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What You Should Know about Using Auto Repair Apps for DIY Repairs

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Handling your own auto repairs is something that many car owners try to do, at least for the seemingly easy repair jobs. You can turn to online tutorials, videos or books for repair needs, but recently more car owners are turning to their smartphones. There are a number of apps available for both iOS and Android to help you through some of the more common repairs and give you advice on what tools to purchase or even when to stop doing the repair yourself and call a professional. If you have never used these types of apps for auto repairs, there are a few things you should consider. Car Age Restrictions One of the issues you may run into is in cases where the automobile is an older or vintage model. Some of the apps available on the market may be restricted to a certain time frame of years, for example cars manufactured in the past 20 years. You may also want to consider that if your car is a specialty car or limited edition model, it may not be listed in the app. Before you get ready to handle the repair and download the app, make sure the app meets your automobile make and model requirements.  Auto Repair Parts List One of the aspects of the repair that you may not have considered is buying or finding parts for the repair. For example, you  may have considered that you need to replace your brake pads, but if you get into the repair you may find that the plates or other parts of the brake system also need repair or replacement. The good news is that most apps include a pricing guide and a parts locator. The locator works off your GPS and helps you locate the nearest parts store that has your part in stock. Warranty Considerations One of the key points you should consider before using any app to help with your auto repairs is your warranty. There are some repairs that are fine to handle on your own, such as oil changes and oil filter changes. However, if your car is still under warranty, you may be voiding your warranty by doing all or even part of the repair on your own. Before following through with the app instructions, make sure you aren’t voiding your warranty and that any changes done to your vehicle will not be unlawful. An example of an unlawful change to the vehicle is removing a safety feature on video playback devices in cars equipped with video screens and other entertainment devices. These are just a few of the considerations when using an app for your auto repairs. Keep in mind, if you have any doubts about what you are being told or the certification of the technicians appearing in the app, take your car into a professional instead. They can ensure your repairs are handled professionally and your warranty is not...

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4 Reasons to Hire a Bus for Your Party

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are planning on hosting a party or special event, you might be looking for ways to transport guests to and from the event. While they can take a taxi, this is not always a convenient option. For high-end parties, hiring limos is an option, but that can get expensive. Here are some reasons to consider hiring a bus or two for the party and guests. It is Safer For the Guests A lot of parties have alcohol, which can be dangerous when guests get inebriated and feel confident to drive. It can be a lot easier and safer having one bus driver who will drive multiple people to their homes at a time, as opposed to having designated drivers. Even if some guests bring along a friend who promises not to drink, there is no guarantee of that. It can also be difficult being the host of an event while keeping track of everyone’s car keys so they don’t lose their inhibitions and assume driving is no big deal. It is best to hire a bus that brings guests to the party and brings them home when they’re ready to leave. A Bus is More Convenient Also consider the fact that a bus is a lot more convenient than having dozens of cars at the event or trying to manage other forms of transportation. First of all, the bus can possibly hold all guests, or at least a large number of them. If your event will include multiple stops, such as during wine tasting, you can easily transport all of your guests to each location, where everyone rides together and arrives at the same time. There are no lost cars or waiting for certain people to show up. It is also more convenient when you have limited space at your home or the party venue for parking. You won’t be trying to figure out where everyone can park their car since you can have the bus pick everyone up at their home. You Can Save Money Hiring a bus to have guests transported between different locations of the event can be a lot less money than multiple limousines, town cars, and other types of transportation. For example, if the event is for a wedding, hiring a bus is often less expensive than having multiple cars that you need to rent to move people from the ceremony to the location of the reception. The same can be said when you want to have guests picked up at the airport and brought to a particular event. For more information, contact a company like Myaree Car...

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What are Some Benefits of Recycling Your Vehicle?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have a vehicle that is no longer in operating condition, you might be trying to figure out what to do with it. One option is to have the vehicle towed to a local auto wrecker, who will help recycle the vehicle and its parts. Here are some benefits of choosing this option. There are Environmental Benefits One of the main benefits to salvaging your vehicle if it no longer runs properly is that it helps the environment. This is because other people are going to buy parts from the vehicle that you salvage. Instead of having all of these parts thrown away or sitting in the vehicle that remains in your garage or on your driveway, those parts are put to good use. If the car is completely totaled and the parts can’t be salvaged, they will at least pull apart the vehicle and recycle the steel. This keeps the metal from sitting abandoned or ending up in a landfill somewhere. You Can Save Money on Repairs If your vehicle requires extensive repairs before you’d be able to use it or sell it, you are much better off just sending it to a local auto wrecker. They will often give you money for putting your car in the wreckage yard, which can be used to help find another vehicle. This is especially helpful if you don’t want the car and are having trouble selling it. While some people will buy a vehicle even if it isn’t running, they might not bother if the repairs require too much money or time. You don’t need to worry about this at all when sending your car to an auto salvage yard. The Car is Removed From Your Property Another benefit of using auto wreckers with your old vehicle is that they often pick up the vehicle for you. Call local auto salvage yards and ask if they will tow the vehicle away for you. There might be stipulations for this, such as only towing certain vehicles, depending on the condition of your vehicle and what parts it might have that they are in need of. However, if you do find an auto wrecker that handles the towing for you, this further simplifies the process of getting it off your property. However, even if you need to bring it to them yourself, you will be able to make more space on your property for other...

