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5 Signs You Need To Replace Your Brake Pads
It’s all or nothing with brakes. Your car will still work safely with slightly worn tyres, but wear and tear on brakes can have devastating consequences. So-so” brakes may be as good as no brakes in an emergency, and challenging weather conditions or road surfaces can push brakes that are in less-than-ideal condition over the edge.
4 Top Tips For Maintaining Your Car’s Suspension
Your car is a part of your everyday life, so regular maintenance is essential if you want it to last for a long time. Taking care of your car’s suspension is vital because if any one part fails, it may damage others. The knock-on effect could be expensive!
8 Common Causes Of Poor Fuel Economy
Is poor fuel economy wreaking havoc on your budget? When a full tank is taking you half the distance it used to, it’s time to take a look at what could be impacting your car’sfuel efficiency.Poor fuel economy is a sure sign that your vehicle isn’t running at its best and you need to establish where the problem lies.
4 Reasons To Choose An Independent Mechanic To Service Your Car
Do you wonder who will take care of your car as it disappears around the corner or up a ramp in the service workshop? Wouldn’t it be great if you could know that you’re entrusting your car to a friendly, familiar person? Well, now you can.
The Noises That Signal Trouble For Your Car
One of the worst experiences you could have with your car is encountering mechanical issues that leave you stranded on the side of the road in the middle of the night waiting for a tow. Fortunately, there are tell-tale signs (or should we say sounds) to watch out for that can signal a potential problem.
How Cold Weather Affects Your Vehicle
The dreaded winter season brings gloomy, shorter days and longer nights, which many of us dread, but did you know that the chill also affects your car? There are a number of ways that falling temperatures can affect the smooth running of your vehicle,
Typical Driving Habits Doing Hidden Damage To Your Car
Without realising it, some of your driving habits may be adding unnecessary wear and tear to your car. With motorists in Australia experiencing three-year petrol price highs, there is a good reason to try and reduce driving expenses.
Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Scheduled Car Service
Much like our bodies, our cars need regular care too. Not maintaining your car with regular service will lead to more costs in the long run. Ultimately, it’s worth spending money on your car now so you can avoid spending more than you need to in a few months or years.
The Dangers Of Driving With Worn Brakes
Recently, we reported on Australia’s growing road accident toll, which demonstrated a 17% increase in road deaths this year. The state government’s road safety strategy for 2020 is Towards Zero. Safe roads and safe speeds are obviously in the spotlight..
Concern Over Australia’s Growing Road Accident Toll
Despite Australia’s massive efforts through its National Road Safety Strategy, which was put in place to plan national objectives and priorities with regard to the road safety of our country, the death toll on our roads, especially over long weekends, has increased dramatically.
Is Premium Fuel Actually Worth The Extra Investment?
At any Australian petrol station, you’re bound to ask yourself which petrol type you should use for your car. You’ve probably seen the ads or heard other people talk about how premium fuel is the best for your car’s performance.
The Effects Of Slamming On Your Brakes
Traffic jams on the way to work may be annoying for a number of reasons, but have you ever considered how the constant stopping and starting can affect the condition of your brake pads and your tyres? It’s true, and it canaffect your brake pads far sooner than theirpredicted lifespan, which isgenerally around 40,000km.
How You Can Ensure Your Brakes Last Longer
According to research by car insurer AAMI, the most commoncause of accidentson Victorian roads is tailgating and failing to brake on time. It could be that your brakes failed to engage or are engaging a slightly too late.
Why A Fully-Working Clutch Is So Important To Safe Driving
Many Australian drivers still choose the traditional manual transmission. It allows the driver to retain full control of all their gear changes, which many say makes a drivermore in tune with how their car functions.
What To Look For In A Good Auto Mechanic
Within any profession, you’ll find hardworking and honest people, and then others who aren’t as committed and don’t do as good a job. When you’re selecting a mechanic, there’s always the concern that they’ll try to take advantage of you, or fail to properly diagnose the problem with your vehicle.
Do You Need A Roadworthy Certificate To Sell A Car In Your State?
Decided to sell your car? Perhaps you’d like a few extra dollars in your pocket; you don’t use it enough to justify its upkeep; you might be upgrading to a new vehicle; or need one that meets your family’s evolving needs.
How Shock Absorbers Provide You With A Smoother Ride
What happens when your usually smooth ride becomes a bumpy and jumpy one? If you aren’t familiar with cars and often turn to friends and family for advice, they’ll probably tell you to check your shock absorbers first, which your mechanic will then replace for you.
