12 August, 2019
You need clean air to breathe and so does your car, and a vehicle’s air filters make that possible. It’s encouraged that vehicle owners should have the engine and cabin air filters inspected and changed regularly to ensure vehicle longevity and interior comfort.
07 August, 2019
Monday morning. It’s around 7.30am. A bleary-eyed parent wends their way out to the car. Briefcase or handbag in one hand and key in the other, they open the creaky door, slide in and hears their teeth chatter as the cold winter air bites hard. Shaking fingers attempt to slide the key into the barrel. With a satisfied sigh they turn the key. Nothing. No whirr of the starter motor. No ker-wumph, blam of the engine as it fires up. Instead, that satisfied sigh is now a sigh of frustration.
05 August, 2019
Meatloaf once warbled “you can see paradise by the dashboard light”. For some, it is paradise when none of them stay on once an engine has been started. It isn’t paradise when one or more come on, especially it’s the one that says minus four degrees and people think it’s a sign the car is about to, ahem, crap itself...
22 July, 2019
You’ve heard of the phrase “running on all cylinders”, and how we feel like a cup of coffee in order to be like that on a cold morning? Cars are like that. With engines of three, four, six, and eight, and the occasional twelve, the cylinders are the parts of the car where the bang happens in a good way.
15 July, 2019
Water Pumps. Often forgotten but an absolute crucial part of keeping your vehicle cool. Engines are cooled by a coolant, anti-freeze, mixed with water. This mixture moves around your engine and as it’s doing so absorbs some of the heat generated by the engine. The coolant then flows through the radiator being cooled by air on its trip back through the engine. Water pumps are the driving force behind this process.
08 July, 2019
Of the surveys that seem to occur a few times a year about the driving habits that people find annoying, there are a consistent few that pop up. Tailgating, failure to indicate, and failure to use headlights properly are common.
Headlights make up a small part of a car or truck or any sort of motorised vehicle. But their importance in the parts of a car that make up the safety factor cannot be underestimated.
04 July, 2019
With winter now in full swing the roads are wetter, slippery and conditions are less than predictable that’s why having your car brakes inspected should be at the top of your maintenance priority list.
01 July, 2019
Ever walked out to the car, got in, turned the key or pressed the start button, only to find a dull whirr or worse, nothing at all? Having a dead battery is a frustrating, annoying experience, but it’s also a warning.
24 June, 2019
They’re the round bits that are the ONLY bits of your car that meet the road. Tyres are the unsung champions of the automotive world, and there are plenty of sizes to choose from for the huge range of cars available.
17 June, 2019
A car’s headlights were once a bulb inside a metal cover, shielded by a glass lens. Some cars may still have that but more commonly they’ll be made of a thick plastic.
14 June, 2019
Australia is renowned for cycling through a full range of seasonal weather conditions during the winter season and depending on your location could mean you’re facing water or ice on the road, sleet and possibly even snow! Conditions like these can (very quickly) become hazardous for any motorist and whilst a breakdown is never ideal, during winter it can make a breakdown just that much worse.
11 June, 2019
When people buy a car, be it new or pre-loved, the tyres will have been cleaned, had protectant put upon them, and will generally look fab. It’s also a fair bet that a pressure check will have been performed.
03 June, 2019
Inside and out, a certain scent can tell the driver that a car isn’t healthy.
24 May, 2019
We can all relate to the frustration involved when it’s time to service our vehicles. Simply put, a car service can be costly, but not taking your car for a regular service will always cost you more; Discover why below.
13 May, 2019
Every single car that rolls off a production line now has an anti-corrosive layer somewhere in the paint layers. The intent is to provide a barrier between two opposing forces of nature that can conspire to cause metal cancer.
08 May, 2019
Like tyres, the rubber bits on pieces of metal that go back and forth are underrated in what they do.
Brand new, a rubber wiper blade is flexible, unbroken, and, importantly, clean.
08 May, 2019
It doesn’t feel like all that long ago when the Saturday morning routine was “kids to sports, morning tea, do the clothes washing, wash the car.
With water a precious resource now, the last step isn’t that common, but there are a few ways that looking after your car can be done.
08 May, 2019
For decades a car’s engine was fed fuel through a carburettor. This is a mechanical device that measured fuel through a system of small pipes and the fuel was sucked into an engine cylinder’s combustion chamber via the downward motion of the cylinder’s piston.
17 April, 2019
The Australian government has mandated regulations when it comes to purchasing items and a failure occurs. The wording effectively translates to “having a reasonable expectation of a working life”, and means that something like a TV that comes with a 24 month warranty should be expected to perform well beyond that period.
11 April, 2019
With the level of technology that is used to build cars now, it’s surprisingly rare that a recall to a brand happens. It may be a small engineering issue, a recurring hiccup in the assembly line, however there’s been nothing as dramatic as the recall for a safety item.