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How to Pick the Right Rental Car for Your Road Trip

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Australia is a country that seems to have been built for road trips; there’s simply no better way to take in its natural beauty and long stretches of outback. If you don’t have your own car, you’ll need to rent one, so read through this guide to help ensure that you pick out the right model. 1. Determine Your Main Areas of Interest If you haven’t done so already, try to pin down the main areas you’ll be heading to when you take your road trip. Most trips will take in a variety of locations, but,if you’re really interested in one specific type of attraction over others, that should be reflected in your choice of vehicle. Anybody who is looking to venture into national parks or across the outback will clearly want to look for a larger vehicle with all-wheel or four-wheel drive and a lot of ground clearance. If, on the other hand, you’re going to be spending most of your time in the city, it might be best to look for a compact, preferably with manual transmission. If you’re travelling long distances, look for a roomy sedan with good efficiency and plenty of legroom. 2. Get Your Luggage Together People often underestimate the amount of luggage that they will need to take on a trip, so get everything packed before you start looking for a car. Even if you’re booking weeks in advance, this can provide a good indication of your needs; you can just unpack it afterwards. Consider both the size and shape of your luggage. Do you need to take any longer items? If so, you’ll need to look for a car that has fold-down rear seats. 3. Look for Common Models Rental companies will make sure that their cars are well inspected before they send them out on the road, so reliability isn’t something that you should have to worry about. That said, it isn’t rare for something to go wrong due to unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, you might need to have a part replaced. This is why looking for a common model makes sense; a mechanic is far more likely to have the parts for one and will be more familiar with common faults. 4. Remember That One Big Beats Two Small If you’re taking plenty of people with you on your road trip, it’s often tempting to rent two compacts or sedans instead of a three-row SUV or minivan. However, it usually works out better to go with the larger vehicle. First and foremost, less things can go wrong when you do this. It’s less likely that a vehicle will sustain damage, and you won’t be able to get separated from each other. It’s also just nicer to have everyone in the same car, and though a larger vehicle won’t be as efficient, you’ll still save on fuel costs. Of course, you’ll also only need one designated driver! Done right, a road trip will turn out to be the holiday of a lifetime. Just keep these tips in mind to make sure you pick out the ideal vehicle. Visit a site like http://www.1300meteor.com.au for more information on the process of renting a...

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Options When Selecting A 4×4 Caravan

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are looking to invest in a caravan, but do most of your campervanning in rough terrain or during extreme weather conditions, you should consider purchasing an all-wheel drive. What most people do not know is that there are several options available to you if you opt for a vehicle with a 4×4 mechanism. Here are some of the options you could consider when selecting a 4×4 caravan from an auto dealer. Manual locking hubs These types of 4×4 caravans will come with some equipment integrated into the system that should be manually turned on before it can be shifted into four-wheel drive mode. This type of technology is the oldest, used since the inception of four wheel drive vehicles. If you would want to use your caravan to navigate through snowy conditions, this may not be the right option for you. This is because the equipment could get stuck at the most inopportune of moments and will not budge when you are trying to get the caravan into four-wheel drive mode. However, if you will not be using the caravan in snowy conditions, then it could be a good choice for you as a four-wheel drive. Automatic locking hubs With these types of four-wheel drive systems, the caravan will engage into 4×4 mode automatically. However, you would need to bring the caravan to a halt before you can make the transition from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive. The vehicle would have to be stopped for it to engage and then would have to back up a tad bit when you want to disengage it from this mode. It should be noted that if you end up being stuck in some mud, you might find it difficult to disengage the caravan as you would not be able to move either forward or backward. You would have to ensure you have the right amount of distance for you to be able to disengage the hub. Shift on the fly This would be one of your best selections when looking for a four-wheel drive caravan. With this type of four-wheel drive, all you would need to do is press a button and the caravan will engage into four-wheel drive mode. This will work whether the caravan is in motion or not. However, if you are making the switch while driving, you need to slow down so as to avoid any problems that may arise while the caravan is trying to adapt to the...

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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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