Tips For Preparing Your Car For A Sale
To sell your car, you will need to ensure that it will pass the roadworthy test before you can renew the registration licence on the vehicle. Now, you may not know what is wrong with your car because you’re not a mechanic, but there are certain things you should check before going ahead and selling your car.
What To Do When Your Brake Warning Light Goes On
Your brakes are undoubtedly one of the most important features of your car’s safety system – if it fails, it could mean a collision, which is why it’s important to pay attention to your brake warning light.
Things To Check Before Going On A Road Trip
Road trips are fun. It’s always exciting to get out and see new places and explore different terrains. But things can go terribly wrong if you don’t prepare properly.
How To Keep Your Car Roadworthy
Keeping your car roadworthy is one of the most important parts of being a car owner. It’s also important to help your car pass a road-worthiness test when you’re due for a renewal of a registration or if you want to sell it.
How To Prepare Your Car For The Upcoming Summer
Weather doesn’t just affect you, plants and animals, it also affects your car. The hot summer heat can cause major changes to your car’s performance that you may not be aware of.
This Is Why You Need To Maintain Your Logbook
Maintaining your logbook and keeping a good record of all the services, checks, change of tyres, and other repairs your car has undergone is vital if you ever want to sell it. The logbook is the first thing many buyers and dealerships look for, because it will tell them a lot about the condition of the car.
Does Your Car Need New Tyres?
Your tyres are easy to forget about until they give you trouble. For the most part, they do their job to keep you safely on the road, so we often only notice them when they need replacing, or have picked up a puncture. Ideally, you shouldn’t wait for this to happen, so here’s how you can tell that your car needs new tyres and when to replace them.
How To Identify When Your Shock Absorbers Need To Be Repaired
Cars have certainly come a long way since they were invented back in the late 1800s, and one of the biggest differences is in the driving comfort it offers. Older cars would bump and bounce along even the smoothest of roads, but luckily modern cars no longer do this, thanks to their shock absorbers
What Your Car's Temperature Reading Means
There’s nothing quite like Australian summers and our hot and bright festive seasons. You’ve probably already planned your getaways with friends and family to the beach, bush or beyond. Wherever you’re going in the summer heat, you shouldn’t forget that your car is impacted by the weather just as much as you are.
Clutch Onto These Five Signs Before It’s Too Late!
In any manual vehicle, your clutch is as important as any other major car part. That’s why you need to pay attention to any noises your car makes, which may indicate that a clutch needs to be repaired or replaced.
Basic Car Maintenance Checks You Can Do At Home
The amount of money Australians spend every year when they have to take their car in for its service is rather startling. One of the many reasons why a general service can become a major service with added costs, is a lack of maintenance throughout the year.
Warning! Driving On Low Fuel Can Damage Your Car
Australians are fed up with the constant rise in petrol prices—and it’s perfectly understandable why so many drivers cannot afford to constantly fill up, and tend to stretch each drop of fuel as long as possible
What To Check In Your Car Now That Winter Is Over
Even though Australia has much milder winters than most, we still have freezing cold days that can affect our cars greatly. Seeing as we’re turning the corner and spring is well on the way, here are some checks you can make on your car to ensure it takes on the warmer seasons without any issues.
Roadworthy Tests Unpacked And Explained
If you want to sell your vehicle, want to clear a vehicle defect, or want to re-register a used vehicle, you will have to get a certificate of roadworthiness. If you are unsure exactly what the process is for obtaining a roadworthy certificate, here is a brief explanation of what to expect
What You Should Do When Your Check Engine Light Goes On
One of the more dreaded events for any car owner is to see the check engine light illuminated, and rightly so. If you ignore the check engine light, you might run into far more trouble in the future than if you were to just deal with it as soon as possible.
Why You Need To Fix Small Problems Before They Become Big Ones
By nature, most of us procrastinate and somehow hope that a noise in our car will disappear if we just ignore it for long enough. However, logic tells us time and time again to have it checked out. Our professional mechanics at ABS Automotive Service Centres were asked recently what their thoughts were on service maintenance. Unanimously, these experienced, seasoned professionals advised that the cheapest way to prolong a vehicle is to have it serviced regularly.
The Importance Of Repairing Your Car’s Suspension Before It’s Too Late
Your car’s suspension is a collection of parts that hold the whole car together—ignoring its warning signals is akin to a builder disregarding the foundation phase. The suspension of your vehicle holds a car on the ground, keeps passengers from feeling the roughness of the road and its bumps, and allows the car to turn.
