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Registering Your Car – What You Should Know

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are looking to purchase a vehicle, or if your registration has expired, it’s worth knowing a little about how vehicle registration works. Registering your vehicle, which includes all motor vehicles, trailers, and motorbikes, is a legal requirement throughout Australia and in many states the fee itself includes third-party insurance, which is also required by law.  Once a vehicle is registered in your name, you will be legally responsible for its upkeep – the vehicle should always be in a roadworthy condition – as well as insurance and tax.           Registration Fees Typically, registration fees for private vehicles vary depending on the type of vehicle in question. Vehicles are usually categorized as the following: motor vehicles with more than four cylinders, motor vehicles with four cylinders or less, trailers, and motorbikes.  How to Register Your Vehicle Before registering your vehicle, it must be examined for roadworthiness. In some cases, the vehicle may not need examining, for example, if the vehicle has been licensed in your name in an Australian jurisdiction for a long period.   There are several ways to register your vehicle. Initial registration (and renewal) can be done online using widely accepted credit/debit cards. As well as your card details, typically you’ll need your license or client number and your plate number and type (these details can be found in your vehicle documents). Often, motorists can set up a direct debit to cover registration costs, in which case your registration will be renewed automatically when it expires. In many cases, there are smart-phone and tablet apps that can be downloaded, allowing you to pay for your registration on your mobile device. Failing that, registration can be completed over the phone, through the mail, or at your local post office.      Registering Used Cars Often when buying a used car it will already be registered, in which case you will have to pay a small transfer fee or stamp duty, usually within two weeks of purchase.   Switching Registration between Married/De Facto Partners In some cases, vehicle registration can be transferred between married couples or de facto partners without having to pay a transfer fee/stamp duty. Registration can be switched from one name to another, from a joint registration to a single name, or from a single name to joint names.    Remember that each state has a slightly different approach in terms of registration fees and requirements. Be sure to check the details on official state-specific websites before making your purchase.     ...

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Failing Diesel Pump? Three Warning Signs

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A diesel fuel pump has a vital role to play in the smooth and efficient operation of a diesel-powered automobile. The pump is responsible for pumping diesel from the automobile’s fuel tank to its engine. With this in mind, it is important for owners/drivers of diesel-powered automobiles to ensure that these pumps are in top working conditioning at all times. In order to do this, the vehicle owner/driver needs to be able to pick up on the various signs that the diesel pump is on its way out.  This article discusses three common signs of diesel pump trouble for the benefit of affected vehicle owners, and for those who operate diesel-power vehicles regularly despite not owning these vehicles. Regular Sputtering From The Diesel Engine Sputtering refers to a situation in which the automobile engine produces soft explosive sounds on a regular basis when the diesel engine is operational. Sputtering is especially common whenever the automobile is traveling at a high speed. Sputtering of the engine often happens periodically, making it easy for vehicle owners to brush it off. A defective diesel fuel pump will make the engine sputter because the pump struggles to maintain the pressure required to pump sufficient quantities of diesel into the engine for optimum performance. A defective diesel pump loses this pressure easily and this makes the engine sputter from time to time (whenever pressure loss occurs). Involuntary Loss Of Power During Acceleration Another common sign of diesel fuel pump trouble is the regular involuntary loss of power when the vehicle is on acceleration mode. This problem is especially common when the vehicle is being accelerated from a stationary position. As such, a jerking motion may be observed immediately upon acceleration. During acceleration, the amount of diesel required to power the engine increases. The increased demand for diesel makes the fuel pump go the extra mile so as to deliver sufficient quantities of diesel for a balanced fuel and air mixture in the engine’s combustion chamber. Defective diesel pumps will not be able to maintain the pressure required for sufficient delivery of diesel into the engine, hence the impromptu loss of power during acceleration. Involuntary Surging Of The Automobile Surging refers to a situation in which an automobile moving at a consistent speed suddenly increases this speed without the driver’s input, making the automobile to surge forward. When diesel pumps suffer wear and tear, their regularity of their motor resistance is interfered with. Consequently, the pump is unable to maintain the recommended pressure for consistent speed, and the pressure fluctuates regularly. The vehicle surges forward when there is an erratic increase in pressure. If you notice any of these signs, it is important that you contact a local auto shop that specializes in diesel pumps and cars, such as B & M Fuel Injection Pty...

