’s solar radiation. This radiation is usually absorbed by another type of roofing material such as asphalt. Metal roofs are able to help provide a home with a consistent temperature.

Metal Roof Attract Lightning
This is false. There has never been any evidence showing that metal shingles increase the chances of a lightning strike. It’s important to remember that lighting will hit the tallest object. Should a metal roof be hit by lightning, the energy would be evenly spread around the structure.

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The morning after: where are we and where do we go from here?

It was an extraordinary election. Both Stephen Harper and Jack Layton got the results they were aiming for. Stephen Harper got his majority and Jack Layton replaced the Liberal Party not only as the Official Opposition but quite possibly as the only federal alternatives to the Harperites. Canada now looks like so many other countries with one party on the Right and one on the Left. So why do I feel so bad?

Firstly, a government that has shown its contempt of democracy in a myriad of ways, not the least lying to Parliament about its spending, won a majority of seats. Now they have no structural limits on their power. True an NDP opposition is a major improvement over a Liberal opposition but a majority government that barely listened to the Opposition when it was in the minority will ignore the Opposition in majority.

Secondly, most of the NDP seats came from defeating the Bloc Quebecois, also a social democratic party. So the 102 NDP Members of Parliament replace a combination of 83 social democratic members in the last Parliament, less dramatic than it appears. The Bloc members were mostly very effective advocates in Parliament, most of the NDP members from Quebec are unknown. Everyone in English Canada talks about a split between the NDP and the Liberals but the NDP and the Bloc are much closer politically. A major weakness of the social democratic left in Canada is its fierce identification with the federalist cause against the self-determination of Quebec, stopping most progressive people in Canada from seeing their obvious commonalities with the Quebecois and vice versa.

On the other hand, having an NDP caucus that is half Quebecois can bring together the concerns of progressive in Quebec and English Canada. That can only be a good thing. However, today on Democracy Now, Stephen Lewis declared the NDP victory in Quebec a blow to “separatism,” which is exactly the wrong way to see it. What it seems to be is a desire of the people of Quebec, including sovereigntists to stop a Harper majority, as well as a fatigue with the same old Bloc Quebecois and a genuine affection for Jack Layton. We should be thanking them.

An NDP opposition also gives social movements much more voice in Parliament. For example, Jack Layton and much of his caucus are strong feminists. Support for feminist and LGBT rights are bred in the bone for them and they have strong links with those social movements. Jack has often spoken at anti-war rallies and should be willing to call for a federal inquiry into the G20 repression.

My major worry about the Harper government is not that they will go after abortion and gay rights because that would wreck the coalition they have built with Progressive Conservatives and probably undermine some of their corporate support. My major concerns are to do with the environment, Indigenous Rights, privatization, war, criminalization of poverty and dissent, cuts to funding for arts and culture and of course democracy itself.

An NDP opposition should also impact positively on the mainstream media, which has moved so far to the right in recent years, without a single left-wing voice outside of the Toronto Star and me on Q. More left wing voices in mainstream media, means Canadians will hear more of the actual debate between Left and Right particularly on economic and environmental issues.

The mobilization of citizen groups, especially youth, was extraordinary during the election and bodes well for the future. Even if it didn’t have a major impact on voter turnout, it did have an impact on framing the debate and no doubt on the NDP high numbers, in Ontario and BC. Most importantly, a new generation of young people have gotten a taste of activism and hopefully will continue. Lead Now, one of the most effective and impressive group’s plans to continue and build a progressive political movement.

The debate about strategic voting was fierce in the last days of the campaign. I don’t consider the Liberal Party to be in any way on the Left. On economic issues they are no different than the Tories. The dramatic cuts to social programmes that opened up the gap between rich and poor were mostly carried out by Paul Martin. However in this election there was a difference because the Liberals support democracy. However, as soon as the NDP surge in Quebec started, it made little sense to vote Liberal strategically since no-one else would be doing it. If you look at the ridings the Conservatives picked up in Ontario, there were three way splits, where there had been just Liberal/Tory contests before. The people who check into a strategic voting site are not numerous enough when spread across ridings for strategic voting to work unless the parties are on side.

You may disagree with my analysis about strategic voting but please do not blame the NDP for the election results. The NDP ran a good campaign and won people’s support with their policies and Jack’s personality. That is what parties are supposed to do. The people of Canada rejected Ignatieff and the Liberals. Whether that will be permanent remains to be seen.

In 2001 the New Politics Initiative proposed a new party based on a fusion with the Greens and the NDP and a closer tie to the then rising anti-globalization movement. The NDP now has a chance to create a more vibrant party of the Left by working closely with Elizabeth May and what’s left of the Bloc in Parliament and by speaking for those who have had so little voice over the last fifteen years. I hope they do it.

And whether they do depends on how much pressure is on them from outside of Parliament. As Tria Donaldson, a youth activist blogging in rabble.ca said ,” we need to raise a little hell.” We need strong extra parliamentary movements that rely on the kind of grass roots mobilization we saw during the election since state funding will no longer be available for anyone who is really challenging the government. People of my generation need to step aside and make space for young people to provide leadership to these movements. For too long, progressive social groups and unions have relied on old tactics and old methods, talking to each other. We need to link up with the most vulnerable people in society who are mostly racialized in the big cities and live in places like the 905 around Toronto. One positive element of this election is that the divisions between left and right in a lot of communities of colour was much more clearly articulated in this election through initiatives like the “go ethnics go” video.

Building much broader support for and profile to the Indigenous struggles to defend their land against the tar sands, mining and clear cutting will also be key. The environmental and social justice movements are coming together globally through initiatives like the Cochabamba Accord and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Environmental destruction and its defence internationally will continue to be a major feature of the Harper government.

Finally, we need to build links again between Quebec and English Canada. Last week-end I attended a conference in Montreal that included people both from Quebec and English Canada on climate justice. It was the first Canada/Quebec conference I had attended in years. In the 1980’s we built strong alliances with Quebec against free trade. Now we must rebuild those alliances to fight the attacks of the Harper government. That way if the Parti Quebecois wins the next election in Quebec, which is very likely, the chasm that always grows between Quebec and English Canada when sovereignty is on the agenda can be narrowed.

And as far as the movement for proportional representation goes Fair Vote Canada has already published the results if some form of proportional voting had been in place. It would have been a minority Conservative government with the NDP in second place. The bad news is that both the Conservatives and the NDP benefited from the First Past the Post system so don’t look for changes any time soon despite the fact that Harper used to support PR and as far as I know Jack still does.

That’s my take the day after elxn41.

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