Common Misconceptions About Car Mechanics
There are stories about someone experiencing a dodgy mechanic who has overcharged them or not completed a service properly. What you must know is that only a minor part of the car service industry is untrustworthy. As a whole, car mechanics are reliable, professional and deliver quality outcomes for your car repair.
ABS Brakes Vs. Traditional Brakes—What’s The Difference?
Today’s motor vehicles are safer than older models. Technology has advanced greatly in the past few decades, with new ABS brakes becoming the safest braking system we’ve ever seen. So what’s the difference between ABS brakes and traditional brakes?
Warning! Parts Of Your Caravan May Need Urgent Servicing
The Australian Government has presented its 2017 findings on all statistics with regard to caravans. The Bureau of Statistics discovered that there was a huge increase in the purchase of caravans in the last year.Since there has been an increase of over 4.5% according to the report, it suggests strongly that Australians are taking to the open roads more frequently and for longer distances than ever before.
Why You Should Be Careful About Ignoring Your Regular Car Servicing
It may be inconvenient and part of our “leave-it-for-tomorrow” culture of procrastination, but drivers who don’t service their cars regularly will face the consequences of financial drainage.This may sound dramatic, but experience speaks for itself, as the professionals over at ABS Auto have countlessly expressed and shared with its customers. In short, your car should be serviced regularly and, between services, you should check the basics such as tyre pressure, oil and water.
Which is more important – your car’s engine or your suspension? You’ll never guess the answer…
If you had to pick out which system or component of your car is the most important, would it be the suspension or the engine? Many people will immediately say that the most important part of a car is its engine. After all, when you need to troubleshoot any automotive problems you often start by examining the engine first.
Did You Know That Harsh Braking Can Damage More Than Your Brakes?
When Is The Last Time You Slammed On The Brakes In Your Car?
If you have to be completely honest, it was probably not long ago. Although we’d all like to pretend that we’re attentive and patient drivers at all hours of the day, everyone has their moments.
Planning A Caravan Trip Soon? Don’t Forget To Get Your Caravan Serviced Before You Go!
Travelling with a caravan on a break is unlike any other holiday experience. It’s taking your home with you and getting to stay in familiar surroundings, no matter where about in Australia you’re travelling to. It allows you to pick up and take off without worrying about checking in and out of hotels and packing and repacking luggage.
Why ABS Braking Systems Are An Integral Part Of Vehicle Safety
Anti-lock braking systems are specially designed to help provide better control of a vehicle during adverse driving conditions and avoid the dangers of panic braking. One research study conducted by Australia’s Monash University found that vehicles equipped with ABS systems are 35% less likely to be a part of a collision or accident than a vehicle without anti-lock brakes.
4 Common Warning Signs That Your Anti-Lock Brakes Need Professional Help
Like all components of a vehicle, anti-lock brakes will need to be attended to by a professional and experienced mechanic. Modern cars are equipped to display warning signs alerting the driver of a dysfunctional braking system. These signs usually take the form of lit warning lights on the dashboard.
Get The Best Out Of Your Anti-Lock Brakes With These 4 Do’s And Don’ts
Having advanced safety systems on modern day cars often leads Australian drivers into a false sense of security. We’re told all about what the latest technology can do for our safety, but seldom is the message driven home that the onus is still on the driver to practice safe driving habits.
2017 Road Safety Plan For Victoria Intended To Save Lives
On the back of yet another unacceptably high annual road fatality toll, an increase in statistics for the third year in a row for Victoria, the Andrews government has declared 2017 to be the year of action by implementing the ‘Towards Zero Action Plan’.
Punctured Your Tyre? Do These Three Quick Checks Before You Do Anything Else!
Tyres are the unsung heroes of our cars and we often neglect them until they stop working or start giving us problems.
Because they’re strong, hardy and can take plenty of abuse before giving in, it’s easy to miss when something is wrong with your tyres.
What Car Manufacturers And Dealers Won’t Tell You About Your New Car Warranty And How This Knowledge Can Save You Money
A new car warranty is complex and filled with clauses and exclusions and it can often feel like one wrong move could void the remaining warranty on your vehicle forever. The simplest way to maintain your car’s warranty is to honour your car’s manufacturing expectations but to read the fine print. Just remember that there are many details that dealers keep from customers that could save you a lifetime of unnecessary expenses.
If you only read one article about electronic Parking Brakes, make it this one!
Electronic parking brakes are a common sight in cars these days and drivers enjoy the convenience of being able to stop and release the car at the touch of a button. But behind this deceptively simple mechanism is an intricate system of electronic cables and wires that shouldn’t be meddled with.