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3 Signs That Your Radiator Water Pump is Failing

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your car is a long term investment, but it needs to be properly maintained overtime. There are parts that will eventually wear. This means that you need to make sure that you have parts repaired quickly before extensive damage to other components of your vehicle takes place. The radiator water pump is one part that will need to be replaced over time. The amount of time that your radiator water pump lasts before requiring replacement can vary. The radiator water pump is designed to move coolant through the cooling system of your vehicle, this means that a radiator pump that is not functioning properly can cause damage to the engine. It is essential that you are aware of the three most prominent signs of radiator water pump failure to ensure that you have this part replaced before damage occurs that can’t be repaired. Temperature It is always a good idea to get in the habit of looking at your temperature gauge when you are driving your car. The main function of the radiator water pump is to make sure that the temperature of the engine is maintained. This means that when it is not working properly, you will notice major changes in the temperature. When you begin to notice that the temperature gauge moves higher out of the range of normal, this is a sign that something is wrong. In most cases, a bad radiator water pump is the only cause of the problem when the temperature begins to fluctuate. Leaking If you begin to notice that temperature is beginning to fluctuate, you can then start inspecting your car for fluid leaks. When the radiator water pump begins to ail, it might be caused by a leaky hose. When a hose is leaking that is connected to the radiator water pump, this often results in fluid leaking from the vehicle. You can even take a look at the engine to see if any coolant leaks are noticeable. A trail of the leak should be visible even after the coolant dries. Grinding It is also possible for a grinding sound to be noticeable once the coolant leaks have progressed. When the coolant leaks, it can wash away the grease that lubricates the parts. This will result in a grinding sound being heard from the engine and the radiator water pump. This noise will be most noticeable when you are traveling at higher speeds instead of when it is just idling.  For more information, contact a mechanic near...

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Tips to Help Reduce Road Accidents When Transporting Oversized Loads

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Every once in a while, there is an oversized truck on the road transporting a shipment, which calls for special permits to be obtained prior to transportation and special route planning to avoid things like narrow passes or low bridges. The law provides stringent operational safety rules on oversize transport. These include pre-manufactured homes, large industrial components, road construction machinery, etc. Here are a few safety-related factors you will need to contemplate when you are transporting oversized loads. Choice of route Choosing routes with good roads is of paramount importance since you will probably need to use the same route multiple times probably due to logistical advantages. How wide a road is built, for instance, can determine whether it is safe for the transportation of an oversized load. Also, routes with very many pedestrians and vehicular traffic should be avoided, if and whenever possible, to enhance safety. Load volume All vehicles carrying oversized loads should display flashing light to increase visibility by oncoming vehicles, especially at night when it is dark or in fogy, rainy, snowy or icy conditions. Some laws require that a larger load be escorted by other vehicles to warn other drivers of oversized loads. This can help reduce chances of road accidents occurring. Proper vehicle utilization should be top of mind when it comes to load volume. This can be achieved by making sure that each vehicle is carrying loads of correct capacity. Competent personnel should be used in loading the vehicles to ensure the oversized loads are secures properly. Transportation distance The distance travelled can be a basis of focus when considering factors likely to cause an accident when transporting oversized cargo; shorter distance transportation is, in general, less risky than long distance transportation. Therefore, you might have to consider opting for faster, more convenient mode of transportation such as air transport where the distance involved is long. If road is the only available means, then, its essential to consider the time of day, as its more convenient to transport at night than during the day when there are several people on the roads. This will help avoid human and vehicular traffic on the roads and good visibility during clear nights will also help boost road safety. Good road research should be undertaken, black spots should be clearly highlighted, road surface quality should be considered, and seasonality of business cycles should all be taken into...

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Four great car-related gifts to give your child before they head off to uni

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Sending your child off to university can be an emotional time–particularly if they are moving to another town. One of the biggest concerns for parents in this situation is their child’s safety and well-being. A great way to put your mind at ease is to give your child a carefully-planned gift that will help keep them safe and well. Check out these four great car-related gifts to give your child before they head off to uni. New tyres Good quality tyres are not only invaluable for the drivability and safety of a vehicle- they can also be very costly. If your child is planning a lot of country driving or commuting while away at uni, four new tyres is a unique yet precious gift. A set of tyres with decent tread and inflated to the right tyre pressure will save your child up to 10% on their fuel bill. Good tyres also decrease the stopping distance of a vehicle, making it easier to avoid collision. Service voucher Regular servicing will keep your child’s car safe and fuel efficient, however it’s not likely to be high on their priority list when they are on a limited student budget. Give your child a voucher for a full car service as a parting gift when they head off to uni–it will help allay your fears, while keeping their car in good working condition. If you’re unfamiliar with the car service centres in the area that your child is relocating to, enquire with several accredited auto care centres for competitive quotes. A year’s rego Registering a vehicle can be a significant expense for those on a student budget. To keep your child’s car on the road and a little extra money in their pockets, a year’s car registration is a gift that keeps on giving. Hands-free unit Using a mobile phone while driving is increasingly common on Australian roads, and a particularly dangerous habit. As the driver’s attention is being diverted to their mobile device, their control of the vehicle and concentration is impaired, putting themselves and other road users at risk. A great way of ensuring that your child does not indulge in this hazardous practice is to give them a hands-free unit that is easy to use. While making a hands-free call can still create a distraction, you will drastically minimise the risk, as well as ensure they do not receive a hefty fine or demerit points for using a mobile phone while driving. When your child moves away for uni, give them the gift of road...

