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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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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Why do I need a wheel balance?

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Your wheels are round, they have tyres fitted over the top of them and they roll. Why fix what isn’t broke? Well, your wheels do roll, that’s where the problem comes from. Your wheels may be round and roll nicely, but without balancing, they won’t do that very well at all. If you need a […]

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What’s a wheel alignment and why do I need one?

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Your car should drive in a straight line when you want it to. To do this, you need the wheels all pointing in the same direction. Often you’ll find your car pulling to one side, this is a sign that your tyre alignment needs a check. Your wheel alignment means that your car will go […]

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Do airbags have an expiry date?

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Thankfully, I’ve never been in a situation where airbags have been needed, although it’s reassuring to know I’m always equipped if there is an accident.   I had a guy bump his SUV up against the back of our little hatchback last week, and it got me thinking, do airbags have any expiry date?   So I […]

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What is a mass airflow sensor and how does a maf work?

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To keep your engine running you need air to combine with your fuel, at the set air fuel ratio. This mixture is what gives your engine the potential energy to combust. What amount of air and what amount of fuel though? Well you have a fuel injection map to scale up and down depending on […]

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What is a muffler and what does a muffler do?

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Your internal combustion engine does many interesting things. Most noticeably, it powers your car. To do this it needs fuel and air. When it has combusted the mixture, it needs to get rid of the byproduct – exhaust gas. These exhaust gasses are passed through the exhaust valves when they open, through exhaust pipes to […]

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How do brake pads work?

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Your car has brakes. The size of the brakes determine stopping power, the ventilation deters brake fade, and your brake components range far and wide. There’s a lot going on with stopping your car basically. Your brake pads are what make contact with your brake rotors. This contact creates friction, which creates heat. The friction […]

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How do shock absorbers work

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Shock absorbers do what their name suggests. They absorb shocks. There are a few different types of shock absorber but they all do the same job, provide a smooth ride. When you’re driving your car and it hits a bump, your shocks are what absorb and distribute the impact. They are an integral component of […]

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How to tell if your starter motor is faulty?

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Your starter motor is what starts the engine. Which you already put together, but do you know how it works? If you don’t or even if you do, we might teach you a little more. It’s important to know how they work because it makes it easier to spot when they aren’t. Eventually you’ll put […]

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How to tell if your clutch is bad

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If you’re keeping the automotive dream alive and driving a manual, you’ll be familiar with your clutch pedal. Most people know the signs that their clutch is going bad. The burning smell under load is hard to miss. Clutches engage and disengage the gearbox to the engine, as such they wear out. They ensure that […]

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How to tell if shock absorbers need replacing?

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If you hit a bump or weight is transferred around the car while driving, the shock absorbers control it. They ensure that your tyres remain in contact with the road. They make up an integral part of your suspension system. Shock absorbers are basically operating all the time as you drive. They ensure smooth driving […]

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How to increase a car’s resale value

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If you’re thinking it’s time to sell your car, or want to preserve the resale value of your car, we have some good tips. The key thing to remember is to approach it like you’re buying the car. Imagine you are buying a brand new car, what do you want to see, and what would […]

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Does brake fluid need to be changed regularly?

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When you depress the brake pedal, brake fluid is pumped from the master cylinder. This hydraulic fluid gets to the brakes through the brake lines. Over time, as your brake fluid boils and returns to the brake fluid reservoir, it can collect moisture, break down and your pedal feel will suffer. As a result your […]

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Is overfilling an engine with oil bad?

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Can you really have too much of a good thing? Yes, of course you can. Your car likes oil, in fact, it needs it to operate. But the amount of oil that is required to lubricate your engine’s moving parts is a set quantity. Why is overfilling the engine oil bad? Well, that’s for a […]

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Can spark plugs increase horsepower

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Your spark plugs are responsible for igniting the fuel and air mixture in your petrol engine. They work extremely hard, endure heat cycles and wear over time. Spark plugs can be replaced with the OEM specification plugs as recommended. By sticking to the manufacturer’s service schedule you can ensure that your cars performance isn’t compromised. […]

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Is it safe to drive with an oil leak

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The older a car gets, the more likely it is to leak a bit of oil. This is because gaskets and seals age and slowly allow oil to escape. Fluid leaking is not a massive deal, unless it’s a massive amount. Oil dripping is pretty common, it can come from the head gasket, drain plug […]

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How to increase fuel economy

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We’ve covered improving fuel economy, saving fuel and saving money, plenty of times. What we’re focussing on here is improved efficiency. More specifically, decreasing fuel consumption and increasing gas mileage. If you want to increase your fuel economy you need to have your car in tip top shape. We can help you maintain your car […]

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What to do if your engine overheats

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If your cars’ cooling system is overworked and underpaid, there’s a chance your car overheats on a hot day stuck in traffic. There’s only so much your engine coolant and water pump can do. If your temperature gauge tells you that a sabbatical on the side of the road is required, you’d best listen. Overheating […]

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How do I know if my brakes need replacing?

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Your brakes stop your car. They sound pretty important don’t they? You’re right, they are. They also wear out and if unchecked, poor brakes can lead to an accident.  There’s a reason you need to have them replaced as required. They slow your car down through friction. That creates wear, dust and heat.  There’s a […]

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What is a dual clutch transmission?

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You want a fast car, who wouldn’t? But it’s got a DCT transmission, what’s that? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you all you need to know on how a dual clutch transmission works.  A manual gearbox has one clutch, an automatic transmission has a torque converter, but now there’s an automatic transmission with two clutches. Is […]

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What are fog lights and why do you need them?

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You’ve got brake lights, you’ve got headlights, lights for turning, daytime running lights, and even lights for opening your door. But what about fog lights? What do fog lights do? Why do you need them?  Fog lights, or fog lamps as some call them, help you see through…. You guessed it – fog. When fog […]

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What is a piston and what does it do?

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An engine needs fuel, air and spark to make it run. The piston is what takes this explosion and sends that energy down through the connecting rod and spins the crankshaft. It sounds complicated and technical. It kind of is.  But a piston is a neat thing and does a neat job. This job is […]

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