Accident damage ? Body repair and collision repair , fenders , doors , hoods in London Ontario


  
 Ricky Ratchets auto does collision repair in London Ontario . This car had a deer jump out and the rest you can see here in pictures . We had to install a new hood and radiator with fans and repaint. Ricky Ratchets

  1. Call 519-455-5351 or drop by at 140 Clarke Road in London Ricky Ratchets Auto Ontario .
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We buy used snow plows in London Ontario and surrounding areas .

Text 519-673-2108 or phone 519-455-5351 . Email  ricratchet@aol.com

Get cash for your used snow Plow .

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

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We buy used snow plows for cash money at Ricky Ratchets auto repair in London Ontario . 

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If you are looking to sell or give away your used snow tires in London Ontario we buy and pick up 

If you have your snow tires and rims that you don’t need anymore or just want to upgrade we buy . If you need them picked up locally we come with a pickup truck and take .Text 519-673-2108 or call Ricky Ratchets shop at 140 Clarke road in London Ontario 519-455-5351 . Email ricratchet@aol.com 

    
    
   

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Can a 4 wheel drive vehicle be safer than a 2 wheel drive ? 

At Ricky Ratchets auto repair in London Ontario we repair all wheel drive and front wheel drive . Call 519-455-5351 or visit www.rickyratchets.com and stop in at 140 Clarke Road . 
The myth of all-wheel-drive and why it can be a deadly trap
peter cheney

the globe and mail

Last updated Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 11:33AM EDT
Looking west on Highway 401 from the Avenue Road bridge in Toronto traffic moves slowly during a winter storm. (Louie Palu/The Globe and Mail/Louie Palu/The Globe and Mail)

Is all-wheel drive the bulletproof vest of driving? Many people seem to think so. This first dawned on me a few winters ago, when I watched a brand new Mercedes SUV go into an icy corner in ski country. Seconds later, the Mercedes was on its side in the ditch.
The driver was unharmed, but angry. “I don’t get it,” he fumed after climbing out of his damaged machine. “I’ve got all-wheel drive!”

The Great All-Wheel-Drive Delusion had reared its ugly head yet again. It’s impossible to count the number of times I’ve heard drivers say they can go faster because they have all-wheel drive, or that all-wheel drive eliminates the need for winter tires.
Wrong on both counts. At the heart of the all-wheel-drive delusion is a fundamental misunderstanding of what makes a vehicle stick to the road – it’s the tires, not the drive system. An all-wheel drive vehicle can plow through snow that would stop one with two-wheel drive and it can also accelerate better on ice. But these advantages can lead drivers into a deadly trap. Why? Because when it comes to turning and stopping, all-wheel drive is no better than two-wheel drive.
Dennis DesRosiers, a consultant who has spent decades analyzing the auto industry, says all-wheel drive has become a major selling point because consumers see it as a safety feature. Although it does offer some safety advantages – such as not getting stuck on a deserted back road, for example, and better control when plowing through slush buildups during a lane change – all-wheel drive does not outperform two-wheel drive in the areas that most consumers expect.
“I doubt that most drivers really understand the technology,” DesRosiers says. “But they don’t understand most of the other technology in their cars, either. For a lot of people, a car is just a consumer appliance.”
Every time I write about winter driving and winter tires, there’s a flood of calls and messages from readers who insist that the superior traction of all-wheel drive makes winter tires unnecessary.
This is a myth.
When you try to stop or turn on snow and ice, an all-wheel drive car performs no better than one with two-wheel drive. For both cars, the limiting factor is their tires. And when it comes to tire traction on cold surfaces, the evidence is clear – winter tires are essential.
Countless tests have documented the performance difference between winter tires and all-season models. I have done numerous tire tests, some in Canada, others at a test facility in Finland. The best stopping and turning performances came with dedicated winter tires.
Because snow and ice surfaces vary widely, winter tire testing can be complicated. But winter tires consistently outperform all-seasons. On some tests, winter tires improved stopping by 40 per cent. On others, the difference was more than 100 per cent.
The tests also made it clear that all-wheel drive offers better acceleration on snow and ice, but does not improve stopping.
For further proof of what winter tires can do, read this month’s Consumer Reports magazine. Using an all-wheel-drive Honda CR-V, it tested stopping distance from 100 km/h on snowy pavement. With winter tires, the CR-V stopped in 94.5 metres. On all-seasons, the stop took 203.6 metres – more than twice as far.
Another point to consider: there is a wide variation between all-wheel drive systems. Some are rudimentary arrangements that simply send power to the front or rear wheels with a prop shaft and differential. Others are sophisticated systems that can sense whether a wheel is spinning and redirect power to a wheel that has traction. Consumer Reports tested a number of systems on compact SUVs and gave its highest ratings to the Subaru Forester.
I am in the market for a new car. As I do outdoor sports and travel a lot in the winter, all-wheel drive makes sense for me. I could end up with a Subaru Outback, a Volvo V60 or a Tesla Model S with dual motors. But no matter what I get, the car will have top-quality winter tires and I will drive with full awareness of the All-Wheel Drive Delusion. Yes, all-wheel drive can help you go fast, but it’s not a bulletproof vest.
The pros and cons of all-wheel-drive:
The Pros
You can accelerate faster in slippery conditions, since power is delivered to four tire contact patches instead of two. This can also be a con; see below.