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Truck Gospel: Good Maintenance Tips to Help Reduce the Need for Repairs

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you run a truck freight company, part of your duties is to ensure that all trucks remain in topnotch condition. Nonetheless, it is inevitable for freight trucks to break down and call for repair service after some time because of regular operating conditions. While it is impossible to prevent truck breakdowns entirely, a great deal of time and cash spent on truck repairs can be reduced by performing preventive maintenance. All that said, the following maintenance tips can help to reduce the need for repair service resulting from common trouble zone areas, including: Brakes Your truck drivers rely on brakes to make those emergency stops and something as simple as a faulty brake pad can compromise the safety of people during the trucking process. It is important to check the brake system at every chance, especially after a spell of snow and ice when brake system components are most susceptible to damage resulting from freezing. Inspect brake fluid for leakage to ensure that the fluid doesn’t fall below the minimum level. Also remember to clean off brake dust at regular intervals. Brake dust comprises all manner of filthy stuff, e.g. grease, grime, soil, mud, etc., which if left for too long can be baked on to your wheels by heat and moisture from your trucks’ brakes. You can remove the brake dust that usually sticks to your truck wheels by pressure washing.   Good brakes give truck drivers greater control over road safety and can help them to prevent some accidents down the road. Air filters Dirty air filters will slowly but surely destroy the engines of your trucks by causing the engines to operate at below top efficiency. Over time, as air filters accumulate dirt, the ability of the filters to trap more dirt from air moving into the engine is reduced. This forces your engine to run harder. It is quite easy to detect that you have dirt-filled air filters. Common signs of a dirty filter include loss of engine power, trouble starting the trucks, increased fuel consumption, etc. Replacing air filters shouldn’t be difficult because it does not cost much and the job can be done quickly when you are changing engine oil, brake fluid or transmission fluid. Suspension system All trips are not smooth. The presence of deep potholes is not good for suspension system parts like shock absorbers and struts. Conducting an inspection of suspension system parts to ensure that your trucks have the right above-ground height, proper wheel alignment, and can support the weight of the vehicle, especially when fully loaded can alleviate bigger problems on the road. For more information, contact a company like Peninsula...

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Frequently Asked Auto AC Questions

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your car’s air conditioning is essential during the steamy summer months, so when something seems to be going awry with your AC, you will need to have a basic knowledge of whether the issue is something you can handle on your own, or whether you need to take your car to an auto mechanic’s shop. To help you do some quick diagnosis of your car’s AC, here are the answers to some commonly asked questions. The AC Makes Noise, But No Cold Air Is Blowing. Why? — You may find that when you turn on your AC the compressor makes a humming sound, but no cold air blows through the vents. This is typically due to the fact that your AC is overheated, which means that your system lacks sufficient refrigerant in the evaporator to diffuse heat out of your car. Another name for a car’s refrigerant is freon, which is a gas that, when compressed, transforms into a liquid and helps cool the air that blows through your vents. Freon is colourless, odourless and non-flammable. You can check your car’s manual to determine the type of refrigerant your vehicle takes, and add that refrigerant. If after adding the refrigerant the AC blows cold again, this means that you were low on refrigerant, or that you have a leak somewhere that caused the refrigerant level to dip. If adding the refrigerant made no difference, there is some type of blockage in your AC lines. In either instance, you should see an auto mechanic, such as those at J & D Auto Electrical, for further analysis. What Is the Value of Flushing the AC System? — When a mechanic flushes your auto AC system, it clears out any oil, grease and other contaminants that can plug up your cooling lines and cause bigger problems in the future. Your auto mechanic will typically use a flush solvent to wash the AC lines. This solvent is made to evaporate without leaving any residue in your lines. An AC flush is performed with a flush gun that forces the solvent into the system, or an aerosol flush in which a can pushes the solvent through the AC lines. Both methods require the use of compressed air to generate the force necessary for the solvent to flow through the AC lines. Why Do The AC Vents Blow In Air That Has a Bad Odour? — To cool your car, the evaporator in your AC system must draw in air from the outside. The evaporator exists in a state of perpetual wetness due to condensation, and it is enclosed, which means that as it pulls in outside air it also pulls in pollutants, dirt and debris that gives rise to bacteria, mold and mildew. That’s why bad odours sometimes blow through your AC vents. To solve this issue, you can buy an AC evaporator treatment, which you spray into the evaporator case under the hood. You can locate this case with the help of your vehicle manual and follow the instructions on the...

