Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-03-2017, 11:44 AM   #1
Registered User
 
pidj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Acton, ON
Posts: 235
For you Canadian drivers!

I have to have an E test and Safety done for licensing. Due to convenience (located near Service Ontario licensing office) and speed of process, I'm thinking to have it all done at Canadian Tire. The car just had a major service done by a Porsche auth center (2 months ago) and hasn't been really driven. You don't think they would mess up my car? They don't need to lift it for a safety do they?
__________________
-------------------------------
2001 Boxster S, Guards Red
pidj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2017, 11:59 AM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Quebec, Qc, canada
Posts: 86
Is a Canadian test will be valid for licensing ?

At Canadian Tire, ask for their best technician.... also, make sure your in the garage when they perform work on the car and keep an eye on it..

Most C.T. have at least one reputable tech in the garage. Avoid night and week-end.

beside this, You should be fine !
pomerlo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2017, 12:23 PM   #3
Registered User
 
pidj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Acton, ON
Posts: 235
They said their test is government accepted. That's a good point re: tech experience. I'll be there mid afternoon during the work week and will certainly watch it carefully.
For those who are not familiar with CT, they would be on par with a taking your vehicle to WalMart or Sears in the US .... (I think that's a fair comparison?). I had them do a AC compressor on an 8 year old Mazda ... that really stressed their technical ability (and it lasted about 4 months).
Thanks!
__________________
-------------------------------
2001 Boxster S, Guards Red
pidj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2017, 12:58 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Fintro11's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 893
Check around to see if any other dealerships can do the inspection, here in the island there Chevy dealership does them too. I would take anywhere but Canadian tire
Fintro11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2017, 01:41 PM   #5
2003 S, Arctic Silver, M6
 
paulofto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Posts: 1,022
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by pidj View Post
I have to have an E test and Safety done for licensing. Due to convenience (located near Service Ontario licensing office) and speed of process, I'm thinking to have it all done at Canadian Tire. The car just had a major service done by a Porsche auth center (2 months ago) and hasn't been really driven. You don't think they would mess up my car? They don't need to lift it for a safety do they?
The e-test is pretty standard and only involves exhaust gases and some engine revving but the safety will involve checking the brakes and suspension so I suspect they will put the car on a lift and use an IMPACT WRENCH to remove and install your lug bolts. So tell them NOT to use the IMPACT WRENCH. These guys are infamous for over torquing and sometimes cross threading the lug bolts. Torque to 96 ft/lbs.

So, in closing, don't let them use an IMPACT WRENCH.
paulofto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2017, 01:54 PM   #6
B6T
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 190
^ Or not tightening the wheels at all, as they did with my buddies BMW.

Canadian Tire is the last place I'd bring my car for anything where they actually need to use tools. I would search for a smaller shop in your area, perhaps one that specializes in German cars.
B6T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2017, 02:11 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: ontario
Posts: 314
I'd take my car to Canadian tire for the e test without worry. The only thing they touch for that is your obd port. For the safety though I'd sooner take my car to the zoo and let a monkey remove and reinstall my wheels before I went to CT. Not saying every employee there is an idiot but I've seen and heard my fair share of horror stories.

Last edited by boxxster; 04-03-2017 at 03:12 PM.
boxxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2017, 02:59 PM   #8
Registered User
 
pidj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Acton, ON
Posts: 235
Okay ... good point about the impact gun - that was effective I'm storing the car in small town Ontario and looking to get the certification done so I can immediately plate it - I don't live near the car right now - hence the priority is timing, but not at the cost of risking something really aggravating happening to the vehicle. There are no German mechanics around (which is odd since they have a German hall!) ... I'll have to reassess.
Thanks!
__________________
-------------------------------
2001 Boxster S, Guards Red
pidj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2017, 06:52 PM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Winnipeg MB
Posts: 2,486
I actually spewed coffee when I read that you were even considering letting CanTi "techs" touch your Porsche. Good god, man... give your head a shake!!!
__________________
'99 black 986
Mark_T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2017, 03:32 AM   #10
Registered User
 
Xpit77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 464
E Test is a computer check connected to the OBDII. OBDI ( 88 89 944`s)is an exhaust test. Not too many shops do OBDI. CTC bad rep comes from them wanting to install CTC brand parts. Which are crap we know that. Re and re the wheels isn`t rocket science people. Get the safety done if it fails take it to the dealer.Sometimes a fail is as simple as a bulb. I would be more concerned about failing the E Test.
__________________
99 Boxster 88 944S sold
Xpit Formula Four sold
95 Integra Solo I sold
71 Opel GT sold
63 MG Midget sold
Xpit77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2017, 05:34 AM   #11
Registered User
 
DrCactus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 452
Garage
I would try and avoid Canadian Tire (aka Crappy Tire). They employ kids who do not care much about what they are doing for minimum wage. Unless you think your car won't pass the E-Test then Crappy Tire kids are good to 'chat up' to get something to pass. LOL Seriously though, try to find another shop around that does the E-Test like Oil Changers - they tend to have a E-Test bay and the guy is certified there. All he does all day are E-Tests.
__________________
DrCactus
DrCactus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2017, 06:10 AM   #12
Registered User
 
p3230's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Rockland Ontario
Posts: 196
Garage
Oil Changers do etests it's only done through the obd port and hooked up to the Ministry of Transportation computer so nothing alarming there even at Canadian Tire. As for the safety you can find maybe a VW dealer they also know Porsche cars as for impact on the wheels it's nothing to wory about after all it's only a car.
__________________
Frank
p3230 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2017, 06:42 AM   #13
Registered User
 
pilut2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Peterborough Ontario Canada
Posts: 103
Garage
I took mine to Crappy Tire last year for her e-test, just because of convenience. The Tech was an older guy and quite interested in the car. He wanted me to pull her into the bay myself and let me stay and help him - which just involved plugging and unplugging the device from the OBD port. If your check engine light isn't on and you haven't just cleared a code - then you should pass an Ontario E-test. Older cars that get the exhaust sniff test might not be so lucky.
__________________
1999 Boxster, Ocean Blue Metallic-grey top.
LN IMS dual row-, Ben's short shift kit
pilut2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2017, 07:39 AM   #14
Registered User
 
pidj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Acton, ON
Posts: 235
Well I did what Frank suggested: discovered a VW dealer in the same town (as CT -not the car), and they assured me their techs know how access the engine etc. I'm going right to Porsche AG's current owner. 50.00 bucks more is worth the peace of mind ... they'll also e-test it too ....
__________________
-------------------------------
2001 Boxster S, Guards Red

Last edited by pidj; 04-04-2017 at 08:59 AM.
pidj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2017, 04:44 AM   #15
Registered User
 
GTA_G20's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: St Catherines, Ontario
Posts: 413
Etest is one thing. Safety is another. I got my eyes to on my boxster done at crappie tire last summer.
But I wouldn't let them safety it. I know you're in a rush but I'd rather drive to mississauga from Acton or get caa and have it towed to hunter. Or tow it to Oakville and let mantis do the safety. I would have a Porsche tech look over my car rather than the best Mechanic on site who's probably never worked on one a day in their life...
GTA_G20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page