In slippery conditions, it allows to you climb steeper hills than you could in a two-wheel drive machine.

You are less likely to get stuck in deep snow.

All-wheel drive systems with torque vectoring can improve low-speed cornering by directing power to the wheel that needs it. This can also improve safety in situations where your car is pushed out of line by slush build-ups.

The Cons
Superior acceleration in slippery conditions can lead to overconfidence and excess speed. As driving instructor Ian Law once said: “All-wheel drive lets you have a bigger crash.”

Braking distance is no better than two-wheel drive.

Cornering grip is no better than two-wheel drive – although torque-vectoring all-wheel drive systems do provide better low-speed cornering in slippery conditions.

Increased weight and mechanical drag hurt fuel economy.

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Ricky Ratchets buys your used and broken cars!

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Looking for an Automotive shop in Byron London area  . 

  •  look no further as Byron is serviced by Ricky Ratchets Auto Repair in London . Ricky Ratchets has been dropping clients off in Byron and fixing their cars , trucks and vans for years now . The clients whom know this already have been taking advantage of the loaner cars and getting top notch service at this shop . If the Automotive service you are getting in Byron is not what you like then try Ricky Ratchets out at 140 Clarke Road in London Ontario . 519-455-5351 or www.rickyratchets.com 
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Auto mechanic in London Ontario gets great reviews and his shop has a customer for life !!

Thankyou for your letter !!                     Jon writes : His Hero 

I am forever in debt to Rick for his help in getting a replacement engine under warranty for my 2014 Kia. I heard an engine noise which he diagnosed immediately as a damaged engine. I took my vehicle to the dealer who tried to blame incorrect oil filters, oil, and then Kia Warranty denied my claim. I called Rick who took it upon himself to go to the dealer and he took pics of the engine parts that would have been damaged if there was oil starvation; he was asked to leave, but I forwarded his written report with the pictures to Kia. Thanks to his efforts, I am getting the engine replaced under warranty. A loyal customer forever!

Thanks Jonn for the great review . 

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Tire repairs for nails or leaks in London Ontario 

If you have a leaking tire in London Ontario you can call Ricky Ratchets for the repair . 519-455-5351 at 140 Clarke Road . We can patch , plug or fix rim leaks . We balance wheels as well. 

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Looking for a repair shop or garage in London Ontario for my car . 

Looking in London Ontario for an independent shop/mechanic?

-We suggest you conduct a search for an independent shop/ mechanic that you can establish a good relationship with. 
-I recommend that you find the shop before your car develops any problems. This way, when your car breaks down and you get towed from the 401, you’ll know exactly where to head to!
Don’t choose an independent shop simply because it’s conveniently located near your home. Rather, try out the shop for a simple oil change first to see if they do a good job and if they charge you a fair price. Again, rely strongly on customer feedback.

 

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If you need a repair and have have a vintage classic Ford Mustang we are a specialist in London Ontario for pony cars

At Ricky Ratchets Auto repair we are always repairing classic cars . The vintage Ford Mustang is in for a tune up and a battery today . This Mustang just had a 5 speed transmission installed and is in really nice condition .

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