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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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Skills of an Auto Electrician

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Having an automobile that runs properly is one of the most important aspects of an adult’s life. Therefore, when a vehicle is not running like it should, an auto electrician is needed. This professional will be able to evaluate the vehicle and determine what needs to be corrected.  However, working on an automobile takes a lot more than having knowledge related to how an engine works.  In fact, individuals that want to make this a profession will need to have a lot of different skills.  Dependability An auto electrician must be dependable at all times.  When it comes to finding a job, employers want to know that the professional they are considering hiring will be there on time, every time.  Carrying out the tasks of auto electrician is not something that just anyone can pick up.  It becomes very important for dependability to be evaluated before hiring takes place. Problem Solving Skills There are going to be times when troubleshooting car troubles can become very stressful.  It is not always easy to determine what may be causing engine troubles.  Because of this, an auto electrician must be able to go through effective problem solving steps.  He or she must also be able to deal with high levels of stress.  Without these skills, the job can become very overwhelming.  The ability to work effectively with others will also come into play.  Different electricians may have different work styles, and customers can become very demanding.  Workers that are easily frustrated may not be able to handle negative interactions.  Those that are considering a career in this field must be flexible and have the ability to work with others during stressful situations.  Technical Skills Of course, each and every auto electrician will need to go through some type of formal training.  This is completely necessary to ensure that there is an understanding of the tools that are utilized.  Along with that, it is important to remember that there is a lot to be said for on-the-job training. An auto electrician that is just starting out will learn a lot from others.  The more experience that they receive, the more effective they will become with their job.  Working with others in a positive manner can provide a lot of education that may not be learned in class. It is easy to see that the skills of an auto electrician go beyond simply knowing how a vehicle runs. It is very important to consider all of these skills before entering this career field.  Doing so can greatly increase one’s rate of success. For more information, contact a local auto shop like Riverton Auto...

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What You Need to Know About Log Book Servicing for a Vehicle

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A vehicle’s log book refers to a schedule of maintenance that is set out by the manufacturer. The log book is also used to record repairs that are done to the vehicle. The log book should come with the car when you purchase it new, but if you buy a used vehicle without a log book, you can start your own with a book that you create. Note a few important factors about the log book, including why it’s so important and how it should be filled out. 1. Company vehicles can incur fines without a proper log book Taxation offices need to know everything about deliveries performed with a company vehicle, including their weight, miles driven, and so on. Car repairs can even be more expensive for company vehicles if you don’t have a log book prepared and kept up-to-date on the vehicle. If you buy a used vehicle that you are going to keep for deliveries for your vehicle, purchase a commercial log book so that you know what to fill out as you use the company vehicle, versus the information recorded for a personal vehicle. 2. Note all the details of repairs and maintenance Oil changes and other minor maintenance jobs are very important for the overall condition of a vehicle, which is why you want to record virtually everything about service done to your car. If you change your own oil or replace the brake pads, note this in the log book. Even if you replace an air filter or fuses, this too should be noted in the log book. The reason for this is so that potential buyers of a used vehicle can see what’s been done, but also so that they know the car has been cared for over the years. They may not be concerned about something as small as fuses, but having a complete record in your log book shows that you’ve maintained your car as needed. 3. A log book can affect your warranty Very often you need to follow the recommended maintenance schedule for a new car in order for your warranty to be in effect. This is important as many new car owners assume that they can overlook maintenance in the first few years before their car will start showing signs of wear, but neglecting the maintenance schedule in the log book can mean voiding a warranty. If a part should then fail, you may be liable for the cost of replacing it. The next time you take your car in to an auto shop, like Chatswood Brake & Clutch for repairs, make sure you track them in your log...

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What You Should Look for When Buying a Plant Trailer

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Plant trailers are very helpful in moving equipment from one location to another. Several key factors contribute to making plant trailers the workhorses that they are. This article discusses some of those features that you should look out for when buying a plant trailer. It Should Be Lightweight Plant trailers are designed to take heavy loads but that does not mean the trailer itself needs to be heavy. In fact, a heavy plant trailer is undesirable because it exerts a lot of drag on the vehicle towing that trailer. When you add the weight of the load to the weight of the trailer itself, it becomes very hard to tow that trailer. You should pick a plant trailer that is lightweight so your vehicle’s towing power is exerted in moving the load that you have placed on the trailer. Take note of the description given for the trailer and pick one that is constructed of lightweight materials like zinc-plated steel. It Should Have Several Tie-down Points Plant trailers should be safe to tow on busy roads and on your property. This safety is enhanced when the plant trailer has multiple tie-backs or chain-off points so that it is properly secured onto the vehicle that is towing it. In this way, you will be sure that the trailer will not become detached from the towing vehicle. Combination Lights Select a plant trailer that has several combination lights along its length. These lights are important in alerting other road users about the trailer when you are towing it at night. You can look out for low-maintenance lights such as LED (light emitting diode) lights that do not need frequent replacement or servicing. Spare Tyre Carrier A good plant trailer should have a special provision for carrying spare tyres. This provision is necessary because that trailer carries a variety of cargo that may be too bulky to leave room for a spare tyre. Pick a plant trailer that has room on the coupling mechanism so that you can keep your spare tyres there. Use the attributes above to narrow down the list of plant trailer options that you see on the market. You can then choose a plant trailer that is within your budget range. You can then customise that trailer so that it is perfect for your requirements on the construction site or plant. For more information or assistance, contact local plant trailer...

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Why Use Professional Panel Beaters for Any Type of Smash Repair

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Unless your car, truck or bus has suffered anything more than a very minor scratch, you want to bring it to professional panel beaters for proper smash repair. A professional panel beater will not only make sure that your vehicle looks its best but they will also ensure that the vehicle is protected from further damage. Note how and why that is, and why a professional panel beater should always be used after any accident or damage. 1. Bumping out Even a Simple Dent Is More Complicated than Many People Realize It’s easy to think that a dent in a vehicle can simply be bumped out with a mallet, but the process is often much more complicated than many people realize. Simply bumping a dent can mean actually putting more pressure on the area of the panel that is folded, the way you might bend a piece of metal back and forth in order to break it in two. Bumping a dent also doesn’t always fix the panel so that it’s ready for painting and finishing; it may still have small bends and ripples. It’s also good to note that different materials may need different tools and methods. Aluminum is much lighter than steel so it may need a lighter touch and smaller tools, whereas a plastic body may be ruined if you were to try to heat it before bumping it. Even trying to weld the underbody of a car that is covered with a plastic outer body can result in damage to the plastic if it’s near the heat and not protected. Panel beaters will have specialized tools that not only protect the structure and materials of the panel as it’s being repaired, but which can address those small folds that almost always seem to form during the repair process. 2. Sanding and Welding May Be Required Sanding and welding are often required for panel beating when a scratch has reached the actual metal body of the car. When metal is scratched in this way, it is exposed to air and then can be prone to corrosion and rust. It may need to be sanded and then welded so that the area that has been scratched is covered and protected. A professional panel beater not only has the tools and knowhow to do this, but can also evaluate when this work should be part of the repair job itself. Note these important reasons for always taking your vehicle to a professional panel beater for any smash repairs that need to be...

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