How To Prevent Common Auto Repairs

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

Are you fed up with having to visit a car mechanic every week to get an issue fixed with your car? Then learn the different ways in which you can look after your car so that the chances of needing a car mechanic will be decreased. Here are some of the top issues that a car could suffer from, and how you can prevent them from occurring: Emissions Leaks Due To Evaporation The system that is used to keep the gas fumes within the tank is called the evaporative emissions system control, or EVAP. However, a leak can develop if the components of the system have corroded, or if you have failed to tighten the gas cap adequately. Therefore, if you sense that your tank is leaking make sure that the cap is tightened securely. If that doesn’t solve the problem then replace the components of the EVAP, because they might already be corroded. Also ask your mechanic to install rust protection to prevent leaks in the future. Mis-Firing Of Your Engine An engine misfire occurs when the spark plug of an engine does not fire at the correct moment, or does not fire at all. A spark plug mis-fire can happened for the following reasons: There could be a mechanical breakdown such as a blown cylinder head gasket, faulty piston ring, burnt valve and faulty valve spring. A vacuum leak. If the fuel delivery system is not functioning properly then a mis-fire is inevitable. Fuel delivery systems can become compromised if the intake plenum is cracked or the injectors are faulty. If the wires of the spark plug are badly connected. To prevent a mis-fire of spark plugs the car engine needs to be maintained as instructed by the manufacturer’s manual. Furthermore, you should visit a mechanic twice a year for a check up to spot potential problems that could cause spark plug mis-fires down the road. System Failure Of The Exhaust Gas Recirculation The exhaust gas recirculation, or EGR system reduces the volume of harmful pollutants released into the atmosphere by keeping the temperature within the combustion chamber down. However, the EGR system can become comprised if the level of unburned gas builds up, electronic problems develop or the valves of the EGR wear out. To prevent system failure of the EGR, schedule a cleanup of the system occasionally. This will reduce the buildup of unburned gas, and that in turn will reduce the chances of the system being compromised. If all else fails and you need to take your car into a mechanic, you can also take your car in to a place like Wollongong Auto...

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Diagnosing Common Transmission and Gearbox Problems

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

Before you take your car to a mechanic for problems with the transmission and gearbox, you might want to consider what could be causing those problems so you have a better idea of the repairs you might be facing. Because the transmission is such a major component of your car, you need to ensure it’s in good repair but don’t want to overpay for repairs that aren’t needed. Note some common transmission and gearbox problems you might face. 1. The transmission is stuck in Park In many cases this isn’t the transmission itself that is breaking down, but is often caused by a chain inside the gearbox which is connected to the pedals of the car. Most cars have this chain installed so that you cannot take your car out of gear if your foot is not on the brake pedal. If this chain should break, you cannot move your shifter in the gearbox as it’s not getting that signal that your foot is on the brake. This chain is usually a simple and affordable replacement. 2. The transmission shifts slowly or the gears slip When you move the lever in your gearbox from one gear to another, it should change immediately rather than your engine revving and your car not moving as it should. Your gears should also never slip into Neutral or from one to another. The most common cause of this problem is a fluid leak in the transmission lines. Seals in the gaskets that close up the transmission itself may become loose and allow fluid to leak out. However, if your car’s transmission fluid levels are normal then you want to check the solenoid. This is a part that controls the flow of fluid through the transmission lines. The solenoid can become damaged due to contamination in the lines or due to an electrical problem. Your car may have sufficient fluid but if the solenoid is not delivering it through the transmission lines, you’ll have the gear shifting problems mentioned above. 3. The car shakes when you put it into gear This is typically a problem with the clutch, which is in the torque converter of your car. When the clutch is jammed, the car is trying to move forward or backward but cannot, which in turn causes the shaking. If you notice that the car shakes and you seem to have lost pickup in the engine as well, this is usually a sign that the clutch is jammed or worn out and needs gearbox...

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3 Reasons Why An Extended Car Warranty Isn’t Always a Wise Option

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

When buying a car, most people go with brand new units for their manufacturer warranties. In fact, some excessively cautious people who don’t completely feel fortressed by the original cover go in for additional or extended warranties that supersede manufacturer-bestowed warranty covers. While the move may seem in the best interest of the vehicle and its owner, the following are a few reasons why extended warranties are possibly an unnecessary outstretch. Longer Manufacturer Warranty While two to three years or 50,000 km to 100,000 km are the average new car manufacturer warranty limits, quite a few manufacturers are now upping the ante and stretching the ceiling higher. In other words, companies are now extending beyond traditional warranty terms and figures, to increase sales and customer confidence in their products. Likely Vehicle Usage Duration Extended warranties don’t really bring much to the table when you aren’t foreseeing vehicle usage beyond OEM warranty period. For instance, if you own an automobile that you plan to drive for not more than five years, buying an additional warranty just won’t make any sense, since the manufacturer equips its automobiles with a much higher warranty cover, as mentioned earlier.   Varying Obligations Extended warranties aren’t sponsored by the manufacturer; these are pledged by insurance firms. As a result, the scenarios under which the car owner can claim insurance cover will vary with the car model, its age, and several other external factors. For instance, some warranties cover only mechanical component failures, or just parts replacement. Labour costs, electrical failures, or other problems may not be sheathed. The extent of cover may also not be comprehensive with the cost reimbursement and come with various caveats.  Moreover, the contract may also specify that the warranty cover won’t be transferred upon selling the car, making it difficult to find resale buyers who are in agreement with the deeds. If you are a roadie or someone who loves being on the move constantly and are not keen on aftermarket warranty covers, buy automobiles with the maximum or unlimited kilometre warranty. Several leading brands are offering models with such packages bundled in, so you wouldn’t find it exasperating to find a model of your preference. Extended warranties are meant for individuals who develop an emotional bond with their automobiles and who won’t let go the vehicle even if it’s too old or not worth repairing any further. Learn more about warranties by talking to local services such as Gaspower Automotive...

