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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4 Car Problems You Can Fix From The Comfort Of Your Garage

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

Repairing cars does not always require a myriad of technical skills. Here are car problems you can fix at your garage: Fixing Exterior Coolant Leaks A patch of yellow or green liquid on the ground is a sign of a leakage. The liquid is usually an anti-freeze and may be from the exterior hoses. Open the hood and look for the same colored liquid. If you see the liquid draining from a hose, fix it by unclamping the leaking hose and replacing it. Replacing The Oxygen Sensor The oxygen sensor monitors unburned oxygen from the car’s exhaust. A faulty sensor can result in decreased mileage. This is because the car’s computer does not receive the right data about the vehicle’s consumption. You can locate the oxygen sensor using your vehicle’s manual. After identifying it in the engine block, unclip and replace the old sensor. It is as easy as that. Oil and Filter Change Failure to change the oil leads to contamination and reduces your engine performance. Car manufacturers advise you to change the oil after every 3000-7000 miles. Begin by spreading a plastic sheet under your car. The plastic sheet eliminates chances of oil-spill cleanup work. You can then follow these steps: Jack up your car. Ensure the jack stands are properly set in place, and lower the car onto them. Remove the drain plug. Get all the old oil flowing. Remove the oil filter and replace it with a new one. After confirming all the old oil is drained to a trickle, carefully install a new gasket and ensure that it is it’s tight. Wipe the drips using a rag and you are done. Checking and Replacing Spark Plugs The spark plug is the engine part that ignites the air and gas, causing combustion. When it has doesn’t work, your car engine will not start. Additionally, a failing plug reduces the gas mileage and makes your car fail an emission test. Failure to fix this problem may inconvenience you when you are far from home or gas stop. If your car was running, you should let the engine cool first. This is because the exhaust and engine system can be extremely hot. Only remove the plugs and replace when you are sure the engine will not burn you. Fixing a car at your garage is not that difficult as it may sound. All you need is confidence. The above problems are some of the quick fixes you can correct from your garage. If you have an other problems, contact an auto repair specialist for more...

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Caravan or Motor Home? A Buying Guide for Grey Nomads

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

More and more Australian retirees are now seeking an active retirement that involves new adventures and travelling around our beautiful country. If you’re about to join the ranks of the ‘grey nomads’ then you may be considering downsizing your family home and purchasing a new home on wheels in the form of a caravan or motor home. The caravan and motor home industry is huge, with over half a million vehicles on the road. This means that there’s a huge variety of models to choose from, which can be daunting. Here are some questions to ask yourself to narrow your selection choice down. Caravan or motor home? The big difference between caravans and motor homes is that caravans require towing by a car, while motor homes are all-in-one. Motor homes generally offer more space than a caravan, but cost more in fuel to operate. They are also more expensive to buy. The benefit of caravans is that you can unhitch your car and leave the caravan behind at the camp ground if you want to explore the local area. Therefore, a caravan is a better option if you are planning to spend substantial amounts of time in places that you visit. How many berths? Both caravans and motor homes generally offer from two to six berths. The difference in price from a small two berth up to a large family sized six berth is considerable. Therefore, it’s important to really consider your needs before you make a final decision. If you’re going to regularly have extra people staying with you then it’s worth considering four or more berths. If, however, you will only have visitors very occasionally then you can probably get away with a smaller two berth, and a small annexe that can be put up when you have company. Do you need an onboard bathroom? The more expensive models of caravans and motor homes include onboard bathrooms. These generally include hand basins, a toilet, and a shower. A small washing machine can also be included. Truly luxurious motor homes can sometimes include a spa bath as well. You can determine how many features they can have by talking to caravan providers such as The Caravan Company Pty Ltd. Most camping parks have excellent bathroom and laundry amenities, so if you’re happy with communal spaces then you may not feel the need to pay the premium for an onboard bathroom. If you’re not keen on sharing a shower and toilet with other people, or if you’re planning on spending most of your time in more remote areas that don’t provide amenities, then an onboard bathroom is probably a good idea. With the enormous amount of options available, you’re certain to find a caravan or motor home model that will fit your needs perfectly. Then all that’s left to do is to hit the road in your new home-away-from-home,...

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