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Brake work required

Brake work required

Brake work required

Brake work required

Brake work required. If you ever hear you mechanic use those words when talking about your vehicle, don’t put it off, get it fixed now. Few things are as disastrous as brakes that fail. Your life depends on you having functioning, well maintained brakes. It is absolutely critical in any vehicle. Apart from the safety aspect, poorly operating brakes can lead to costly problems elsewhere on the car. Paying attention to your brakes and understanding the signs that they are wearing out or need replacing is one of the most important lessons every driver should learn.

The following points indicate that it is time to get your car checked and possibly get some new brakes.

Brake work required if the vehicle is pulling to one side when the brakes are applied...

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Driving Safely

Driving Safely

Driving Safely

Driving Safely

Driving safely when you’re behind the wheel of a car should always be your top concern. Driving safely means concentrating on the activity of driving, and whether alone or with passengers, nothing should detract from your concentration. Today we’re more distracted than ever, so it’s crucial to know the basics of driving safely and practice them every time you’re on the road.

Here are some safe driving tips:

Top driving safety tips

Focus on driving

  • Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times – no multi-tasking.
  • Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving.
  • Slow down. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.

Drive “defensively

  • Be aware of what other drivers around you ar...
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Increase Power Output

Increase Power Output

If you want to increase power output from your engine, no matter what side of the table you’re on in the horsepower vs. torque debate, the fact remains that they’re both key components in powering your vehicle. If you’re looking to see gains in either area, we’ve got a few ideas (other than the exhaust) to get your engine performing at its peak.

Cold Air Intake

Cold Air Intake

Increase Power Output

Increase Power Output

Upgrading to a performance cold air intake will increase power output and is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to increase horsepower. As the air coming into your engine gets colder, it also gets denser...

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Exhaust systems

Exhaust systems

Exhaust Systems move the spent fuel/air mixture out of the vehicle. Finding ways to move greater volumes of air in and out of your engine is what leads to an increase in horsepower and torque.

Exhaust Headers & Manifolds

Exhaust Header

Exhaust systems exhaust-header

Exhaust systems

Meeting both emissions requirements and maintaining low production costs can limit the ability of your stock exhaust manifolds to move air as efficiently as possible. This makes aftermarket exhaust headers a good place to find extra horsepower and increase torque. Both long tube and shorty headers boost your vehicle’s performance by moving air faster and more effectively...

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Regular service maintenance

Regular service maintenance

Regular service maintenance

Regular service maintenance

Unless you know your mechanic personally, chances are, when you book your car in for regular service maintenance, you have very little say in what and how the service is performed. You get to tell the front desk what you want (a 10,000 km service) and that is about it. If anything more than the oil, oil filter and air filter needs to be changed, (brake pads, brake discs, exhaust parts, etc), the front desk should call, ask your permission and advise what the extra cost and new total price will be, but your bill will go up significantly. So you leave your car in the hands of a stranger without knowing what’s happening and what exactly you should expect once the service has been completed?

In many cases the regular service maintena...
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Purchasing new tires

Purchasing new tires

If money was no object when purchasing new tires which tires would you choose?

For many people, the act of buying a new tire for the car is one of necessity, and it must be at the cheapest price possible.

Purchasing new tires

Purchasing new tires

There is no thought to which tire, what specification, value for money, or anything like that, just the cheapest available that meets the requirements and is the right size.

Many people give no thought to the fact that approximately, a shoe print area x 4, is all the contact there is between the vehicle you are in and moving at 100km per hour or more, and the road you are travelling on.

With such little road contact, would you not think it worthwhile taking some time to assess the different tires available for the conditions your vehicle will oper...

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Routine Maintenance

Routine Maintenance

You can ensure your vehicle is always in top condition by taking on the responsibility of performing a few simple routine maintenance tasks in between the regular services.

Routine Maintenance

Routine Maintenance

Weekly service routine

It should be part of your routine maintenance if you drive a vehicle, that once a week, as a minimum, you look around your car and check the most obvious parts to ensure that everything is working and in proper order and that it is legal to be on the road.
In years gone by, when you went to ‘fill up’ with fuel, an attendant (or two) would check the tyre pressures, wash the windscreen, even check the oil and water levels, but since the advent of self-service petrol stations, the weekly check has become neglected...
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Tire Changing

Tire Changing - Follow these simple tipsTire Changing

Have you ever been stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire? Fortunately, tire changing is a pretty simple task, provided you’re prepared and willing to exert a little effort. Do you want to be able to change a tire without having to ask for help?

Follow these simple tips

  1. Find a flat, stable and safe place to change your tire. You should have a solid, level surface that will restrict the car from rolling. If you are near a road, park as far from traffic as possible and turn on your emergency flashers (hazard lights). Avoid soft ground and hills.
  2. Apply the parking brake and put car into “Park” position. If you have a standard transmission, put your vehicle in first or reverse.
  3. Place a heavy object (e.g., rock, concrete, spare wheel, etc...
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Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Motor vehicle maintenance describes the act of inspecting or testing the condition of a cars systems (e.g., engine, brakes, lights, etc,) and servicing or replacing parts and fluids. Regular maintenance is critical to ensure the safety, reliability, drivability, comfort and longevity of a car. During preventive maintenance, a number of parts are replaced to avoid major damage or for safety reasons, e.g. timing belt replacement.

Scheduling

Motor Vehicle Maintenance service-interval-image

Motor Vehicle Maintenance

The actual schedule of Motor vehicle maintenance varies depending on the year, make, and model of a car, its driving conditions and driver behavior. Car makers recommend the so-called extreme or the ideal service schedule based on such parameters as:

  • number of trips and distance traveled per trip per...
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Car Restoration Project

Car Restoration Project

Car Restoration Project

Car Restoration Project

Have you ever looked for a step-by-step guide to perform a car restoration project? Many people get started and become intimidated by the myriad of individual projects facing them and soon find themselves wondering if there’s some magic “formula” for the task. Well, we don’t know if there’s any such formula out there but here is a chronological outline that should help keep the project on course. It is a basic outline that you can modify and add to…

  • Remove the battery and empty the gas tank. If the fuel is relatively fresh put it in your other cars. If not, dispose of it according to your municipal regulations
  • Clear a space and position the car carefully. It will be there a long time, so think about which way it faces, access around it, etc.
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