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Troubleshooting Common Gearbox Clutch Repairs Your Car May Need

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Your car’s gearbox is technically a part in the transmission system, although some people will simply refer to the entire transmission as the gearbox. Some drivers who have automatic transmissions in their car don’t realize that the car’s gearbox still has a clutch; they may associate this part with manual transmissions, when you depress a third pedal to change gears. Because this third pedal is often called the clutch, some car owners may not realized that the clutch is what transmits power from the engine to the gearbox or transmission itself. In an automatic transmission, the clutch responds on its own when you change gears, and when there is a problem with the transmission system, the clutch may be to blame. It’s good to know the signs of needed repairs to the clutch so you can get them addressed by a company like Gearbox Express as quickly as possible; ignoring them can lead to more damage and, in turn, more extensive and expensive repairs down the road.  1. Lack of response When you put your shifter into gear, your car should respond immediately. If you notice that the engine revs or the car hesitates and then seems to lurch forward or backward, you want to have this problem checked out as soon as you can. Usually this is the sign of a worn out clutch. It may be a worn flywheel that is not engaging the gears, or the pressure plate that exerts this power to the transmission may be worn. There is also linkage between the clutch and the gears, and these could also be worn or broken. 2. Grinding or shaking Your car should never shake unless you’re driving on a very bumpy road, and it should never grind when you change gears. These too can indicate that the flywheel of the clutch is worn; it grinds instead of the teeth of the wheel fitting smoothly into the gears. Shaking may be caused when the flywheel teeth are trying to fit themselves into the gears of the transmission.  It may also be that a part on the clutch has come loose; if the pressure plate is loose, this can cause your car to shake. Lack of transmission fluid can also make the car grind when you change gears, and the clutch receives this fluid from what is called the master cylinder. If a cylinder in the clutch has a leak, the transmission is not getting the fluid it needs and in turn, its parts may...

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Three Types of Tyres for Your Tractor

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The tractor is a powerful machine in diverse commercial and residential applications such as landscaping, farming and construction. It is important to choose the right components for your automotive to ensure the full capability is realised. One of the important modules is the tyres installed under the tractor. They are responsible for supporting the entire tractor weight as well as the loads so you should be vigilant when making your purchase. An ideal tyre should offer the same performance provided by the original equipment installed during tractor manufacture and match your application requirements. Here is a brief description of the common tyres in the market to help you choose the best for your tractor. Agricultural Tyres Agricultural tyres are commonly known as Ag tyres and they are ideal for extensive farm work. They are particularly suitable for your operation if you often use your tractor to pull heavy equipment. The tread on these tyres is designed in the form of angled bars which can provide maximum traction in the soft farming soil. Agricultural tyres also have thick walls to prevent accelerated wear. This aspect is important because most agricultural operations require low inflation pressure to reduce the risk of sticking in the mud. Turf Tyres The traction provided by agricultural tyres is valuable in diverse applications except in estate landscaping. Turf tyres are designed for this task to ensure there is minimal damage on the lawn during improvement projects. The tyres are designed as large and balloon-like features which distribute the weight of the tractor more evenly, reducing the pressure exerted on the ground. The treads are shallow so the tyres will not dig into the natural turf destroying the landscape. Unfortunately, turf tyres have reduced traction so they encounter slippage when the ground is muddy and wet. If these are the conditions that your tractor is exposed to, choose floatation tyres. These are extra wide alternatives which will support the vehicle better and prevent sinking. There are also ribbed tyres which are designed with simple grooves as the treads. The traction provided is very low, but these are the best for manicured natural turf operations. Combination Tyres Combination tyres are suitable for installation in multi-purpose tractors, but they are most ideal for construction work. The design of the tyres includes the large balloon style of turf tyres and the deeper treads of the Ag alternatives. Additionally, they are more puncture-resistant compared to the light turf tyres. You should choose tyres which match your applications to ensure enhanced functionality and reduced wear-rate. To learn more about the advantages or disadvantages of tyres you’re considering, talk with someone from a business like Metro Tyre Service to make sure you’re getting the most suitable...