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The Simple Guide To DIY Car Repair

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Right now, millions of people are driving around with minor damage on their cars. Scratches and dents happen all too easily, and since they generally don’t reduce a vehicle’s functionality in any way, most people can’t justify the price of having them fixed. Fortunately, some nifty DIY repair techniques exist that will have your car spick and span in no time! Dent Repair You can fix relatively minor, shallow dents quite easily – using science! The tools you will need are: Blowdryer/hairdryer Heavy duty gloves Aluminium foil Dry ice Chances are you already have all of these items lying around somewhere (apart from the dry ice). Firstly, thoroughly inspect all your car’s doors. You may find that there are a lot more minor dents then you initially thought, as a lot of them can be near-invisible. Once all the dents have been discovered, choose which one you’d like to fix first and tape a square of aluminium foil over it. Ensure that the aluminium foil generously covers the dent, as the purpose of the foil is to protect the paint from any damage. Holding the blowdryer around 20 cm from the dent, heat up the area for a few minutes. After 2-3 minutes, take the dry ice – with the heavy duty gloves! – and rub it over the area. The dent should pop out after 30-60 seconds. Scratches Minor scratch repair can often be quite expensive, which is why so many people neglect having them professionally fixed. Luckily, it doesn’t take too much effort to fix all but the most severe scratches. First, give your doors a thorough clean. Wash them down with a sponge and some warm, soapy water. Following this, inspect the damage to make sure that the scratches are, in fact, scratches. Oftentimes, what looks like a scratch at a glance may actually be a residue mark. A residue mark lies on top of the car’s paint coating, while a scratch goes into the paint. If you are dealing with a mark, it can often be washed away quite easily. For a more stubborn mark, use a cloth and acetone. If it is a scratch, you need to determine how deep it is. Cars are painted in three layers – primer, colour, and clearcoat. In the case of a shallow, clearcoat scratch, you will need rubbing compound. Rubbing compound can be found in most automotive stores, and is an abrasive substance specifically designed to polish out scratches. Simply rub it onto the scratch with a cloth. Deeper scratches that reach through the colour layer pose a bigger problem. For this, you will need a touch-up paint that matches your car’s colour, an aerosol primer and clearcoat. Lay down the primer first, and then build the paint up in layers until it matches the surrounding area. Touch-up pens are particularly effective for this due to their...

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Two Tips on How to Save on the Cost of Crash Repairs

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

One can never predict when they will be an accident victim. There are several expenses that accompany motor vehicle accidents, the most expensive of which are resultant medical costs and the cost of undertaking crash repairs on your automobile. Of these two expenses, it is easier to save on the cost of crash repairs than on medical bills. The two tips discussed below can go a long way in reducing the cost of crash repairs, thereby making your financial burden lighter during the period following a road accident. Invest in a Collision Insurance Cover You should not think of saving on auto repair costs after the accident has occurred. As a smart road user and vehicle owner, you need to think of pro-active ways of saving costs such as investing in an appropriate insurance policy. Motorists are required by law to have liability insurance. You can go the extra mile and invest in a collision insurance cover, despite it not being mandatory. Collision insurance is a type of insurance cover that provides cover for accidents and accident-related cases. With a collision insurance cover, you may not have to spend money on crash repairs if the cost of these repairs falls below the specified compensation limits in your insurance agreement. If your cost of repair exceeds this limit, you’ll be required to settle the difference. Shop for Your Own Spare Parts Shopping for vehicle spare parts on your own is another practical way through which you can save on the cost of crash repairs. It is indeed more convenient to purchase spare parts at the auto repair or body shop and have them fitted immediately. This is however an expensive option. Vehicle spare parts are often cheaper outside the auto repair shop. It would do you good to shop around for the most affordable vehicle parts shop before you take your vehicle in for repairs. This way, you will only pay for labor at the auto repair shop—such as The Body Repair Shop—and you will have saved on the cost of spares. Shopping for your own spare parts also allows you the opportunity to choose second-hand spare parts for your repairs. Second hand parts are cheaper than new parts and if the previous owner was a responsible driver, they can perform just as well. The only disadvantage of second-hand spare parts is that they are not as durable. They should therefore be used on a temporary...

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