Broken windscreen

Expert’s guide to mobile windscreen repairs

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Are you reading this due to a set of unfortunate circumstances relating to your windscreen?  We’re sorry to hear that! The good news is that mobile windshield experts can repair or replace your windscreen in the convenience of your own home… or at the very least your driveway.  Even better, we can help! Why windscreens […]

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My Auto Shop remote technician at a work site.

Expert’s guide to remote technician car servicing

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When it comes to convenience, you really can’t go past booking a My Auto Shop remote technician.  It’s so easy!  Much like a mobile mechanic, they visit your home or office, grab the keys, and after a few hours you’re all good to go.  No mess, no fuss!  That said, we thought we’d cover off […]

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My Auto Shop Remote Technician Van

Why I booked a My Auto Shop remote technician

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Guest Post: If your life is anything like mine, the hours spent between 7am-5pm are spent running around like a headless chicken, checking in on whatever needs doing work-wise, errands to keep things going at home, the list is endless! So you can imagine my dismay when I noticed that my brakes started to show […]

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Can mobile auto electricians do the same jobs as those in a workshop?

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With ownership of electric vehicles (EVs) on the rise, it’s a fair bet that car owners in general are needing to deal with more electrical issues than normal.  That’s not to say they’re at all prone to problems – in fact, we’re big fans here at My Auto Shop – it’s just the nature of […]

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My Auto Shop Remote Technician

How can a mobile mechanic help me?

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Mobile mechanics, also known as remote technicians here at My Auto Shop, offer a great way to get your vehicle serviced or repaired at your home or office, without losing out on valuable time getting your car in full working order.  With the ability to bring all the necessary tools and parts with them in […]

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What to check before towing

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Towing something with your car is an important thing to think through. You’re putting a lot of load on your car’s components and that can lead to breakages and issues. We’ll walk you through the basics to check to know before you tow… Things to check on your car before towing Can your car tow […]

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When do I get my car serviced?

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Nearly all modern cars have different service intervals, this is to do with different engine constructions and different engineering requirements. If your car needs a service, or any other work, click here. For example a higher performance European car like a Mercedes, BMW, or Audi, will require more oil changes, filter changes and maintenance to […]

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The importance of engine coolant

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Your engine is called an ‘internal combustion engine’. This means that while running there’s a lot of, well, internal combustion occurring. Thousands of explosions a minute, these create a lot of heat. How do you stop all this heat from ruining your engine? Coolant is pumped through the cooling channels, carrying heat away from the […]

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Is it safe to drive with a broken clutch?

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We recommend you absolutely do not try to drive with a broken clutch. It isn’t a good idea, in fact, it probably won’t even work. Your clutch is what connects the engine to the transmission. Your clutch is what mates and transfers the power from the engine to the wheels. If it isn’t working then […]

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Why do I need to replace my timing belt?

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Your timing belt doesn’t run the clock in your car. It runs a way more important part – your engine. Like many other engine components, it wears out. When your car is running, it’s spinning at extremely high speeds, in a very hot place. I don’t really like running in a very mild place, imagine […]

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What is a manual transmission and how does it work?

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The manual is a sacred thing among car people. More of an annoyance to everyone else. Fair enough, anyone who’s been stuck in rush hour for an hour in a manual will also be question the reason for its existence. Connecting car and driver, in such a raw and engaged way however, is the main […]

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What is an automatic and how does it work?

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In your car you’ll either have a manual transmission, or an automatic transmission. Each of these takes the revolution per minute of the engine, and transfers it to the wheels via the drivetrain. As your engine needs different gears to move the car at different speeds, your transmission determines at what speed the engine moves […]

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A thief breaks into a car... you don't want this!

Expert’s guide to storing valuables in your vehicle

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We’ve all seen the signs telling us not to leave valuables in our cars, but we sometimes assume it’s more probable that something will be taken if we take it to the beach, amusement parks, or on a hike through the woods. There will be occasions when you forget something in the car before leaving, […]

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Merging lanes on the motoroway

Zen guide to merging lanes

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Lane merging might be viewed as a pain in the neck, and not to be too reductive, but sometimes it literally is a pain in the neck having to twist your head to see what’s happening around you. That said, it’s an excellent way to exercise your patience muscle, one of those challenges that leads […]

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Car battery replacement in New Zealand

Expert’s guide to choosing your car battery

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Ah, the ol’ battery change – it sounds so simple doesn’t it? When it comes to getting a new battery in your vehicle, you’re probably focused on two things. The first being the obvious, is this going to mean my car actually starts up? And secondly, how long is it going to last? For a […]

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Steering wheel without any aftermarket modifications

Can I install an aftermarket steering wheel, legally?

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With the abundance of car modification options that are available today, and their relative affordability (depending on what you’re looking at!), it can get pretty tempting to start making personalised upgrades to your vehicle. When it comes to vehicle performance and safety, cosmetic alterations are generally harmless and aren’t anything to worry about. When engines […]

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Amber fuel light switched on

How far can I drive with my fuel light on?

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There was a time in my life when driving around with the fuel light on with fairly common practice. Looking back now, I feel it was probably more an indication of my priorities at the time, of which keeping my car in good nick was pretty low on the list in those student days. There’s […]

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Trailer sway can be dangerous

Everything you need to know about trailer sway

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If you’re towing a trailer or caravan, one of the worst things that can happen is for your trailer to wobble precariously back and forth, eventually falling on one side and dragging your vehicle down with it. Trailer sway can be a major problem for many trailer owners, especially with New Zealand’s winding roads, and […]

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Car tyre manufacture

How car tyres are made

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It’s fair to say we tend to take our tyres for granted. I might be speaking for myself, but I just expect to them to be there and to work when it comes to heading out for a spin. Sure, they’re super helpful, you know, gripping the road and basically saving your life at corner […]

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Keeping your tyres in good condition can help with other aspects of your car's performance

Expert’s guide to making your tyres last longer

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I remember once upon a time, I’d just joined the local football team, and was driving my new team mates home after practice one evening. The car was packed, the music was up and so were the voices. As I edged left to slow down let a couple of the boys on the side of […]

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What does RPM mean?

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Well to put it simply, “Revolutions Per Minute”. The follow up question you’ll have is, “what’s revolving?”. When your engine is running, the pistons travel up and down and rotate the crankshaft. The amount of full 360 degree rotations the crankshaft does in one minute. This tells you how the engine is operating at that […]

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Telltale signs you need a new battery

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Your battery is the part of your car that is responsible for it starting and running. If you don’t have a battery, and you don’t drive a manual, you don’t have a way of starting and running the car. A battery is an expensive item, it’s also critical to your car’s electrical system, mainly to […]

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Are extended warranties worth the money?

Are extended car warranties really worth it?

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Okay, so you’ve picked the car of your dreams (or at least, one that fits neatly into your budget), you’ve figured out the best negotiation techniques, and now you’re down at the card yard looking to pick up those hot new wheels for summer. Then the dealer throws in a last spar, “would you like […]

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Mechanic removes a tyre while replacing brake pads

Expert’s guide to brake pads

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There’s a terrible joke that speed demons love to tell, which goes something along the lines of, “if you need to remove unnecessary weight from the vehicle, start with the brake pads.” We’ll let the laughter die down for a moment before we proceed… Or not? Your brakes are one of your car’s most vital […]

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