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5 Tips to Detailing Your Car Interior Like a Pro!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

What would happen if the owner of your company asked you for a ride home today? Would you be embarrassed by the state of your vehicle’s interior? After all, your vehicle says a lot about you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a Jaguar or a Subaru, a clean car interior gives your ride-along a great impression of your personality. Take the time today to employ these handy tips the pros use, and be prepared to enjoy the cleanest car ride you’ve had in a long time! Tip #1: Cupholders With all the loose change, dirt, and sticky liquid leaks that collect in the bottom of your cup holders, these are probably one of the dirtiest spots in your car. Yet, they are very prominent to anyone seated in your vehicle. Remove any loose change and debris (use a plastic butter knife if you have to), and then fit an old sock or cloth over a cup that fits loosely into the bottom. Soak it with ammonia-free window cleaner, and twist away to remove all of that sticky ickiness. You might have to grab a chopstick or plastic butter knife and do the same to get into all of the crevices. Tip #2: Crevices Chances are you’ve got pens, papers, wrappers, and all sorts of junk sticking out from the crevices and creases of your vehicle’s interior. Put on a pair of gloves, and get all this garbage that you can with your hands. Make sure to watch out for anything sharp, you don’t want to add blood to this mix! Next, take a chopstick or barbeque skewer and run it along the very edges, knocking loose all the little lines of dirt and debris. Now it’s time to break out your vacuum with a crevice tool and suck up all that dirt. Finally, grab a microfiber cloth and rub away with some window cleaner. Your crevices should be spick and span! Tip #4: Creativity You don’t have to spend a fortune on a car detailing kit! Many of the pros get the job done with a combination of cleaning swabs, toothpicks, old toothbrushes, makeup applicators, and good old hard work. Grab a handful of each and attack your nooks and crannies. Tip #5: Carpet Cleaner Most detailers use carpet cleaning machine after the first thorough vacuuming to get the stains up, but you can simply buy an aerosol cleaner for some DIY magic if you don’t have a machine handy. Spray your seats and carpets, and vacuum up any excess cleaner after a few minutes. You might have to rub some of the more stubborn stains. With one final vacuum and a wipe down of the large surfaces, you are ready to hit the road in your car’s clean interior! Maybe next time, use the vacuum machine at the gas station before it gets this messy. Contact professional car detailers if you have more...

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DIY tips and tricks to easily repair your car window

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Accidents, car burglaries, small stones cracking the windscreen — these things can happen to every car owner at least once in a lifetime. The bad part is that car window repair and replacement can be rather expensive. The good part is that in many cases, windscreen repairs are covered by car insurance. And if they’re not, you can always use the tips and tricks below to attempt a do-it-yourself car window repair! Analyse Is there a new chip in your windscreen or car window? Don’t panic. It might not be as bad as you think. Before rushing to the glass shop, go home first, fetch a magnifying glass and take a close look at the chip or crack. You may either have a bull’s eye chip, a pit or a star chip. It’s easier to fix a small bull’s eye chip than any other form of crack. However keep in mind that even bull’s eye chips can be irreparable when left for a long time.  So, even if the chip doesn’t obstruct your view, it’s best to try to fix it. Otherwise, water could fill the chip and eventually make it become larger or even turn into a crack. After all, you might get in the wrong side of the law even with a small windscreen chip. Long cracks can’t be fixed, so better repair the chip before it’s too late. After examining the chip you might decide you’re not up to fixing it yourself. In that case, contact a business like Precision Windscreens & Autoglass that specialises in repairing auto glass. Prepare You need to buy a crack repair kit if you don’t already have one. Once you have your car window repair kit, the next thing to do is prepare your windscreen or car window for the operation. The glass needs to be absolutely dry and have a near room temperature. If the window isn’t dry, you risk trapping water in the repair. Fix The kits usually contain a bottle of resin repair, a repair device, curing strips, a sleeved razor blade and instructions. Even if these kits don’t make chips completely disappear, they stop them from expanding and help you avoid the costs of replacing the entire window or windscreen. If you own a large SUV or ute, use a step stool or a small ladder to reach the chip. Also, you might want to use a towel to avoid scratching the area you’re leaning against. Look closely for any broken glass and remove it before you begin. The entire car window repair process should take you about an hour to perform. But don’t hurry if you see it’s taking longer because you surely don’t want to be making things worse. You need to work with patience and precision if you want the best...

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